HARRAH'S EVENT CENTER
Located in Cherokee, North Carolina, just 12 minutes from The Chalet Inn, this 3,000 seat Events Center hosts some of your favorite acts from Hank Williams, Jr. to Lady Antebellum to Ron White! Before or after the show, try your luck at Harrah's Casino located on the same property. Website
Lynyrd Skynyrd – October 11, 2013
Legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd returns with a fiery slice of Southern style guitar rock heaven in Last of a Dyin' Breed, their newest release. This is the kind of record guaranteed to feed the needs of the multi-generational Skynyrd Nation, and continue the renewed vigor the band exhibited with their last album, 2009's God & Guns. Showtime is 9PM.
Tickets are $35-$75
Willie Nelson – October 18, 2013
If ever the words "living legend" were more than just public relations bluster, the application would be to Willie Hugh Nelson. The iconic Texan is the creative genius behind historic recordings like "Crazy," "Hello Walls," "Red Headed Stranger" and "Stardust." His career has spanned six decades. His catalog boasts more than 200 albums. He has also amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. Showtime is 9PM
Tickets are $35-$60
Rodney Atkins – November 16, 2013
Rodney Atkins knows the value of taking the long way home, of veering off the beaten path onto that road less traveled once in a while. You can hear it in his music, in the lyrics of his smash single, "Take A Back Road," a song that celebrates that feeling of getting away from the noise of everyday life, really living in the moment, and getting right with your soul. Rodney always remains true to himself and constantly strives to evolve and find unique ways of expressing himself through the music he puts out into the world. It's a philosophy he tries to employ throughout his life, and it has led him to some amazing places. Showtime is 7:30PM
Tickets are $25-$45
Ron "Tater Salad" White – November 23, 2013
Returning comedian Ron White is best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the "Blue Collar Comedy" phenomenon. But with two Grammy nominations, a Gold Record, three of the top rated one-hour TV specials in Comedy Central history, a book that appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List, and CD and DVD sales of over 10 Million units, Ron has established himself as a star in his own right. Showtime is 7:30PM
Tickets are $45-$75
Kool And The Gang – December 29, 2013
Kool & The Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like Celebration, Cherish, Jungle Boogie, Summer Madness and Open Sesame, they've earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits, and 31 gold and platinum albums. Kool & The Gang has performed continuously for the past 35 years, longer than any R&B group in history. Their bulletproof funk and tough, jazzy arrangements have also made them the most sampled band of all time. Showtime is 7:30PM.
Tickets start at $25
ZZ Top – December 31, 2013
Longtime rockers ZZ Top bring 2013 to a close with a concert at Harrah's Cherokee on New Year's Eve. ZZ Top lay undisputed claim to being the longest running major rock band with original personnel intact and in 2004 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Of course, there are only three of them – Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard - but it's still a remarkable achievement that they're still very much together after more than 40 years of rock, blues, and boogie on the road and in the studio. With the release of each of their albums the band has explored new ground in terms of both their sonic approach and the material they've recorded. ZZ Top is the same but always changing. Showtime is 10:30PM.
Tickets start at $65
Styx - January 18, 2013
Come on out to Harrah’s Event Center in Cherokee, NC and rock along with Styx! Show time is 9PM on Friday, January 18th. Tickets are $35-$65. For the Styx official website click here.
Jamey Johnson - February 2, 2013
Enjoy some of your favorite country and folk songs with Jamey Johnson at Harrah’s Event Center. His show kicks off at 7:30PM on February 2nd. Tickets are $25-$35. For Jamey’s official website click here.
America’s Got Talent LIVE - February 23, 2013
Featuring this year's winner, Olate Dogs, joined by Landau Eugene Murphy, Eric Dittleman, Spencer Horsman and Anna Graceman and hosted by Jerry Springer, the America's Got Talent LIVE All Stars Tour at Harrah’s Event Center is not to be missed! The action starts at 7:30PM on Saturday, February 23rd. Tickets are $35-$55.
Little Big Town with Kacey Musgraves - March 2, 2013
Enjoy a night of fun at Harrah’s Event Center with Little Big Town. Sing along to some of their hits such as “Boondocks” and “Bring it on Home” to songs off their newest Album entitled “Tornado”. The show starts at 7:30PM on Saturday, March 2nd. Tickets are $30-$50. For the bands official website click here.
Darius Rucker - March 22, 2013
9:00PM. USA Today raves, "Rucker has made a fine-sounding country album, full of singable choruses, bittersweet fiddle and steel, and guitars with bottomless twang," and Rolling Stone said, "On his Nashville debut, Rucker's rich baritone, sentimental ballads and bright hooks made him the most successful African-American country singer since Charley Pride." Show starts at 9:00PM on Friday, March2 2nd. Tickets are $50. For his offical website click here.
