The Appalachian Popular Programming Society (APPS) is a university funded student organization that consists of seven (7) different councils (committees) that work together to select, plan, promote, and present a diverse variety of popular entertainment programs and films which enhance the social and cultural life for Appalachian students.

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Rajiv Surendra -  Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Come join CASE and Specials Events, January 26, 2016 in Parkway Ballroom, welcome Rajiv Surendra to Boone. Rajiv Surendra from Mean Girls, will be presenting his new book, The Elephants in My Backyard, with open discussion on his life as Indian Actor on the American film scene.

Parkway Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union

Event starts at 7pm!

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Benfit Bash with Evan Button and the Tribe and Skunkbert - Friday, January 27th, 2017

This is a benefit concert which the proceeds go to the families of the Junaluska community, helping fight food insecurity. It is presented by SGA and APPS. The two bands featured are Skunkbert and Evan Button & The Tribe!
Skunkbert is an up and coming alternative rock band from Boone, NC!
Evan Button & The Tribe is a genre-defying, soulful band from the mountains of Appalachia. They combine folk, funk, and reggae to leave the listeners grooving all night long!

Date: January 27th, 2016

Location: Legends

Time: 9pm 

Tickets: $3 to students in advance / $5 to students & public at the door.

This event is BYOB


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Mipso - Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Mipso’s four members included. “Well, we didn’t know so many people would buy it,” laughs mandolin player Jacob Sharp, “and we definitely didn’t know we were a bluegrass band.”Since then, Mipso has performed over 300 shows and welcomed frequent collaborator Libby Rodenbough’s voice and fiddle to the fold – and has continued to grow as musicians and songwriters, while drawing continual inspiration from their rich North Carolina roots.

BYOB 6-pack (must also have ID)
Legends - Doors open at 9
$10 student ticket ADV.
$12 public and student ticket at door


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Square Dance feat. Strictly Strings w/ Aaron Ratcliffe - Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Bring a partner or find one on the dance floor, come and enjoy a night of dancing and fun. Featuring music by Strictly Strings and squares by Aaron Ratcliffe.

Strictly Strings is an Appalachian Old-Time band born in Boone North Carolina. The band was originally an old-time fiddle class in the Junior Appalachian Musicicians (J.A.M) Program, instructed by Cecil Gurganus. Strictly Strings has been together for 3 successful years and they are well on their way to many more. They perform locally, festivals, private gigs, contra dances as well as radio shows. This band truly loves playing together as well as spending time as best friends. They spread joy, happiness, love and great music!

Where: Legends (On campus of the Appalachian State University)

When: 7:30pm (Doors/Beginner Lesson), 8:00pm (Dance)

Tickets: $3 Student, $5 Public

Children 13+ can come with a guardian!


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Appalachian State University 2017 Fiddler's Convention - Saturday, February 4th, 2017

The convention is from 10:00am-5:00pm on Saturday, February 4th with an evening concert at Legends.

The Appalachian State Old-Time Fiddlers Convention is held on the campus of Appalachian State University and is 100% student operated. This unique event draws over 400 attendees from nine states and celebrates the rich musical and cultural history of the Appalachian region. Events include; concerts, instructional workshops, music competitions, a gathering of luthiers, as well as a handmade market featuring crafters from across the region.

All events are family friendly!

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Foghorn Stringband - Saturday, Feruary 4th, 2017

Credited for igniting the Old Time Renaissance in Northwest, Foghorn Stringband continues to stand out as the shining gold standard for American Stringband music. Seven albums, thousand of shows and over a decade of touring under their belts, it’s no surprise they have two entirely new generations of old-time musicians following their lead.

Through all of this, they’ve never let the music grow cold; instead they’ve been steadily proving that American Roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration.

Today Foghorn Stringband features the intertwining harmonies of founding members, Stephen "Sammy" Lind, Caleb Klauder along with powerhouse vocalists, Reeb Willms and Nadine Landry, all of whom bring a wealth of songs, instruments and traditions making them a festival favorite from coast to coast and around the globe.

Skillet Gap will also make an appearnace at this event. Hailing from all over North Carolina, Skillet Gap carries on the torch of old-time here at Appalachian State. Their crooked tunes, energy, and connection drive their performances. The melody section of the band is comprised of Quinlin Riggs on fiddle and Ben Banick on banjo. Holding down the rhythm section is Zach Smith on bass and the baby of the band Dayne Shelor on guitar.

Location: Legends

Start: Saturday, Feburary 4th, 2017 @ 7:30pm

End: Saturday, Feburary 4th, 2017 @ 11:30pm

$5.00 - students // $10.00 - public


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Mandolin Orange - Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Formed in 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina around the talents of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Marlin and violinist/guitarist Emily Frantz, Mandolin Orange draw from wells both old and new, offering up a heady mix of bluegrass, gospel, folk, country, and pop that invokes the earthy timelessness (and effortless harmonies) of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, the sweet unpredictability of Nickel Creek, and the rich, gothic Americana of the Civil Wars. Partners in music and life, the pair released their self-produced debut, Quiet Little Rooms, through CD Baby in 2010, followed by the ambitious double album Haste Make/Hard Hearted Stranger in 2011. The duo inked a deal with Yep Roc for their third long-player, 2013's This Side of Jordan. For album number four, 2016's Blindfaller, Mandolin Orange expanded to a six-piece, with Marlin and Frantz joined in the studio by Josh Oliver on keyboards and guitar, Allyn Love on pedal steel, Clint Mullican on bass, and Kyle Keegan on drums. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi

Date: Thursday, March 2
Time: Doors open at 9:00pm, show at 9:30pm
Tickets: ASU Student/Advance $15 Non-Student & At Door $20
BYOB 6-pack limit with ID


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