Good Vibes at the Classic Wineseller this Saturday

By Kay Stegall Miller | Jul 10, 2013
Courtesy of: Byron Hegepeth Get some good "Vibe"-rations this Saturday night with Byron Hedgepeth on vibes and Michael Jefry Stevens on piano at the Classic Wineseller's Summer Jazz Festival. Call 828-452-6000 to reserve a table.

Waynesville, NC - Experience some really good vibes this Saturday at the Classic Wineseller’s Summer Jazz Festival when Byron Hedgepeth (vibraphone) joins Steinway artist, Michael Jefry Stevens (piano) for the third concert of the festival at 7pm, 20 Church Street. The evening includes a delicious four-course dinner with the  concert for only $39.99 per person. Purchase the last two show dates and save $5 per ticket. To reserve your table call 828-452-6000, or email requests to Seating is limited.

Byron Hedgepeth is trained on a wide array of percussion instruments and embraces rock, classical, jazz, contemporary, and world music. He studied drum set and percussion with Joy Gentile at Mars Hill College where he completed a Bachelor of Music degree. He continued his studies with music educator Charles Leonhard and percussionist Tom Siwe at the University of Illinois, where he earned a Master’s Degree.


Hedgepeth was the founder and director of Percussion Studies at UNC-Asheville for 24 years and currently teaches percussion at Appalachian State University, where he assists Professor Rob Falvo. He also performs several times a year as a timpanist and percussionist with the Charlotte and North Carolina Symphonies.

Unlike xylophone or marimba, the vibraphone (vibes) is the instrument of choice for jazz performances. It has a mellower sound than the xylophone and its keys (bars) are made of metal alloy while the mallets are covered in yarn. Further distinguishing the vibraphone from a xylophone or marimba are the pedals at the bottom. This special performance of vibes and piano is the first in Haywood County.


The Classic Wineseller's Summer Jazz Festival comes to a spectacular close on Saturday, July 20 with jazz vocalist and entertainer, Wendy Jones, and composer-pianist Michael Jefry Stevens. For more information about live music events, tastings, and jazz dinners visit us at, on facebook, or call 828-452-6000.