Dirty Guv’nahs to perform free concert at WCU Big Birthday Bash

Aug 17, 2014

CULLOWHEE – Southern rock band the Dirty Guv’nahs will perform a free concert at Western Carolina University’s Big Birthday Bash in honor of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the institution on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

The celebration, which is free and open to the public, will be held on the A.K. Hinds University Center lawn and adjoining Central Plaza from 4 to 7 p.m.

“The Guvs,” a six-member band from Knoxville, Tennessee, offers a rootsy, soulful sound that has been compared to the Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band.

The group has performed on five network television programs and at festivals including Bonnaroo, Wakarusa and SXSW. In addition, the band has opened for artists such as Wilco, the Black Crowes, Train, the Zac Brown Band and Needtobreathe.

Members include singer and songwriter James Trimble; lead guitarist Cozmo Holloway; Kevin Hyfantis on piano, organ and harmony vocals; brothers Justin and Aaron Hoskins on bass and drums; and songwriter Michael Jenkins on rhythm guitar.

The concert will be part of a 125th celebration event that will include a picnic on the lawn with free food, including barbecue, hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, watermelon, funnel cakes, deep-friend goodies, lemonade, tea and birthday cake.

The event also will feature old-fashioned games and guided tours of a walking trail that highlights university landmarks and points of historic interest.

The university’s Cat-Tran shuttle service will be available to assist in transporting off-campus guests from designated parking areas to the site of the Big Birthday Bash. No pets are allowed, although service animals are welcome.

The yearlong observance of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the institution began back in January as hundreds of people crowded into the Grandroom of the University Center for a kickoff event highlighted by a fashion show of clothing from throughout the university’s history, modeled by students, faculty, staff and community members.

The majority of the year’s celebration is designed around traditional highlights of WCU’s annual calendar, such as spring commencement ceremonies, Mountain Heritage Day, the Spring Literary Festival, Homecoming, alumni receptions across the state and the Southeast, and a variety of events in communities across Western North Carolina.

The final quasquicentennial event is set for Friday, Dec. 5, in the Ramsey Center, with music from the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band (which will have just returned from its appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade), refreshments, remarks from the chancellor and special recognition for those who will graduate during the December 2014 commencement (the last graduating class of WCU’s 125th year).

For more information about the Aug. 26 Big Birthday Bash, call 828-227-3033. For more information about other 125th anniversary events, visit the website celebrate125.wcu.edu.

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