The Appalachian

Ashley Kleiman, Reporter | October 3, 2023

With fall fast approaching, look nowhere other than Boone to enjoy all of the wonders the season has to offer. With the temperature cooling down and leaves falling all around, the perfect playlist can help set the vibe to the perfect fall day. The folk song “Ends of the Earth” by Lord Huron combined with the pop sound of “Bonfire Heart” by James Blake to create the perfect vibe for any fall...

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Cam Miller, Reporter | October 2, 2023

App State alumni-founded roots reggae band Rastacoustic returned to Boone Saloon Friday night with a high-energy performance. It was the band’s first show back in Boone since playing a birthday tribute to Bob Marley at Saloon earlier this year. The lineup consisted of Peter Brown on keyboard and vocals, Justin Butler and Tate Rawl on guitar, Shawn Roberts on drums, Kevin Freeman on bass and Jeff...

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Hobby turned hustle: Morganton chainsaw artist

Meg Frantz, Reporter | October 2, 2023

Under a water oak tree in Morganton, amongst a peaceful landscape surrounded by tall trees and rolling hills, Chris Markey turns on his chainsaw.  Markey works in the thriving craft industry creating wood carvings that he sells in galleries, such as Mountain Made Gallery in Asheville, or at craft festivals.  “I grew up in rural Michigan. They had a small festival in Maple Rapids, and one...

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Peach Pit pops out in Boone

Ella McIntosh, Reporter | September 29, 2023

All the way from the West Coast of Canada, indie pop band Peach Pit visited Boone Wednesday night to perform a sold-out concert at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.  APPS’s Main Stage Council planned and hosted the event, announcing the show Aug. 11 and selling out completely 10 days later. Student tickets were $25 and public tickets went for $35. Peach Pit is a four-piece band...

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Breaking barriers at Homestead Recovery block party

Meg Frantz, Reporter | September 28, 2023

Amongst the depths of addiction, stigma and exclusivity, Homestead Recovery Center provides a place for celebration and acceptance. The center’s first annual block party on Sept. 30 is designed for the Watauga community to not only enjoy live music, food trucks and a yard sale, but also a place to bring awareness to addiction recovery and allow participants in the center’s programs to share...

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From recording studio to Peach Pit opener: White Toledo

Ann Korwan | September 27, 2023

Hailing from Greensboro, White Toledo got their start when lead singer, Dan Filiponi, brought a demo to the recording studio where lead guitarist, Cole Covington, worked as a producer. From there, the band, including Covington, Filiponi, Colin Ogburn, Henry Moldenhauer and Carter Hodl got to work on their first single “All Gonna Change,” which was released in June of 2023. All of the members...

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