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Arts & Entertainment Summer concert series returns to Sylva’s Bridge Park

The Concerts on the Creek summer music series returns for its fourth season in May featuring live bands each Friday evening from Memorial Day weekend through the end of July.

The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.

This year’s lineup traverses the musical spectrum with bluegrass, beach, mountain rock, oldies, country, gospel, and a healthy dose of the 1970’s.

Kicking off the series May 25 is the Sundown Band from Blairsville, Ga. Sundown plays rock-and-roll from the 1960’s and 70’s, along with blues and Top 40 country.

The series concludes July 27 with Dashboard Blue, a versatile band from Asheville that performs timeless hits - including rock, pop, and beach - from the 1950’s to the 80’s.

Critically-acclaimed bluegrass sensation Balsam Range takes the stage June 15 and will perform the hit “Trains I Missed,” which was named the 2011 Song of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. The complete 10-week schedule is as follows: Sundown (May 25), Vinyl Brothers Big Band (June 1), Rafe Hollister (June 8), Balsam Range (June 15), Mountain Faith (June 22), Buchanan Boys (June 29), Johnny Webb Band (July 6), Empty Pockets (July 13), The Elderly Brothers (July 20) and Dashboard Blue (July 27).

The concerts are produced by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Town of Sylva, and Jackson County Parks and Recreation.

“We’ve seen a steady increase in attendance for Concerts on the Creek over the last three years and expect that trend to continue this summer,” said Julie Spiro, executive director of the Jackson Chamber. “People come into town and visit restaurants or shops beforehand, then walk over to the park and take in the live music.”

For info about the concerts, call (800) 962-1911, or go to:

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