UNC Asheville to begin Concerts on the Quad

Hayley Benton
The Asheville Citizen-Times

The leaves have sprouted, the temperature has risen and UNC Asheville has announced its 2017 lineup for Concerts on the Quad, the university’s highly anticipated summer concert series of four free Monday evening shows, featuring a mix of Americana and roots music, jazz, funk, rock and soul.

The free concerts will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on June 19 and 26, and July 10 and 17, on the UNC Asheville Quad. Attendees are invited to bring chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy along with the music. Meals, treats and drinks will be available from concession stands nearby.

June 19: Chatham County Line, a Raleigh-based band combining traditional bluegrass harmonies with modern influences. Led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Wilson, the group also features John Teer (mandolin and fiddle), Chandler Holt (banjo) and Greg Readling (bass, pedal steel and piano). Chatham County Line coalesced as a band in the late 1990s and released its seventh studio album, Autumn, last fall. chathamcountyline.com

June 26: Westsound, a quartet led by two brothers, Weaverville natives Randy and Oscar Weston on keyboards, guitar, and vocals, and featuring vocalist Regina Duke and drummer Michael Leyshon – has been bringing lively soul and funk to parties and festivals around Western North Carolina for many years. The band covers songs by Sam Cooke; the Four Tops; the Temptations; Stevie Wonder; Earth, Wind & Fire; Kool and the Gang; Michael Jackson; Rick James; Prince; James Brown and more. westsoundproductions.net

July 10: Flood: Electric Herbie Hancock Tribute, a group that includes some of Asheville’s finest jazz musicians performing Herbie Hancock’s electric funk of the early ’70s, including the big hit Headhunters, an album that heralded a new era of jazz fusion. UNC Asheville music faculty members Brian Felix (keyboards) and Jacob Rodriguez (saxophone) will be joined by Mike Barnes (guitar), Ben Bjorlie (electric bass), Phill Bronson (drums) and Jason DeCristofaro (percussion). facebook.com/floodelectricherbie

July 17: Southern Culture on the Skids, a trio formed in Chapel Hill in the early 1980s and has been specializing in what they call “a greasy mix of surf, rockabilly, R&B and country-fried garage with a side of psych,” ever since. The band arrives on the Quad fresh from a World Café Live appearance in Philadelphia, and shows in Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, Milwaukee and Chicago. scots.com

For more, visit unca.edu/concerts.