Swinging Under the Stars has been an annual cultural event in Catawba County since its’ inception by Rick Cline in 2008. Downtown Hickory’s very popular nostalgic family event continues to grow in attendance every year, attracting more than 1500 people annually.
Swinging Under the Stars along with the 18 piece Hickory Jazz Orchestra was formed in 2008 thanks to funding by the United Arts Council of Catawba County. As a result, the concert was the recipient of the 2009 “Best Downtown Event for North Carolina” awarded by NC Main Street, a division of the NC Department of Commerce. The Hickory Jazz Orchestra consists of local musicians and educators. This year’s Swinging Under the Stars is a tribute to the late HJO member, Jim Calabrese.
The Hickory Music Factory (HMF) is a local non-profit agency that works to provide and help preserve music in the community through lessons, performances and outreach programs. This year’s SUS is the kickoff of the HMF Heritage Concert Series under the Sails (www.hickorymusicfactory.com). SUS is also a part of the ever popular “Jazz on Tap” hosted by Rick Cline every Sunday evening at the Olde Hickory Tap Room.
Sponsors of the event include: The City of Hickory, United Arts Council of Catawba County, the Hickory Wine Shoppe, Olde Hickory Tap Room.
For information on dance lessons, call CAS dancing at 704-880-3551.
For more information on Swinging Under the Stars call HDDA at 828-781-1121.