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Louis-Virie Blanche will be performing on Friday, July 4, 8 to 10 p.m., at Rathskeller, 58 Stewart St., Franklin.

Blanche is a North Carolina born, world traveled Cherokee, with Choctaw, Blackfoot, and French Creole heritage.

His recordings feature numerous Grammy Award winners and nominees, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members.

The music he writes, sings, and produces is a mixture of styles including Cherokee, Creole, Reggae, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, Jazz, and Pop.

He's famed for being the first Native American artist to play Jamaica's world renowned Reggae Sunsplash festival.

Western Carolina University’s annual Summer Concert Series continues Tuesday, July 8, with a free show featuring the Buchanan Boys in the Central Plaza on campus at 7 p.m.

The Sylva-based group will perform a “countrified rock ‘n’ roll” show that draws from the eclectic tastes in music of the band members.

The final two concerts in the series also will be free and held in the Central Plaza at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, July 15, Cullowhee- based Porch 40 will combine elements of Motown, jazz and funk to create a unique sound embellished with rock, progressive, indie, metal, hiphop and rock.

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Bring out the red, white and blue for Friday, July 4, as the Town of Franklin and the Franklin Main Street Program celebrate Independence Day in Historic Downtown Franklin. Activities get under way at 9:30am.

“We invite everyone to come to downtown Franklin for this fun, small town event,” said Linda Schlott, Franklin Main Street Program executive director. “The celebration will feature a parade, pet parade and contest, free watermelon and children’s games.”

This is your opportunity to walk, drive or participate in another way, in Franklin’s 4th of July Parade. According to Schlott, “Visitors and locals alike are invited to be part of the parade. Just meet in the lower parking lot of Franklin Town Hall at 9:30 a.m.” No sign-up is required.

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Internationally known bluegrass great Curtis Blackwell and and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys entertained the crowds last Saturday night at Pickin’ on the Square in downtown Franklin.

Spectators are invited to dance and (below) young Anna Geiger thought she’d give it a try.

Photos by Betsey Gooder

 

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