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Group delivers disco classics and a high energy show.

What do you get when you have a cop, a soldier, a construction worker, a biker, a cowboy, and a Native American all together in one room? The Village People, that's what, and they are coming to Franklin.

It doesn't matter what you are doing, where you are, or how old you are, when the song "YMCA" by the Village People comes on, it's a given, you do "The YMCA." That song, along with other original disco sensations by The Village People such as "Macho Man" and "Go West" have been solidified as classics that will continue to span generations of music lovers.


Hot off the heels of advancing to the third round of NBC’s television show “America’s Got Talent,” the Sylva-based bluegrass/gospel group Mountain Faith will perform in front of their hometown crowd on Friday, Aug. 14.

The performance is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m., at Sylva’s Bridge Park Pavilion as part of the Concerts on the Creek summer music series. The free show will be the last one before they perform live in the third round of America’s Got Talent at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The Mountain Faith band has been singing and traveling together for 14 years. Members include Summer McMahan (fiddle/vocals), Brayden McMahan (banjo/vocals), Sam McMahan (bass), Cory Piatt (mandolin), and Luke Dotson (guitar/vocals).


The Jackson County Public Library is hosting a musical concert featuring singersongwriter Hunter Grigg on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m., in the Community Room.

Just 20 years old, Hunter Grigg is an up-and-comer on the Western North Carolina music scene. Grigg now lives in Asheville and plays quite a lot in Sylva and Waynesville. He is an amazing guitarist and singer and is becoming an accomplished songwriter as well.

This program is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.

For more information, please call the library at (828) 586-2016.

The Jackson County Public Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library (www.fontanalib.org).

To showcase the musical and vocal talents of area youth, 4-H in association with Catch the Spirit of Appalachia will again produce the Heritage Alive! Mountain Youth Talent Contest during the Great Smoky Mountain Railway RailFest, Sept. 5. Contest time is 10 a.m. until noon.

Participants in this contest must exhibit a talent that will reflect heritage and old Appalachian ways of our region and adhere to the qualifications and rules set up by the organizers of the talent contest and festival. This competition will be held on the main stage and will be part of the “heritage” entertainment provided during the Festival.

Prizes are offered for first, second, and third place winners. First Place Best of Show winner will have the opportunity of playing on the Heritage Stage at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015.



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