The Capital Messengers will perform on
The Capital Messengers will swing into the
limelight at 7 p.m. Monday, July 13, as the fifth installment in UNC
Asheville's Concerts on the Quad summer music series. A unit of the
257th U.S. Army Band based in Washington, D.C., the Capital
Messengers is a traditional jazz team directed by Sergeant Jamal
Brown. The event is free and open to the public.
Performing the deepest roots of both the modern and traditional
idiom, the Capital Messengers have earned their reputation as one of
the best among military jazz groups in the nation. The team plays
straight-ahead jazz, including hits by Duke Ellington, Art Blakey,
Wayne Shorter and Freddie Hubbard. This ensemble is one of the most
in-demand teams in the 257th, and is highly respected among the
military and regional jazz community.
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.
The final programs of the season will be held 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