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Bluegrass bands, Balsam Range and The Boxcars, will perform on Friday, April 4, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10 each.

Balsam Range is a group of five musicians and singers from Haywood County, who has won multiple International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, the latest being the 2013 Album of the Year for their album, “Papertown.” They have had seven national number one hits including, “Last Train to Kitty Hawk,” “Caney Fork River,” “Trains I Missed,” “Gonna Be Movin’,” “Row by Row,” “Could Do You Some Good,” and “Any Old Road.”

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The Malpass Brothers' momentum is growing as fast as their sideburns. They're as authentic as country ham and red-eye gravy and things just don't get much better than that. North Carolina natives, the Malpass Brothers – Chris, 27 and Taylor, 23 – are the real deal in traditional country music.

Touring as the opening act for music legend Merle Haggard has broadened their introduction to audiences across America. They've made festival appearances in Northern Ireland and The Shetland Islands, and the title cut video from their album "Memory That Bad" topped the chart at number seven in CMT’s Pure Country.

Gifted musicians and songwriters, the brothers have recorded three gospel and three country music projects, and have shared the stage with artists such as Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Stuart, Doc Watson and more. Chris and Taylor Malpass were born to be on stage, promoting the work and music of artists they treasure while creating new music and making their own mark in the lineage of a rich cultural heritage.

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Artists from Western Carolina University and throughout Western North Carolina will give new meaning to the term “fired up” as WCU’s Fine Art Museum hosts an “iron pour” Saturday, April 5, at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro.

An iron pour is an artistic activity in which iron is heated, melted and poured into molds to create sculpture. The goal of the event is to invite the community to learn about the art of casting iron while also allowing students to create unique cast iron artwork, said Denise Drury, curator at the Fine Art Museum.

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Western Carolina University’s original production of a radio re-creation of “Tarzan of the Apes” has been recognized with one of the top awards in the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts. The show, which was presented Feb. 26, 2013, in WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, is the winner of the best of competition award in the long-form faculty audio production category.

Judges said in their comments that the piece was entertaining and engaging, and created “grand suspense” through the use of “spirited narration, musical crescendos and decrescendos, effectively placed sound effects, and engaging dialogue.”

“The judges were impressed with the overall audio quality featured on the production as well as the staging of the production,” said John McGuire, chair of the festival’s faculty audio category. “These types of audio plays are rarely heard on the radio today.”

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