• Free Concert! First Thursday Concert & Jam: The Queen Family!

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    Name: Free Concert! First Thursday Concert & Jam: The Queen Family!
    Date: October 3, 2019
    Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
    Event Description:

    LOCATION: Homebase- located next to Cullowhee Baptist Church, east side of the WCU campus at 83 Central Drive.

    The 2019-20 season of the First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Series at Western Carolina University will get underway Thursday, Oct. 3, with a concert featuring the Queen Family of Jackson County’s Caney Fork community.

    Representing a long line of pickers and singers, the Queen Family for many years included family matriarch Mary Jane Queen, a ballad singer who was recipient of the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award and the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship. Even though she has passed on, the family continues to perform traditional mountain music for local events such as WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day festival.

    The First Thursday concerts and jam sessions will continue through next spring, with programs from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. The next concert coming up on Nov. 7 will feature the Pressley Girls.

    Host: Mountain Heritage Center

    DegreePlus Skill: Cultural Responsiveness

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