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Music by the Lake

Each summer, Blue Ridge Community College offers summer concerts beside the College lake as a gift to the community. These free Sunday evening concerts are scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. and feature a wide range of musical and vocal groups. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and picnics to enjoy the music by the lake.

A food truck will be available on site.

In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place in the Patton Building.

Music by the Lake Schedule

Ryan GuerraMay 21, 2017, 5 to 7 p.m.
Performer: Ryan Guerra
(vocals and guitar)

Ryan attended the University of Texas at San Antonio and graduated with a B.A. in Music and a minor in Business Administration. Since moving to New York City in 2009, he has toured throughout the East Coast playing with bands like 2/3 Goat, Aaron LaVigne and the Downtown Crowd, and Pie Boys, and opened for Grammy-nominated singer Joss Stone with the TJ Moss Band at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK. His time spent touring in the Carolinas led him to a relationship with Flat Rock Playhouse where he has music directed Music on the Rock tributes for Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, Kansas, The Music of The Beatles and many others. Ryan recently music directed and performed in two musicals in San Antonio TX at the Cameo Theater, Rock of Ages and The Buddy Holly Story where he starred as Buddy. In addition to a regular performing schedule, Ryan teaches guitar, piano and violin at the Manhattan and Queens locations of the New York City Guitar School. For this event Ryan will focus on music of James Taylor, the Beatles and the Eagles.


One Leg Up

June 25, 2017, 5 to 7 p.m.
Performer: One Leg Up

Based in Asheville, North Carolina, One Leg Up performs a vibrant mixture of upbeat Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Swing and original jazz compositions and is a favorite of club, concert, and festival stages throughout the southeastern United States. One Leg Up—John Stineman (guitar, vocals), Jim Tanner (Guitar), Zack Page (bass), Mike Guzalak (Clarinet, Sax) and Steve Trismen (violin, vocals)—formed in 2003 as a “String Swing” band in the style of famed French gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. Propelled by their excellent self-produced debut recording “Gypsy Blue,” they soon won critical acclaim for their “hot club” prowess and were tapped to back up award-winning Spanish guitarist Pere Soto on some of his 2005 U.S. tour dates. Also in 2005, One Leg Up performed at a concert and book show with Michael Dregni, author of Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend. Over the years, One Leg Up has broadened its repertoire to include fresh arrangements of Django classics, vocal harmonies, original compositions, and innovative adaptations of classic jazz numbers in the French “hot club” and American “big band” styles. Now more than just a Django band, their latest recording “Pere La Chaise” is a music mix that is danceable and accessible. One Leg Up continues to attract a growing, varied, and enthusiastic fan base with music that always swings.


Katie Ciluffo and Bill AltmanJuly 23, 2017, 5 to 7 p.m.
Performer: Katie Ciluffo and Bill Altman
(jazz, bosso nova)

Katie Cilluffo and Bill Altman have been playing jazz together for the past few years throughout western North Carolina. Their appearances span the musical gamut, featuring everything from intimate coffee shop evenings to elegant holiday galas, bluegrass to bossa nova. They produced a concert series together with Hendersonville Community Theatre, presenting tributes to the music of Motown and Pink Floyd. Katie and Bill always enjoy the opportunity to entertain new audiences. A couple on and offstage, they share a love of music and each other, and their friendly, engaging onstage rapport charms audiences, young and old alike. 

Katie, originally from Michigan, studied vocal performance at Interlochen Arts Academy and University of Michigan with a concentration in opera. Since moving to Hendersonville, she has sung with Asheville Lyric Opera, Flat Rock Playhouse, Parkway Playhouse, and many others. Over the Christmas season, Katie performs with her a cappella trio, the Belle Tones, singing 1940's Andrews Sisters-style hits. She is currently the soprano soloist at Trinity Presbyterian Church and recently appeared in a Viennese operetta concert with the Blue Ridge Orchestra in Asheville as well as a Christmas gala at Isis Music Hall with the Russ Wilson Orchestra. She regularly presents classical recitals in addition to her jazz and pop performances.

Bill is a well-known and well-travelled guitar player as well as a Hendersonville native. With over 30 years’ experience, he has played in rock, blues, and alternative bands, including the Crystal Zoo, Crocodile Smile, and his current blues "groosion" trio, Big Block Dodge. Bill makes regular appearances as musician and as music director at Flat Rock Playhouse, both on the mainstage and at the downtown theater, and has appeared in more "Music on the Rock" concerts that any other musician. In addition to electric and acoustic guitar, he plays the dobro, mandolin, electric bass, banjo, lap steel, and pedal steel. Mark Fullington, in an article for The Indie File, wrote "the guitar of Bill Altman has a broad sonic palette that includes ominous chords, tormented rapid-fire leads that range in mood from mega-blues to sci-fi in a perfectly executed display of how much power and emotion a guitar can generate."


The Carburetors

August 20, 2017, 5 to 7 p.m.
Performer: The Carburetors
(rockabilly band)

"The Carburetors play a relaxed form of semi-acoustic folk, honky-tonk and Texas road-house blues. Not an evening passes by in Austin where somewhere or another there plays a band like The Carburetors.”

-- Ronald Besemer, KindaMuzik


"The Carburetors make noise with skill, humor and, I dare say, a little class. These guys play American driving-down-the-road music, good like bluegrass, poorly behaved like rockabilly."

-- Brandon Reynolds, Style Weekly


Contact Us

M.C. Gaylord
(828) 694-1779


Music by the Lake is supported by a grant from the N.C. Arts Council.

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