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The Ole Mater Farm will hold its first benefit of the season this Saturday, July 7, featuring the region’s top bluegrass bands. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Savannah Fire Department.

Sylva band Mountain Faith will host the event. The group has recently been nominated for Emerging Band of the Year and Song of the Year with Southern Gospel’s awards.


America, an English-American folk rock band who became a musical sensation in the early 1970s, will be in concert at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $27 each.

America is best known for hits such as “A Horse with No Name,” “Sister Golden Hair,” and “Lonely People.” They reached the number one spot with several of their hits and won a Grammy for best new musical artist. America celebrated 40 years in the music industry when they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier this year.

Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell are the front men for America. They are joined by band members Michael Wood on guitar, Will Leacox on drums, and Rich Campbell on bass.


Macon County Public Library’s Thursdays at the Library program for July 12 will feature The Liars Bench, a live authentic Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, drama, and folk arts presentation.

Started by Gary Carden in the summer of 2010, the show has been an audience pleaser from the beginning. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Living Room of the library.



The Jackson County Public Library in downtown Sylva will host the musicians of Country Memories on Tuesday, July 10, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.

Country Memories is a sextet consisting of guitar, banjo, fiddle, and autoharp. The group, made up of musicians from Frankin, N.C., and the North Georgia communities of Mountain City and Clayton, share music, stories, and fellowship with their audiences. They play contemporary and traditional country, gospel, and Bluegrass, throwing in a little humor and even a bit of country "rap."


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