Arts & Entertainment news June 25-July 1

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 25, 2015

WRHS grad returns to Salisbury with band

2006 West Rowan grad Matt Thies, lead singer for the band Open Wire, will perform in his hometown for the first time in a decade, on Saturday June 27, at Uncle Buck’s downtown.

Matt says of Open Wire: “It’s is a rare form of musical group, who exclusively and proudly goes their own way in their field. This is a band that plays the music they want to hear — loud and heavy, groovy and soulful. They keep the guitars and microphone wireless (truly an open wire) so they can get down in the crowd.”

Phillip Milligan (drums), Daniel Wuensch (guitar) and Eric Leray (bass guitar) have been playing together since high school and known each other for longer. Later, by way of a random bummed cigarette, Daniel met Matt Thies (vocals) and began to jam and found a perfect fit. Since then Open Wire has been playing shows all over North Carolina and into Tennessee, South Carolina, and Virginia.

You can find Uncle Buck’s All American Pub and Grub at 127 S. Main St. or at

Live in concert at the Mean Mug

Nashville musician James Scott is a singer, songwriter and solo fingerstyle steel-string guitarist and flat-picker and will be performing live in a free concert on Sunday, June 28 from 5 until 8 p.m. Having a background in Jazz, Bluegrass, Folk, Traditional, Americana and Celtic music, James Scott has been working towards synthesizing elements of each of these genres into his own personal vision. That vision is directed by his spiritual pursuit that largely originates from his connection to the power of vibration, and nature. Mean Mug Coffee Company is located at 1024 S. Fulton St., next to Mambo Grill. Find them on Facebook.

Last call for Faith Idol contestants

Entries will be accepted in three divisions • Children 12 and under • Juniors age 13-18 • Seniors age 19 and above. First place in each division is $300, second place earns $200 and third place, $100. Call Randall Barger to enter, at 704-640-2326.

Tickets on sale now for downtown Summer Sip

Downtown Craft Beer Crawl Tasting, Friday, Aug.  7, 5– 9 p.m. NC Craft Beer Festival, Saturday, Aug. 8, 3 – 7 p.m. Summer Sip is Downtown Salisbury’s signature two-day craft beer event. Join the kick-off from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7 for the official tasting crawl throughout downtown. Sample craft beers from all over North Carolina while touring downtown businesses. Enjoy the inaugural craft beer festival on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 3 to 7 p.m. while sampling brands from more than 28 different craft breweries. Listen to the sounds of musical guests Salisbury- based Wayward Reason, renowend all throughout the southeast. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

Four more performances of A Doll’s House

4 performances left: Lee Street theatre presents a Center for Faith and the Arts’ St. Thomas Players production of ‘A Doll’s House’ by Henrik Ibsen,

directed by David Pullium. June 25-27 at 7:30 p.m. and June 28 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15+tax.


Free family concerts and movies this summer

Music at the Mural, the free summer concert series, returns Saturday to the 100 block of West Fisher Street, in front of the historic Mural.

In concert this weekend is local favorite Motel Soap. Motel soap is comprised of Alex Bost on guitar; Gray Fallin on drums and vocals; Joe Gminder on vocals, guitar and keyboard; Lonnie Carpenter on vocals and guitar; Mark Jennings on bass guitar and vocals; Mark Holland on keyboard; Rick Almond on sax, cowbell and vocals and Eddie Ritch on keyboards.

Concerts will be held the last Saturday of each month through Oct. 31. Feel free to bring a chair and relax with the music.

Movies in the Park is Friday at City Park, showing “Mr. Peabody and Sherman.” Bring your chairs or blankets and enjoy a movie under the stars. Entertainment begins at 8 p.m. followed by the movie at 9 p.m. The event is free to the public.

Contact Salisbury Parks and Recreation at 704-638-5291 or for additional information.


Praise Grass opens at Friday’s Pickin’ for the Master

Bluegrass lovers looking for a family environment to enjoy local music will enjoy “Picking for the Master,” hosted by Trading Ford Baptist Church.

At 7 p.m. on Friday the group Praise Grass, from neighboring Providence Methodist Church on Bringle Ferry Road,  will play the opening set. All pickers are invited to join in the jam session that follows.

Concessions are available and doors open at 6 p.m.  There is no admission charge, but the hat will be passed to help bring in more talent from the surrounding area in future months.   The Picking for the Master event is the last Friday night of each month and is a ministry of Trading Ford Baptist Church.


The Carolina Artist EXPO 

Join The Carolina Artist EXPO 2015 at the Civic Center Aug. 19 through 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the judged show is free and open to public. The reception and award ceremony will be held Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.


