DENVER – Three concerts will help kick off the season for local live music.
Alexander Community Concert Series
The June installment of the annual Alexander Community Concert Series will feature The Farm Hands, an award-winning bluegrass quartet from Nashville. Founded in 2010, the group performs country, gospel and patriotic music.
The group’s success came to a crescendo in 2017, when The Farm Hands were named Entertainer of the Year at the annual Bluegrass Music Awards. That same night the group was recognized as bluegrass music’s Gospel Band of the Year for the third consecutive time.
The Farm Hands have become one of the busiest touring bands in bluegrass, performing more than 150 shows a year.
In addition to its collective success, the band’s four members also have earned individual accolades.
Tim Graves, a Grammy Award-winner who was inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2015, plays his own signature model of the Beard resophonic guitar. He’s been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 20 years and is the reigning Dobro Player of the Year in bluegrass music.
Bass player Daryl Mosley was named Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year in 2016 and 2017. He has several chart-topping hits in his catalog, including the Southern gospel classic “(Ask the Blind Man) He Saw it All.”
Guitarist Keith Tew is a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and two-time Bluegrass Song of the Year winner for the Lonesome River Band’s classic “Am I a Fool” and “Dig in the Dirt” by The Farm Hands. He also performed on the Grand Ole Opry stage as a member of Rhonda Vincent’s band.
Rounding out the quartet is Don Hill, The Farm Hands’ newest member. Hill plays the banjo and is a three-time Bluegrass Banjo Player of the Year nominee.
The Farm Hands will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at St. Peter by-the-Lake Episcopal Church in Denver. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and children younger than 12 get in for free. A reception with refreshments and an opportunity to meet the band will follow the show.
For more information, call 704-489-6249 or email email@example.com.
East Lincoln Community Chorus
Founded in 2004, the East Lincoln Community Chorus is a collection of singers from church choirs in the Denver area, although church affiliation is not a prerequisite for membership.
The 54-voice choir produces two shows annually: one during the Christmas season and another in late spring or early summer. This year’s warm-weather installment is scheduled for June 13-15, when the choir will present “That Summer Feeling.”
“Any song we sing should give the audience that summer feeling, hence the title of the show,” choir director Cheryl Barker said. “We’re hoping to take the audience away from the stresses of their everyday lives and into a comfortable, summer atmosphere with nice music to sing along with.”
The choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 13-14, and at 3 p.m. Saturday at Denver United Methodist Church. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
Symphony Under the Stars
The Charlotte Symphony will perform along the shores of Lake Norman at the McGuire Nuclear Station’s EnergyExplorium at 8:15 p.m. Friday, June 14.
The performance will be led by Resident Conductor Christopher James Lees, who has crafted a show that includes selections from Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak, as well as favorites from “Swan Lake” and “A Chorus Line.”
Parking and admission to the show are free, and attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic and bring a blanket. Boaters are permitted to anchor in the EnergyExplorium’s cove.
For more information, contact the EnergyExplorium at 980-875-5600.