The Concerts on the Creek summer music series returns for its fifth season with 14 weeks of Friday evening concerts from late May through August.
The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
This year’s lineup is an ideal fit for the North Carolina mountains with an emphasis on bluegrass, country, blues, and gospel, along with beach, oldies, rock, and 80’s music.
Kicking off the series May 31 are the Rye Holler Boys from Bryson City. This quartet of young musicians plays a mix of traditional bluegrass and mountain gospel.
The series concludes Aug. 30 with the Lisa Price Band. Based in Franklin, the band is true to its country roots, playing everything from Patsy Cline to Miranda Lambert to ZZ Top.
A highlight of the 2013 season is the June 14 appearance by Unspoken Tradition. These up-and-coming bluegrass artists from Cherryville describe themselves as “six guys who know how to bring it” with a brand of music described as “working class bluegrass.”
New to the schedule this year is an all-80s show June 28 from rockers Buick MacKane of Morganton. Buick MacKane brings a set list ranging from arena rock to new wave to hair metal.
The schedule is as follows: Rye Holler Boys (May 31), Johnny Webb Band (June 7), Unspoken Tradition (June 14), Vinyl Brothers Big Band (June 21), Buick MacKane (June 28), Sundown (July 5), Buchanan Boys (July 12), Dashboard Blue (July 19), Mountain Faith (July 26), Whitewater Bluegrass Company (Aug. 2), Lonesome Sound (Aug. 9), Steve Weams & the Caribbean Cowboys (Aug. 16), Porch 40 (Aug. 23) and Lisa Price Band (Aug. 30).
The concerts are produced by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Sylva, and Jackson County Parks and Recreation.
For info about the concerts, call (800) 962-1911, or go to: www.mountainlovers.com.