The 2017-18 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Series at Western Carolina University continues Thursday, Nov. 2, with a concert featuring the Asheville-based bluegrass band Buncombe Turnpike.
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.
Buncombe Turnpike was founded by lead singer and bass player Tom Godleski in 1997, and other members of the current band include Darrell Earwood, guitar; David Hyatt, mandolin; Don Lewis, fiddle, Seth Rhinehart, banjo; and Korey Warren, mandolin. The group plays tunes ranging from traditional to contemporary bluegrass, with some gospel and original songs thrown in the mix.
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 the Haywood Ramblers on Thursday, Dec. 7, and Keith Shuler on Thursday, Feb. 1.
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.