scene shows Blue Ridge Community College Henderson County campus lake with geese and the Patton building in view on the other side of the lake

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.

The series location will be on the east side of the lake behind the Technology, Education and Development Center.
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In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place in the Technology, Education & Development Center (TEDC) Building.

Music by the Lake 2024 Schedule


Group portrait of Adrianne Blanks and Oracles (3 men, one woman)

June 9, 2024
5 to 7 p.m.

Performers: Adrianne Blanks & The Oracles

Adrianne Blanks & The Oracles blend swing, Latin, pop and jazz with undertones of psychedelic rock and seductive soul.

Femme fatale frontwoman, Adrianne Blanks leads a band of talented and versatile musicians —Dillon Young (guitar), Matt Blanks (keys) and Elias Grimsley (drums)—conjuring a unique musical style.

Inspired by the colorful world of Jacques Demy and evocative of the 1960s, the band provides a soundtrack to Adrianne’s speakeasy storytelling. Bringing both the swankiest and the grittiest sounds of the 60s spotlighting songs with a spellbinding feel by The Zombies, The Turtles, The Beatles, Francoise Hardy, and Serge Gainsbourg.


Group portrait of Asheville Junction holding thier instruments (two males, two females)

June 23, 2024
5 to 7 p.m.

Performer: Asheville Junction

Asheville Junction is a bluegrass/Americana band from the high country of North Carolina. Their lively, entertaining shows are filled with hot fiddlin’, harmonies and much more. Folks find themselves singing, clapping, and toe-tappin’ along to the music. Tierra Raiti, lead singer and fiddler for the band, has been noticed as a formidable rising musician, and was invited to appear on Woodsongs International Radio Show last year. Asheville Junction formed when mother-daughter duo Tierra and Maria Raiti moved to Asheville and joined up with long-time local musicians Brad Pope and Rudy Cortese.


Musician performer "Nicholas Edward Williams," portrait, with guitar

July 14, 2024
5 to 7 p.m.

Performers: Nicholas Edward Williams

Host of the roots music history podcast “American Songcatcher,” Nicholas Edward Williams is a multi-instrumentalist and storyteller who is dedicated to “playing it forward” by preserving the songs, stories, artists and styles that have shaped our country: ragtime, piedmont blues, early country, traditional folk and old-time. Williams has spent the last 15 years touring three continents, performing all around the US, as well as the UK, Western Europe and Australia, blending the roots music spectrum in his own style. Under his previous project, Whetherman, Williams independently released eight revered records from 2007-2018. Under his own name, his critically acclaimed sophomore release from late 2021, Folk Songs for Old Times’ Sake has been heralded by well-regarded figures of the roots community such as David Holt, who said “With tasteful guitar arrangements and a voice that draws you right in, Nicholas’ recordings roll along like a mountain stream.”


Collage of four images shows portraits of the Julie McConnell Quartet (one female, three males)

July 28, 2024
5 to 7 p.m.

Performers: The Julie McConnell Quartet

Julie McConnell is quite simply one of the best jazz singers in the greater area, bringing shows that are powerful, moving, poignant, funny, exciting, and personal, through her delivery of song. Add to that her smokin’ hot trio with the phenomenal upright bassist, Bryan McConnell from San Francisco, the renowned drummer, Bill Berg, from Bob Dylan’s “Blood On The Tracks,” and the great Michael Jefry Stevens from New York City on piano, you’ve got an amazing concert you don’t want to miss!


Musician performers "Tuxedo Junction," photo montage

August 11, 2024
5 to 7 p.m.

Performers: Tuxedo Junction

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!


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This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council,
a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.


Contact Us

ewdce@blueridge.edu
(828) 694-1735