Arts & Entertainment news Aug. 27-Sept. 2

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 27, 2015

Josh Sanders plays Music at the Mural on Saturday

The Josh  Sanders  Band performs at the outdoor concert series at the Salisbury Mural on W. Fisher St. starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29. Born and raised in Kannapolis, Josh’s resume includes an appearance on American Idol.

The music starts at 7 p.m., right after Slide the City wraps up, so it is an opportunity to visitors and the community to make a whole day of it!  See or

Mean Mug’s Sunday Summer Concert Series

Local favorite Danny Franklin will be the featured performer for Mean Mug’s  Sunday Summer Concert Series this week on Sunday from 5-8 p.m. This is a free concert.

Mean Mug Coffee Company is located at 1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615,

 Mark your calendars for Music on the Mountain

Coming up Saturday, Sept. 5: Annual bluegrass and gospel music event at Dunns Mountain Nature and History Preserve, 1740 Dunn’s Mountain Road. Bring lawn chairs and a picnic.

Visit to see a list performing artists and for more information.

PPT hosts youth audition workshop 

PPT’s Magic Tree House youth audition workshop is Saturday, Sept 19 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  The cost is $40.  Instructor Gwen Matthews will work on effective audition techniques specifically geared towards PPT’s upcoming youth musical “Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn.”

There are only 20 spots available.  To sign up call 704-633-5471.  The Norvell Theater is located at 135 E. Fisher St. See for more details.

Audition for LSt Season 8 musicals

7 p.m. Aug. 30-31: Open casting call for The Rocky Horror Show, Broadway Lullabies Musical Revue, The Last Five Years. 329 N. Lee St., 704-310-5507,

West Rowan High School Bands fundraiser

Drawing Dec. 1 for 2014 New Holland “Rustler” 115 UV (4×4), to raise money for uniforms and reliable transportation for the band equipment. Winner drawn at halftime of the WRHS varsity boys basketball game. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Cost 1-4 tickets $20 each; 5 tickets $100 get 6th ticket free. This machine is “almost new,” has been serviced and is ready to roll. See any band member, band parent or Band Booster tent at home football games. http://westrowan band.weebly. com/atv-raffle.html

Get your Sam Bush LIVE tickets

7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Lee Street theatre, 329 N. Lee St.  $45 + tax

Grammy Award winning musician Sam Bush is considered to be the originator of the Newgrass style and has been honored by the Americana Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association. Also featuring The Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project, a fiery string band blending bluegrass, soul, reggae, and rock n’ roll. Tickets are available at or 704-310-5507.

 Register for ‘American Girl Inspired’ tea 

SPENCER — The Rowan Doll Society is hosting an “American Girl Inspired” Junior Collectors Tea on Nov. 14. The registration deadline is Sept. 30 and seating is limited. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Woman’s Club of Spencer, 100 Third St.

This tea for budding doll collectors will give young people a glimpse into the world of collecting and learning. After the luncheon, attendees will tour NC’s only Doll and Toy Museum at 108 Fourth St., a short one block walk from the Woman’s Club. Registration costs are $25 for one adult and one child pair, $10 for each additional child or $15 for additional/single adults. The day’s activities will include doll displays, door prizes, tea food buffet, an American Girl doll program, souvenirs and museum tour. All attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite doll. For more information, email or call 704-458-9819.


Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival

MOCKSVILLE — The Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival takes place Sept. 12 in Mocksville at 1988 Jericho Church Road. Mandolin prodigy, composer and vocalist Sierra Hull is headliningand the line-up also includes the Snyder Family Band, Luthier Wayne Henderson and flatpicker Clay Lunsford, and Tim White and the VW Boys from the PBS program Song of the Mountains. The festival includes an exhibit of Ford Model As and other classic cars, as well as a Pickers’ Place jam tent, and multiple free activities for kids.

Advance tickets are $15 at Children under 12 are admitted free. Seating is general admission festival style. Guests should bring their own chairs and blankets, but leave alcohol, tobacco, pets and coolers at home. The food line-up includes barbeque and sides for $12 a plate, or $6 hamburger plates with sides for children.

Limited RV parking with hook-ups is available for an additional fee. The festival will be held rain or shine.

Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival is held on the grounds of Carolina Bible Camp in Mocksville. Families will enjoy a variety of complimentary kids’ activities. The campus features a basketball court and a sand volleyball court. A substantial outdoor play set will also be open to children. Volunteers will supervise free craft areas for children to create artwork from recycled items. Face painting artists will be on hand as well.

For more information, call 336-492-7802 or visit


Call for sculpture artists

LENOIR — The Caldwell Arts Council and the City of Lenoir seek sculptors interested in participating in an outdoor sculpture sales gallery, located in planters throughout the downtown area. The pieces will be on display for one year beginning in October or November.  Twelve sculptures will be selected for display.  Artists may submit up to three works for consideration. Submit an application before Sept. 30  at or 828-754-2486.


Railroad Heritage Weekend at Tweetsie

BLOWING ROCK — Calling all train and history enthusiasts! Tweetsie Railroa, North Carolina’s first theme park, has a long and rich history, which it celebrates each year with Railroad Heritage Weekend. This year’s event will take place Aug. 29-30 and includes tours of the Tweetsie Railroad Train Shop and a special ride on Tweetsie’s historic steam locomotives.

Other Railroad Heritage Weekend activities include historic documentaries, a memorabilia display and photo sessions, as well as performances by Cherokee dancers and crafts from the Tsalagi Touring Program. The Cherokee performances will take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

All Railroad Heritage Weekend activities are included in Tweetsie’s regular daily admission price with one exception: there is a $5 per passenger donation to ride the special 1870s vintage coach car train. All donations go towards supporting the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad restoration projects.

Tweetsie Railroad is located on U.S. Highway 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock. For more information visit or call 877.TWEETSIE (877-893-3874)or use Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


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