Blake Shelton - March 23, 2013
After a steady rise into the front ranks of the country music world, Blake Shelton has emerged as an across-the-board superstar. For longtime fans, that journey has been one of the most compelling and gratifying show business stories of recent years. Show starts at 7:30PM on Saturday, March 23d. Tickets are $50. For his official website click here.
Alicia Keys - March 27, 2013
Throughout her career Alicia has acquired the title of award winner. She has won nine Grammy Awards, eleven Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, three World Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, two MTV Europe Awards, three NAACP Awards, two Nickelodeon Teen Choice Awards, one BET Award, six Soul Train Music Awards, one Soul Train Lady of Soul Award, one People’s Choice Award, and one My VH1 Award. Show starts at 7:30PM on Wednesday, March 27th. Tickets are $50 - $105. For her official website click here.
Celtic Woman - April 26, 2013
The all female global sensation Celtic Woman along with West End Musical stage star Susan McFadden will entertain show goers at Harrah’s Event Center as part of their 60 city “Believe” tour. The music starts at 9PM on Friday, April 26th. Tickets are $35-$55. For their official website click here.
Josh Turner - May 11, 2013
One of country music's most recognizable hit-makers earning numerous CMA, ACM and GRAMMY nominations since the release of his debut album, Long Black Train. Josh Turner has sold more than five million albums and garnered four No. 1 hits: "Your Man," "Would You Go With Me," "Why Don't We Just Dance" and "All Over Me"." Showtime 7:30PM on Saturday, May 11th. Tickets are $35-$55. For his official website click here.
Aaron Lewis - May 24, 2013
Country singer Aaron Lewis will be performing at the Harrah's Event Center to kick off Memorial Day Weekend. Showtime is 9PM and tickets are $25. For his website click here.
Reba McEntire - May 26, 2013
Musican, actress, writer Reba in Concert at Harrah's Event Center during Memorial Day Weekend. Showtime is 7:30PM and tickets are $85-$145. For her official website click here.
Billy Idol - June 21, 2013
Rock stars come and go, but Idol is forever…Billy Idol remains crucial to rock ‘n’ roll. His style, charm, charisma and bravado transcend trends and time. Where would rock music be without him? Would it look the same? Would it sound the same? Who hasn’t chanted along to “Rebel Yell,” “Mony Mony” or “White Wedding”? See him at Harrah's Event Center at 9PM and and return to your private suite at Chalet Suites.
Tickets are $35-$65.
Gary Allan - June 28, 2013
After a stellar performance last year, Gary Allan will be returning to Harrah's Event Center. He's registered four #1 singles – “Man To Man,” “Tough Little Boys,” “Nothing On But The Radio” and “Watching Airplanes” – in addition to such trademark hits such as the lonely “Best I Ever Had” and the swaggering “Right Where I Need To Be.” Allan’s amassed seven gold albums in the process – three of them certified platinum, as well – and maintained the admiration of critics for his unwavering uniqueness. Showtime is 9PM.
Tickets are $50-$75.
Hank Williams Jr. - September 1, 2013
20 gold albums, six platinum albums (one of which has sold more than five million copies) and 13 chart-topping albums for Jr. He has been selling out massive venues for a longer period of time than his father spent on earth. He has done more than honor his father's legacy; he has extended it, enriched it, enhanced it and elevated it. "My name's a reminder of a blues man that's already gone," he once sang. But the name "Hank Williams, Jr." is much more than that. Showtime is 9PM.
Tickets are $45-$75.
Rodney Carrington – September 28, 2013
Rodney Carrington is a multitalented comedian, actor, and writer who has recorded eight major record label comedy albums selling over 3 million copies. In 2011 Rodney partnered with the ACA (American Country Awards) by presenting at their awards show and hosting the American Country New Year's Eve Live show on Fox. According to Pollstar, Rodney has been one of the top ten highest grossing touring comedians for the last ten years. Showtime is 7:30PM
Tickets start at $35
Scotty McCreery – October 5, 2013
Enjoy Garner, NC native Scotty McCreery preform live at Harrah's Event Center! His first studio album, Clear As Day, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts, making him the youngest man in history to open at the top of the all-genre chart with a debut release. It also garnered the highest sales of any country solo album released last year, held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for six weeks and earned Platinum status in just thirteen weeks. Showtime is 9PM.
