City Lights Cafe Sylva, NC

Artist & Musician Program

At City Lights Café, we like to promote local artists and singer/songwriters in our establishment.  We do this as part of our mission to love our community, and encouraging others to support the local arts.


Each month, we invite an artist to display their work in the café. We don’t charge rent, nor do we request a commission for pieces sold.  This is your month to shine and we want you to get as much exposure to our community as possible. We host an art opening for you the first Friday of the month and provide complementary appetizers for those who attend.  The second Friday of the month is the Sylva Art Stroll, which provides an additional focused time for those who enjoy unique art to see what our community has to offer.  If you are interested in displaying your art at City Lights Café, please call us at 828.587.2233 to check available months and to come by and see the space.

Rachael Griffin Art


Each Friday and Saturday night local WNC musicians entertain us at the café.  We work in partnership with musicians by giving them an opportunity to perform, and promoting their show through local newspaper advertising, fliers that we print and distribute, our website, email blast to 1500, our Facebook fan base of over 700 and in local events directories.  We offer the opportunity to sell CDs in the café, and collect cash tips.  We also compensate musicians with food and drink the night they play and a gift card or equivalent compensation to take home with them. 

Since there are so few bands in our area who play cover music, it is not cost-effective for us to pay the copyright music licensing fees to ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. Therefore we only allow musicians to play music that they have created.

If you are a singer/songwriter and would like to showcase your unique music at City Lights Café, shoot us an email at, and include a link to your music.  We have some sound equipment available for you to use.

Sai Collins Music

City Lights Cafe & Espresso Bar, Sylva, NC
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