TRAVEL GUIDE TO BRYSON CITY AND THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS

Enjoy a show IN THE SMOKIES

Free Concerts at the Depot Every Saturday Night June Through October

 
Every Saturday night from June through October,
you can enjoy a FREE concert in Bryson City. Join us at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Sit in one of the old church pews on the covered depot deck or bring a lawn chair to enjoy the show.

Sponsored by the Swain County Tourism Development Authority, the Saturday evening concerts will continue every Saturday evening thru October with each show beginning at 6:30pm. “We've got local and regional favorites playing everything from old-time country to bluegrass, to rock and roll,” said Swain County Chamber of Commerce Director Karen Wilmot. “It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the local sounds while enjoying the evening in beautiful downtown Bryson City.”

For other entertainment in Bryson City and the surrounding area, visit our calendar page.

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JUNE

Saturday, June 6
GRITS AND SOUL
Bryson City Train Depot

Asheville-based Grits & Soul are a memorable musical team, not defining themselves by any genre but by bending the rules to create their own distinctive country sound. The common thread they share - a love for roots country, blues, and bluegrass - lends their homegrown Southern sound a palpable energy and authenticity.

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Saturday, June 13
THE FREIGHT HOPPERS

Bryson City Train Depot

The Freight Hoppers have been presenting hard driving, old time string band music for more than 20 years. Their repertoire includes music that was first recorded in the late 1920's and early 1930's, and spans from Mississippi to West Virginia. The Freight Hoppers entertain crowds with hard driving old time music with an emotional, raw excitement that keeps one foot planted in the past and the other in the present. The band has toured internationally and has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” 

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Saturday, June 20
JUNIPER

Bryson City Train Depot

Juniper produces a blend of Celtic and alternative folk music. Juniper weaves a tight tapestry of haunting melodies and lush harmonies. Sprinkle in some fiery rhythms and compelling vocals and you have the unique sound that this group is known for.

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Saturday, June 27
LONESOME SOUND

Bryson City Train Depot

Lonesome Sound is a band steeped in the old-time way of performing the traditional style of mountain music native to their home area of Western North Carolina. Lonesome Sound performs traditional mountain music, gospel, country, folk, and americana.

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JULY

Saturday, July 4

No concert at the Depot. Enjoy the day-long Freedom Festival with crafts, childrens activities, food, music at the Everett Street stage, and fireworks at 10 pm. More info

Saturday, July 11
SOMEBODY'S CHILD

Bryson City Train Depot

Great guitar and harmonies from Bryson City's own Ashley Claxton & Cola Williamson. Influences include Jack White, Gilliam Welch and the blues (in general).

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Saturday, July 18
LIZ AND AJ NANCE

Bryson City Train Depot

With a voice that is absolutely amazing and an extensive repertoire ranging from folk to rock and roll, it's no wonder that Liz is a favorite of crowds throughout Western North Carolina.

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Saturday, July 25
To be announced, please check back

Bryson City Train Depot

Free concert, 6:30 - 8 pm. Join us at the Bryson City Train Depot. Sit in one of the old church pews on the covered depot deck or bring a lawn chair to enjoy the show.

AUGUST

Saturday, August 1
THE RYE HOLLER BOYS

Bryson City Train Depot

The Rye Holler Boys are a local band known for their lively bluegrass and gospel performances. The band has appeared on the Ernest Tubbs Radio Show, at numerous festivals, and have opened up for The Isaacs. Band members consist of Will Howell on guitar and vocals, Tim Williams on bass and vocals, Adam King on mandolin and vocals and Alan King on banjo. Rain or shine.

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Saturday, August 8
PRODUCTIVE PARANOIA

Bryson City Train Depot

Stemming from the mountains of Haywood County, Productive Paranoia has a unique sound inspired by a variety of music genres, from old time to contemporary folk. Their music will remind you of the old days, when neighbors congregated on their porches to share tunes and stories.

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Saturday, August 15
BLUE AND LARRY BARNETT

Bryson City Train Depot

Blue (pictured) grew up in the Bluegrass Hills of Kentucky, where he learned to play guitar as a boy.  Later, he began experimenting the mandolin, then the banjo, and now you could pretty much say, “if it has strings, Blue can play it – and well!”

