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Melissa Wade, from Knoxville, on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, fronts the band and writes most of their original material. She is also an accomplished pianist and piano instructor. She brings to the band many years of performance experience in a variety of musical styles.
Philip Coward, from Knoxville, on mandolin, lead acoustic guitar and vocals, shares leadership duties in the band and contributes to their signature energetic show. He also co-writes and arranges much of the group's original material and has performed in various bands for almost 30 years, one of which toured overseas with the USO in the 1970's.
Classically-trained violinist and virtuoso fiddlers, sisters, Laura Knight and Cindy Wallace light up the band's stage show with lively fiddle tunes as well as beautiful string arrangements on their slower numbers.
They have performed in many bands, including Wild Mountain Honey, and The Wallace Sisters. Their credentials also include many years at Dollywood theme park. - http://www.wildblueyonderband.com/
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Asheville Area Arts Council
Founded more than 40 years ago,
the Asheville Area Arts Council helps develop cultural resources and sponsors local arts events. The council also provides grants and scholarships for emerging local artists, implements education arts programs in the schools and sponsors the Front Gallery and the Urban Trail. 11 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville. 828-258-0710.
Haywood County Arts Council
Located in Waynesville, the Haywood County Arts Council seeks to enhance the quality of life for area residents by sponsoring music, art and theatre productions including International Festival Day, the Haywood Arts Regional Theater and Spotlights Youth Theater. 37 Church Street, Waynesville. 828-452-0593.
Led by Robert Hart Baker for the past 22 years, the Asheville Symphony celebrates its 43rd season in 2004-2005. Performing both masterworks and pops concerts, the symphony also puts on a Holiday Pops concert with the Children’s Chorus in December and free concerts at Asheville and Biltmore Square malls. Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville. 828-254-7046.
Asheville Community Theatre
Producing a range of plays and musicals, the Asheville Community Theatre’s 2003-2004 season included “The Sound of Music,” Neil Simon’s “Rumors” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The theatre also includes “35 Below,” a new 45-seat, black box addition that features state-of-the-art equipment. 35 Walnut Street, Asheville. 828-254-1320.
Folk Art Center
Attracting more than 300,000 visitors each year, the Folk Art Center displays one-of-a-kind handmade crafts including clay, fibers, basket weaving, jewelry, metals, wood and paper products that range from traditional to contemporary Appalachian art. All items are offered for sale. The center also serves to educate with books, beginners kits and demonstrations. Located east of Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Milepost 382. 828-298-7928.
Brevard Music Center
For the past 67 years, the Brevard Music Center has provided young musicians with the opportunity to display and nurture their talents. More than 400 students from 14 years old to post-college perform 80 public concerts, operas and musicals. The young performers also have the opportunity to play with faculty and guest artists. 1000 Probart Street, Brevard. 828-862-2105.
Asheville Lyric Opera
In its fifth season, the Asheville Lyric Opera performs classic opera works including La Boheme and Don Pasquale. The season opens with Opera Gala, a medley of select opera songs. The Asheville Lyric Opera also fosters a professional opera community and educational programs in the area. Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 Pack Square, Asheville. 828-236-0670.
YMI Cultural Center
Established in 1893 as the Young Men’s Institute, the YMI Cultural Center is a historical landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Promoting the cultural heritage of African Americans in Western North Carolina, the YMI Cultural Center exhibits historic artwork and sponsors events including the Goombay Festival, Kwanzaa and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday Celebration. Corner of Eagle and Market streets, Asheville. 828-252-4614.
Shelton House Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts
Built in 1875, the Shelton House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum exhibits 19th century crafts and furniture as well as displays from the North Carolina State Fair’s Village of Yesterday and Native American artifacts. 49 Shelton Street, Waynesville. 828-452-1551.
Haywood Arts Regional Theatre
As the most active theatre company between Charlotte and Nashville, the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre (HART) in Waynesville features two musicals, five main stage plays and six studio theatre shows each season. The company is housed at the Performing Arts Center at the historic Shelton House. 250 Pigeon Street, Waynesville. 828-456-6322.
Flat Rock Playhouse
About 88,000 patrons annually attend performances by the Vagabond Players at the Flat Rock Playhouse. The group produces theatrical productions and provides educational programs in the performing arts. The seven-month season features musicals, comedy and dramatic productions. 2661 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock. 828-693-0731.
Toe River Arts Council
Serving to promote the arts in Mitchell and Yancey counties, the Toe River Arts Council provides programs and services to schools, local artists and the greater community. The council also sponsors nine annual events including their Holiday Studio Tour in December. Led by a map, participants can visit a number of mountain galleries that feature glass, pottery, sculpture, wood, photography, textiles, paintings and jewelry. 269 Oak Avenue, Spruce Pine. 828-765-0520.
Blue Spiral 1
This 14,000 square foot, three-story downtown art gallery features paintings, printmaking, ceramics, photos and blown glass created by more than 100 artists and craft makers from across the Southeast. 38 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville. 800-291-2513.
Craven Handbuilt Porcelain
Since 1972, this gallery has featured hand built porcelain dinnerware, wall sculpture, pots and vases. Using a design method in which antique lace is impressed onto the clay before sculpting, owners Ian and Jo Lydia Craven implement creative colors to complement their unique works. 58 Wall Street, Asheville. 828-232-1401.
