HICKORY — The Sails Original Music Series will present “Tunes in Trade Alley” this Saturday, June 15, in downtown Hickory. With construction currently taking place on Union Square, the format and location of the series has been modified for June.

Three bands will be featured at the Saturday event, with shows at 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

The music event begins on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. with The Arcadian Wild, a progressive bluegrass and folk-influenced band formed out of Nashville, Tennessee.

At 5 p.m., Rahm Squad takes the stage to showcase its funky jazz grooves. The Asheville trio is known for providing a laid-back, back-beat driven sound and a vibrant listening experience.

The evening will conclude with visionary bluesman Selwyn Birchwood at 7:30 p.m. With his fiery guitar and lap steel playing, trailblazing lyrics, and gritty vocals, Birchwood is highly regarded as one of the most extraordinary young stars in the blues.

Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for added comfort. Olde Hickory Brewery and Silver Fork Winery will sell beer and wine in designated areas, and there are a variety of close-by restaurants to patronize.

The series plans to return in full force in September, taking place every Friday at 6:30 p.m. under The Sails, once Union Square construction is complete.

The Sails Original Music Series is able to bring musical entertainment from all over the United States with the help of numerous sponsors. The Hickory Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau is the premier sponsor for the month of June.

Additional sponsors include Bob Sinclair Music, Larry’s Music & Sound, Pfahlert Creative Labs, Olde Hickory Brewery, and Crowne Plaza. Media partners include WNNC 1230 AM/WAIZ 63 Big Ways, WNCW 88.7FM, and the Focus.

For more information about the Sails Original Music Series and upcoming bands, visit the Sails Music Series Facebook page – www.facebook.com/SailsMusic .

Michael Reno Harrell to perform at HCT

HICKORY — Singer, songwriter and storyteller Michael Reno Harrell returns to the Hickory Community Theatre for his ninth annual show on Saturday, June 15, at 8 p.m. in the Firemen’s Kitchen.

A lifetime resident of the Southern Appalachian region, Harrell is a familiar face throughout western North Carolina. He has also toured across the United States, throughout the British Isles and much of Europe.

Reserved seating tickets are $16 each and may be purchased in advance online at www.hickorytheatre.org, by phone at 828-327-3855 or at the door one half hour before performance time.

Concert series kicks off in Taylorsville

HIDDENITE — In partnership with the Town of Taylorsville and Alexander County government, the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center has announced the kick off for its annual Summer on the Square Free Concert Series, featuring The Night Move Band.

This free community event will be held on Friday, June 14, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the new Alexander County Courthouse Park, located at 131 West Main Ave., Taylorsville. In case of rain, concerts will be moved to the Hiddenite Center Educational Complex at 70 Hiddenite Church Road. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets.

The Night Move Band is a five-piece band that performs R&B, beach, classic rock, and funk music. The band features four vocalists and each take a turn at singing lead. The band consists of guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, drums, saxophone and percussion.

To learn more about the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center call 828-632-6966, email info@hiddenitearts.org or visit www.hiddenitearts.org .

Annual drumming workshop planned

HICKORY — Rick Cline’s annual African Drumming and Steel Drum Workshop will be June 17-21.

Participants of the African drumming workshop will learn traditional West African songs/rhythms and their meanings as well as how to improvise and “speak” with their drum.  The workshop is for ages 9 and older, and no experience is required. It is from 7:30-8:30 each day. The steel drum workshop is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The fee is $90. All instruments are provided.

To participate, text 828-320-2959 or email rickclinenc@gmail.com. The workshops are supported by the Piedmont Percussion Program, a community percussion program for kids ages 6-18. For more information visit www.piedmontpercussionprogram.org.

Training sessions on opioids and dementia planned

HICKORY — At Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, VayaHealth will provide two training sessions, “Substance Use, Misuse and the Opioid Crisis,” and “Dementia-Psychosis Behavior: What You Need to Know” on June 19 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

“Substance Use, Misuse and the Opioid Crisis” will provide information on prescription drugs and the opioid epidemic.

The second session, “Dementia-Psychosis: What You Need to Know” identifies frequent challenging behaviors associated with dementia and psychosis. This session will help in understanding the difficulty for families with dementia and psychosis.

Participants will meet in the upstairs conference room. This training from VayaHealth is open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required.

You may register online at www.hickorync.gov/content/, click on Library Events and choose “Substance Use, Misuse and the Opioid Crisis” at 10 a.m. and “Dementia-Psychosis Behavior: What You Need to Know” to reserve your seat. You may also register by phone at 828-304-0500 ext. 7235.

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 Third St. NE on the SALT Block.

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