WCU Summer Concert Series to feature bluegrass stars Balsam Range on July 27

Balsam Range

Balsam Range

Western Carolina University’s 2016 Summer Concert Series will conclude Wednesday, July 27, with a performance by the nationally renowned bluegrass group Balsam Range on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center.

The free concert will begin at 7 p.m., and those planning to attend are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket for seating. In case of rain, the show will move indoors to the University Center Grandroom.

Blending contemporary and traditional bluegrass from their home base in Haywood County, Balsam Range includes Grammy Award-winning banjo player Marc Pruett, fiddler Buddy Melton, mandolinist Darren Nicholson, guitar player Caleb Smith and bass player Tim Surrett. Three band members – Melton, Pruett and Surrett – are WCU alumni.

Balsam Range has won numerous top honors in the bluegrass genre since organizing in 2007, including being named Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. The ensemble’s fifth and most recent album, “Five,” made its Billboard chart debut at No. 4 and remained on the chart for six weeks. Balsam Range consistently tops bluegrass radio airplay lists with its history of top singles.

For more information, contact Stephanie Sue Rowell, associate director for campus programs, at 828-227-3751.