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Enjoy a Little Music and Dance

by Mary Jane McCall

Summer has officially arrived in Highlands when the Friday Night Live and Saturdays on Pine outdoor concerts take the stage and folks of all ages come out to dance under the stars.

Friday Night Live performances take place at the Highlands Town Square from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Saturdays on Pine are at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park on Pine Street and also begin at 6:00 P.M.

It’s not only the people who come listen to music who appreciate these family friendly concerts, but many of the same performers come back again and again to play to the appreciative and fun-loving crowds.

Knight Martorell, who plays banjo, harmonica and contributes to the harmony vocals with Silly Ridge Round Up says that, “for us, having fun with the audience is as much a part of what we enjoy as the music we play, and Friday Night Live is the perfect venue for that. It is the culmination of so many wholesome characteristics: friends and families gathering in the center of Highlands, cloggers dancing to our music, cool mountain air, and children playing, all make for very special summer evenings. It’s a wonderful reminder of what a magical place Highlands is, and how lucky we are to live here.”

Andalyn, who often plays Saturdays on Pine, “loves the people of Highlands, the scenery and getting to share what I do. Watching the families and dogs play is pretty cool, too.” Her live performances include original compositions and covers.

The Friday night lineup during June is Tallulah River Band on June 7; Silly Ridge Roundup on June 14; Ben and Marce on June 21; and Southern Highlands Band on June 28.

Saturdays on Pine features the jazz sounds of Train on June 1; the Colby Dietz Band on June 8, sponsored by Spartina 449; Andalyn on June 15, sponsored by Highlands Performing Arts Center; Troy Underwood on June 22; and Arnold Hill on June 29, sponsored by Highlands Aerial Park.

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy a little music and dancing under the stars.

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