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Members of the Western Carolina Civic Orchestra, conducted by William Henigbaum, will present a string chamber orchestra concert on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library.

“We are inspired to give this concert by the former courtroom, now the Community Room, which is a wonderful chamber for music, with comfortable seating and good accoustics,” says orchestra member Kathy Arps. The string players of the orchestra include area residents who are amateur musicians, as well as local violin teachers and their students. “We enjoy playing together and are glad to have an excuse to practice in the summer,” says Arps.

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Pickin’ on the Square is still going strong as summer begins to wind down.

Last Saturday night, crowd favorite “Sundown” was the featured band. Several aspiring artists took advantage of the open mic before the headliner came on.

Junior Hickey, 80, of Hunatella, Fla., said he just “loves to sing.”

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Western Carolina University will host two bands and screen the horror film “Cabin in the Woods” on Saturday, Aug. 18, as part of the university’s annual outdoor Valley Ballyhoo event.

Designed to help connect students with WCU and surrounding community, Valley Ballyhoo features an organization and merchant fair with information tables as well as free food and games from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Then, Asheville band Kovacs and the Polar Bear will take the stage at the Central Plaza. The band, which performs a unique style of music with folk and rock flavors, captured an audience choice prize at the Asheville Music Video Awards and recently performed at Asheville’s Bele Chere festival.

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The Charlie Daniels Band, a Grammy-winning group that requires little introduction, will perform live at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, August 17, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $38.

Charlie Daniels has made many great contributions to county and southern rock music. He’s best recognized for hits such as, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “Simple Man.” Known as a phenomenal fiddle player, Daniels has accompanied many great artists, including Bob Dylan, The Marshall Tucker Band, and Hank Williams, Jr. Daniels is a master of the guitar, mandolin, and banjo, as well.

Daniels was born in Wilmington, North Carolina and currently resides in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and has received multiple awards throughout a career that spans five decades. He has scored hits on the rock, country, pop, and Christian charts.

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