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Court Square Summer Concert Series:


Leyla McCalla

Friday, June 10, 2016

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Museum, in partnership with the Town of Dallas and Gaston County Travel and Tourism, is thrilled to open our summer concert series with Leyla McCalla! A former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Leyla is a New York-born Haitian-American living in New Orleans, who sings in French, Haitian Creole and English, and plays cello, tenor banjo and guitar. Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk, her music is at once earthy, elegant, soulful and witty — it vibrates with three centuries of history, yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive and contemporary.

Leyla's debut album, Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes, was named 2013's Album of the Year by the London Sunday Times and Songlines magazine, and received additional raves from a number of other publications, including the New York Times, Boston Globe and Offbeat, for its haunting mixture of music and message.

After touring extensively in the U.S., Europe and Israel in support of Vari-Colored Songs, Leyla took time off to focus on her next album. Titled A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey, the album will be released in the spring of 2016 by Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi. A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey will continue to explore the themes of social justice and pan-African consciousness that marked Vari-Colored Songs, and will once again feature songs sung in English, French and Haitian Creole. The album will also include guest appearances by legendary guitarist Marc Ribot, Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Louis Michot of the Lost Bayou Ramblers, and New Orleans singer-songwriter/guitarist Sarah Quintana.


David Holt & Josh Goforth

Friday, July 8, 2016

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt and rising acoustic music star and Grammy nominee, Josh Goforth join together to bring to life the joy and spirit of old time mountain music and stories.

Between them, they combine the virtuosic sounds of guitar, banjo, fiddle, slide guitar, mandolin, and a world of exciting rhythm instruments from hambone (body slapping) rhythms, to spoons, stump-fiddle, rhythm bones, jaw harp, and even paper bag. It is a program of songs, stories, and amazing musicianship that will appeal to all ages.




Pat "Mother Blues" Cohen

Friday, August 12, 2016

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


For years, Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen sang in New Orleans six nights a week. She performed at a wide array of venues including the House of Blues, until Hurricane Katrina destroyed her home in 2005. Pat found herself, like many fellow New Orleans performers, homeless and adrift.

She ultimately relocated to her home state of North Carolina and began to rebuild her life. Soon others started to take notice of her incredible talent. Recently Pat began touring with the Music Maker Blues Revue. During her performances, "Mother Blues" unfurls the tapestry of her life experiences to her audience in soulful words and music. She shares the mettle, pathos and ocean-deep compassion of the famous female blues singers she idolizes- women like Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor and Etta James.

Pat performed last year at the Gaston County Museum and it was such a good time, we had to bring her back for an encore!!







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