Welcome to the Great Smoky
Mountains and Jackson County, North Carolina
Ninth season of Concerts on the Creek underway through Labor Day
These mountains are known as much for the music that comes out of them as they are for their picturesque vistas, cascading waterfalls and alluring trails.
Some of the world’s finest musicians have come from Western North Carolina and that rich tradition carries on today.
Here in Jackson County, the Town of Sylva, Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department and Jackson County Chamber of Commerce team up to produce the Concerts on the Creek series at the Bridge Park gazebo in Sylva every Friday from 7-9 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Concerts on the Creek events are free and open to the public with donations encouraged. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the shows. Occasionally, these events will feature food truck vendors as well.
Following are the scheduled dates for the ninth annual Concerts on the Creek in 2018.
May 25: Ian Ridenhour (Alternative Rock/Pop)
June 1: Train (Classic Hits)
June 8: Dirty Soul Revival (Blues/Rock)
June 15: Robertson Boys (Bluegrass)
June 22: Tuxedo Junction (Classic Hits)
June 29: Carolina Soulband (Soul/R&B/Beach/Classic Hits)
* Wednesday, July 4: Fireworks Festivities, 6:30-9:30 p.m.- Concert, Crocodile Smile, (Classic Hits/Rock/Soul/R&B) fireworks at dark.
July 6: Darren Nicholson Band (Americana/Country/Bluegrass)
July 13: The Super 60s Band (Classic Hits of the 1960s)
July 20: Andalyn (Rock/Country)
July 27: Mountain Faith (Bluegrass/Gospel)
Aug. 3: Lance & Lea (Americana/Pop/Folk)
Aug. 10: The Get Right Band (Funk/Soul/R&B)
Aug. 17: Colby Deitz Band (Rock/Americana)
Aug. 24: Geoff McBride (Pop/R&B/Soul)
Aug. 31: Dashboard Blue (Classic Hits)
(Check www.mountainlovers.com or Facebook for updates.)
Krauss to perform at Harrah's Cherokee Sept. 21
Genre-bending superstar Alison Krauss brings her angelic voice to Harrah's Cherokee Casino and Resort on Friday, Sept. 21 for a 9 p.m. concert. For tickets, visit www.caesars.com/harrahs-cherokee/shows.
Born in Champaign, Illinois, Alison Krauss grew up listening to everything from folk to opera to pop and rock music, but quickly fell in love with bluegrass when she began playing fiddle at the age of five. Shortly after, Krauss began entering fiddle contests. At the age of 14, Rounder Records signed her to her first record deal and she went on to release her debut solo album two years later. The accomplished bluegrass musician became a member of the Grand Ole Opry at age 21.
Since 1985, Krauss has released 14 albums including five solo, seven with her longtime band and musical collaborators Union Station, and the Robert Plant collaboration Raising Sand, which was certified platinum and won five Grammys, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. She's sold more than 12 million records to date, and her honors include 27 Grammys, nine CMAs, 14 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards and two Gospel Music Association awards.
Located in the North Carolina Mountains and right in the midst of the Great Smoky Mountains, Jackson County is the ideal location for your next mountain getaway. Whatever it is you are looking for in your trip, we have it, from great accommodations, including cabin rentals, to wonderful activities, including rafting, hiking, fishing, golf, skiing, and camping.
Once you’ve found the right place to stay, whether it is a quaint Great Smoky Mountain cabin, or a friendly bed & breakfast, you will be ready to start you adventure in the North Carolina Mountains. If you enjoy fishing, the Tuckasegee River and many lakes and streams offer superb options, or you can take in the mountain scenery and wildlife on one of the area’s many hiking trails. Maybe you want to test your golf game and you can do just that on one of Jackson County’s many classic mountain golf courses.
Journey back to the days of yesteryear as Dillsboro presents its annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries. Experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! 2500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Horse and buggy rides available each night from 5-8 pm (cost + tips). Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa at Town Hall.
When you plan your next mountain vacation to Jackson County and the Great Smoky Mountains, you will want to be sure that you select just the right accommodations for your visit. The options here in the North Carolina Mountains are certainly diverse and offer something for everyone and every budget. There’s so much just waiting for you to enjoy in North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains.