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Arts & Entertainment WCU to host free outdoor concerts

Katharine Whalen (above left) and her current band, The Fascinators, will perform a free outdoor concert at WCU at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 2.Western Carolina University has announced the lineup for its 2011 Summer Concert Series.

The concerts, sponsored by A.K. Hinds University Center, will be held on the University Center lawn at 7 p.m. on Thursdays in June and July. The events are free and open to the public.

A full schedule follows:

• June 2, Katharine Whalen and Chimney Choir. Whalen and her current band, The Fascinators, combine jazz with modern electronic effects and percolating rhythms. Also, musicians of the Colorado-based band Chimney Choir, who play instruments including mandolin, harmonica, accordion, guitar, flute, piano and banjo, will combine vocal harmonies, epic arrangements and imaginative lyrics.

• June 9, The Back Pages. This Western North Carolina group performs rock, as well as classic and southern rock.

• June 16, Brandon Kirkley and the Firecrackers. With a vocalist and guitar and bass players from Charlotte and Raleigh, pop-savvy BKTF mixes catchy lyrics, melodies, guitar solos and rhythm to inspire fans to pump their fists and sing along.

• June 23, Lionz of Zion. The Lionz of Zion fuse funk and reggae for a unique sound that gets people dancing. Appealing to music lovers of all ages and backgrounds, this Greenville, S.C.- based band’s fresh style includes bass riffs with groovy guitar, soulful vocals and roots-rock backbeat.

• June 30, Luke Webb. A singer-songwriter and guitarist from Sylva, Webb, formerly of the folk rock group Shiner Miners, recently formed The Imperative, which features an unusual brand of alternative folk.

• July 7, The Buchanan Boys. This Western North Carolina progressive country group blends high-energy country, ballads and three-part harmony.

For more information, contact Lori Davis, assistant director for university programs, at (828)227-3622 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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