ASHEVILLE, NC – From blues and bluegrass to jazz and world music, UNC Asheville’s 27th Concerts on the Quad has something for everyone. Music lovers are invited to bring their lawn chairs along with their friends and families to UNC Asheville this summer to enjoy a beloved – and free – annual tradition.
Big Ron Hunter and his four-piece band will take the stage June 29.
The concerts get under way at 7 p.m. each Monday from June 15 to July 13 on the Quad. In case of rain, the free concerts will be held in Lipinsky Auditorium. The series concludes with two ticketed performances of Folkmoot USA Festival on July 18-19. All concerts are free, except for Folkmoot.
The public is invited to bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs. Sorry, no pets allowed. With nearly 2,000 people attending each concert, lawn-chair seating will be separate from blanket seating in order to preserve sight lines; please look for signage when arriving on the Quad.
Whitewater Bluegrass Company will kick off the series on June 15. For more than 25 years, this band has captivated audiences throughout the Southeast with their blend of bluegrass music, country ballads and mountain swing.
Land O’ Sky Symphonic Band will perform on June 22. The Marion, N.C.-based band features professional and amateur musicians, playing symphonic tunes in the classic tradition of community bands.
Piedmont bluesman Big Ron Hunter will take the stage on June 29. This old-school player and his four-piece band perform it all – from the acoustic styling of Robert Johnston to up-town funky electric originals.
Noted Cherokee storyteller Lloyd Arneach will share his traditional stories at 7 p.m. on July 6. An enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, Arneach learned his first legends from two storytelling uncles and has gone on to collect traditional tales throughout his life. Also on July 6, popular mountain musicians Laura Boosinger, Josh Goforth and Jerry Sutton will play at 8 p.m. Boosinger, an award-winning singer and clawhammer banjo player, performs regularly at Asheville’s Mountain Dance and Folk Festival and around the region. Goforth is a critically acclaimed young fiddler, guitar picker and mandolin player from Madison County. Sutton, an award-winning guitar player, has deep family roots in old-time music and mountain heritage.
The Capital Messengers will swing into the limelight on July 13. A unit of the 257th U.S. Army Band based in Washington, D.C., the Capital Messengers is a traditional jazz team directed by Sergeant Jamal Brown.
The 26th annual Folkmoot USA festival, the only ticketed event of the series, will feature folk dance and music from around the world on July 18-19. Tickets range from $25-$20 and are half-price for children under age 12. Tickets are available online at www.folkmootusa.org/ or call 877.FOLKUSA.
In case of rain, the concerts will be held in Lipinsky Auditorium. Concert location decisions are made at 5 p.m. the day of the show. Patrons may call 828.232.5000 extension 3 after 5:15 p.m. each Monday to hear a recorded announcement about the location of that evening’s performance.
For more information about Concerts on the Quad, call UNC Asheville’s Cultural & Special Events Office at 828.251.6991 or click on www.unca.edu/summerquad.