Whether you want to be entertained indoors, outdoors or stay at home and livestream cultural opportunities this summer, you’ll find something for the entire family to enjoy at Appalachian State University’s Summer Festival. All genres of the arts are represented—music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film. An extensive list of performances is available at https://appsummer.org/schedule/.

For example, if you like COMEDY...

You’ll want to see Paula Poundstone on July 3rd, an NPR “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me” regular, and the first woman to perform standup at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. On July 24, Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) and Ari Shapiro (Pink Martini) will combine forces to share their stories through song in a fabulous cabaret show, Och & Oy! a considered cabaret. These performances are only two of the many performing arts lineups in both indoor and outdoor venues.

MUSICALLY speaking, most of you are familiar with Jason Isbell, four-time Grammy winner. This superlative songsmith will be singing with his band The 400 Unit at Kidd Brewer Stadium on July 10. His boots, ah, his boots! And, there are many marvelous CLASSICAL music concerts offered but, alas, time and space prohibit description here.

Regarding DANCE, the internationally renowned Parsons Dance Company (July 8), will knock your socks off with their modern dance and athleticism. A THEATRE performance by NC Black Repertory Company features Freedom Summer in a virtual-only presentation on July 15th. This will be preceded by a FREE “Meet the Artists” virtual panel discussion led by NCBRC Artistic Director Jackie Alexander on July 13th. Not to be missed.

VISUAL ARTS include Sculpture Walks and exciting opening exhibitions at the Turchin Center. “A Creative Commonality” exhibit will rock your world! Chimpanzees? Really!

Performances take place at various venues including the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, State Farm Road Concert Lot (a brand-new outdoor venue created expressly for this year’s festival) and Kidd Brewer Stadium. Check the website for times and location. You won’t believe the price of tickets, which range from free to $100 and only $15 virtual productions (the whole family can watch for this ridiculously low price)! Contact theschaefercenter@appstate.edu or call 1-800-840-2787 for ticket information. 

Please join us for a sensational season of celebrating the arts.

5 photos in a row, the first of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, next a dancer leaping in the air. Third is a reflection of two women in a mirror, and fourth a woman clasping her mouth. The final photo is a colorful mural on the stairs of the Turchin Center.