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Live Music Every Weekend

by Mary Jane McCall

With their return to the local social calendar, Friday Night Live and Saturdays on Pine retain their status as the official soundtrack of Highlands Summer.

Listen closely and you’ll hear the strains of live music drifting on the breeze every weekend in Highlands, beginning on Friday, May 17, when Friday Night Live concerts return to Highlands Town Square from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. This concert series is part of the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, and offers local and regional artists a chance to share their beloved mountain music.

Join the fun beginning on May 17 when local favorites, Silly Ridge Round Up, bring their sounds to the stage. This lively band always draws a large crowd. On May 24, Mountain Dulcimers bring their melodic, soothing sounds to the stage. It’s a rare opportunity to enjoy the sounds of the region’s most beloved instrument, the dulcimer. Southern Highlands rounds out the May line-up on May 31.

Saturdays on Pine are at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park on Pine Street and also begin at 6:00 P.M. These concerts offer the chance to hear some of the finest music our region has to offer. Saturdays on Pine offers a wide range of music, so no matter what genre you like you’ll likely find something to enjoy − jazz, country, blues, rock and roll, bluegrass or folk. Saturday, June 1, kicks off this season with Train, whose lively jazz sounds will have the crowd dancing the night away. The remainder of the season brings lots of local favorites back, as well as a few new bands,

Saturdays on Pine are sponsored by members of the Highlands Chamber of Commerce, and the June 1 show is sponsored by T. J. Bailey’s.

For more information about either concert series or information on how to become a sponsor, contact the Highlands Chamber of Commerce at (828) 526-2112, or visit highlandschamber.org.

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