Along with its plethora of outdoor activities, music is a huge part of life for many in Transylvania County.
The music-inspired White Squirrel Festival during the Memorial Day weekend and the internationally renowned Brevard Music Center festival are the two biggest music events during the summer in the county.
Brevard College’s Paul Porter Center also hosts events in partnership with the Music Center and is the venue for concerts by the college’s music department, the Brevard Philharmonic and the Transylvania Choral Society.
If bluegrass and classical music aren’t your thing, then check out the Brevard Blues N’ BBQ Festival on June 2 and 3 at the Brevard Music Center. Featured artists this year include Delta Moon, Roomful of Blues, The Lee Griffin Band, Tinsley Ellis, The Mojo Brothers Blues Band, and Peggy Ratusz. For more information, go to www.brevardblues festival.com.
The county has several locations to hear live music. Two clubs, 185 King Street and The Phoenix & The Fox, offer eclectic musical performances. 185 King Street provides music on a weekly basis at the 1,100-square-foot venue, which includes a music hall that can comfortably hold 99 people.
For more information, go to www.185kingst.com. The Phoenix & The Fox on South Gaston Street in Brevard offers a weekly calendar of musical acts. For more information, go to www.thephoenixbrevard.com. Oskar Blues Brewery, located off the Old Hendersonville Highway, also offers regular music at its bar, the Tasty Weasel Brevard. For more information, go to www.nctastyweasel.tumblr.com.
For those interested in more traditional music, Silvermont mansion on East Main Street in Brevard hosts free “Mountain Music” every Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and the Tuesday Night Old-Time Music Session is held starting at 6:30 p.m. at Southern Comfort Records on West Main Street in Brevard. Friday night musical jamborees, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., are also held at the Lake Toxaway Community Center. For more information, go to www.toxawaycc.com.
Another regular time and location to hear some bluegrass music is from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. most Saturdays at the Cathey’s Creek Community Center. The center is located on Island Ford Road. For more information, call (828) 883-3557. The folks at the Balsam Grove Community Center, about 9 miles up N.C. 215 from U.S. 64 and just past the fire department on the right, also host regular jam sessions. For more information, call (828) 883-8011.
Although not strictly occurring during the summer, the annual Mountain Song Festival deserves a mention. Each year, the festival attracts some of the finest bluegrass performers in the country and is hosted by Brevard’s very-own Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, known for recent collaborations with Steve Martin, who also performed at the festival in the past. This year’s festival will be held Sept. 8-10 at the Brevard Music Center. Among the acts scheduled to play are the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Hot Rize, Shannon Whitworth and Barrett Smith, Sierra Hull, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Mipso, Molly Tuttle, The Steel Wheels, and Carolina Blue. For more information, go to www.mountainsongfestival.com.
Above are only some of the musical happenings in Transylvania County, so keep your ear to the ground and pick up a copy of The Transylvania Times for all the latest musical events. For more information about all local activities, go to wwwtransylvaniaexplorer.com.