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Little Big Town, a Grammy-winning country music group, will take the stage at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $29 each and can be purchased online at GreatMountainMusic.com.

With record sales topping 1.5 million, four Grammy nominations, and multiple Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Awards, Little Big Town is no stranger to success. Hits from their certified gold and platinum albums include, “Boondocks” and “Little White Church.” The group is also nominated this year as the CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” for the 4th year in a row.


Tickets for the 2011 Madrigal Dinner at Western Carolina University will go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 1.

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Grandroom of the A.K. Hinds University Center.

Held annually since 1970, the Madrigal Dinner features entertainment, costumes, pageantry and food authentic of 16th-century England. During each dinner, the Early Music Ensemble, directed by Michael Lancaster, the newly appointed director of choral activities, will perform alongside a trio of herald trumpets and a trio of period instruments played by WCU music faculty Will Peebles and Bruce Frazier and WCU alumna Diana Fisher. Performers include a jester, pages, the lord and lady of the feast and others.


Singer/songwriter/musician Keirsten Hedden, 17, of Franklin, has been singing since she was three years old and playing guitar for the past four years. Hedden studied guitar under Tom Nixon, one of the owners of Blue Ridge Music Academy. Nixon is also a member of the very popular bluegrass group the Fox Fire Boys from Clayton, Ga. In the past two years, she has started writing her own songs. On Oct. 1, 2011, she released her first album entitled, “Don’t Be Afraid to Dream,” which has six of her own original songs out of the ten that are on the album. Hedden’s album is available on web sites such as CD Baby and Itunes.

Hedden won the 2010 GCGMA (Georgia Country and Gospel Music Association) Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year. She also won the 2011 NACMAI (North America Country Music Associations, Int’l) Most Promising Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year.


On Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. The Liars Bench presents “Legendary Hunters and Hounds of the Great Smokies” at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center auditorium.

Member artists Gary Carden, Barbara Duncan, Paul Iarussi; guest artists William Ritter and Liz Nance; and a special guest artist, Bob Plott with one of his famous Plott Hounds perform Southern Appalachian hunting tales in story and song on one stage.



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