Arts & entertainment news March 2-8

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 2, 2017

Friday: St. Patrick’s Day cheer with late night shopping, dining and family fun

Downtown Salisbury hosts First Friday Night Out on March 3, featuring the mannequin challenge: dress in green and freeze every half hour between 6-8 p.m. throughout downtown.

Drop by the Visitor’s Center, 204 E Innes St., between 5-8:30 p.m. to pick up your child’s empty “pot of gold.” Follow the map to participating locations to collect gold coins.

Reach the end of the rainbow and receive special prizes at Stop by Creative Teaching Aids, 310 S Main St., which also allows children to create their own Leprechaun Trap between 5 -9 p.m.

Hap’s Grill will be open from 5-8 p.m.with a limited menu, and hosting live entertainment with Seth Grigg and Friends.

Catawba College historian Gary Freeze will be at South Main Book Company, 119 S. Main St., from 6:30-8 p.m. At 7 p.m. Dr. Freeze will give a short talk about his latest book, “The Catawbans: Boomers and Bypasses.” The work is the last of a trilogy on the local heritage of Catawba County. For more information visit

To learn more about Friday Night Out, a rain or shine event, visit

Metal Night fundraiser at The Inn

Saturday March 4. Doors open 5 p.m., bands start at 6 p.m. There will be live music by local Christian rock and metal bands, including Tomorrowz End, Defenders of the Cross, Aftermath and Heavenly Armored, with a special acoustic set by High Rock Worship.

There is a HUGE give away including a new Jackson Kelly Guitar. Food will be available for purchase.

Admission $5 at the door. Youth groups arriving together get in with a donation.

There will be raffles for $100 and $50 gift cards to Guitar USA, guitar lessons with Eric Upton of Oasis Music School, a tattoo by Jessie of Southern Tradition Tattoo ($125 value) AND the special prize of a Jackson RRXT24+7 [model and color subject to change due to manufacturing. Shipping c-ost is responsibility of winner].

Tickets are $5 available at The Inn, at or 336-867-1212 (business hours) and from band members.

You do not have to be present to win. Proceeds support The Inn, Rowan County’s only contemporary Christian music venue, where musicians are invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. For general info call 704-213-1467.

Don & Donna Folk Mountain Gospel Music — March 3 at 1:30 p.m. Free mini-concert at the J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. Sign up at 704-636-0111 or see

Cantari performs works By Locklair and Brown

CHAPEL HILL — Cantari is pleased to announce their upcoming concert, “Music by Dan Locklair,” which will be held on Saturday, March 4 at 3 p.m at Chapel Hill Cross, 304 E. Franklin St. The concert features two works by North Carolina’s highly acclaimed composer Dan Locklair – “A DuBose Heyward Triptych” portraying the city of Charleston, S.C., with its coastal beauty and Civil War history, and “Requiem,” a lovely, serene setting accompanied by organist Matthew Brown who is a resident of Salisbury. Find ticket information at

Kannapolis History Associates present “Shoe Show, Then And Now”

Bob and Carolyn share how Shoe Show Inc. founded in 1960 right here in Kannapolis has grown to a nationwide business with over 1,000 locations in over 40 states.  The company’s headquarters and warehouse located in Cabarrus County is a prime example of technological advances and operating efficiencies.  Do you know where the name Shoe Show came from? Join us and find out!  There will be time for questions and answers.

Monday, March 6 at 7 p.m. at A. L. Brown High School Social Room, 415 East First Street, Kannapolis, 704-932-7518 or 704-796-0803.

Set construction for ‘Sister Act’

Set construction will take place at the Meroney Theater this Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Lunch will be provided. No experience is necessary; just come ready to work and help bring our next big musical to life on the Meroney Theater stage. Come for an hour or come for the whole day! For information call 704-633-5471.


PPT auditions for ‘Tom Jones’

Adapted from the novel by Henry Fielding. Open auditions are Monday-Tuesday, March 20-21 at 7p.m. Held at the Meroney Theater,third floor, 213 S. Main St. Show dates are May 4-13.

