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Darren Nicholson returns to Sylva’s Concerts on the Creek June 2 with new CD project

The 14th annual season of Concerts on the Creek continues on Friday, June 2 with a concert by the Darren Nicholson Band. The concert will be from 7-9 p.m. at the Bridge Park in Sylva.
Nicholson is a Jackson County native and was a founding member of the nationally-known, award-winning WNC bluegrass group Balsam Range, before setting out on his own as a solo artist in late 2022. He is a Grammy award nominee (2006) and a recipient of numerous International Bluegrass Music Association awards with Balsam Range including Album of the Year (2013, 2017) Vocal Group of the Year (2014, 2015), Song of the Year (2011, 2015), Entertainer of the Year (2014, 2018), Vocal Group of the Year (2014), Album of the Year (2013), Song of the Year (2011), and Album of the Year (2006, with the Alecia Nugent Band). He has appeared countless times on WSM’s Grand Ole Opry, at the Ryman Auditorium, and many of the world’s most famous venues and networks.
Currently, he records and tours as a full-time solo artist with his band The Darren Nicholson Band, along with all sorts of collaborative efforts each year. He’s proud to have taken his blend of Country, Bluegrass, Americana to 49 states, as well as across Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, Australia, and all over Europe.
Nicholson (mandolin/guitar/vocals) joins Kevin Sluder (bass/vocals), and Richard Foulk (drums) to form the Darren Nicholson Band. Frequently, revolving guests join the band on banjo/guitar/vocals, etc.
If you like fun, high-energy music with a groove, soaring trio singing, world-class pickin’, and great songs…this is the band for you!
Nicholson has a new CD project called “Wanderer” that will be available at this concert as well. The chamber is also going to give away two tickets to the Steve Sutton Festival, which is Saturday, June 3 in Black Mountain. Sutton was a frequent Concerts on the Creek performer as a member of both the Darren Nicholson Band and Whitewater Bluegrass Band, before passing away in 2017. Anyone that makes a purchase or donation to Concerts on the Creek will earn an opportunity to win the two festival tickets. The winner will be drawn near the close of the concert on Friday night, June 2.
Concerts on the Creek are held every Friday night from 7-9 p.m. at the Bridge Park in Sylva, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Everyone is encouraged to bring a chair or blanket. These events are FREE but donations are encouraged. Dogs must be on a leash. No smoking, vaping, coolers or tents are allowed. There will be food trucks on site for this event.
These concerts are organized and produced by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Sylva and the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department.
For more information, call the chamber at 828-586-2155, visit or Concerts on the Creek’s Facebook page.

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