Folkmoot LIVE! at the Queen Auditorium
The Queen Auditorium in the Folkmoot Friendship Center is home to the arts and cultural programming of Haywood County. Folkmoot utilizes this space for a plethora of live music events and cultural education. You will find yourself at home quickly with us, so have a seat!
• What: Folkmoot USA presents the “3rd Annual Steve Sutton Memorial Concert.” charity concert.
• When: From 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, March 18, at the Queen Auditorium in the Folkmoot Friendship Center, located at 112 Virginia Avenue in Waynesville, North Carolina.
• Who: Performances by The Darren Nicholson Band and the Whitewater Bluegrass Co. (country/bluegrass).
• Cost: Tickets will be $35 per person in advance online/$40 at the door. Kids 12 and under free. Purchase tickets.
Craft beer and wine will be sold onsite. All beverage proceeds and a portion of the ticket sales will go to Folkmoot USA in an effort to continue its incredible year-round arts and culture programming onsite and throughout the community.
Steve Sutton, a native of Haywood County, picked his banjo across the world. He performed at the Grand Ole Opry, won multiple IBMA awards, and was nominated for a Grammy. He was a member of the Whitewater Bluegrass Co., and he was well known for his dedication to aspiring musicians. The Annual Steve Sutton Benefit Concert raises money for Waynesville’s Tuscola High School music students scholarship program with the International Bluegrass Music Association Trust Fund. Performing in Steve’s honor, both bands will have you tapping your heel to the rhythm of their mountain melodies.
The Darren Nicholson Band There’s a lot going on in Nicholson’s life these days. At 38, the Canton-based artist recently celebrated his 20th year as a professional touring musician, with the last 15 spent as the mandolinist in Balsam Range — arguably one of the most successful, award-winning bluegrass acts of the 21st century thus far. At a glance, Balsam Range has won the International Bluegrass Music Association award for “Entertainer of the Year” (2014, 2018), “Album of the Year” (2013, 2017), “Vocal Group of the Year” (2014, 2015) and “Song of the Year” (2011, 2015, 2021), among numerous other accolades. And yet, Nicholson has always been someone on the move. Aside from the whirlwind touring/recording schedule for Balsam Range, he will soon release his fourth solo album, “Man On A Mission” (out Nov. 26). The Americana/country album is not only his debut for the storied Mountain Home Records (Arden), it’s also a life marker for Nicholson — a sincere, intricate soul in pursuit of the fruits of life, whether that be love or camaraderie, hard work or creative fulfillment. Check out his website here.
The Whitewater Bluegrass Co. has captivated audiences throughout the Southeast with their blend of Bluegrass music, country ballads, mountain swing and down-home humor. With Whitewater, mountain culture is a celebration of music, song and dance. They have been together for over 35 years. “Uncle Ted” White is Whitewater’s MC, square-dance caller and bass man. Bill Byerly sings lead and harmony as well as providing rhythm on the guitar. David Pendley plays the mandolin, and he has great ear for harmony and lead singing. In addition meet Molly Barrett, who plays the fiddle and Seth Rhinehart , on banjo. Find out more about the band here.