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Off on a Rockin’ Note

by Mary Jane McCall

You’ll know Memorial Day weekend, the official kick-off to another fun-filled season on the Plateau, has arrived when you hear the first strains of live music from the season’s first Groovin’ on the Green concert drifting through the air.

This season welcomes a lineup of returning favorite performers and exciting new talent to the stage.

Village Green director Ann Self believes that, “Most of the performers are local or have a local interest. Hurricane Creek is an always requested favorite group. Porch 40 started as friends attending Western Carolina University. Andalyn found her voice as a teen in Asheville and now is at Belmont College pursuing a musical career. Andrew Beam learned to play guitar while he was a student at Summit Charter School when it was located at The Village Green Commons. He just got a corporate sponsor, and his career is taking off. High Five is a group of local friends who have been playing together for decades, some as far back as high school. The local talent is one of the many reasons that I think people love the concerts; it adds to the hometown feel of the shows.”

We couldn’t agree more.

One of the hometown favorites, Hurricane Creek, starts the season off on a rocking note on Saturday, May 25 (note that this concert is on a Saturday night). With a deep playlist covering a broad range of music from classic rock and R & B, to roadhouse, this talented group will have you singing and dancing the night away.

Groovin’ On the Green is at 6:30 P.M. Friday nights (rain or shine) at The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road in Cashiers. Bring a chair and your family and friends. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash and under the control of the owner at all times. Pack a picnic supper or cooler or purchase food and beverages from one of the vendors on site. Concerts are free, but donations are encouraged and appreciated.

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