Concerts Off the Lawn

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Article Published: Sep. 26, 2013 | Modified: Oct. 3, 2013
Concerts Off the Lawn

Multi-instrumentalist Bruce Molsky will bring his brand of old-time Appalachian music to the Jones House for an indoor concert Oct. 2.

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There is just something unique and intimate about an indoor concert at the Jones House in Boone, where the tunes and twangs of old-timey folk music prevail.

The connection and relationship that fosters between artist and audience is more than apparent, said Boone cultural resources coordinator Mark Freed.

While the King Street hopping hot spot is more known for its outdoor summer concerts, Freed said the Jones House provides a different feel when the musicians and guests are moved indoors.

With cooler temperatures settling in across the mountains, Freed said the time is right to try a series of indoor concerts, the first featuring Bruce Molsky on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

“We are not necessarily launching a new program (of indoor concerts), but trying to see how it would work,” Freed said. “This was a unique opportunity with Bruce traveling throughout the area, and he has a house concert in Charlotte. The last time he was here was for a fiddler’s convention at Appalachian State in the Blue Ridge Ball Room, where it was standing room only. People enjoyed it very much.”

Molsky will hold two shows: a 7 p.m. performance, followed by an identical performance at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 each. Each show will hold 42 people, and Freed said he expects both shows to sell out.

While Molsky has previously performed in Boone, October will be his first appearance at the Jones House.

“I love that area (Boone),” Molsky said. “I don’t get up there often enough, but I’ve heard wonderful things about the Jones House.”

The first weekend of October marks a busy time in Molsky’s tour schedules, with stops at Charlotte and Asheville planned for the latter part of that week.

As for the Boone shows, Molksy said they will feature traditional mountain music, as well as old-time music from “before the era of radio and television.”

Playing without an amplifier provides a more natural feel, he added.

“I’m excited about not playing with a sound system,” Molsky said. “I don’t like the feeling of having a microphone between me and the audience.”

Music wasn’t Molsky’s first choice as a career, but it was his first love. “I’ve been playing music since I was 10,” he said.

At the age of 40, Molsky decided to make a break from his job as an engineer for something a little more fulfilling.

“At the end of the day, I asked myself, ‘What do I love to do?’” he said. “It was music.”

Concertgoers can hear for themselves Oct. 2. Freed said the Jones House will offer audiences that comfortable at-home feeling, while enjoying rich traditional music.

“There is something really special about bringing a musician into an intimate, almost living room-like setting,” he said. “And folk music is one of those things. This will be a nice chance to sit in close and listen to a new performance.”

For tickets and more information, call the Jones House, located at 604 W. King St. in downtown Boone, at (828) 262-4576 or email Freed at ( For more on Bruce Molsky, visit

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