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1. The Collett Street Rec Center will host a fall book sale today and Saturday. Sponsored by the Friends of the Burke County Public Library to raise funds for library programs, hours are 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday for Friends members. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday for the public. A bag s…

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The town of Valdese has announced on its Facebook page that Friday night’s Valdese Family Friday Nights concert. The show was set to feature Blind Justus from 7-10 p.m.

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WILKESBORO, N.C. — Carolina in the Fall Music and Food Festival, the fourth annual celebration of music, food and mountain tradition, takes place Sept. 21-22, in historic downtown Wilkesboro. More than 100 musicians, chefs, vintners and craft beer brewers from the region will gather on Main …

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1. Head to Drexel for music at the R.O. Huffman Center this weekend. The Crossfire Band will play country music and lead a dance tonight from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. Food will be served. The R.O. Huffman Center is located at 700 S. Main St. in…

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Like most bands, local rockers Throwdown Jones came from humble beginnings, playing in restaurants and small clubs in their hometown of Morganton. But now, 10 years after forming, the rock 'n' roll band has found success as a favorite performer at rallies, festivals and venues across the country.

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1. Head to Valdese for the next Family Friday Nights concert. Skate Rink Jukebox will play at 7 p.m. on Friday night in the Wells Fargo/town parking lot. Myra’s cruise-in will begin at 6 p.m., downtown shops will remain open later and a 50/50 raffle will be held. All Valdese Family Friday Ni…

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1. Head to Valdese for the next Family Friday Nights concert. Fox and Company will play at 7 p.m. on Friday night in the Wells Fargo/town parking lot. Myra’s cruise-in will begin at 6 p.m., downtown shops will remain open later and a 50/50 raffle will be held. All Valdese Family Friday Night…

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1. Head to Valdese for the next Family Friday Nights concert. Hannah Kaminer and her band will play at 7 p.m. on Friday night in the Wells Fargo/town parking lot. Myra’s cruise-in will begin at 6 p.m., downtown shops will remain open later and a 50/50 raffle will be held. All Valdese Family …

A pilgrimage involves going somewhere that’s good for the soul. It’s about doing something out of the ordinary on a quest for spiritual freedom, perhaps, or maybe spiritual devotion to an idea that says by going on this journey your spirit will be renewed.

HICKORY - Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Youth Chorus will hold open auditions for its 2018-19 season from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, and Sunday, Aug. 19, in the Mauney Music building.

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1. Head to Valdese for the Waldensian Festival this weekend. The town will pay tribute to its heritage with the festival, which will include music from The Artimus Pyle Band, Little Johnny Trailer Trash, The Band of Oz, The Band 28690, The Tony Bailey Band, The Christy Lynn Band and many oth…

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A little over a year has passed since Nathan Evans Fox, of Glen Alpine, began his music career. After graduating seminary in New York City, Fox moved to Houston, began training as a hospital chaplain, and played his first public performance at the Songwriter Serenade Performing Songwriter Co…

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DREXEL — The town of Drexel is about to illuminate once again with the bright lights of a Ferris wheel, be saturated with the smells of cotton candy and funnel cakes and be filled with the squeals of young children on amusement rides as the 2018 Drexel Community Fair swings into view.

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1. Find the stage for the next Valdese Family Friday Nights concert this weekend. Carson Hill will perform in downtown Valdese tonight at 7 p.m. as part of the weekly concert series. Myra’s will hold its cruise-in at 6 p.m. and downtown shops will stay open late. All VFFN concerts are free.

Almost two years ago, a friend that I’ve known for about 25 years asked me I’d like to get together and play music. I wasn’t sure what she had in mind but in my efforts to be open to miraculous surprises, I said yes. Then she told me that she’d written some songs that she was hoping I could …

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When Todd Greene was 12 years old, he quit learning how to play the guitar after three lessons, but now , several years later , he is helping school-aged kids boost their self-esteem through learning what he almost gave up.

