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SYLVA, N.C. – John-Luke Carter, a promising singersongwriter in the mold of John Mayer and Dave Matthews, takes the stage Friday, June 3, as part of the Concerts on the Creek summer series.

The 20-year-old Carter already has two albums under his belt and is gaining a steady following for his easy, alternative sounds and soulful voice. He moved to Sylva from Virginia four years ago and is majoring in English and professional writing at Western Carolina.



Artisans fill the streets while music fills the air during the 27th annual Dillsboro Arts & Music Festival on Saturday, June 11.

The free festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the historic walkabout village of Dillsboro.

Featured will be two dozen juried artisans from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Attendees can browse and purchase a variety of crafts, including: pottery, paintings, metal works, gourde art, hand-made jewelry, wood carvings, basket weaving, quilts and homemade soaps.


Balladeers Anne and Rob Lough will present a concert of traditional music on Sunday, June 5, at 4 p.m., on the Macon County Courthouse Plaza, Main Street in downtown Franklin.

The program includes folk songs that reflect the musical heritage of our region and nation, from lilting mountain ballads and songs of the American Frontier, such as “Shenandoah,” to “Barbara Ellen” and other traditional Irish and Scottish tunes, with some tall tales thrown in.

The Loughs are talented and versatile performers who have been making music together for more than 40 years.


Sylva’s free summer music series – Concerts on the Creek – returns for its third season in 2011 with performances every Friday evening from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

The outdoor shows take place from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva.

This year’s lineup is the strongest yet, with a heavy concentration of local and regional mountain music. Concert-goers will hear some of the best bluegrass, newgrass, rockabilly and traditional country sounds in Western North Carolina. 


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