Summer on the Square Free Concert: The Ya Yas Band

Join us for our annual, free concert series, Summer on the Square! The series features live music on the square in downtown Taylorsville during the months of June, July, and August. All Summer on the Square concerts are held on the lawn of the Alexander County Courthouse ( 29 West Main Ave ) beginning at 7:00pm. In case of rain, concerts will be held at the Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road).

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, friends, and family and enjoy free arts entertainment!

Our 2017 series kicks off with “The Ya Yas Band.” The Ya Yas are Donna Gant Latham, Taylorsville: Kim Shew, Moravian Falls: Michelle Fox Smith from Love Valley: Cathy “Cat” Huffman from South Mountain and Gary Saunders from Lenoir.

Ten years ago, The Ya Yas band began as a group of friends writing songs and making music along the river. Friends and neighbors supported the band at festivals and private parties, and as the following grew they became known as The Riverbottom Ya Yas. Kim, Donna and Michelle, the three original members, reformed the band with Cathy Huffman on doghouse bass as The Ya Yas Band.

These four ladies, along with banjo picker Gary Saunders, use their funked-up Americanna style to bring life to the stories in their songs. These original pieces are heartfelt messages of hope, love, friendship, joy and  the heartaches of life. The essence of the music spans the genres from bluegrass and gospel, to outlaw and alternative, with rhythm and roots and country as the main influences.

Live shows are the source of the Ya Ya movement, foot stomping and picking and singing three and four-part harmonies that come straight from the heart. There will be a big time had by all at every show. The Ya Yas thank all of the people who are inspirations and  instruments for the music they create. Most of all, the band wishes to thank God for the amazing gifts of music and friendship that help to heal our souls on the journey of life.