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What’s on tap for the Fourth of July Weekend? Lots of free music and fireworks

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If you live in or around the Triad, you won’t have to travel far for some free music and fireworks this weekend. Here’s an abbreviated list of events in the area. Please let me know if I missed anything.

Thursday, July 3

Cadillac Three Bring Rocking Country To Celebration 2014

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Kelby Ray says it’s pretty easy to describe the music of The Cadillac Three, according to the Martinsville Speedway website.

“Throw Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr. Metallica and Tom Petty in a blender and then serve it on the rocks. That’s exactly what you get with our music,” said Ray. “We all grew up in Nashville and we’re trying to dig into those influences … 80s country and 80s and 90s rock.” Ray is the lap steel guitarist for The Cadillac Three, an emerging old-country rock band that will headline Celebration 2014 at Martinsville Speedway on July 3. Celebration 2014, a free-to-the-public event, begins at 3 p.m. on July 3 when the carnival rides open. The entertainment begins at 4 p.m. when Superhold takes the stage. Domino plays at 6 p.m. followed by The Cadillac Three. The area’s largest fireworks display will begin when the music ends. Concession items will be on sale. Everyone attending Celebration 2014 is urged to bring non-perishable food and personal care items and drop them off at one of several collection areas at entrance gates and in the carnival ride area to help the Fuel For Families Food Drive. Donations will be used to help restock area food banks.

Friday, July 4

Flow Fest to feature After Jack

FAIRY STONE STATE PARK, Va. — If you heard After Jack perform at Rooster Walk 6, you won’t want to miss them at Fairy Stone State Park on Friday, July 4, near Stuart.

Named 2014 Americana Vocal Group of the Year by the Appalachian Cultural Music Association, the trio After Jack couples a modern sensibility with distinctly old-time energy to blend bluegrass, gospel and folk elements, according to their website.

The  first annual Flow Fest, according to organizers, planned for the park’s Shelter No. 2 will also feature The F.A.R.M. T.E.A.M.; Les Moore Trio; Slick Jr and the Reactors; OmBrew; Piedmont Blues and Jazz; Cathrine Conner; Marcie Horne; David Oakes; Southern Remedy; and Joe Owens. The music, which starts at noon and runs through 8:30 p.m., is free and there will also be concessions including Joe Hylton’s BBQ Chicken and Ribs and Kona Ice as well as face painting and balloon animals. Park amenities include trails, swimming and picnic areas. The event is a fundraiser for the Caring Hearts Free Clinic, says Executive Director Susan Heath.

Here’s the lineup:

12:05: OmBrew
12:45 Cathrine Conner
1:00 Marcie Horne, David Oakes and Joe Owens
2:00 Piedmont Blues & Jazz
3:00 F.A.R.M. T.E.A.M.
4:00 After Jack (with Cathrine Conner)
5:00 Les Moore Trio
6:00 Southern Remedy
7:00 Slick Jr and the Reactors

Click here for more info.

Saturday, July 5

Western Rockingham to host Independence Day Celebration for first time in more than a decade

McMichael High School in Mayodan will play host to the Independence Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 5. The event is being presented by the Western Rockingham Firefighter’s Association. Beginning at noon, there will be musical performances by Hubert Lawson and Bluegrass Country Boys followed by C.C. Dance Co., Bullet Band, Soul Connection, Decatur Street, Chelsea Sorrell and Becca Scarlett, Avalon. Eddie Atkins, featuring Darkwater Redemption, will wrap up the entertainment at 7:30 p.m. followed by fireworks. The event will also feature food vendors, vendors for arts and crafts, as well as face painting, jewelry, cosmetics, bags and purses, baked goods, pony and horse rides, bounce house, HCWA wrestling and more. Read all about it here.

More events

The Greensboro News and Record has a roundup of area celebrations that also include music and fireworks that you can find here. Enjoy!







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