Gaston County Legacy Series: George Alexander Gray
Museum Third Floor, Bull Pen
Saturday, February 4 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
George Alexander Gray, a textile pioneer of the early 20th century, helped shape the development of Gaston County. He was instrumental in the growth of textile mills in Gastonia that became the prominent economic industry in the region for generations. Surprisingly, very few people know of his life, his role in the textile boom, and how greatly he affected the county’s development. The Museum’s Legacy Series explores historic figures from local history and examines their impact on the region. Hear about George Alexander Gray’s life to better understand who he was and how his actions and others like him shaped the development of Gaston County.
Concerts @ The Courthouse: Big Ron Hunter Friday, February 10 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Born in Winston-Salem, Big Ron Hunter is called the world’s happiest Bluesman. He first picked up the guitar in the 1960s and was mentored by blues legends such as Guitar Gabriel. He owns a voice that gives people chills. It’s the kind of voice that carries warmth and tenderness, a voice that is unmistakably his own and embodies everything that’s raw, pure, and beautiful about the blues.
Concerts @ The Courthouse: MerleFest on the Road Friday, February 24 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
MerleFest, the popular Americana music festival founded by the legendary Doc Watson, will give music lovers in the Gaston County community a sneak peak of the spring festival when it brings MerleFest on the Road to the historic courthouse. An ensemble show of three bands from its lineup will perform during this one night concert including Jonathan Bryd & the Pickup Cowboys, Locust Honey, and Mark Bumgarner.
Jonathan Byrd is an award-winning songwriter from Chapel Hill. Along with his band, the Pickup Cowboys, they are musical gunslingers, vaudevillian hucksters, and old-fashioned tent revivalists that entertain and get audiences involved in the show.
As Locust Honey, Chloe Edmonstone and Meredith Watson bring their experience in old-time, Bluegrass, and pre-war Blues to both their original material and the traditional songs and tunes of the American Southeast. With a rotating instrumentation of fiddles, open-back and resonator banjos, and acoustic and resonator guitars, they set an emphasis on lively arrangements showcasing their signature vintage vocal harmonies. Joined by John Miller on upright bass, they have been touring since 2012.
Mark Bumgarner’s musical influences span the American landscape from the traditional sounds of the Appalachian Mountains to the West Coast country and folk rock of the 60s and 70s. Since returning home to North Carolina, Mark has focused on his personal style that is a blend of roots country, bluegrass, and rockin’ hillbilly blues that is true Southern Americana.
Opera Carolina Performance: Tortoise and the Hare
Inside the Dallas Historic Courthouse
Saturday, March 4 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Free Event/Reservations Required
See the Dallas Historic Courthouse transformed into an opera house on Saturday, March 4. Opera Carolina, through Opera Xpress, will perform the children’s opera Tortoise and the Hare. Adapted from Aesop’s classic fable and set to the animated music of Rossini, this musical is sure to delight both young and old with the uplifting message that preparation and determination can overcome any obstacle. Stay after the performance to meet the performers. Suited for children K-5 (35 minutes long).
Concerts @ The Courthouse: David Childers and the Serpents Friday, March 10 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
David Childers is a musician, poet, historian, painter, lawyer, and father. He grew up in Mount Holly surrounded by the music of the textile village. Folk tunes, blues, and gospel hymns mix deep into Childers and greatly influence his own songwriting style. All of his experiences bleed into his music and help capture memories of his home while challenging social norms of southern communities. A music legend in Gaston County, Childers captures the grit and grace that weaves through the community and its history.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Dallas Historic Court Square
Saturday, April 8 1:00 p.m.
The Gaston County Museum of Art & History and the Town of Dallas will host their Annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 8. Mark you calendars! More details to come. Visit gastoncountymuseum.org for updates!
For more information about programs contact Jason Luker, Assistant Director, 704-922-7681, ext. 105 or email@example.com.