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Arts & Entertainment Free summer concerts at WCU

The Big Nasty Jazz Band brings back the music of the ’20s and ’30s on June 20 as part of the 2013 Summer Concert Series at Western Carolina University.Western Carolina University will host its annual Summer Concert Series, presented by the A.K. Hinds University Center, every Thursday in June and July (excluding July 4).

The series features an eclectic variety of genres and is free to the public. Shows in the 2013 Summer Concert Series will begin at 7 p.m. at the stage in Central Plaza, by the fountain in the center of campus, and last 60-90 minutes. Audience members are welcome to bring blankets, chairs and snacks. The rain location is inside the University Center.

This year’s lineup is as follows:

• June 6, Floating Action – A blend of multiple styles of music including folk, blues and indie rock. Floating Action is the brainchild of Seth Kauffman, an outdoor enthusiast whose music reflects his passion.

• June 13, STEREOSPREAD – Electronic pop band from Asheville. With influences as diverse as Peter Gabriel and Ella Fitzgerald, the band combines multiple genres and styles of music.

• June 20, Big Nasty Jazz Band – A nostalgic jazz experience that brings back the music of the ’20s and ’30s. From Asheville, the band is a unique jazz experience that encourages listeners to get up and dance.

• June 27, The Honeycutters – An oldschool country experience that’s best listened to live. The Honeycutters’ music is filled with emotion and honesty reminiscent of the country greats.

• July 11, Jamie Paul – A songwriter residing near Asheville who released his debut album, “Let It Mend,” in February. Paul’s influences include singer-songwriter Gillian Welch and band The War on Drugs.

• July 18, The Boxcars – Described as a “super group” and recipients of two consecutive International Bluegrass Music Association Instrumental Group of the Year awards. Masters of traditional bluegrass, the Boxcars released a new album, “It’s Just a Road,” in April.

• July 25, Kovacs and the Polar Bear – A culmination of rich harmonies, catchy hooks and Appalachian folk music. An indie rock band from Asheville, Kovacs and the Polar Bear has released two albums, “Second Sister” and “Loathsome Teeth.”

For more information, contact Lori Davis, assistant director for campus activities, at ledavis@ wcu.edu or (828)227-3622.


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