Tickets are $30-$50
SMOKY MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Located in Franklin, North Carolina, just 30 minutes from The Chalet Inn , this 1,500 seat state-of-the-art facility hosts performances to include passion plays, musical productions, drama troupes, dance and choral festivals, with various genres including country, bluegrass, gospel, pop, and contemporary Christian. The stunning architecture, technical facilities, and impeccable acoustics provide the highest professional standards for both the audience and the performers. With the main focus on family entertainment, this is a place to come and enjoy a good time with all that Franklin has to offer.Website
Brigadoon Concert Series – October 27, 2013
Direct from sold-out performances at Haywood Arts Regional Theater, a full cast, chorus and orchestra bring Lerner and Loewe's brilliant musical to life. Experience the miracle of the Scottish Highlands through such classic songs as "Almost Like Being in Love," "Heather on the Hill." and "Go Home with Bonnie Jean." You'll want to see Brigadoon as it emerges from the mist and appears at the Smoky Mountain Performing Arts Center. Showtime is 4PM and tickets are $15.
Ronnie Milsap – November 2, 2013
Born 40 minutes from The Chalet Inn in the mountain town of Robbinsville, NC, Ronnie Milsap was raised by his bluegrass-loving father and by his grandparents in the small Meadow Branch community in western North Carolina. Each weekend, the struggling family gathered around a battery powered radio and tuned in to the Grand Ole Opry on WSM, listening to the legendary, country greats. From those days, Milsap was drawn to the simple and plaintive sounds of country music. His voice is well capable of singing blues, R&B, pop and rock sounds, and his 40 chart-topping hits cover a wider stylistic terrain than any other superstar of country music. "This life is such a wonderful journey, and I want the chance to live every bit of it," he says. "And music is a huge part of that. I live and breathe it every day." Showtime is 7:30PM and tickets start at $25.
ZUMA ZUMA – November 8, 2013
Celebrate the richness of African cultures with this dazzling show that blends acrobatics, dance, and music by incredibly disciplined performers. America's Got Talent finalists in 2011, Zuma Zuma combines the mysticism and magic of the African continent with the out-of-this-world excitement of a theatrical cirque performance. With live music and percussionists, the talented cast performs a non-stop, action-packed show that's sure to keep you mesmerized from beginning to end. Showtime is 7:30PM and tickets start at $17.
Rhonda Vincent – November 16, 2013
Bluegrass vocalist and fiddler Rhonda Vincent began her professional music career at the age of five, playing drums with her family's band, the Sally Mountain Show. She picked up the mandolin at eight and the fiddle at ten, performing with the family at festivals on weekends. After appearing on TNN's nationally televised You Can Be a Star program in her mid-twenties, Vincent struck out on her own, singing with the Grand Ole Opry's Jim Ed Brown, demonstrating her passion for traditional bluegrass music. Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, as she calls her band, are known for playing hard-driven, high-energy contemporary bluegrass. Nominated for multiple International Bluegrass Music Association awards, and a three years-in-a-row IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year award has led to a well-deserved showering of praise by devoted fans, music critics and peers of the industry including the Wall Street Journal naming Vincent the "Queen of Bluegrass." Showtime is 7:30PM and tickets start at $15.
Mark O'Connor & Friends: An Appalachian Christmas – December 6, 2013
Hailed as "one of the most talented and imaginative artists working in music," Mark O'Connor has lived an extraordinary life as a musical artist. This multi-Grammy winning musician and composer, most known for his million-selling composition "Appalachia Waltz" has composed nine concertos and two symphonies as well as authoring a new violin method that tens of thousands of children are learning from. After 30 years, Mark still remains the only person that has won the National Fiddle Championship, the National Guitar Flatpicking Championship and the World Mandolin Championship. He was also voted "musician of the year" for six years in a row by the Country Music Association. His albums have spent over a year at the top of Billboard's classical music chart, and he was recently voted in the top five jazz violinists by New York jazz music critics. For "An Appalachian Christmas" Mark O'Connor features some of his favorite musicians and songs from the country/bluegrass, pop, classical and jazz worlds of his musical journey. Showtime is 7:30PM and tickets start at $21
The Nutcracker Ballet – December 20 & 21, 2013
On a very special Christmas Eve, a young girl named Clara receives a beautiful gift in the form of a nutcracker. Through dreams and magic, Clara is rescued from the evil Rat King by the nutcracker and taken on an exciting adventure to the Snowflake Forest and Land of Sweets where she meets many new friends. Set to the music of Tchaikovsky, this heart-warming holiday classic is perfect for the entire family. A full, two-act ballet presented by A Family of Friends Productions in conjunction with Betsy's School of Dance. Showtimes are 7:00PM both Friday and Saturday with a 2PM performance on Saturday as well. Tickets are $11.
