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The 2014-15 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Concert and Jam Series at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will continue Thursday, Feb. 5, with a concert featuring the Darren Nicholson Band.

The group’s 7 p.m. performance of classic country and bluegrass tunes will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate.

Tuckasegee native Darren Nicholson provides vocals and performs on mandolin for the band that carries his name. A founding member of the nationally acclaimed bluegrass ensemble Balsam Range, Nicholson was recently presented a “key to the city” in Canton in recognition of his musical and civic contributions. Other members of the Darren Nicholson Band performing for the Feb. 5 concert will be three-time Grammy Award nominee Steve Sutton on banjo, Kevin Sluder on acoustic bass and vocals, and Griff Martin on guitar and vocals.


Asheville, N.C. native Caleb Johnson burst onto the national music scene by running away with the “American Idol” Season 13 title in 2014.

Johnson’s debut album, “Testify,” was released in August.

To date, Johnson is the fastest Idol to release a debut album.

Johnson will be appearing at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center Saturday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets go on sale beginning Friday, Jan. 30. Visit or call 1-800-745-3000.



The Mountain View Intermediate drama group performed recently with hand made puppets using fractured fairy tales.

Parents and students enjoyed the jokes, scenery, and puppetry by the 5th and 6th graders.

Pictured are (front row, L-R) Kya Wolfe, Beverly Rogers, Caleb Pevia, Joselin Pliego; (second row) Jake Henry, Aryona Johnson, Michelle Bonoa, Karli McMahan; (third row) Graham Long, Heaven Conner, Mary Harper, Bailey Tucek, and Sydney Williams.

The Jackson County Library is hosting a musical concert featuring local band PMA on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m., in the Community Room.

PMA, Positive Mental Attitude, was formed in Charlotte, N.C., during the summer of 2008 by long time friends Kyle Coleman, Matthew Yelen, and Phil Thomas and was later joined by Miller Watson in September 2013.

Gathering influences from Dub Reggae, Roots Reggae, and Alternative/Psychedelic sounds, PMA offers a unique style of music that is sure to lift your spirits.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (828)586-2016.

The Jackson County Public Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library (

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