Mountain Heritage Center kicks off jam series Nov. 7

The 2013-14 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will get under way Thursday, Nov. 7, with a concert featuring the Frogtown Four.

The group’s 7 p.m. performance of bluegrass and mountain music will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate.

Members of the Frogtown Four are Dan Andrews, fiddle and banjo; Will Putman, bass; Mark Queen, guitar; and Barry Clinton, mandolin. All four musicians provide vocals. The group has performed across the region for a dozen years at events such as WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day, Franklin’s Pickin’ on the Square and the John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival.

The First Thursday concerts and jam sessions will continue at the Mountain Heritage Center through next spring, with programs from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.

The events are free and open to everyone. 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.

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.