Concerts on the Quad at UNCA

UNCA invites the community to the 28th annual Concerts on the Quad Summer Music Series, featuring live music by an array of musicians performing on the grassy quad located at the heart of the college campus. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to pack a picnic, bring a blanket or a lawn chair and set up camp on the quad for the festivities, held on Monday evenings from June 14 through July 25.

All concerts (expect for one ticketed event at the end of July) are family-friendly, free and kick off at 7 p.m. each week. Refreshments and snacks will be available at the Café a la Quad tent. All attendees are asked to please leave pets at home.

Summer lineup:

June 14: Cool John Ferguson of Beaufort, S.C. performs blues, gospel, R&B and funk tunes.

June 21: ELM. collective, from Raleigh, is a jazz and world-music-fusion band described as a “wonderful synthesis of the Silk Road Ensemble and Pink Martini, but with the spirit of the Buena Vista Social Club.”

June 28: Pan Jive, an “energetic, genre-defying steel drum” band from Hickory, will perform tropical, pop and reggae music.

July 12: Asheville’s own One Leg Up performs Gypsy-jazz and acoustic-swing music inspired by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.

July 24 & 25: The 27th annual Folkmoot USA Festival, the only ticketed event in the concert series, will feature folk dance and music from around the world. Tickets range from $10-$25 and are available at

In the case of rain, concerts will be held in UNCA’s Lipinsky Auditorium, and weather announcements are made at 5 p.m. on the day of each concert. Info: 251-6991, 232-5000 or visit


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About Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt
Aiyanna grew up on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. She was educated at The Cambridge School of Weston, Sarah Lawrence College, and Oxford University. Aiyanna lives in Asheville, North Carolina where she proudly works for Mountain Xpress, the city’s independent local newspaper.

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