Music will fill the air at Greening Up the Mountains April 22

Apr 19, 2017
Photo by: Kelly Donaldson/ Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Ol’ Dirty Bathtub will perform country, bluegrass and Americana from 2-2:45 p.m., on the Bridge Park Stage.

Music will fill the air on the streets of downtown Sylva during the 20th anniversary of Greening Up the Mountains festival on Saturday, April 22. From two stages, to 12 bands, to a Mountain Youth Talent contest, to an Open Mic and Record Store Day, this celebration will have everyone dancing and tapping their toes.

Sylva’s largest festival of the year runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Live music and dance will be featured on two stages, (the Main Street Stage and the Bridge Park Stage.) The schedule of performers are below:

Main Street Stage

Emcee: Neal Hearn

9:30 – 11 a.m., Mountain Youth Talent Show

11 – 11:45 a.m., Kim Shuler (classics)

Noon – 12:45 p.m., Ashley Heath (country, blues, Americana, folk)

1-1:45 p.m., Andalyn (country/rock)

2-2:45 p.m., The Log Noggins (blues/rock)

3–3:45 p.m., Bird In Hand (Appalachian folk)

Bridge Park Stage

Emcee: Kelly Donaldson

10–10:45 a.m., Karen Barnes (acoustic originals and classic covers)

10:45 -10:55 a.m., Encore Dance

11-11:45 a.m. The Maggie Valley Band (folk/Americana/bluegrass)

11:45–11:55 a.m., Encore Dance

Noon-12:45 p.m., PMA (Reggae/Fusion)

12:45-12:55 p.m., Triple Threat (dance)

1-1:45 p.m., Kick the Robot (rock)

1:45-1:55 p.m., Triple Threat (dance)

2-2:45 p.m., Ol’ Dirty Bathtub (country, bluegrass, Americana)

3–4 p.m., Colby Deitz Band (country, rock, Americana)

Record Store Day/Fly By Night Rounders — On Main Street, In Your Ear Music Emporium is hosting a Record Store Day celebration, which is a multinational event highlighting independently owned record stores with vinyl exclusives.  In Your Ear will have the Fly By Night Rounders, a high energy acoustic folk/bluegrass band from Asheville, playing from noon until 2 p.m., in the store, as well as giveaways and special offers all day.

Mountain Youth Talent Contest — Jackson County 4-H is now seeking entries for the Mountain Youth Talent Contest to be held at Greening Up the Mountains. The entry deadline is this Friday, April 14.  All youth ages 5-18 who perform traditional mountain music, dance, or storytelling are invited to enter. For an entry form, contactKerri Rayburn, administrative assistant, at 828-586-4009 or  She can also help with other entry questions.  You can also contact Heather Gordon, 4-H Agent and Talent Show Coordinator, at 828-586-4009 with additional questions.

Open Mic — An open mic will also be offered for those wishing to share their musical talents on the southern end of the festival on Main Street near the Traditional Heritage Walk area. The open mic will be led by musician Ron Brown and assisted by Appalachian singer Betty Brown. It will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information about Greening Up the Mountains, visit or call 828-586-2719.