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A new series of evening bluegrass music classes for beginners will be starting at the Log Cabin Cooking & Music Center in Asheville, NC on Tuesday, September 27, 2011.

These first-timer classes are open to anyone and are designed for total novices wanting to learn bluegrass and clawhammer banjo, fiddle or mandolin. Classes will be held in a vintage log cabin at 111 Bell Road in the Haw Creek section of east Asheville, off Tunnel Road. Teaching the classes will be Wayne Erbsen, well-known for his ability to teach anyone to play a musical instrument.

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“Rock the Square,” a Labor Day weekend concert and street dance, will be presented Friday, September 2, at 7:30 p.m., at the Town Square gazebo on Main Street in downtown Franklin, weather permitting.

The award-winning C-Square Band will perform 1950s- ‘70s pop and Motown hits, including “Bye, Bye Love,” “Mustang Sally,” “Stand By Me,” “What’d I Say,” and many more.

Band members include keyboardist Lionel Caynon, vocalists Bobbie and Mike Contino, and guitarists Dave Stewart and Gary Gaetano.

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Western Carolina University will offer eight weeks of blacksmithing classes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 20 through Nov. 10 at Calerin Forge in Balsam.

Taught by David Burress (owner of Calerin Forge), participants will learn fundamental skills in shaping iron on a traditional coal forge. The cost of the course is $375 and includes all materials with the exception of safety glasses, which participants should supply for themselves.

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Suzy Bogguss will perform at the Highlands Performing Arts Center Friday, Sept. 2. For her new project, “American Folk Songbook,” Bogguss turns childhood memories into modern standards.

Bogguss had a revelation on stage with Garrison Keillor in 2008. Folk songs are the scrapbook of the American experience, but as music education fades from public schools, she worried; these beautiful melodies are in danger of being overlooked. She resolved to record these timeless songs in an updated but reverent way – so that everyone can sing along.

 

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