UNC Asheville's Concerts on the Quad summer
music series will continue Monday, July 6 with an evening of stories
and music, highlighting the two earliest cultures of Western North
Carolina. Noted Cherokee storyteller Lloyd Arneach will share his
traditional stories at 7 p.m. Popular mountain musicians Laura
Boosinger, Josh Goforth and Raymond McLain will play at 8 p.m. The
event is free and open to the public.
An enrolled member of the Eastern Band of
Cherokee, Arneach learned his first legends from two storytelling
uncles and has gone on to collect traditional tales throughout his
life. After a career with AT&T, Arneach began storytelling
full-time. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, National Folklife
Festival, the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian
and on the Discovery Channel.
Boosinger is an award-winning singer and clawhammer banjo player.
She plays regularly at Asheville’s Mountain Dance and Folk Festival
and has also performed at the Tennessee Homecoming, Merlefest and
the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. In addition, Boosinger and
Goforth have toured the British Isles to share mountain culture and
to promote tourism in Western North Carolina.
Goforth is a critically acclaimed young fiddler, guitar picker and
mandolin player. The Madison County native has performed at Lincoln
Center and at venues across Europe. Goforth also appeared in the
Trimark film "Songcatcher" and contributed to the soundtrack. He has
been named Fiddler of the Festival at the nationally acclaimed
Fiddler’s Grove competition three times, becoming the newest and
youngest Master Fiddler in history.
McLain has performed for more than 40 years, taking the stage at
Carnegie Hall, the Grand Ole Opry and the Carter Family Fold. He has
played in all 50 states and 62 countries, including touring as a
musical ambassador of the U.S. State Department. Currently, in
addition to performing, recording and producing music, McLain is
director of the Bluegrass and Country Music Program at East
Tennessee State University.
Concerts on the Quad is fun for the entire family. The public is
invited to bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs. Sorry, no pets
allowed. With up to 2,000 people attending each concert, lawn-chair
seating will be separate from blanket seating in order to preserve
sight lines; please look for signage when arriving on the Quad.
In case of rain, the concerts will be held in Lipinsky Auditorium.
Concert location decisions are made at 5 p.m. the day of the show.
Patrons may call 828/251-6991 or 828/232-5000 extension 3 after 5:15
p.m. each Monday to hear a recorded announcement about the location
of that evening's performance.
Other concerts in the season include:
July 13 -- The Capital Messengers, a jazz combo unit of the 257th
U.S. Army Band based in Washington, D.C.
July 18-19 -- The 26th annual Folkmoot USA festival, the only
ticketed event of the series, will feature folk dance and music from
around the world. Tickets range from $25-$20 and are half-price for
children under age 12. Tickets are available online at
or call 877/FOLKUSA.
The 2009 Concerts on the Quad are presented in part with generous
support from Biltmore Farms Hotels, Greenlife Grocery, Cherokee
Preservation Foundation, Town and Mountain Realty, Musician's
Workshop, Mast General Store, Smoky Mountain Living Magazine and WNC
For more information about Concerts on the Quad, call UNC
Asheville's Cultural & Special Events Office at 828/251-6991 or