Vadim Bora Gallery
Displaying a varied body of work, the Vadim Bora Gallery illustrates owner Vadim Bora’s skill with a range of mediums including graphite, charcoal and ink. The works showcase classic European traditions and techniques that descend from Bora’s Russian background. 1 Battery Park Avenue at Haywood Park Hotel, Asheville. 828-254-7959.
Southern Highland Craft Guild
Headquartered at the Folk Art Center, this non-profit educational organization includes more than 800 craftspeople from the mountain region of nine states in the Southeast. Since 1930, the guild has promoted excellence in the design, education and merchandising of art in southern Appalachian region. Milepost 382, Asheville. 828-298-7928.
Since 1901, the Grovewood Gallery has displayed contemporary and traditional furniture, craft and art including jewelry, pottery, wood, iron, fiber and glass works. The gallery was named in Niche Magazine’s 2003 list of Top 10 Retailers of American Craft. 111 Grovewood Road, Asheville. 828-253-7651.
Twigs & Leaves
Since opening in 1998 with 1,200 square feet and showcasing the works of 40 artists, Twigs & Leaves has grown to occupy 2,000 square feet and features 150 exhibitors. Located in the middle of “gallery row” in Waynesville, Twigs & Leaves features works in glass, ceramics, fiber, wood, metal, jewelry, painting, photography and sculpture. Visitors can watch co-owner Kaaren Stoner at work on her potter’s wheel. 98 North Main Street, Waynesville. 828-456-1940.
The Trade Street Gallery Coffeehouse provides a venue for many events throughout the year. Check back regularly for updated events. The coffeehouse regularly hosts the following types of events.
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by Hope Noland
Networking is quickly becoming one of the best ways to establish business connections. Music, already a connecting agent with people, is now involved with the networking approach to recognition and business. Musicians are now able to showcase their work and communicate with other musicians because of the networking trend. Now, thanks to the Shenandoah Connection Network, West Virginia artists are able to participate in this communication tool.
The Shenandoah Connection network consists of a continually increasing list of musicians, artists and small business people that network together in order to make a difference in West Virginia, Virginia and surrounding states. The Web site, www.ShenandoahMusic.com, says that they are constantly interested in working with new musicians, artists and small business people moving to West Virginia and the surrounding areas. The site also promises that the Shenandoah Connection group strives to help get more music venues off the ground.
Mark Barreres, the man behind the network, says that by using the Shenandoah Connection network as a promotional tool artists will get what they desire. “We are a full service Web site promotion and marketing firm located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Our innovative and proven search engine optimization techniques have ranked more web pages in more top positions than anyone in business in Virginia,” he says. “Whether it’s Web site promotion, development, design or consulting, we can help you get the results you expect.”
Barreres believes that the success of his search engine comes with the trustworthy people that he chooses to work with. “I use my ability to get pages up on the search engines to attract honest hearted people to work with,” he says. “My sponsors pay me about one dollar a day to list them on high ranked pages on our network and I advise with them to get their site positioned high in the search engines as well.”
The Shenandoah network makes it its goal to open up great opportunities for area musicians. “With ShenandoahMusic.com, I cross promote with artists and musicians to make things happen,” Barreres says. He also believes that the network allows people to come together rather than compete. “We are going to help each other become successful.”
One of the concert series promoted through the network is the “Rebecca’s Place House Concerts.” The house concert appeal is a growing effort across the Shenandoah Valley and West Virginia. Each concert offers live music shows that are created to achieve opportunities for local as well as traveling musicians. They are also designed to bring audiences and musicians closer together. A wide variety of music styles are showcased in the house concerts including jazz, folk, blues, bluegrass, rock and swing. The concerts have no admission fees but a donation to the musician is usually expected; the musicians then keep all of the proceeds. The goal of the ‘Rebecca’s Place House Concerts’ as well as the Shenandoah network is to form other house concerts within the area and to promote local artists who might otherwise be overlooked in the music industry.
Barreres is also involved with Americana Rhythm Magazine, http://www.americanarhythm.com, which showcases music of the Shenandoah Valley, Central Virginia, the Blue Ridge and West Virginia. When people advertise with Americana Rhythm they support the musical talent from these areas.
Barreres has received several letters thanking him for allowing the Shenandoah network to increase their business sales. Randolph Byrd of Charlottesville Piano in Virginia attributes his business’s success to the network. Byrd wanted the business to come up on the first page of the Google search engine and Barreres told him he could achieve this goal if he used the Shenandoah network. Byrd is astounded with the results he has received from using the Virginia Business Network. The business now comes up on the first page of Google and in the first month it added thousands of dollars worth of piano orders.
Byrd is not the only one satisfied with the outcome of using the Shenandoah network. Amy Proctor from the Shenandoah Caverns and American Celebration says that the network helped them with their first, “Savor the Valley Fall Festival” by putting them in touch with potential vendors that they otherwise would have not known about.
When asked about his opinion on the Shenandoah network’s contribution to helping artists and businesses Barreres says, “The Web site (ShenandoahMusic.com) is helping to change the way people think about the internet in the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. It’s all about networking.” Virginia Business Networking
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