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Big House Radio returns to Sylva’s Concerts on the Creek on Aug. 12, and this year, they’re bringing some major recognition with them.

The Bryson City-based quintet won WNC Magazine’s Last Band Standing competition in 2010, emerging from a field of 32 bands to capture the coveted award. The victory garnered prominence across the region and was a coup for the band, which has three members hailing from Bryson City, one from Sylva and one from Waynesville.

Big House Radio’s free performance runs from 7:30-9:30 p.m., and is the 12th in a 15- week series of Friday concerts at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva.


The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will host a tribute concert honoring The Kingston Trio, one of America’s most popular folk groups for more than 40 years, on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for “A Tribute to the Trio” start at $10.

The Kingston Trio is best known for such hits as “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “Tom Dooley.” Collectively, The Kingston Trio released 19 albums that made Billboard’s Top 100, 14 of which were in the top ten, and five of which hit the number one spot.

The opening act for this tribute concert will be The Sock Hops, a premiere oldies group from Marietta, Ga. Specializing in four-part harmonies of musical favorites of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, The Sock Hops have had the privilege of opening for such acts as The Temptations, The Drifters, and Frankie Avalon.


The Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University announces its seventh Galaxy of Stars Series with a lineup intended to take audiences down memory lane.

Subscriptions to Galaxy of Stars performances – the only professional series in Jackson County – are available through Sept. 10. At $100 for adults, subscriptions offer a substantial savings over individual ticket prices and allow patrons to select and keep preferred seats. (The subscription price for individuals aged 60 and older is $90; $80 for WCU faculty and staff; and $25 for students and children.

Individual tickets for the 2011-12 series go on sale Aug. 16. Those prices are $20 for adults; $15 for WCU faculty and staff; $10 per person for groups of 20 and more; and $5 for students and children.


Catch the following lineup of exhibitions and workshops at The Bascom, now open seven days a week, year round.

Don’t miss:

— Grounded in Nature: Paper, a three-dimensional handcrafted sculpture by Charleston based paper artist Jocelyn Chateauvert. During a visit to the exhibition, visitors are invited to enter the artist’s wonderful creative world and make their own sculpture. Paper samples are provided. This exhibition is sponsored by Frances Bunzl.

— Frank Stella: American Master features periodic demonstrations of print making that will help visitors appreciate and understand some of the many processes used by Frank Stella.


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