Mountain Heritage Center’s traditional music series featuring Frank Lee

The 2017-18 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Series at Western Carolina University continues Thursday, Oct. 5, with a concert featuring multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Frank Lee.

Frank Lee (right) will play the next First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Series. He is seen here with bassist Bradley Adams.

Lee’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.

A founding member of the string band the Freight Hoppers, Lee has been performing and teaching banjo and guitar for more than 35 years. He has previously served on the staffs of the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College and for many other workshops around the country.

Sponsored by WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center, the First Thursday concerts and jam sessions will continue through next spring, with programs from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Upcoming concerts will feature Buncombe Turnpike and the Haywood Ramblers.

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.