Tim Hawkins - January 18, 2013
Take part in the laughter as Tim Hawkins takes stage at the SMCPA Theater in Franklin, NC. Tim Hawkins has been entertaining folks of all ages with his genuinely funny comedy show that caters to the entire family. With over 100 million views on YouTube and 120 plus sold-out shows every year, Tim has started a gut-busting grassroots revolution of multi-generational proportions. The show starts at 7:30PM on Friday, January 18th. Tickets are $40 for a VIP pass or $25-$30. For his official website click here.
Edens Edge - January 25, 2013
Three talented young musicians from Arkansas make up Edens Edge: Hannah Blaylock, Dean Berner, and Cherrill Green. They are making their debut on Big Machine Records with a vibrant sound that honors country music's roots while creatively pushing the envelope with their seasoned musicianship, dazzling harmonies and insightful songwriting. The show starts at 7:30PM on Friday, January 25th. Tickets are $12-$15. For their official website click here.
The Platters: The Legacy - February 14, 2013
Take your Valentine out for a memorable night at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, NC. The show starts at 7:30PM on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. The Platters are known for some of the greatest hits of smooth and classic rock-n-roll, including: "Only You", "The Great Pretender", and "Twilight Time.” Tickets are $20-$25. For their official website click here.
Easton Corbin - March 2, 2013
Sing along with Easton Corbin at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. He broke onto the country music stage back in 2009 and has been making hits ever since. Enjoy some of your favorites with your significant other such as “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It.” Show starts at 7:30PM on Saturday, March 2nd and tickets are $35-$45. For his official website click here.
Vince Gill - April 5, 2013
Country music star Vince Gill will be entertaining show goers at the SMCPA on Friday, April 5th starting at 7:30PM. Gill is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and has received 20 Grammy Awards and 18 CMA Awards to date. Tickets are $45-$65. For his official website click here.
Mike Snider String Band - May 11, 2013
A Grand Ole Opry member since 1990, Mike continues to draw laughter and entertain crowds with his music. Eddie Stubbs, Grand Ole Opry announcer, calls The Mike Snider String Band, "The best string band in the nation" mainly due to the distinctly great sound that comes from playing traditional tunes from across the nation with fresh, engaging arrangements. Showtime is 7:30PM.
Tickets are $15.
Georgia Symphony Orchestra - May 25, 2013
The GSO is constantly redefining what a modern orchestra can be. This 21st Century orchestra focuses on innovative programming, education, and community engagement. The Georgia Symphony Orchestra is directed by Michael Alexander who is also the Director of Orchestral Activities at Kennesaw State University. Showtime is 7PM.
Tickets are $22-$26.
Air Supply - June 14, 2013
Their songs, "Lost in Love", "All Out of Love", "The One That You Love", "Sweet Dreams", and "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" have each achieved multi-million plays on the radio. The trademark sound of Hitchcock's soaring tenor voice and Russell's simple yet majestic songs create a unique sound that will forever be known as Air Supply. The show starts at 7:30PM and tickets are $35-45.
Francesca Battistelli - July 12, 2013
Enjoy some of her hits from My Paper Heart on the Christian charts-"I'm Letting Go," "Free To Be Me," "It's Your Life" and "Beautiful Beautiful". Showtime starts at 7:30PM and tickets are $20. For her website click here.
Clint Black - August 9, 2013
Prolific singer-songwriter Clint Black has long been heralded as one of Country music’s brightest stars. While it’s well-known that Black is an accomplished singer and guitarist, people may be surprised to learn that he is also proficient on drums and harmonica. Showtime starts at 7:30PM and tickets are $35-$55.
JOHN W. BARDO FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Located on the campus of Western Carolina University, in Cullowhee, just 20 minutes from The Chalet Inn sits this elegant 1,000-seat performance hall, with its finely-tuned acoustics and state-of-the-art lighting system. It plays host all year long to a series of arts events by regional, national and international guests. Website
Ring of Fire - The Music of Johnny Cash – November 24, 2013
Ring of Fire touches on the life and times of one of the world's most legendary artist. This musical revue is considered one of the best jukebox musicals of our time. Although Cash himself is never impersonated, Ring of Fire features a company of performers that will guide you on a journey through Cash's storied life and celebrated music. With more than 35 of his hit songs, this show will have you stompin' you feet and asking for more. Showtime is 5PM and tickets start at $20.
