Heritage Center jam series to feature May 6 concert by Laura Boosinger

Western Carolina University’s “First Thursday” Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Session Series will continue Thursday, May 6, with a performance by Laura Boosinger, followed by a jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate.

A singer and banjo player, Boosinger will get the music started at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center. Performers of old-time and bluegrass music are invited to bring their instruments and take part in the jam session that will follow her performance.

Boosinger studied banjo under Grammy Award-winner David Holt at Warren Wilson College, and she now performs as a member of Holt’s group, the Lightning Bolts. Her latest album is “Most of All.” In addition to the banjo, she plays the guitar, Appalachian dulcimer and finger-style autoharp, and she also teaches shape-note singing.

The concerts and jam sessions are free and open to everyone. Pickers and singers of all ages and experience levels are invited to take part in the jam sessions, and the events also are open to those who just want to listen.

The Mountain Heritage Center is located on the ground floor of WCU’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building. For more information, call the museum at (828) 227-7129.