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Community Jam
Every 3rd Tuesday
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Come make music with us - bring your instruments and join our circle! Our new Community Jam is the perfect way to get to know some of our young Junior Appalachian Musicians and to get your feet wet if you’re new to jamming. The evening is strictly a Jam time (no instruction) but is open to all ages and abilities. The first half hour or so will be a slow-jam with simpler and easier songs – the goal is to create a nurturing environment to encourage budding musicians (and those with dusty instruments). You can email for a list of our 10 core songs for the first half hour. If you are or become familiar with this group of songs you’ll be fine for the first half hour. After the first half hour the circle will take direction from the group as to what and how fast we play.

Blue Ridge Music Trails book plus 27-song CD ($20) is available in the Stecoah Artisans Gallery.

Brooke and Darin Aldridge
  • Darin and Brooke Aldridge
  • Buncombe Turnpike
  • Chatham County Rabbits
  • Appalachian Road Show
  • The Jeff Little Trio
  • Aubrey Eisenman & The Clydes
  • The Wildmans
  • Nu-Blue
  • Pretty Little Goat
  • Kruger Brothers

2023 summer concert season

Celebrating Our 24th Annual Summer Concert Series

Our annual summer concert series offers an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists — quality entertainment for the entire family. Rich in cultural heritage,the series continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the fully restored Lynn L. Shields Auditorium.

The Grand Old Stage
In the 1940-1950 era, the auditorium stage became home to musicians touring the mountain area – musicians heard on the "Mid Day Merry Go Round," a popular WNOX-Knoxville radio program.

The Center’s stage has been graced with the top bluegrass performers of that time – Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, The Carter Family, Chet Atkins, Bonnie Lou and Buster, Archie Campbell, Carl Story, Elmer Jethro, Martha Carson and the Brewster Brothers.

It seems these musicians charged little or nothing for admission and put on a great show to a full house! Today’s performers follow in the footsteps of these great musicians and the smaller footprints of the many school children that have performed on this stage as well.

The Cafe is open for snacks and beverages, prior to each Saturday performance and thru intermission.