Dallas, NC – The Gaston County Museum of Art & History, in partnership with the Town of Dallas and Gaston County Travel and Tourism, is thrilled to open our summer concert series on Friday, June 10th with Leyla McCalla! A former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Leyla is a New York-born Haitian-American living in New Orleans, who sings in French, Haitian Creole and English, and plays cello, tenor banjo and guitar. Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk, her music is at once earthy, elegant, soulful and witty; it vibrates with three centuries of history, yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive and contemporary.

Layla-McCallaLeyla’s debut album, Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes, was named 2013’s Album of the Year by the London Sunday Times and Songlines magazine, and received additional raves from a number of other publications, including the New York Times, Boston Globe and Offbeat, for its haunting mixture of music and message.

After touring extensively in the U.S., Europe and Israel, Leyla comes to us fresh from the release of second album. Titled A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey, the album will be released in the spring of 2016 by Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi. A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey will continue to explore the themes of social justice and pan-African consciousness that marked Vari-Colored Songs, and will once again feature songs sung in English, French and Haitian Creole.

Our family-friendly summer concert series is free to the public with no reservations required. Food and alcohol vendors will be on site. Bring a lawn chair and come join us for this spectacular event!

For more information, please contact Jason Luker at jason.luker@gastongov.com or 704-922-7681 ext 105.