Mountain Faith band to perform on campus Nov. 5

Jackson County-based bluegrass-gospel band Mountain Faith will perform at Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Nov. 5.

The concert, presented by WCU’s Last Minute Productions, will begin at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $2 for students and $5 for the general public, or free with non-perishable food donations (two food items per ticket for students, five food items per ticket for the general public).

Current members of the bluegrass-gospel band Mountain Faith are (from left) Sam McMahan, Brayden McMahan, Summer McMahan, Cory Piatt and Luke Dotson.

Current members of the bluegrass-gospel band Mountain Faith are (from left) Sam McMahan, Brayden McMahan, Summer McMahan, Cory Piatt and Luke Dotson.

Tickets can be purchased beginning at noon Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the A.K. Hinds University Center’s guest services desk located on the second floor. The show is limited to 900 people, and any remaining tickets will be available at the door beginning at 5 p.m. on Nov. 5.

Donated food will be delivered to the Community Table or Jackson County United Christian Ministries to benefit local residents in need.

Mountain Faith, whose current album “That Which Matters” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Magazine’s bluegrass chart, recently reached the semifinals of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” in which they performed live at Radio City Music Hall. The band features family patriarch Sam McMahan on bass, his daughter Summer McMahan on fiddle and singing lead

and harmony vocals, and his son Brayden McMahan on banjo and providing harmony vocals, along with Luke Dotson on guitar and lead and harmony vocals, and Cory Piatt on mandolin.

The band’s debut album, 2011’s “Save Me,” won the Southern Gospel Music Association’s New Artists of the Year Award. Last month, Mountain Faith was named the 2015 group recipient of WCU’s Mountain Heritage Award.

For more information, call A.K. Hinds University Center at 828-227-7206.