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5/12/2022 8:10:00 AM
Summer Concerts 2022

Wayne Howard

Maybe there's something to that 'Friday the 13th' saga after all.  The bad luck for Maiden is that with the weather forecast calling for rain, the Jive After Five concert that had been scheduled for this Friday (the 13th) won't happen.  Instead, On the Border, an Eagles tribute band, will entertain on Friday July 22nd.  

Fans won't have to wait to see and hear that band.  On the Border will kick off Lincolnton's Alive After Five series Thursday May 26th.

Summer concerts were already scheduled to be under way. Belmont did have one on April 29th, but Gastonia had the same problem as Maiden last Friday.  The Band of Oz couldn't play because of rainy weather.  Their appearance will likely be rescheduled.

For Lincolnton, the Alive After Five series begins May 26th.  Concerts will be on the east side of the Courtsquare facing E. Main St. and begin at 7 PM (DJ at 6 PM).  Following On the Border, others this summer include:  
  • June 23: Black Water Band
  • July 28: Jim Quick and Coastline
  • August 25: Too Much Sylvia
  • Sept 15: Silk Groove
For Maiden, the Jive After Five will now have:
  • June 28: Cozmic Cowboys and Band of Oz
  • July 22: On the Border 
  • July 26: Big Tez Sherard and Blackwater Rhythm & Blues
  • August 16: Cozmic Cowboys and Cassette Rewind
  • September 20: Shakedown Band and Too Much Sylvia
Concerts will begin at 5:30 in front of Maiden Town Hall.

In Gastonia, the concerts are held at the Rotary Pavilion (south of the railroad off Marietta St.):
  • May 20: Indian Outlaw (Tim McGraw tribute band)
  • June 3: A Celebration of the Allman Bros. Band
  • June 17: Jim Quick & Coastline
  • July 8: On the Border
  • July 22: Island Time (Jimmy Buffett tribute band)
  • Oct. 15: Eliminator (ZZ Top tribute band)
Belmont (upper field of Stowe Park, DJ @ 6 PM, bands at 7):
  • May 13: 20 Ride (Zac Brown tribute band) [
  • May 27: Funky Monks (Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band)
  • June 10: Abbey Road
  • June 24:120 Minutes
  • July 2: Java Band
Bessemer City began its 2022 series on April 23rd and last weekend, they had the Down Home Festival.  Coming up this summer are:
  • May 28: Too Much Sylvia
  • June 17: Carolina Soul Band (Juneteenth Festival)
  • June 25: Catalinas
  • July 1: Extraordinaires
  • July 23: Gary Lowder & Smokin' Hot
  • August 27: On the Border
  • September 24: Blackwater
  • October 15: Cat5 Band
Stanley's Coolin' Out on Main concerts for 2022 include:
  • May 21: Journey Tribute Band
  • June 10: Band of Oz
  • June 25: Cat5Band
  • July 16: Jim Quick & Coastline
  • August 6: Entertainers
  • October 15: Extraordinaires
The Denver/Lake Norman Rotary Club's concerts at Rescue Squad Park start Saturday May 21st with Rocky Lynne.  The concert schedule includes:
  • May 21: Rockie Lynne
  • June 18: Justin Mintun and the Goodfoot Down
  • July 16: Dry Pond Groove
  • August 20:Tonez
  • September 27:Herringbones
  • October 8: Blue Monday
Newton has a Music on Main series that begins June 2nd with On the Border.  The schedule for 2022 includes concerts June 2nd, July 14th, September 8th and October 20th.

Lincolnton has the Cultural Center. Newton has its Performing Arts Center. Events scheduled there this year include a concert with John Schneider, the country singer who was on tv's "Dukes of Hazzard" Saturday September 10th Two weeks later, Vicki Lawrence does a single person two-woman show as herself (a singer) and as Mama from the tv show "Mama's Family." The Classic Drifters will perform there on October 8th and The Vampire Circus on October 13th.

Details on prices and later concerts/events can be seen on the website

Newton also has its 5th annual Foothills Folk Art Festival this Saturday (10 AM - 4 PM).

Mount Holly was scheduled to begin its summer series this Friday (May 13th) with Trial by Fire, a Journey tribute band.
Others in their series include:

  • June 10: Bakkwoodz-the Bad Boys of Country
  • June 30: Coming Up Brass (with town's Fireworks Celebration)
  • August 12: Earth to Mars (Bruno Mars tribute band)
  • September 9: Rick Strickland Band
  • October 14: On the Border

Dallas will have its Music on the Square concerts beginning this Saturday. The 2022 schedule includes:

  • May 14: Coming Up Brass
  • June 11: Catalinas
  • August 13: Gary Lowder & Smokin' Hot
  • September 10: Daniel Jeffers
The Uptown Shelby Association will kick off its series on Thursday May 19th with Darby Wilcox. This year's Shelby Alive series will include:
  • May 19: Darby Wilcox & The Peep Show
  • June 16: The Dancing Fleas
  • July 21: 80z Nation
  • August 18: Java Band
  • September 15: Donna the Buffalo
Of course, there are many other events in our area.  

Lincolnton will have a Spring Art Crawl on Friday May 20th. Works by local artists will be on display in participating downtown businesses, some of which will also have entertainment. Pleasant Retreat Academy at the corner of E. Pine and N. Academy streets will be open to visitors and Rick & Myra Ramseur will perform. In addition to the music and the tour, there'll be hand painted items by Beth Wiseman and a raffle to benefit Lincoln Landmarks.

The next performance by the Lincoln Theatre Guild will be held at the Citizens Center July 14th-17th. Neil and Joanna Underwood are directing "The Wizard of Oz."

The celebration of the Battle of Ramsour's Mill happens June 3rd-5th. "Thunder Over Carolina," the play about the battle and other events of the period will be performed at WoodMill Winery June 23rd-25th.  

There will, of course, be a July 4th parade in downtown Lincolnton this year and fireworks, and the fireworks and music festival sponsored by the Denver Area Business Association will be held at David Clark Stadium at East Lincoln High School on June 25th.  

The Lincoln County Apple Festival and Shelby's Mush, Musiic & Mutts will both be on Saturday October 15th.  Oktoberfest, sponsored by the  Hickory Downtown Development Association, will return October 7th - 9th.

We won't pretend this is a complete list.  There will be other events--from Memorial Day to Independence Day celebrations and others we'll talk about in other articles.  

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