The 2017-18 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Series at Western Carolina University will get underway Thursday, Sept. 7, with a concert featuring old-time musician Jake Blount.
Blount’s 7 p.m. performance in the ground-floor auditorium of H.F. Robinson Administration Building will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate.
An ethnomusicology student at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, Blount has spent many hours studying and performing old-time fiddle and banjo music. He appears on stage regularly with vocalist Emma Joy, and his band, the Moose Whisperers, won first-place honors for traditional bands at the 2016 Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Clifftop, West Virginia.
Sponsored by WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center, 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. Upcoming concerts will feature Frank Lee, Buncombe Turnpike and the Haywood Ramblers.
The events are free and open to the public. Pickers and singers of all ages and experience levels are invited to take part in the jam sessions, which also are open to those who just want to listen.
For more information, call the Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129.