Savion Glover's SoLe Sanctuary - January 24, 2013
In SoLe Sanctuary, Savion Glover's displays his love for tap dancing. Described by the New York Times as "...barebones and pure, full of the kind of rhythmic innovation that trips down one path, splinters off in different directions and then sweeps back home." The performance starts at 7:30PM on Thursday, January 24th. Tickets are $15 to the public. For the official website click here.
The Water Coolers - January 27, 2013
A high-powered, laugh-out-loud musical revue about what we go through just making every work week happen. A witty slice of corporate America, where 9-5 has been replaced by 5-9, where cell phones ruin soccer games, and America's love affair with the palm pilot assures that the office goes with you everywhere. It's everyday life….only funnier! The show starts at 3PM on Sunday, January 27th. Tickets are $20. For their official website click here.
Whitewater Bluegrass Company - February 7, 2013
The Mountain Heritage Center of WCU is hosting this event starting at 7:00PM on Thursday, February 7th and its Free! For over 30 years The Whitewater Bluegrass Co. has captivated audiences throughout the Southeast with their blend of Bluegrass music, country ballads, mountain swing and down-home humor. With Whitewater, mountain culture is a celebration of music, song and dance. For the band's official website click here.
Frank Vignola - February 15, 2013
Enjoy this awesome guitarist performing at the Bardo Fine & Performing Arts Center on the campus of WCU. He has played alongside the likes of Ringo Starr and Madonna and will be performing for you on Friday, February 15th at 7:30PM. Tickets are on sale for $20. For his official website click here.
Jazz Festival - April 27, 2013
The 11th annual Jazz Festival's dress rehearsals, and clinics, will be open to public free of charge. Afternoon clinics/master classes beginning at 4PM will be free of charge and will take place in the Bardo Arts Center classrooms. Pavel Wlosok will direct the WCU Jazz Ensemble with featured artist Donny McCaslin on tenor saxophone as well as lead his trio featuring former WCU student Mike Holstein on acoustic bass and guest artist from Bratislava, Slovakia Marian Sevcik on drums during the final concert. The evening performance starts at 7:30PM and tickets are $10
OTHER ENTERTAINMENT VENUES:
CONCERTS ON THE CREEK in Sylva, NC
Enjoy a free evening by the creek listening to the best of our local musicians playing and singing everything from bluegrass, to country, to rock, to whatever you call Jimmy Buffet's music. Just bring a lawnchair or a blanket or just come and stand so you can stomp your feet and clap your hands!
June 21st - The Vinyl Brothers Big Band
June 28th - The Nightcrawlers
July 5th - The Sundown Band
July 12th - The Buchanan Boys
July 19th - TBA
July 26th - Mountain Faith
August 2nd - Whitewater Bluegrass Company
August 9th - TBA
August 16th - Steve Weams and The Carribbean Cowboys
August 23rd - Porch 40
August 30th - TBA
AN APPLACHIAN EVENING at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
Artists perform on stage in a 300 seat air-conditioned auditorium at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center for ten Saturday evenings late-June through August. This year marks the 14th season for the concert series. All performances start at 7:30PM. Click the band name for additional information.
June 29th - Balsam Range
July 6th - Bankesters
July 13th - The Freight Hoppers
July 20th - The Kruger Brothers
July 27th - The Snyder Family Band
August 3rd - Pop Ferguson Blues Review
August 10th - Town Mountain
August 17th - The Jeff Little Trio
August 24th - The Stray Birds
August 31st - Red June
MUSIC in the MOUNTAINS in Bryson City, NC
Enjoy a free Saturday evening at the Train Depot of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad listening to live music from 6:30 to 8 PM. Local favorites are featured each week.
June 8th - The Frieght Hoopers
June 15th - Juniper
June 22nd - The Lonesome Sound
June 29th - The Sea Notes
July 6th - Avelina
July 13th - "Elvis"
July 20th - The Freight Hoppers
July 27th - Mountain Dew-et
August 24th - The Barefoot Movement
August 31st - The Caribbean Cowboys
September 7th - "Elvis"
September 14th - The Heaven Seekers
September 21st- Carolina Bluegrass Boys
September 28th - The Josh Fields Band
Big Wesser BBQ + Brew on the Nantahala River
Focusing on bringing good old-fashioned southern meals to the Nantahala Gorge and live music on an open riverside deck every weekend from May to September. Big Wesser BBQ + Brew boasts of a family-friendly atmosphere and a comfortable setting to relax and take in the beautiful surroundings. Live Music usually starts between 7-8pm unless otherwise noted.
Schedule of Musicans
Local Restaurants/Wine Cellars/ Pubs having entertainment:
City Lights Cafe in Sylva, NC
Wineseller in Wynesville, NC