Hickory – Friday, June 24, the City of Hickory’s 2016 Sails Original Music Series will feature The Fretless, a unique band that is taking string music to fascinating places as it transforms fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements. Musically, the goals of the group are to expand the rhythmic, harmonic and structured arrangement style of the many folk genres that play using only string instruments.

Sails Music Coordinator, Bob Sinclair, said of the band, “As always, you can expect high quality talent. They will put unique twists on some of your favorite tunes. It will be a fun show!”

The show begins at 6 p.m. and audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.  Olde Hickory Brewery and Silver Fork Winery will sell beer and wine in designated areas, and there are a variety of close-by restaurants to patronize.

The Sails Original Music Series is able to bring excellent musical entertainment from all over the United States with the help of the following sponsors: Bob Sinclair Music, Crowne Plaza, Focus, Hickory Metro Convention Center and Visitor’s Bureau, The Hickory Wine Shoppe, Larry’s Music & Sound, Olde Hickory Brewery, Patrick, Harper & Dixon, LLP Attorneys at Law, TheSilentP.com, and WHKY 1290 AM.

Friends of the Sails Music Series include Cafe Rule, Community Relations Council, Hickory Museum of Art, Silver Fork Winery, WNCW (88.7 FM), and WNNC (1230 AM)/WAIZ (630 AM).

The show, beginning at 6 p.m., is the last Sails Original Music Series concert until September 2.

Photo: The Fretless play in downtown Hickory Friday, June 24