Folk music by the lake at Blue Ridge Community College

Photo courtesy of Bill Elder.

Hendersonville – The Blue Ridge Community College is able to host their free monthly summer music concert on its campus—by the lake as they have in the past.   The first concert will be on July 26th, from 5 pm to 7 pm, which is a little later than usual due to the pandemic. The outdoor lake setting, of course,  allows for social distancing, and attendants need to bring blankets, a picnic, and chairs to make themselves comfortable as they enjoy some folk, rock, and bluegrass music.  

The mountain setting is perfect for Tom Fisch, a songwriter and acoustical guitar player from Flat Rock, who will be playing a mix of traditional folk and country music on July 26th. He has other concerts planned later in the year, one at the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center in Tryon and another at the Feed & Seed in Fletcher, all of course depending on COVID regulations and restriction.  Fisch has a number of recorded albums such as “October Boy” and “We Could Use a Little Rain, “including recordings for kids with songs like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain.”  

Later lakeside musical events are planned in Blue Ridge Community College’s series. This year’s featured musical artists are Pretty Little Goat, Aug.16,  with their grassroots old-time music; Tuxedo Junction Band, Aug. 30; and Nick Chandler & Delivered, Sept. 27 with traditional bluegrass music. In case of inclement weather, the performances will be moved indoors to the Technology Education Development Center. Go to  

Hendersonville’s Burntshirt Vineyards summer music series

On August 7th from 6 – 8 pm at the Burntshirt Vineyard’s Hendersonville location, Pretty Little Goat will be playing at their Meadows/barn.  This space allows plenty of room to spread out and social distance. There is a $10 entrance fee or only $8 for wine club members. The Vintner’s Table food truck will be there, starting at 5 pm, so one can easily order dinner before the band starts to play. Perhaps a cheese plate with a glass of beer or wine could start the evening off to your liking, then you could add more dining items from the food truck as the evening progressed.

Pretty Little Goat offers grassroots music at its finest. The four-person band formed in 2013 through their common grounding in the deep well of local tradition found in the mountains of Western North Carolina. As young lovers of old-time music, Pretty Little Goat began winning string band competitions right away and is considered one of the best and most creative roots music to be found anywhere.