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December 1 - 2 Balsam Range Art of Music Festival - Lake Junaluska
The popular bluegrass band from Haywood County presents two days of evening concerts featuring some of the top nationally touring artists in the field of bluegrass and acoustic music. There are also workshops Saturday afternoon ranging from all skill-level to master-level instrument workshops, handcrafted instrument building, songwriting, dancing and more. It takes place at the Lake Junaluska resort with accommodations available onsite. The festival is in its second year in 2017.
Friday: Balsam Range, Bryan Sutton's All Star Band, Mike Snider.
Saturday: Balsam Range with Atlanta Pops Orchestra, Darrell Scott, Flatt Lonesome, Whitewater Bluegrass Company.
Festival site: Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center
7 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday; workshop schedule TBA.
All seats reserved. Multiple prices range from $25 a night to $60 a night, with a $10 price break for Friday and Saturday night-only tickets.
Lodging packages start at $301 per couple (single rates available) onsite with concerts and meals, and $120 per person at a nearby ranch with meals, shuttle to concerts, and admission to Thursday kickoff show.
December 14 - 16 A Bluegrass Kinda Christmas - Raleigh
The promoter behind September's Bluegrass Island Festival in Manteo started this festival in 2016 with a lineup of 15 acts, plus 12 of "Tomorrow's Bluegrass Stars." The hotel-based show also presented workshops, vendors and late-night jamming. Balsam Range hosts.
Thursday: Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Cane Mill Road, Trinity River Band, The Grass Cats, Flint Hill Bluegrass Band, Darrell Webb Band, Autumn and Canyon Moore, TenderGrass.
Friday: The Isaacs, Earl Scruggs Tribute, Sideline, Darrell Webb Band, Code Blue, Deeper Shade of Blue, TBS (Tomorrow's Bluegrass Stars), Dixie Jubilee.
Saturday: Darrell Webb Band, Sowell Family Pickers, The Malpass Brothers, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, Breaking Glass, Carolina Blue, The Burnett Sisters, Three Creeks Over.
Festival site: Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown
Three-day pass: $150 (reserved seats; 400 available); $125 general admission; ages 7 to 12 (general admission) $65.
Daily (general admission): $45, ages 7 to 12 $25.
December 16 Winter Music Fest - Morganton
The evening of music is a fundraiser for Casting for Hope, a nonprofit that helps women in western North Carolina who are living with ovarian or other gynecological cancers and their families through "limited financial assistance" and fly-fishing retreats, fly-tying and rod-building clinics, and other recreational outings. The festival, which is in its fifth year in 2017, presents local, regional and national musical acts. There is also a benefit dinner at a nearby church before musical performances and an after-party with food and drinks as part of its admission price.
Mipso, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Tellico, Virginia Man Band, and additional acoustic bands playing in the VIP lounge.
Festival site: City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium
Dinner 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., first show 7 p.m.
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