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Downtown tunes in Boone

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Article Published: Jun. 6, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 23, 2013
Downtown tunes in Boone

The Lazybirds, featuring James T. Browne, Jay Brown, Mitchell Johnston and Alfred Michels, will perform June 14 at Boone Saloon.

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Warm, summer-like evenings have finally returned to the High Country and so has the opportunity to catch several sizzling shows in Watauga County this month.

With numerous headline acts at Boone Saloon and Murphy’s, the local music scene is always vibrant, regardless what Mother Nature’s up to outside.

The fun starts this weekend, when Them Teasters join the Karloffs at Boone Saloon Saturday. The cover charge is $5.

And get ready for a roots revival, when hometown favorites The Lazybirds take up a perch at Boone Saloon Friday, June 14. The cover charge is $7.

According to the group’s Facebook page, the Lazybirds have developed a reputation in the High Country for playing music that touches people at their core in a way that harkens back to a time when music was more closely intertwined with nature.

Lazbyirds longtime member Jay Brown said the group is more than familiar with Boone’s enriched music scene. Two of the members currently call the High Country home, and the band typically plays six to eight times a year in Boone, including formal concerts, weddings and other loose gatherings.

“We’ve been playing at the Boone Saloon before it was the Boone Saloon,” Brown said. “It used to be the Caribbean Café. That’s been quite a while.”

Along with jazz and ragtime classics, Lazybirds brings onstage antics and improvisation acts that will delight regulars and newcomers. “At our shows, you will have half as many people dancing as you do sitting and listening,” Brown said.

Other upcoming acts include Eugene and Friends June 20, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra June 22 and Crystal Brigh and the Silver Hand June 29.

Murphy’s June lineup will feature Friday-and-Saturday blocks of music, with Native L performing June 7 and The David Bates Band June 9. The Andy Page Trio performs June 14, Made of Suede June 15, Nomadic June 21 and Donnie Dies June 22.

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