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Oh, Yeah. Weekend Music.

by Mary Jane McCall

Friday Night Live and Saturdays on Pine set the irresistible beat for languid Highlands evenings.

There’s so much to see and do in Highlands every weekend that it might be hard to choose, but whatever you do, don’t miss the Friday Night Live and Saturdays on Pine outdoor concerts.

Gather your family, friends and neighbors and head downtown for a truly enjoyable evening of music. The cares of the world will drift away as you lose yourself in the sounds.

Friday Night Live concerts take place at Highlands Town Square from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M.

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.

Friday Night Live is part of the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, which offers communities opportunities to hear, learn about and enjoy mountain music.

August offers a host of returning favorites: Mountain Dulcimers on August 2; Johnny Webb Band on August 9; Tallulah River Band on August 16; Frank & Allie on August 23; and Silly Ridge Roundup on August 30.

Saturdays on Pine offers a wide range of music and a larger crowd space in the picturesque park. Children especially love the space to run and play while adults enjoy the music. Family fun is the order of the night. Bring your chairs, blankets and favorite tailgate spread, sit back and enjoy the sounds of summer as Beggars Clan, sponsored by David Bock Builders, plays on August 3. This nine-piece band plays funk, reggae and rock. STIG, sponsored by The Bascom, performs a lively, funky set on August 10. The Manor and Friends, sponsored by Highlands Fine Art and Jewelry, take the stage on August 24 and invite all who wish to boogie the night away. Rounding out the month, and brought to you by the Ugly Dog Pub, is Harlem River Noise, playing their unique blend of rock, rhythm and blues, and rockabilly sounds.

For more information about either concert series, contact the Highlands Chamber of Commerce at (828) 526-2112, or visit their website at highlandschamber.org.

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