Free Concerts at Riverfront Park Every Saturday Night, June Through October

This year we've the 'Music in the Mountains' free Saturday concerts from the train depot to Riverfront Park. The newly named 'Tunes on the Tuck' location has a large lawn for music-lovers with a covered pavilion for the entertainers. Enjoy sitting at one of the riverside picnic tables, or bring a lawn chair or blanket for the grass. (The Chamber will have $1 lawn chairs for rent.)The whole family will enjoy this relaxed, evening event. We've got local and regional favorites playing everything from old-time country to bluegrass, Celtic, mountain music, beach music, rock and roll and more. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the local sounds while enjoying the evening in beautiful downtown Bryson City.

Every Saturday night

June through October

Riverfront Park (new location)
101 Mitchell St. across from train parking

7:00 to 9:00 pm (new time)

Free parking

Restrooms

Riverfront Park is located at the Swain County Administration Building, 101 Mitchell Street (across from the train parking and RR turntable).

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

Here's a partial line-up for 2017. Keep checking back as we add new performers.

June

Saturday, June 24
Twelfth Fret

Kim and Craig Neidlinger are an acoustic guitar and bass duo that performs classic rock covers that include the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Eagles, America, REM, White Stripes, and Tom Petty, plus some originals.

July

Saturday, July 1
Chris Monteith as Elvis

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.

Saturday, July 8
The Freight Hoppers

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. They have toured internationally and have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Saturday, July 15
Pickxen

Pickxen are a trio – Laura and John Monk alongside Michael Garvey – based in and around Atlanta. Intricately complex guitar, nifty banjo picking, hot bass, close harmonies and some wonderful arrangements. Laura's warm and sensitive voice brings to life raw southern country-americana music that warms the heart and cools the soul.

Saturday, July 22
Ian Moore's Mountain Music

Ian Moore has been a fiddler in Western North Carolina for over a decade. During this time the has explored 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.

Saturday, July 29
Karen "Sugar" Barnes

Who do you get when you mix the pristine vocals of Etta James with the guitar licks of Robert Johnson? You get Dillsboro’s “Sugar” Barnes, that’s who. Sugar plays heritage blues and was one of the founding members of the "Blues Bombers" from Sylva, NC. As well as singing, Karen plays acoustic guitar, slide guitar, and the ukulele.

August

Saturday, August 5
Grandpa's Music

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 12
Boogertown Gap

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!

Saturday, August 19
The Elderly Brothers

The Elderly Brothers perform a wide range of music from the fifties, sixties and seventies, including original material, Carolina beach music, Motown and Doo-Wop.

Saturday, August 26
Performer TBA

Check back for the performers for this date.

September

Saturday, September 2
The Caribbean Cowboys

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!

Saturday, September 9
Liz and AJ Nance

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.

Saturday, September 16
Blue Eyed Girl

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.

Saturday, September 23
Lois Hornbostel & Ehukai Teves

Lois and Ehukai are nationally known musicians that specialize in mountain dulcimer and ukulele. Lois is well known as an award-winning performer, writer of instruction books; and for her recordings of tunes and ensembles. Ehukai has copyrighted over 300 songs, and won numerous awards in mountain playing and folksinging competitions at fiddle competitions.

Saturday, September 30
Larry Barnett and Friends

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.

October

Saturday, October 7
Grits And Soul

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.

Saturday, October 14
Performer TBA

Check back for the performers for this date.

Saturday, October 21
William Ritter & Sarah Ogletree

Old love songs, new love songs, and traditional mountain music. North Carolina natives, Sarah plays the fiddle and William plays banjo, fiddle, guitar and other string instruments.

Saturday, October 28
The Grove Band

The last show of the season - so let's party with The Grove Band, a group of musicians from a variety of backgrounds and influences, from southern rock to post-metal, bluegrass, country, AAA and gospel.

What type of music will you hear? “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 Executive Director Karen Wilmot. “It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the local sounds while enjoying the evening in beautiful downtown Bryson City.”