Lineup set for free summer concerts at WCU

Western Carolina University has announced the lineup for its 2011 Summer Concert Series.

The concerts, sponsored by A.K. Hinds University Center, will be held on the University Center lawn at 7 p.m. on Thursdays in June and July. The events are free and open to the public.

A full schedule follows:

June 2, Katharine Whalen and Chimney Choir. A Chapel Hill-area vocalist for 1990s band Squirrel Nut Zippers, Whalen and her current band, The Fascinators, combine jazz with modern electronic effects and percolating rhythms. Also, musicians of the Colorado-based band Chimney Choir, who play instruments including mandolin, harmonica, accordion, guitar, flute, piano and banjo, will combine vocal harmonies, epic arrangements and imaginative lyrics.

June 9, The Back Pages. This Western North Carolina group performs rock, as well as classic and southern rock.

June 16, Brandon Kirkley and the Firecrackers. With a vocalist and guitar and bass players from Charlotte and Raleigh, pop-savvy BKTF mixes catchy lyrics, melodies, guitar solos and rhythm to inspire fans to pump their fists and sing along.

June 23, Lionz of Zion. The Lionz of Zion fuse funk and reggae for a unique sound that gets people dancing. Appealing to music lovers of all ages and backgrounds, this Greenville, S.C.- based band’s fresh style includes bass riffs with groovy guitar, soulful vocals and roots-rock backbeat.

June 30, Luke Webb. A singer-songwriter and guitarist from Sylva, Webb, formerly of the folk rock group Shiner Miners, recently formed The Imperative, which features an unusual brand of alternative folk.

July 7, The Buchanan Boys. This Western North Carolina progressive country group blends high-energy country, ballads and three-part harmony.

July 14, Beau Bristow. A native of rural Alabama, Bristow is a singer-songwriter who seeks to connect with his audience through candid, powerful lyrics and guitar performance.

July 21, Serious Clark. The folk-fusion trio from Brevard incorporates elements of alternative rock, improv and country with its looped acoustic guitar grooves and soul-influenced vocals. The group has been compared to the Dave Matthews Band and Barenaked Ladies.

July 28, Arnold Hill and the Medicine Man. From Sylva and WCU, the four-piece band strives to provide a healing experience to the ears with three-part harmony and unexpected turns from one genre to another, from indie alternative to singer-songwriter to Americana to folk.