Summer Evening Concerts

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.

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

Music by the Lake 2020 Schedule

portrait of performers Little GoatAugust 16, 2020
5 to 7 p.m.

Performers: Pretty Little Goat

“Pretty Little Goat has the unique ability to perfectly blend their own interpretation of old time standards with fresh danceable originals that pay tribute to the roots of the genre. One of the best old time string bands on the scene today!”

-Woody Platt, Steep Canyon Rangers

Pretty Little Goat is a young southern string band with old-time roots who deliver an energetic and dynamic groove with each live performance. The Goats get folks dancing with their unique twist on timeless tunes and originals inspired by the deep well of tradition from the mountains they call home.
The band is made up of Josh Carter on Mandolin, Mallory Carter on washboard, JT Linville on upright Bass and Guitar, and Owen Grooms on Banjo. All members sing and collaborate on songwriting. In 2016 the band released their debut self-titled album of mostly traditional material, and in 2018 released their second effort, “Let the Sun Shine In,” which focused much more on new original material.
From wild fiddle tunes to lonesome mountain ballads, the band combines their collective creativity with traditional music to create an “irresistible blend of good musicianship and high spirits” (Susan Brown). The Goats play music that’s good for the soul and moves your feet, so bring your dancin’ shoes!

group portrait performers Tuxedo JunctionAugust 30, 2020
5 to 7 p.m.

Performer: Tuxedo Junction Band

Tuxedo Junction is an iconic example of a cover music group. It has been playing the hits of countless other musical acts from the 1930s to present-day over the past three decades. The Asheville-based Tuxedo Junction was founded as a nightclub house band by drummer/vocalist/band leader, Joey Moore, with the band’s first performing date on January 1, 1988. Joey and the original lineup performed for the club owner for two years and finally branched out to become a more versatile group than what the country/rock n’ roll     club dictated.  Passing decades, and hundreds of events later, Tuxedo Junction continues to delight audiences with songs and musical styles that represent some of the best music from the past 80+ years!

Apple Country String Band with instruments performing

September 13, 2020
5 to 7 p.m.

Performers: Apple Country String Band

Since 2017, Apple Country String Band (ACSB) has been playing Americana music around Hendersonville, NC. Mixing folk, blues, country, rock, bluegrass the group of veteran musicians play music people like to hear. “We don’t get together every week to learn hard songs,” says founding band member Steve Pettis. “We like to identify songs that we really enjoy, can learn really quickly, and that we think people will know. Our repertoire consists of nearly 200 songs.”

Steve Pettis moved to the area from Athens, GA where he formed and played with the Red Oak Southern String Band for 10 years. One day after moving to Hendersonville, Steve ran into fellow musician and friend Chris Price. The two played together previously in Athens back in 2003 with a local cowboy group. After reuniting, the two immediately started jamming and it was not long before they were appearing as ACSB along with Steve’s wife Gretchen. Gretchen, a veteran of the Athens Creative Theater, also sang with the Women’s Singing Group and the Driftwood Band in Athens. Over the years Tom McGara, a guitarist and mandolin player from Connecticut, joined the band, as did local bass player Bruce Stowe.

portrait of performers Nick Chandler and DeliveredSeptember 27, 2020
5 to 7 p.m.

Performers: Nick Chandler & Delivered

Nick Chandler and Delivered is a hard driving traditional bluegrass band from Western North Carolina. This band has been delighting crowds all over the country with their original songs, tight harmonies, and exciting pickin’.

Nick Chandler has traveled the country for many years delighting crowds with his extraordinary mandolin talents. Nick is a master on the mandolin and has won numerous awards stating the same. His talent for writing and arranging songs is evident and his love for bluegrass shows in every note he plays.

Spencer Hatcher plays banjo and sings tenor, lead, and baritone. He is originally from Thomasville VA and enjoys hunting and fishing when not playing music. Gary Trivette plays the bass and sings all parts. A founding member of Claybank Gary brings passion and excitement to the stage. Hudson Bosworth is our guitar player and lead and baritone singer. He is originally from Ogden Utah and currently studies Bluegrass at ETSU. The band’s sound is one of tradition and history mixed with the talents of today. Nick Chandler and Delivered live by their motto “Live it. Love it. Bluegrass.”

portrait of performer Tom Fisch with guitar

October 11, 2020
5 to 7 p.m.

Performer: Tom Fisch

Flat Rock folksinger, Tom Fisch, after years of traveling and performing has honed his shows into a relaxed exchange between artist and performer. Interspersed with stories and anecdotes, his concerts flow smoothly from a beloved traditional song to one of Tom’s fine originals or a favorite cover from one of the many artists who have inspired his music through the years. Tom says, “It makes me feel so good to see people leave my show with a smile on their face and a song on their lips. I know I’ve done my job.”
Toms’ style encompasses, “… great acoustic music…a cross between Tony Rice, James Taylor and Guy Clark. A style deeply rooted in the influences of artists such as Doc Watson, John Prine, Pete Seeger and John Denver.”


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M.C. Gaylord
(828) 694-1779

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