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Arts & Entertainment

On Friday, Sept. 5, country music star Jo Dee Messina will be in Franklin to perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in support of her new album, "Me."

"Me" is her fifth studio album during the span of her nearly 20-year career, but her first since leaving production company Curb in 2012.

“The new album was not A & R'd by the record label, it was actually A & R'd by the public and when I started writing the songs for it, it didn't occur to me that they would be on this album,” said Messina as she took time out of her busy touring schedule for an interview. “So I posted them online and we ended up with enough songs and fan life to put an album together. It just came about in a whole different way.”


The Franklin Ubuntu Choir, directed by Tom Tyre, will perform a concert of music from around the world and here at home on Sunday, Aug. 31, at 3 p.m., in the First Presbyterian Chapel in downtown Franklin.

The 30-voice a cappella choir sings inspiring and uplifting music drawn from diverse traditions and cultures, in several languages including Aramaic, Hawaiian, Maori, and Zulu. The group is composed of Macon, Jackson, and Rabun county residents, all sharing a passion for harmony singing.

Ubuntu is a worldwide choral movement open to all people who enjoy singing together in harmony. Local Ubuntu director Tom Tyre, who has sung and played various stringed instruments through his life, attended Ubuntu training in Victoria, British Colombia.


The Remnants will perform old time rock and roll at Concerts on the Creek this Friday, Aug. 29, at the Bridge Park in Sylva, N.C., from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The Remnants are a local classic rock-nroll group who has been performing together for 10 years. They cover hits that everybody knows and loves like the Eagles’ “Hotel California,” and Bob Seger's “Ol’ Time Rock n’ Roll.”

The group performs at various venues including weddings and bars. The Remnants is also a band who enjoys giving back to the community, playing for local charities like Habitat for Humanity and the Humane Society. This will definitely be a musical treat and a blast from the past.


The Jackson County Public Library is hosting a jazz concert featuring Jeff Savage and Michael Collings on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m., in the community room. This program is free of charge.

Jeff Savage and Michael Collings are two local, accomplished jazz musicians that have been playing in the Sylva area for many years. They play instrumental jazz standards and some originals that they have written. Savage and Collings also play on arch-top guitars that Savage has handmade. This concert is sure to be a big hit among jazz lovers, and among music aficionados of all stripes.



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