The New Local: Haywood IS… Music!
Guest Blog by Ron Bower – Group Sales Manager for the Haywood TDA
Since relocating to this beautiful county last summer, I have discovered that Haywood County has a thriving, vibrant, live music scene. We all know that Nashville is Music City, Memphis is home to the King, Elvis Presley, Detroit is rich with Motown history, and Cleveland is the Rock and Roll Capital. Haywood County offers live music throughout the year. From our theaters, breweries and restaurants, to festivals and special events. Haywood has an eclectic array of places to experience live music on a regular basis. Simply put, Haywood IS Music!
Haywood IS…. Award-winning!
My first experience with live music was a concert by award-winning bluegrass band, Balsam Range. The reigning International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Entertainers of the year, are from Canton, NC. Their IBMA Record of Year song Papertown is about their hometown and the music video was filmed on location in Canton as well. The guys have so much charisma on stage it’s hard not to fall in love with them. I have since experienced them live twice more at the Winter Concert Series at the Colonial Theatre in Canton. In fact, I am now a member of Balsam Nation, the band’s fan club. Haywood IS Music.
Haywood IS…. Live!
An up and coming venue for music in Western North Carolina is The Stand at 38 Main. The renovated historic theatre in the heart of downtown Waynesville features second run movies (hopefully first run in the near future), offers local craft beer and organic popcorn, as well as top notch live musical performers. I have had the pleasure to see sultry jazz artist Shana Tucker, the folksy sound of The Honey Dew Drops, and The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry performed by the incredible Hillbenders. If you haven’t been to a show here, make plans to do so. The Strand has amazing acoustic sound and it’s very intimate holding about 90. Haywood IS Music!
Haywood IS… Local!
The Blue Ridge Music Trail comes through Haywood County, giving publicity to our thriving local music scene all year long. Downtown Waynesville comes alive during the summer month with Mountain Street Dances on Main Street. Experience an old-fashioned mountain hoe down with live music & clogging with the Historic Haywood County Courthouse set in the backdrop. Our breweries and bars offer live music almost every weekend. Music lovers can enjoy a variety of bands and artists from all genres at many of our local breweries, pubs, and watering spots. The best part is admission is usually complimentary. The Classic Wineseller in the heart of Waynesville offers an intimate musical experience with jazz artists, acoustic guitar players, and a variety of musical acts that are enhanced by sampling wines from all over the world, and enjoying a tasty dinner. The Rendezvous Lounge and Tiki Bar offers live music outdoors throughout the summer. Enjoy brews, incredible cuisine, and a one of a kind mountain beach setting. The Maggie Valley Opry House features legendary bluegrass picker Raymond Fairchild and a variety of bluegrass all summer long. Haywood IS Music!
Haywood IS… Festivals!
Haywood County boasts several music festivals to experience live performances. The Shining Rock Riverfest at Camp Hope in Canton on April 30 features a musical lineup of Appalachian roots and Americana music. Bring a tent and spend the night under the stars for a truly memorable stay. If bluegrass is more your style, check out the Hillbilly Jam in Maggie Valley, July 31-August 1, 2016. Bring a chair and enjoy a day of food, drinks, and incredible music at one of the nations truly unique events. The Smoky Mountain Folk Festival at Lake Junaluska offers a rich variety of the region’s finest fiddlers, banjo players, string bands, ballad singers, buck dancers, and square dance teams. Make it a weekend with a festival package and experience the serenity of this beautiful lake. End your summer on a great note by attending the oldest Labor Day Festival in the country. Come to downtown Canton on September 5th-7th and experience a living, breathing manufacturing town with unmatched authenticity and pride with live musical entertainment all weekend long. Haywood IS Music!
Come and experience live music for yourself all year long. You may just see me there. For all Haywood County musical performances check out our Events Calendar. You’ll soon discover why A Stay Here, Stays With You!
A little more about Ron….
Ron Bower is the Group Sales Manager for the Haywood County TDA. He has a Master’s of Science degree in marketing and communications from Franklin University in Columbus, OH, is a Certified Travel Industry Specialist (CTIS), Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA), and will be attending STS Marketing College starting this summer to become a Certified Travel Professional (CMP).