Arts & entertainment news Sept. 1-7

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 1, 2016

Postponed until Oct. 7 due to weather: The 4th annual BUSKERS~BASH & Best Busker Contest


Friday Sept. 2, shops open 5-9, free performances from 6-8 p.m.

Join us for the 4th annual BUSKERS~BASH & Best Busker Contest in Downtown Salisbury as a part of the ongoing 1st Friday series.

Friday evening, Sep. 2, the streets of downtown Salisbury will fill with more than 40 street performers (buskers) who will play to earn your vote. You will get a walking map showing where each performer is located, and the awesome special that the accompanying shop is offering. Each official BUSKERS~BASH performer has a bright orange ‘busker-bucket’ and a ‘Vote-For-Me’ sign.

To vote for your favorite, toss a customer

‘BUSKERS~BASH’ guitar pick in the performers bucket! Buskers perform from 6-8 p.m. Busker-buckets are collected at 8 p.m., votes are counted, and the prize winners are announced at a grand finale.

Prizes include 1st Place Best Busker, 2nd and 3rd place, and four honorable mentions. The winner will be offered an opening gig at the Music at the Mural.

This is a free event in Downtown Salisbury. Contact for more details or see


Calling all piano peons and pros

The “Come Tickle Our Ivories” piano project is launching a novel opportunity for interested pianists before the downtown Salisbury pianos disappear.

You’re invited for a “Saturday Soundoff”: come choose any available piano, anytime from noon to 4 p.m., on any or all of the four September Saturdays. Shop owners and shoppers alike are clamoring to be entertained, and you get to showcase your talent!

Time’s running out on this second batch of decorated pianos, so don’t YOU miss out!

Call for Gold Hill Founders Day parade entries and vendors

GOLD HILL — Final plans are underway for the Gold Hill Founders Day event slated for Saturday, Sep. 24. The celebration includes a parade, history hayrides through the 70-acre park, a Civil War living history encampment and skirmish along with food trucks and entertainment from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Limited spaces are still available for arts, crafts, heritage living exhibits, old time living demonstrations, etc.

Applications are available at or 704-279-1630.

Parade entries may call 704-279-7897.

Call 704-267-9439 for general info or visit or on Facebook at: Historic Gold Hill, North Carolina. Email inquiries to

2016 Biker Blues & BBQ Rally & BBQ Classic benefits Salisbury Veterans Hospice House

Sep. 16-17: This is a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event. Admission is free to this family friendly festival.

There will be vendors, food, beverages, Darrell Harwood in concert on Friday and The Delmonicos on Saturday plus a Poker Run and People’s Choice Award BBQ tasting.

Events support Salisbury Veterans Hospice House. Held a Tilley Harley Davidson of Salisbury, 653 Bendix Drive. Call 704-638-6044 or visit

Gentle Yoga at Cauble Creek 

Celebrate cooler weather at a gentle yoga class among the grapevines at Cauble Creek Vineyard, followed by a relaxing glass of wine.

Event begins at 3 p.m, class is at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, September 11. Cost is $15. Bring a yoga mat.

For reservations, contact or call 704-633-1137 or visit

The winery is located just west of Salisbury off Hwy. 150 (Mooresville Road) at 700 Cauble Farm Road.

Cauble Farm Road is the first right after Airport Road, heading west on Hwy 150.


Music at the Salisbury Farmers Market 

9 a.m.-noon, Saturday. Carolina Folkworks invites musicians to bring an instrument and play along. The Farmers Market opens at 8 a.m., at the corner of Fisher and Jackson Streets.



Charlotte Folk Society Gathering Concert Series: Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys

CHARLOTTE — 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sep. 9. Doors open at 7 p.m. Arrive early to be sure of admission.

Next March, the Charlotte Folk Society will reach a significant milestone — the 35th anniversary of its founding in 1982. The second concert in our 2016-2017 Gathering Series features Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys.

Jonathan Byrd is a seventh generation North Carolinian, a preacher’s son, a Gulf War veteran, and a Kerrville New Folk award winner. A Jonathan Byrd show is musical theater, bringing together the Texas songwriting tradition with Southern storytelling and hot guitar picking. A stalwart of modern folk music, Byrd has released six solo albums with a surprising variety of musical directions, as well as recording collaborations with American world music band Dromedary, and fellow songwriters Diana Jones and Chris Kokesh.

Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. Free; donations appreciated.See for more information.


Activate the Sidewalks: call for entries for Innovation Day

CONCORD — Artists, inventors, and creative members of the greater community are invited to develop design concepts to activate the sidewalks of Downtown Concord.

These inventions will be placed along Union Street for a one-day viewing by the public, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The top designs, as selected by the public who come out the day of the event, will be awarded cash prizes, ($1000, $500 and $250) with the potential for one design to be built out for permanent installation in Downtown Concord.

Email a sketch of the proposed design, including length, width, and height dimensions, to

Deadline for submitting the sketch is Sep. 15. There is no fee to enter.


 Reed Gold Mine Gold Panning Competition September 10

MIDLAND — Folks from across the state will be searching for gold in them hills at Reed Gold Mine Sept. 10. The 27th Annual Pan-O-Lympics, also known as the North Carolina Open Gold Panning Competition, features fun, prizes and activities for young and old.

Experienced gold panners and novices will compete for speed along historic Little Meadow Creek, site of the first documented gold discovery in the United States. Competitors will be issued gravity trap pans containing sand and four gold nuggets. They must remove as much sand as possible and leave all four nuggets.

The Pro and Amateur Division each will have an adult and junior (14 and under) category. Entry fees are $15 for adult and $10 for junior categories. The Amateur division fees are $5 for adults and juniors. Pros are contestants who have competed the prior two years. Fees can be paid in advance or on the day of competition. There will be practice time before the competition, which will be 11 a.m. to noon for the Pro Division and 1-2 p.m. for the Amateur Division.

Free activities will include guided underground tours, demonstrations of the 1895 stamp mill which crushed ore to extract gold, and an orientation film and visitor center exhibits.

For more information, call 919-807-7300 or visit


81st Year: 2016 Iredell County Agricultural Fair

troutman — Friday, Sep.2-Saturday, Sep. 10, held at the fairgrounds at 630 N. Main St.

General Admission $ 5, 6 years old and under free.

Gates open at 5 p.m. EXCEPT Sep. 3,4,5, and 10, when the gates open at 3 p.m.

Demolition Derby — Saturday, Sep. 10 at 7 p.m. in the outdoor arena, with

$ 1,500 in prize money.

Find out more at






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