Local musician Larry Barnett is a moving force in the Bryson City scene as the organizer of the local music jams that take place every other Thursday at the library, not to mention the many bands he plays in.

Saturday, August 22
IAN MOORE AND ADAM BIGELOW

Bryson City Train Depot

Ian Moore & Adam Bigelow break out the fiddle, bow & stand up bass. They play a wide range of acoustic music styles: old timey ballads, blues, bluegrass, rags and reels, hornpipes and hoedowns, polkas, waltzes, gospel, swing jazz, cajun and irish tunes, old honkeytonk numbers, jugband pieces, rockabilly, songs about love, trains and chickens.

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Saturday, August 29
To be announced, please check back

Bryson City Train Depot

Free concert, 6:30 - 8 pm. Join us at the Bryson City Train Depot. Sit in one of the old church pews on the covered depot deck or bring a lawn chair to enjoy the show.

SEPTEMBER

Saturday, September 5
THE CARIBBEAN COWBOYS

Bryson City Train Depot

Dance to the tunes you know and love including Jimmy Buffett and the best of classic rock. Discover new favorites as you groove to Caribbean Cowboys originals which blend reggae, calypso, and good old rock 'n roll. All that’s missing from this “island” is the sand!

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Saturday, September 12
LARRY BARNETT AND FRIENDS

Bryson City Train Depot

Local musician Larry Barnett is a moving force in the Bryson City scene as the organizer of the local music jams that take place every other Thursday at the library, not to mention the many bands he plays in.

Saturday, September 19
CAROLINA BLUEGRASS BOYS

Bryson City Train Depot

This Knoxville-based group of talented musicians plays authentic bluegrass music with a hard driving sound that reflects the traditions of the mountains.

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Saturday, September 26
BLUE CABOOSE

Bryson City Train Depot

Cincinnati-based band with front porch music featuring guitar, skillet, keyboards, accordion, melodica, guiro, mandolin, bass, banjo, harmonica, nose flute, kazoo and more.

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OCTOBER

Saturday, October 3
BOOGERTOWN GAP

Bryson City Train Depot

Boogertown Gap is Ruth Barber and Keith Watson, a wife/husband duo and sometimes band. They specialize in the music that was played and sung by early pioneers and settlers of the Great Smoky Mountains and vicinity. Enjoy old Celtic ballads, fiddle tunes, American compositions, Negro spirituals, and those ever-present, unknown traditional tunes!

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Saturday, October 10
DONNA HUGHES

Bryson City Train Depot

Donna Hughes is a singer-songwriter and with a bluegrass band Donna has performed at major concert and festival events including: BB Kings in NY, Merlfest, the PBS "Song of the Mountains," Bluebird Cafe and The Station Inn in Nashville and many more popular venues.

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Saturday, October 17
JOSH FIELDS

Bryson City Train Depot

The Josh Fields Band blends Southern Rock, classic and contemporary Country and bluegrass leanings to make a sound all their own.  With tight three part harmonies and authentic live shows, they pride themselves on being one of a kind.  Be sure to check out Tobacco Road, their debut album.

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Saturday, October 24
BLUE EYED GIRL

Bryson City Train Depot

Blue Eyed Girl of Asheville, NC is the exciting coalescence of three young women whose roots sink deep into traditional music and dance. Their sweet Appalachian harmonies, old-time rhythmic flair, and high-energy dance numbers draw from the music passed down to them from their families. The music is in their blood and the songs come straight from their hearts.

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Saturday, October 31
CHRIS MONTEITH A.K.A. ELVIS

Bryson City Train Depot

If you are an Elvis fan you will find no one who will look or sound more like the King himself than Chris Monteith. Although Monteith bears an uncanny resemblance to the young Elvis, he goes for the King's fashion flair of the 1970's and keeps an ample supply of scarves for tossing into the audience or wrapping around the napes of fans seeking a souvenir.

 
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Bryson City - Swain County
Chamber of Commerce

210 Main Street
P.O. Box 509
Bryson City, NC 28713

Email

Karen Proctor Wilmot
Executive Director

800-867-9246 toll-free
828-488-3681 local
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