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Western Carolina University’s annual Jazz Festival will feature performers including special guest guitarist and composer Paul Bollenback and will be held on an open-air stage on campus during the late afternoon and evening of Saturday, April 26.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. near the fountain outside A.K. Hinds University Center with different ensembles taking the stage each hour.

The festival opens with the WCU “Straight Ahead” Jazz Septet at 4 p.m. followed by the WCU “Modal” Jazz Sextet at 5 p.m., the Jason Decristofaro Trio at 6 p.m. and the Steve Wohlrab Trio at 7 p.m.

Headlining the festival will be Bollenback performing with the WCU Jazz Ensemble at 8 p.m.



Just after wrapping up soundcheck, while grabbing a quick bite before the show, the Haywood County based band, Balsam Range sat down to talk about the inspiration they find in Franklin, N.C.

“We have never played a bad show here,” said band member Darren Nicholson. “The Performing Arts Center is one of the best, if not the best venue in Western North Carolina. We never leave here disappointed.”

Last weekend marked the band’s seventh or eight performance in Franklin, they frequent Franklin’s Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts so often, none of the members can recall which trip it was.



The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership announces the launch of a new website, BlueRidgeMusicNC.com, in support of the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina.

The site is designed to showcase and promote the traditional music of Western North Carolina through the Blue Ridge Music Trails (BRMT) initiative, a program of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area (BRNHA) in partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council (NCAC).

www.BlueRidgeMusicNC.com features trip planning tools, including an interactive, searchable events calendar and map, videos of traditional musicians, and interesting profiles and stories. Visitors will find in-depth information about Western North Carolina’s rich traditions of bluegrass and string band music, ballad singing, fiddling, shape-note singing, gospel music, clogging, and other traditional forms of music and dance unique to the region.


Susan M. Abram, an adjunct history faculty member at Western Carolina University, is recipient of the 2013 Anne B. & James B. McMillan Prize from the University of Alabama Press for her forthcoming book, tentatively titled “The Forging of a Cherokee-American Alliance in the Creek War: From its Creation to its Betrayal.”

The University of Alabama Press Faculty Editorial Board, which consists of scholars from all Alabama public universities that award a doctoral degree, confers the endowed prize on the basis of scholarly excellence.

The board has awarded the prize, which includes a cash award and full publication of the work, annually since 1995 to the manuscript chosen as Most Deserving in Alabama or Sothern History or Culture.

“Susan Abram’s study of the Cherokee-American alliance in the Creek War exemplifies and continues the tradition of superlative scholarship the McMillan award was established to honor,” said Curtis Clark, UAP director.


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