Abandoned as a child, Tom Jones is now all grown up and launched into the bewildering romantic world. He falls madly in love with the virtuous Sophia Western — but Sophia’s father is determined to keep them apart. In his pursuit of true love, the well-intentioned Tom finds himself the object of female attention and romantic complication. But will these misadventures permanently jeopardize his chances with Sophia? Adapted from the classic novel by Henry Fielding, Tom Jones is a bawdy and rollicking comedy that will have the audience in stitches.

Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to audition. Auditions will consist of cold reading from the script.

For more information call 704-633-5471 or email

See a list of available roles at

‘At the Throttle’ returns to the NC Transporation Museum 

SPENCER — March 4: At the Throttle: Steam

The N.C. Transportation Museum allows you the chance to step into the cab and take the throttle of the Lehigh Valley Coal #126. Visitors will enjoy a training session, then a half hour of time “at the throttle,” living out a rail fan’s dream. To learn more, visit the N.C. Transportation Museum at 411 S. Salisbury Ave., call 704-636-2889, email or visit


Hot dogs and bluegrass at Back Creek Presbyterian Church — Sunday, March 5 at 6 p.m. at 2180 Back Creek Church Road in Mt. Ulla. The Back Creek Bluegrass Boys & Tori Jones will be giving a concert for a missions fundraiser. Food starts at 6 p.m. and music at 6:30 p.m.


 Dance at Harold B. Jarrett Post 342 — 7-10 p.m. Friday, March 10 (second Fridays): Live music with the The Country Music Legends . $10 admission includes snacks and drinks. 1024 Lincolnton Road. Call 704-637-1722 for info.

Bluegrass moves to Saturdays at Mario’s Family Style Diner, 8850 Statesville Blvd, Cleveland — Bluegrass Saturday Night: March 4 with NuHiWay, with seasoned and experienced musicians from the surrounding area including Salisbury native Tom Isenhour on mandolin, Joe Mahaffey from Harmony on guitar, Statesville’s Jim Connell on upright bass, Keith Dunn from Clemmons on fiddle, and Union County native Randy Smith on 5-string banjo. All the guys contribute on vocal arrangements as well. Donation for the band appreciated. Info at 704-278-4444 or 705-773-9753.

Open mic at Mean Mug Coffee Co., 1024 S. Fulton St. — 7-11 p.m. March 3: Java Jam weekly Open Mic hosted by Jamie Slate. All are welcome, musicians, poets, storytellers. Signup begins 7 p.m. • Hotspot Concert at Mean Mug Coffee Co., 1024 S. Fulton St. — 5:30-8 p.m. March 5: Featuring Tom Williams. 704-754-4615,


The Listening Room at The Davis: March 9

CONCORD — The Davis Theatre’s version of an open mic night returns for a second year to give local talent the opportunity to perform in a casual atmosphere. Join host singer-songwriter David Domingo (of Fuzzbucket fame) next Thursday from 7:30-9 p.m.

The Listening Room differs from traditional open mic in that acts are chosen in advance and must be G-rated. Most acts will be music, but they don’t have to be. We also accept applications from actors, poets and comedians. To be considered to perform email your information to

Admission: Pay What You Can. Learn more at 704-920-2787. The Davis Theatre is located in the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse at 65 Union St. South.


Jiggy with the Piggy vendor registration

KANNAPOLIS — The City of Kannapolis is seeking vendors for the annual Jiggy with the Piggy event May 5-6. Jiggy with the Piggy has been a tradition for 37 years that includes vendors, entertainment, family-friendly activities, a BBQ competition, and more.

In an effort to keep vendors diverse, the City of Kannapolis is limiting 20 vendors per category: arts and crafts, food, and commercial.

Arts and crafts vendors spaces are 12 x 12, and food vendors spaces are 12 x 20. Bring your own tent, tables, and equipment. Per the Health Department, food vendors are required to register 15 days in advance.

For more information/register, go to

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