WCU traditional music series continues with concert by Freight Hoppers

The 2015-16 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Series at Western Carolina University will continue Thursday, March 3, with a concert featuring the old-time string band the Freight Hoppers.

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.

Frank Lee (right) and Bradley Adams make up two-thirds of the old-time string band the Freight Hoppers.

Frank Lee (right) and Bradley Adams make up two-thirds of the old-time string band the Freight Hoppers.

Based out of Bryson City, the Freight Hoppers originally organized in 1992 and gained national attention when they performed on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” The group recorded two albums on Rounder Records before disbanding in 2002, but reorganized in 2007 and now consists of founding member Frank Lee on banjo, bottleneck guitar and vocals; Barry Benjamin on fiddle; and Bradley Adams, a WCU alumnus, on bass.

Sponsored by WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center, the First Thursday series for 2015-16 will conclude April 7 with a concert featuring Buncombe Turnpike.

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.