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.

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


Saturday, June 4
The Katts

The Katts, Leslie and Angie Slosek, are easily recognizable from the Ciderville Farm and Home Show. The Katts received top 10 and several top 40′s on Ourstage, and have been a featured showcase artist on Mystage in Folk traditional songs. The duo play guitar, banjo, and bass fiddle.

Saturday, June 11
Frank Lee

Frank Lee has been presenting hard driving, old time string band music for more than 20 years. His repertoire includes music that was first recorded in the late 1920's and early 1930's, and spans from Mississippi to West Virginia. Frank is a founding member of the Freight Hoppers that have toured internationally and been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Saturday, June 18

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.

Saturday, June 25
Lonesome Sound

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.


Saturday, July 2
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 9
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.

Saturday, July 16
Shady Banks

Shady Banks is a creation that happened in East Tennessee in the Smoky Mountains on the banks of Little River. Sounds like: John Prine, The Avett Brothers, Three Tall Pines, and Hank Williams.

Saturday, July 23
William Ritter & Sarah Ogletree

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

Saturday, July 30
Playing on the Planet

Intelligent, inspired music that taps into your inner free spirit and Appalachian Grass, Americana soul. Together since 2005, they write and play what they call "cosmic rocking boogie grass."


Saturday, August 6

Join us at the Depot for a free concert featuring a soon to be announced regional musician.

Saturday, August 13
Donna Hughes

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, Merlefest, the PBS "Song of the Mountains," Bluebird Cafe and The Station Inn in Nashville and many more popular venues.

Saturday, August 20
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.

Saturday, August 27
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 3
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 10
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 17
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, September 24
The Kelley Family Band

The Kelleys, a multi-award winning family band of four siblings who play bluegrass and bluegrass gospel: Timothy (guitar, vocals) Bethany (fiddle, banjo , vocals) Victoria (mandolin, vocals) Daniel (bass, vocals). They do covers and also sing their own music, and have just completed their first album.


Saturday, October 1
Sleepy Andy Tracy

Songs of the Smokies on mandolin, banjo, guitar and harmonica. Toe tapping bluegrass from a member of Blue Caboose.

Saturday, October 8
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 15
Somebody's Child

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

Saturday, October 22
Blue Eyed Girl

Blue Eyed Girl of Asheville, 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, October 29
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.

Sponsored by the Swain County Tourism Development Authority, the Saturday evening concerts will continue every Saturday evening thru October with each show beginning at 6:30 pm. “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.”