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Arts & Entertainment

There is a new type of arts and music festival coming to Western North Carolina—and it isn’t just another hoedown.

Dubbed WHEE! Fest, local musician and event organizer Ian Brown has booked the festival for Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. - Aug. 28 at 12 p.m. at the Avant Garden organic farm on Tracer Lane in Cullowhee.

In essence, WHEE! Fest is a weekend outdoor festival with local and national underground musical performances, entertainers and regional vendors and artists. Festivalgoers may set up a campsite on Aug. 26.


Underhill Rose will be performing as a part of Matt Stillwell’s Shinefest on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Fontana Village Resort. The band has just released their self-titled, debut CD featuring a powerful fusion of Americana, blue grass, R&B, and roots music.

Spotlighting unique fusion the Asheville, N.C. band has become known for, the album exhibits an impressive blend of Americana, blue grass, R&B, and roots music. Underhill Rose features compositions from Eleanor Underhill, a banjo picker with a sultry, smoky voice and Molly Rose, the group’s southern belle with a soaring vocal range and a masterful poetic design. The new album features bass player Gary Oliver and drummer Tim Haney, with guest appearances from Aaron “Woody” Wood, Ryan Burns, Spencer Taylor, Amy Lovinger, Melissa Hyman, among others.


John Treacy Egan’s stay on Broadway has been extended.

“We are happy for him,” says Mary Adair Leslie, director of the Performing Arts Center, (PAC) “but we are sad that he won’t be able to perform here in Highlands.

The good news is Robert Cucciolli will take his place at PAC on Saturday, Oct. 8.

We are very excited to have Mr. Cucciolli coming to PAC.”

Robert Cuccioli made his Broadway debut as Inspector Javert in “Les Miserables,” and is best known for his critically acclaimed performance as the duel title roles in the Broadway hit “Jekyll & Hyde,” for which he received a Tony nomination, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award.



The smell of barbecue was in the air for the third annual Mountain High BBQ Festival and Car Show held Friday and Saturday, at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center located on Highway 441 South.

The two-day event was hosted by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and was sanctioned by the Official Kansas City Barbeque Society. This year, events included the famous BBQ contest, the “tastin’ tent,” a beauty pageant, a car show, live entertainment, and various vendors, including wares of all kinds from canned BBQ sauce to homemade totes, wood carvings, and candles.


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