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Concerts on the Quad: A free cure for the summertime music blues

By Jill C. Yarnall

concerts on the quad

Concerts on the Quad, and a summer outdoor music
tradition at UNC Asheville for 27 years

Heading out of town with the family for outdoor music concerts is a lot of fun, but it can break a budget. With gas, hotel rooms and restaurant meals, the cost of the trip can add up fast. UNC Asheville’s Concerts on the Quad series is a free cure for the summertime music blues—just as it has been for 27 years.

2009 Concert on the Quad Series

arrowJune 15. Whitewater Bluegrass Company kicks off the series with their blend of bluegrass music, country ballads and mountain swing.

arrowJune 22. Land O’ Sky Symphonic Band from Marion features professional and amateur musicians playing in the classic tradition of community bands.

arrowJune 29. Piedmont bluesman Big Ron Hunter takes the stage with his four-piece band. They perform it all—from acoustic stylings to uptown funky electric originals.

arrowJuly 6. Well-known Cherokee storyteller Lloyd Arneach shares traditional tales, which he learned from two storytelling uncles.

arrowJuly 6. Mountain musicians Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth perform regularly at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival.

arrowJuly 13. The Capital Messengers, a unit of the 257th Army Band, play traditional jazz.

arrowJuly 18-19. The 26th annual Folkmoot USA festival features folk dance and music from around the world. Tickets range from $20 to $25 (half price for children under 12). Visit www.folkmootusa.org/ or call 877.FOLKUSA.

“Concerts on the Quad has always been a place for friends and neighbors of all ages to gather together,” said Barbara Halton-Subkis, Cultural & Special Events director, who has spearheaded the summer music series for 17 years. “Over the decades, I’ve seen couples out on dates at the shows, who then marry and have children. We’ve literally watched families grow up.”

She’s quick to point out the academic drive behind the series. “Although it started as just plain summer fun, we have intentional academic connections to summer classes,” Halton-Subkis said. “It’s a place for our 1,000 summer school students to connect cultural arts to their studies.”

The concerts start at 7 p.m. each Monday evening from June 15 to July 13 on the University Quadrangle. In case of rain, concerts are held in Lipinsky Auditorium. The series concludes with two performances of the Folkmoot USA Festival on July 18-19. All concerts are free, except for Folkmoot. “To me, each one of these concerts is a tangible ‘thank you’ to the community from UNC Asheville,” Halton-Subkis said. “It’s a fun way to show our appreciation for our incredibly wonderful and supportive friends.”

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