WCU traditional music series to feature Ol’ Dirty Bathtub on Feb. 2

Members of Ol’ Dirty Bathtub gather for a staff meeting before a recent show. The Jackson County string band will be featured in a concert at WCU on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Members of Ol’ Dirty Bathtub gather for a staff meeting before a recent show. The Jackson County string band will be featured in a concert at WCU on Thursday, Feb. 2.

The 2016-17 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Series at Western Carolina University will continue Thursday, Feb. 2, with a concert featuring the Jackson County string band Ol’ Dirty Bathtub.

The group’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.

Ol’ Dirty Bathtub includes Brad Boulet, vocals and stringed instruments; Jerad Davis, vocals and stringed instruments; Neil Lippard, guitar; Carter Giegerich, dobro and mandolin; and Adam Bigelow, bass. The group has performed across the region for several years, with appearances at Sylva’s Concerts on the Creek series, the Nantahala Outdoor Center and Oskar Blues Brewery.

“Their music is steeped in the bluegrass and old-time traditions of Western North Carolina, but they have been known to delve into more modern tunes as well,” said Peter Koch, education associate at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center. “There’s no telling what you will hear, from traditional tunes to ’90s pop, but it’ll be played on stringed instruments and it will be fun.”

Sponsored by the 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. Upcoming performers will include Blue-Eyed Girl on March 2 and Lee Knight on April 6.

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.