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Flame Azalea Festival

One Time Event
06/08/2024 - 06/08/2024
Join us for the annual blooming of the Native Flame Azaleas and a full season of Flame Azalea celebration. We’ll be hosting our in-town festival on Saturday, June 8th at the Graham County High School featuring Outdoor, Gardening and Craft Vendors, an antique tractor show, guided hikes, a full lineup of incredible live music, kids activities, educational workshops, food trucks, and so much more! Mark your calendars for a festival to remember!
10:00 am
Flag Ceremony/Posting of Colors
National Anthem
Robbinsville High School Band
10:15 am
🎵 Jacob & Lauren Goins 🎵
Jacob Goins is a poet who dresses his words in delicate melody, carefully designed. When he performs with his wife, Lauren, they are a duet whose voices are in harmony with the voices of our mountains as well as each other.
Born and raised in the Appalachians, Jacob fashions folk music that shares in the gentleness, the rise and fall, and the golden peacefulness of the North Carolina mountains. His writing is born of woods, of the emergence and recession of light, and of the silence in which he lingers. In every humble effort, he strives to make art that doesn’t sing over the quiet, but rather sings with it.
He is currently hard at work on new music for release in 2024.
11:00 am
🎵 The Sundown Band 🎵
The Sundown Band livens things up with an eclectic mix of country, soft rock, and Motown covers from the 70s, 80s, and 90s – Americana at its best. A blend of Alabama harmonies with a bit of Positive Force funk keeps audiences anticipating the next song. All members hail from Western North Carolina – Don O’Dell (keys/vocals), Rick Trammell (acoustic guitar/lead vocals), Jamie Nichols (vocals/lead guitar), Greg Bauman (lead guitar/vocals), Kemmy Garrett (bass), and Wayne Barter (drums).
12:00 pm
🎵 Stecoah JAM Band 🎵
A great mix of traditional bluegrass and old-time fiddle tunes from the Stecoah JAM Band. This group of students – some of whom have been playing for less than two years, tour the county and region promoting traditional Appalachian music and the Junior Appalachian Musician program. The Stecoah JAM Band brings together students committed to going beyond their instrumental lessons and places them with local musicians and instructors who mentor them in learning to play together as a group. This group of students have been performing together for a little over a year.
Students: Kenleigh Gibbs (fiddle), Elodie Phillips (fiddle), Emerie Phillips (fiddle), Elijah Benton (fiddle/mandolin), Nathan Benton (guitar/fiddle), Enslie Phillips (fiddle), Autumn Cripe (fiddle), Kasen Garrison (guitar).
Since 2001, the Stecoah JAM has taught the children of Graham County about their musical heritage and traditions by offering classes in traditional Appalachian music. The program is one of the longest running JAM programs in Appalachia. The audience is invited to show their support of this wonderful program by dropping something in their bucket; businesses may contact director Jennifer West to discuss program sponsorship.
12:30 pm
🌿 Warriors of AniKituhwa 🌿
Don’t miss this family friendly, interactive performance by this wonderful cohort of Cherokee Dancers dedicated to revitalizing Cherokee. They are painted red and wear clothing and jewelry that are accurate reproductions of 18th century Cherokee styles. Their program includes the War Dance and Eagle Tail Dance as described in 1762 along with a discussion of the significance of these dances. In addition to these historical dances, they perform Cherokee social dances that include the audience.
The Warriors of AniKituhwa have performed in the London New Year’s Parade, at Colonial Williamsburg, the National Museum of the American Indian, the opening of “Emissaries of Peace,” the Kissimmee Shoot Off and Rendezvous at the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation, Stone Mountain Park, the Eastern Frontiers Conference and many more.
The Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has designated the Warriors of AniKituhwa official Cultural Ambassadors.
1:15: pm
🎵 Shay Martin Lovette 🎵
The tale of wayfaring songwriter Shay Martin Lovette is shaped by an enduring creative pursuit, an inseparable connection with the natural world, and a deep appreciation of musical voices of the past. Like the winding rivers and tributaries of his Appalachian homeland, Lovette’s music flows with emotional depth, poetically exploring the beautiful melodies of the land and the human soul.
Lovette’s songcraft has elicited high praise from American Songwriter, The Bluegrass Situation, No Depression, Under the Radar Magazine, Glide Magazine, and New Commute. In April of 2022, Lovette and band capped off a tour in support of his album Scatter & Gather with a performance on the esteemed Watson Stage at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
2:30 pm
🎵 Appalachian Smoke 🎵
Get ready for a performance chock full of quick instrumentation and intricate harmonies –Appalachian Smoke has found a sound reminiscent of the hollers of Southern Appalachia that they grew up in and yet, one quick and varied enough to push the envelope. Bluegrass Today acknowledges their talented songwriting, melodic arrangements, smooth vocal harmonies, and edgy, modern sound, “…If they stick to this formula, we will be hearing about Appalachian Smoke for a long time.” – Blue Grass Today
Appalachian Smoke is made up of five songwriters, vocalists, and instrumentalists that are honored to sing about the history and ways of their home.
Mikel Laws (Alarka banjo/guitar), Jamie Mason (Culberson guitar/banjo), Kenneth Rymer (Crandell resophonic guitar), BJ Taylor (Nantahala mandolin/octave mandolin), and Tim Williams (Robbinsville bass).