Swing into full-on spring with the opening of Hillsborough Arts Council’s 17th season of Last Fridays on April 24. Running through September, the Hillsborough Arts Council-sponsored free concerts will take stage in the heart of Historic Hillsborough on the old courthouse lawn, complete with fun “sideshows” in visual arts, literature, dance and children’s activities, with vendors to boot.
“Come to Last Friday and experience for yourself why Hillsborough was recently named one of America’s coolest small towns,” says council board member Linda Schmitt.
Dubbed an “absolutely awesome” band by Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard, The Swing On! Dixieland Band will kick off the concert series, led by native North Carolinian Gary Hastings on trumpet/vocals, with Jack Murray on clarinet, Sam Fowler on drums, Paul Foster on bass/vocals and Rod Fox on banjo.
Hastings, a Berklee College of Music grad, has performed in 175-plus cities worldwide for such prestigious events as The Congressional Medal Of Honor Society and Austria’s Millennium; with such acts as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight; and to such esteemed audiences as heads of state and FLOTUS.
Bringing swing back to his home state, the opening concert is a can’t-miss.
Event: Hillsborough Arts Council’s 17th season of Last Fridays
Time/Date: April 24 through September, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
April 24 event: The Swing On! Dixieland Band
Location: Old courthouse lawn in downtown Hillsborough at King and Churton streets
Tickets for each show: Free