Hickory – Friday, May 27, the City of Hickory’s 2016 Sails Original Music Series will feature Alanna Royale from Nashville, Tennessee.  Musically inspired by funk, Motown, and pop, this band is a mix of soul and rock.  Royale has made appearances at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits Festival, and Music City Roots, as well as featured in Garden & Gun, Nashville Lifestyles, and on NPR.

Sails Original Music Series Coordinator, Bob Sinclair describes Alanna Royale as a “six piece power party band with horns, a banging rhythm section, and powerhouse pipes.  Alanna’s vocals remind me a bit of Brittany Howard from the Alabama Shakes.  I am not sure the Sails Stage will be left intact by the end of the show, but I am going to be there to watch what happens!”

The show begins at 6 p.m. and audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.  Old 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 Sails Original Music Series will run every Friday evening in May, June, and September, beginning at 6 p.m. each night.

Photo: Alanna Royale