WCU traditional music series continues with concert by Productive Paranoia

Productive Paranoia for the webThe 2015-16 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Series at Western Carolina University will continue Thursday, Feb. 4, with a concert featuring the Haywood County band Productive Paranoia.

The band’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.

Ranging in age from 16 to 21, members of Productive Paranoia are Ean Sheppard, bass; Madeleine Sheppard, vocals; Andreas Kampouris, mandolin and vocals; Connor Luckey-Smith, guitar and vocals; and Keegan Luckey-Smith, banjo and vocals. Band members say they have been inspired by a variety of musical genres, and draw on styles ranging from old-time to contemporary folk to create their unique sound. The group released its first album, “Liars, Fools, and Riches for You,” in 2014.

Sponsored by WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center, the First Thursday concerts and jam sessions will continue through spring, with programs from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. The Freight Hoppers will be the featured band on March 3.

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.