In just a few short weeks, The Sails on the Square will come to musical life on Friday nights, once again, with the September Sails Music Series. The organizers of the series are working to ensure that Hickory, North Carolina will continue to be a unique Friday destination for the musically adventurous citizens of the area.
The Sails Music Series kicked off in May and jammed through the month of June. This community event takes a break during the hottest summer months, July and August, and resumes in the month of September. Every Friday night in September, starting at 6 p.m., a variety of musical talents will perform.
As the temperature cools off and the music begins to play, The Sails on the Square will become the place to be. All the groups included in the lineup are family friendly, which creates a fun and laid-back atmosphere for all.
These musical talents are traveling to Hickory from all across the country. Coming from Portland, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, these musicians all bring different stylistic element to the stage that are sure to be unique.
The Sails events have attracted families who have strolled along Union Square, watched their children play in the grass, eaten in downtown restaurants, enjoyed a glass of wine, and shopped in the retail stores. It has become a destination event where people have come to spend an evening in Hickory, enjoying a calm and friendly musical event.
September 5, 2014
This North Carolina modern roots talent utilizes his gift by combining melody and lyric within a song, adding Gospel-drenched and Southern-inflected voice, and playing his guitar with a natural ease. Walker, recently, took up residency in New Orleans, and has allowed his music to evolve with his new environment. His newest album, Sky Still Blue, has a funky melting-pot swagger, gospel-soaked fervor and gritty guitar burn, inspired by New Orleans life.
This singer/songwriter grew up in Little Silver, New Jersey and found himself inspired by the rich music scene in the nearby New York City. He looked to Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, and Hank Williams for inspiration and found that his music was influenced by all three. Since 1986, he has released 12 albums and his most recent was Incident on Willow Street. The album dabbles in a variety of musical styles with its root in country, a touch of edginess, and an element of rock and roll.
This string infused quintet was originally brought together by each member’s desire for adventure. The Portland, Oregon group has traveled the United States playing at festivals including High Sierra Music Festival, Northwest String Summit and All Good Music Festival. In 2013, the quintet released their first album, Just One of Them Nights, but not before overcoming some adversity. Fruition is comprised of nomadic independent musicians who didn’t have the funds to create a high caliber album. So, the group utilized a popular online fundraising tool, Kickstarter, and surpassed their $20,000 fundraising goal to make the album a reality. The album then debuted at #11 on Soundcan’s Bluegrass chart.
Adam Levy Trio
Guitar playing and excellent songwriting are what made Levy a sought after artist. Growing up, he was no stranger to iconic tunes. His grandfather, George Wyle, penned the theme for TV’s Gilligan’s Island. To create a name for himself, he traveled, internationally, and played his music for the past 30 years as a member of Norah Jones’ Handsome Band. During this time, he was also playing guitar in recordings for other successful artists. In ’07, he left Jones’ band to concentrate on his songwriting.
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