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Colby Dietz Band is the finale performer for the TGIF Concert Series on Friday night. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy this free performance on the Historic Courthouse lawn. Food and beverage vendors open at 6 p.m. with a range of treats and specials. The music will kick off at 7 p.m.

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VALDESE — Valdese Family Friday Nights Summer Concert series will feature Angela Easterling & The Beguilers on July 27 at 7 p.m. in the Wells Fargo/Town Parking area.

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VALDESE — The Valdese Family Friday nights summer concert series will feature Shelby Rae Moore this Friday, July 20, beginning at 7 p.m. located in the Wells Fargo/town parking area.

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1. Bring a chair and enjoy the next installment in the TGIF concert series this weekend. The concert series will feature blues band Red Dirt Revelators on the Historic Burke County Courthouse Square at 7 p.m. tonight. Food vendors will be onsite starting at 6 p.m. All TGIF concerts are free.

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VALDESE — The Valdese Family Friday Nights summer concert series will feature Jason Lee McKinney this Friday, July 13, beginning at 7 p.m. and located in the Wells Fargo/town parking area.

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1. Bring a chair and enjoy the next installment in the TGIF concert series this weekend. The concert series will return after a week off and feature 1980s tribute band Kids in America on the Historic Burke County Courthouse Square at 7 p.m. tonight. Food vendors will be onsite starting at 6 …

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The first week of June was one of Luke Combs' biggest weeks in his still fledgling career. The 28-year-old taped an outdoor performance for the "CMT Crossroads" series with soul singer Leon Bridges, attended the CMT Awards, released a deluxe version of his debut album and …

The other night I took a trip down memory lane and resurrected my old Alabama albums. I confess to having a sweet tooth for their pop influenced down-to-earth country melodies. For me, their best songs are the ones that include Jeff Cook playing not just lead guitar, but also fiddle, in part…

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1. Head to Catawba Meadows Park and enjoy the final two days of the Red, White and Bluegrass Festival. Today, Shannon Slaughter, Volume Five, Mountain Faith Band, Alberta Hall and Diamond Rio will play from 1-11 p.m. The festival will conclude Saturday with Sideline, Terry Baucom’s Dukes of …

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VALDESE — The town of Valdese will feature Shakedown, a six-piece band from the foothills of North Carolina, as part of its Valdese Family Friday Nights concert series this Friday at 7 p.m.

Last week I’ve had the joy of shepherding the unmanageable horde we call teenagers. I got roped into being a chaperone on a youth mission trip, so I’ve had the joy of watching all of the insecurities and over-confidence and searching that swamps the lives of young people. For this particular…

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1. Bring a chair and enjoy the next installment in the TGIF concert series this weekend. The concert series will hold its inaugural Showdown featuring several different up-and-coming bands on the Historic Burke County Courthouse Square at 7 p.m. tonight. Food vendors will be onsite starting …

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Jackson, the fearsome stage dad of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and their talented siblings, who took his family from poverty and launched a musical dynasty, died Wednesday. He was 89.

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OLD FORT, N.C. - Brian Gentry was certain his 33,000-pound truck would be fine as he headed out into the heavy rains here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. But as he went to clear debris from a two-lane highway after more than a half-foot of rain, rocklike drops pounded the windows, and he heard …

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1. Bring a chair and enjoy the next installment in the TGIF concert series this weekend. The Alligators will play the eighth concert of the year on the Historic Burke County Courthouse Square at 7 p.m. tonight. Food vendors will be onsite starting at 6 p.m. All TGIF concerts are free.

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VALDESE — The Valdese Family Friday Nights summer concert series in downtown Valdese will continue with The True Grass Band this Friday, June 22 at 7 p.m. in the Wells Fargo/town parking lot.

LINVILLE – Gospel enthusiasts from around the region are invited to visit MacRae Meadows from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, and take in the majestic backdrop of Grandfather Mountain while enjoying a gospel music festival tradition going back 94 years.