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
May 20, 2018, 5 to 7 p.m.
Performer: Jim Sharkey
Singer-Songwriter Jim Sharkey is an Irish and Americana folk musician. Jim grew up in County Roscommon, Ireland and came to the US in 1982 when he joined the US Navy in London, England. He spent five years as a photographer on the USS Dixon in San Diego, California, and ten years working in television and video production in North Carolina and Maine. Later he taught children with special needs but decided to pursue music full-time in 2014. He tours Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, and Washington DC, accompanying himself on guitar, harmonica, and bodhran (Irish drum). Jim's original songs blend Irish traditional ballad influences with contemporary issues that are often set in the area he resides. The title track of his second CD “Sweet Anne's Road” deals with the effects of the war in Afghanistan on a young couple from the rural area of Copper Hill, Virginia. “The Campaign Song” also included on that CD was written after Neil Young asked Donald Trump to stop using his song “Rockin' in the Free World” for Trump's campaign. “The Plight of the Yazidis” was written to raise awareness of the brutal treatment of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq who were mercilessly hunted down by Isis in 2014. “Hot Chocolate” speaks to our need as a society to see the good in each of us. Both songs and 9 other originals are on Jim’s latest CD “Misty Morning Rain”
June 24, 2018, 5 to 7 p.m.
Performer: Chris Rosser
Multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, composer and producer Chris Rosser is from Asheville, NC. Rosser illustrates his talent as an instrumentalist and composer in the world fusion trio Free Planet Radio. As a solo performer, he has released four recordings, including the latest A Thousand Hands. In 2016, the trio travelled to the People's Republic of China for a 20 city tour of their finest concert halls. He also tours internationally as the keyboardist with master Turkish musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek, and plays piano, guitar and oud in Grammy-winning flute virtuoso Rhonda Larson’s ensemble, Ventus. In 2015, he began touring as the guitarist for renowned jazz singer Lizz Wright's band. In 2014, Chris was commissioned by Chamber Music America to compose “Ecstatic Verses” for Free Planet Radio and the Opal String Quartet. In both 2003 and 2017, he was awarded a prestigious songwriter/composer fellowship from the NC Arts Council. Rosser earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami School of Music where he studied jazz piano and studio recording. As a recipient of a WNC Regional Artists grant, he continued his studies of Hindustani classical music and the sarod (a 25-string fretless Indian lute) with world famous Indian musician Ali Akbar Khan in San Rafael, CA. In addition to performing, Rosser has produced and engineered over 200 CD projects for other artists in his Hollow Reed Arts recording studio in Asheville, NC.
July 29, 2018, 5 to 7 p.m.
Performer: The Super 60s
The Super 60s is comprised of professional musicians who have a deep respect for music from the musically-rich decade of the 1960s. They not only reproduce the music, but also the atmosphere from this most influential decade. Event goers will be truly transported back in time to those days when life was simpler and music was better.
August 19, 2018, 5 to 7 p.m.
Performer: Fayssoux Starling McLean & Company
An Americana singer/songwriter from Spartanburg, SC, Fayssoux is known for duets and harmony vocals on Emmylou Harris albums. "I've always loved Fayssoux's voice. She's one of my favorite singers”, said Emmylou. She has also sung with Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Rodney Crowell and Ricky Skaggs, The Whites, and songwriter of the year Donna Ulisse and The Seldom Scene! She sings songs of Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard & more. Fayssoux has two CDs produced in Nashville by Hall of Fame writer/musician Peter Cooper. “Fayssoux & Company” is an exciting and skillful combination of Brandon Turner on electric guitar, Franklin Wilkie on bass and Scotty Hawkins on drums.
Music by the Lake is supported by a grant from the N.C. Arts Council.