Art To Go” workshops on Thursday begin with Alcohol Inks, 2 to 2:45 p.m. with Janet Isenhour;

Acrylics with Clyde from 3 to 3:45 p.m.;

and Glue Gun art with Mary Ellen Bennett from 4 to 4:45. There is a $5 fee for each work shop ($8 for non-residents). Call the

Civic Center to register at 704-638-5291 or Jo Ann Smith at 704-636-7686. For more information visit or call 704-636-6701.

CHICKWEED — more than just music

This year, the main CHICKWEED event is on July 18, but to raise awareness, this year’s event features three other components:

July 12: CHICKWEED ‘Breaking the Chains’ Community Bike Ride:

If you are looking for a fun way to help CHICKWEED raise funds and awareness for the Rowan Family Crisis Council Battered Women’s Shelter ~ and a chance to meet others with a similar interest in charity rides and touring events, come join us for a spin on the beautiful highways and byways of Rowan County on Sunday July 12, 2015.

Donations accepted ~ 100% will be donated to the Rowan Family Crisis Council. We’ll be stopping mid-way at the Green Goat Gallery in Spencer NC for refreshments   We meet at 2:30p.m. in the parking lot across from the Rowan Public Library Headquarters at 201 W. Fisher Street. We’ll be hosting a drawing for FREE TICKETS to CHICKWEED and will be offering advance sale tickets at the ride. This is a leisurely ride for all ages and skill levels. Help ‘Break the Chains’ of domestic violence and crimes against women   July 12, 2:30- 4:30 p.m.

July 13: CHICKWEED ‘Seeing Red’ Blood Drive:

Give what violence takes   CHICKWEED and the American Red Cross collaborate to present a CHICKWEED blood drive from 2-7  p.m. at 405 N. Lee Street   Contact Sue McHugh (704-577-9965 or suemch @ to make an appointment.

July 15: CHICKWEED ‘Big or Small ~ Save Them All  ” Mobile Mammogram Day:

Novant Health brings the mobile mammogram unit to the parking lot across from Lee Street Theatre (329 N. Lee St.) to provide mammograms for all 35+ year old women on Wednesday July 15th from 2-7  p.m.. Don’t have insurance? There are scholarships available   Sign up early   Call Jill McNeely at 704.210.6927 and ask about a scholarship   Make appointments by calling Rhonda Puckett at 704.210.5924   All registrants must be final by July 7]

It’s finally here! Famous Faith Fourth of July festivities begin Friday with Live entertainment every night

Friday, June 26  • 7:30 p.m. “Extraordinaires”

Saturday, June 27  • 7:30 p.m. “Exit 54”

Sunday, June 28  3:30 p.m. Rowan Big Band (Faith Baptist Church)

5 p.m. Patriotic Program (Faith Baptist Church)

7:30 p.m. Praise Grass Band

Monday, June 29   7:30 p.m. “The Embers”

8:30 p.m. Faith Idol Competition – 12 and under

9:30 p.m. “The Embers”

Tuesday, June 30  7:30 p.m. “Too Much Sylvia”

8:30 p.m. Faith Idol Competition – Juniors

9:30 p.m. “Too Much Sylvia”

Wednesday, July 1  7:30 p.m. “Band of Oz” – Bring two cans of food

8:30 p.m. Faith Idol Competition – Seniors

9:30 p.m. “Band of Oz”

Thursday, July 2  7:30 p.m. “Swashtones”

Friday, July 3   7:30 p.m. “Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot”

Saturday, July 4 Independence Day Celebration

10 a.m. Parade with Grand Marshals- WWII, 737th Tank Battalion Patton’s Spearheaders – James Deal and Robert Kluttz.

After parade: Flag raising and National Anthem and crowning of Miss Rowan County Veteran; Buddy Poole – master of ceremonies

7 p.m. Faith Idol Finals

7 p.m. Races, games, watermelon eating contest, egg toss (Faith School ballpark)

8 p.m. “Southern Breeze Band”

9:30 p.m. Hot dog eating contest (Faith School ballpark)

10 p.m. Video – Salute to Our Veterans

10:30 p.m. Fireworks (Faith School ballpark)

See the pull-out tab in the Tuesday, June 23 Salisbury Post for more information.


Blueberry Fest at SandyCreek Farm

Lexington — Admission is free to this fun-filled day-long blueberry festival on Saturday from 11 am to 3 p.m.

Ken Davis and Brannon Gilliam will provide live musical performances and Jeannie Leonard will conduct a cooking demo and tasting.  There will be a kids’ activity area with face painting, and the corn hole boards will be out.

A picnic area is available, or ask about ordering lunch. Guests may bring beer and/or wine. And a chair.

This year Twin City Artisans will join the lineup featuring glass, jewelry, baskets, fiber art and more.

SandyCreek Farm is located at 3160 S Hwy 150 near Lexington.  Call 336-853-8834 for information or visit




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