UNC Asheville’s Concerts on the Quad returns in summer 2017 with four free Monday evening shows, featuring Americana/roots, jazz, funk, rock and soul music.
The free concerts take place June 19 and 26, and July 10 and 17, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on the UNC Asheville Quad. Attendees are invited to bring chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy along with the music. Meals, treats and drinks will be available from concession stands on the Quad.
June 19 – Chatham County Line – The concert series begins with Chatham County Line, a Raleigh-based band combining traditional bluegrass harmonies with modern influences. Led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Wilson, the group also features John Teer (mandolin and fiddle), Chandler Holt (banjo) and Greg Readling (bass, pedal steel and piano). Chatham County Line coalesced as a band in the late 1990s and released its seventh studio album, Autumn, last fall. They performed as part of the 2015 Concerts on the Quad at UNC Asheville. chathamcountyline.com
June 26 – Westsound – This quartet led by two brothers, Weaverville natives Randy and Oscar Weston on keyboards, guitar, and vocals, and featuring vocalist Regina Duke and drummer Michael Leyshon – has been bringing lively soul and funk to parties and festivals around Western North Carolina for many years. Covering songs by Sam Cooke; the Four Tops; the Temptations; Stevie Wonder; Earth, Wind & Fire; Kool and the Gang; Michael Jackson; Rick James; Prince; James Brown and more, Westsound is likely to have dancers of multiple generations fill the dance area in front of the Quad stage. westsoundproductions.net
July 10 – Flood: Electric Herbie Hancock Tribute – This group includes some of Asheville’s finest jazz musicians performing Herbie Hancock’s electric funk of the early ’70s, including the big hit Headhunters, an album that heralded a new era of jazz fusion and was named by Rolling Stone as one of the best 500 albums of all time. UNC Asheville music faculty members Brian Felix (keyboards) and Jacob Rodriguez (saxophone) will be joined by Mike Barnes (guitar), Ben Bjorlie (electric bass), Phill Bronson (drums) and Jason DeCristofaro (percussion). facebook.com/floodelectricherbie
July 17 – Southern Culture on the Skids – This trio of Rick Miller (guitar and vocals), Dave Hartman (drums) and Mary Huff (bass and vocals) formed in Chapel Hill in the early 1980s and has been specializing in what they call “a greasy mix of surf, rockabilly, R&B and country-fried garage with a side of psych,” ever since. The Electric Pinecones, their latest album and fifth on their own Kudzu Records label, was released last fall and they will arrive on the Quad fresh from a World Café Live appearance in Philadelphia, and shows in Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, Milwaukee and Chicago. scots.com
Concerts on the Quad are sponsored by the Asheville Citizen-Times and Ingles. For more information, visit unca.edu/concerts or contact UNC Asheville Cultural Events & Special Academic Programs at 828.251.6674.
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