Scene Around Town …

Troubadours gather the villagers

One of the greatest joys of living in Western North Carolina (WNC) is being able to enjoy great music any night you want. You might have to travel a few miles; but you might only have to choose between performances in your own “backyard” – say at 1841 Café or Howard Brewing – while walking around uptown Lenoir.

In this first installment of our feature, “Scene Around Town,” we take a look at some of the recent musical offerings in WNC.

WEST JEFFERSONJ. J. Hipps of Granite Falls, a Blues musician, played at Boondocks Brewing Tap Room & Restaurant in West Jefferson. He is also scheduled to play this Friday at 1841 Café in Lenoir from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. and Primal Brewery in Huntersville, N.C. on Saturday from 7 – 10 p.m.

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J. J. Hipps

BETHLEHEM – Quiles & Cloud, a dynamic singer-songwriter duo from California, stopped by Bethlehem on their eastern U.S. tour to play the SLHC Basement Series. After their summer 2014 appearance, they were brought back by popular demand. Rufus and Cyndi Smith host regular house concerts in their home, complete with professional equipment, great food, and artist meet-and-greets. Get more information on local house concerts. Learn more about Quiles & Cloud. 

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Quiles & Cloud perform as part of the SLHC Basement Series in Bethlehem.

LENOIR – More than one toast of “May the road rise up to meet you …” was heard on  St. Patrick’s Day at Howard Brewing. People and pets (precisely, dogs) filled Howard Brewing on St. Patrick’s Day as a mixture of local musicians gathered to entertain the Irish faithful and their allies.

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Patrons at Howard Brewing enjoyed traditional – and some not-so-traditional – Irish tunes on St. Patrick’s Day. From left, Ian Haas, Jeff Haas, Cory Kinal, Andrew Massey and Charlie Frye.

LENOIR – Terry Edwards, who has been playing in the region for decades, entertained the patrons at 1841 Café on March 18. He was born and raised in the Smokey Mountains of Western North Carolina. Playing clubs, festivals and living rooms, the singer-songwriter draws on 40-plus years of experience to craft story songs of the people and places in his beloved mountains.

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Terry Edwards

NEWTON – Carolina Vines at 19 N. College Ave. in Newton hosted Sycamore Bones on March 19. They were joined on a few tunes by their former vocalist, Michelle Ervin, who had to depart the band after moving. A mix of young and old reveled in the music, mostly written by band members Cory Kinal and Andrew Massey.

Sycamore Bones at Carolina Vines

Sycamore Bones performs at Carolina Vines in Newton. From left, Jason Barr (partially hidden), Andrew Massey, Ian Haas, and Cory Kinal.


The Caldwell Heritage Museum is hosting Bruce Craig, a historian and lifelong resident of Caldwell County on Saturday, March 26 at 10 a.m. Learn more on our Events page.

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