Summer on the Square Free Concert Featuring Strictly Strings

In partnership with the Town of Taylorsville and Alexander County Government, the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center kicked off their Summer on the Square Free Concert Series with a great crowd and a wonderful performance by the C.J. Ballard Band. The series will continue on Friday, July 13th with a unique brand of folk, oldtime, and bluegrass music from “Strictly Strings.”

Summer on the Square, featuring “Strictly Strings”, will be held at the new Alexander County Courthouse Park, located at 131 West Main Avenue, Taylorsville, beginning at 7:00pm. In case of rain, the free concert will be moved to The Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road). Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets for their convenience.  

The band is a product of the very successful Junior Appalachian Musicians program in Boone, whose goal is to have older master musicians pass along treasured traditional tunes and songs to a new crop of young players. Strictly Strings consists of Caleb Coatney, Willow Dillon, sisters Kathleen and Anissa Burnett and their former JAM instructor Cecil Gurganus.

No longer just “strictly” strings, they have now opened up their “playbook” to include many songs sung in beautiful three and four-part harmony, plus newly composed original fiddle tunes and songs that sound like they could have been written 150 years ago.

Summer on the Square will continue in August with a performance by Shake Down. Save the date of Friday, August 10th for a free concert that features a wide variety of popular music and beach favorites.