Appalachian State University’s 35th annual An Appalachian Summer Festival’s will feature internationally known performers, Grammy Award winners and world-class entertainment to the High Country community from June 29 to Aug 3.

The festival is made up of music, theater, film and visual arts showings and attracts more than 27,000 people to the High Country every year.

Schaefer Popular Series

Ben Folds with the Winston-Salem Symphony (Schaefer Center, 8 p.m., June 29)

North Carolina native Ben Folds will perform with the Winston-Salem Symphony to open up the Schaefer Popular Series — a mainstay of An Appalachian Summer Festival.

Patti LaBelle (Schaefer Center, 8 p.m., July 13)

Regarded as the “Godmother of Soul,” Patti LaBelle has garnered much acclaim and multiple Grammy Awards throughout her career.

Chris Botti (Schaefer Center, 8 p.m., July 19)

Trumpeter and composer Chris Botti will perform tunes from pop to jazz to rock. His two decades of a musical career includes Grammy Awards and multiple albums that went gold or platinum.

Lily Tomlin (Schaefer Center, 8 p.m., July 20)

Comedian extraordinaire Lily Tomlin, who most recently stars alongside Jane Fonda in Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie,” will be sure to keep the High Country audience laughing when she comes to the Schaefer Center this summer.

Punch Brothers (Schaefer Center, 8 p.m., Aug. 1)

Folk group Punch Brothers are fresh off of a Grammy win for Best Folk Album, and are a quintet of mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher.

The Temptations (Holmes Convocation Center, 7:30 p.m., Aug. 3)

For more than 50 years, the Temptations have continued to put out chart-topping songs and sold-out performances across the globe. Songs such as “My Girl,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” and “I Can’t Get Next to You,” continue to be cultural figures.

Classical Music

The Broyhill Chamber Ensemble (Rosen Concert Hall, 7 p.m., June 30, July 2, 28 and 30)

Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists (Rosen Concert Hall, 10 a.m., July 6)

Eastern Festival Orchestra featuring guest artist Awadajin Pratt (Schaefer Center, 7 p.m., July 14)

Tapas and Tesla: An Evening of Chamber Music (Mark E. Ricks Athletics Complex, 7 p.m.)


Pilobolus (Schaefer Center, 8 p.m., July 12)

Pilobolus explores barriers, shapeshifting and shadow-play to engage the audience and inspire them to tap into their childlike wonder.


NC Black Repertory Company: “Plenty of Time” (Valborg Theatre, 7 p.m., July 7)

The North Carolina Black Repertory Company returns this summer with “Plenty of Time” — detailing a decades-long romance between a debutante from an elite black family and a working-class young man.

“Broadway’s Next Hit Musical” (Valborg Theatre, 8 p.m. July 25-26)

“Broadway’s Next Hit Musical” is entirely improvised. In fact, it is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. The improvisers create songs on the spot with audience suggestions.


Weicholz Global Film Series (Schaefer Center, 7 p.m., July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and Aug. 2)

  • July 3: “A Taxi Driver” (South Korea)
  • July 10: “Capernaum” (Lebanon)
  • July 17: “Perfect Strangers” (Mexico)
  • July 24: “Becoming Astrid” (Sweden/Denmark)
  • July 31: “The Translator” (Cuba/Canada)
  • Aug. 2: “Never Look Away” (Germany)

Young People’s Global Film Series (Schaefer Center, 6 p.m. on July 2 and 16; 1 p.m. on July 9, 23 and 30)

  • July 2: “Sing Street” (Ireland)
  • July 9: “An Elephant’s Journey” (South Africa)
  • July 16: “Fanny’s Journey” (France)
  • July 23: “Storm Boy” (Australia)
  • July 30: “Cinnamon” (Mexico)

Visual Arts

Summer Exhibition Celebration at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (Turchin Center, 6-10 p.m., July 5)

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts’ Summer Exhibition Celebration provides opportunity for art lovers to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments while viewing the featured exhibitions.

Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk (10 a.m., Schaefer Center, July 27)

The Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition is an annual national juried competition presented by An Appalachian Summer Festival and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

Lunch and Learn Series at the Turchin Center (Turchin Center, noon, July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31)

  • July 3: Bill Brown — Meet with Sculptor
  • July 10: Kraut Creek Ramblers — Behind the Curtain
  • July 17: Warriors of Anikituhwa — Cherokee Storytelling
  • July 24: Racelle Weiman — Extraordinary Lessons for Holocaust Education: Resistance and Rescue in World War II
  • July 31: Cara Hagan — My Place or Yours?

An Appalachian Summer Festival aims to bring highly accomplished and respected creative and performing artists to Boone in an accessible way. The festival is presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs every summer.

Tickets are on sale now. Purchase any five adult tickets, in any combination and receive 10 percent off. This “Pick 5” ticket discount is only applied to purchases at the box office or by phone. The discount cannot be applied to online orders, films or student/child tickets.

To purchase tickets, call or visit the Schaefer Center box office at (800) 841-2787 or (828) 262-4046. Tickets can also be purchased online at

The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts is located at 733 Rivers St., Boone. Box office hours are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday with special extended hours through July.

For more information about the festival and its performers, visit

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