Hickory – The 2019 Sails Original Music Series returns to Downtown Hickory this Saturday, May 11, with an exciting new twist. With construction currently taking place on Union Square, the format and location of the series will be modified for May and June. The Sails Original Music Series will present “Tunes in Trade Alley” on Saturday, May 11, and again on Saturday, June 15.

Come out to Trade Alley in the heart of Downtown Hickory for a little bit different Sails Music experience and an entire afternoon of original music. Three bands will be featured at each Saturday event, with shows at 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

The music event kicks off on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. with the Aaron Burdett Band. Burdett hails from Saluda, North Carolina and is an award-winning Americana singer-songwriter. Sails Music Series Coordinator Bob Sinclair says, “Aaron Burdett Band has a sound I would describe as ‘new Carolina country.’ He’s got a really expressive and comfortable voice, and writes great songs that echo the life in a small town. Aaron is doing real well and has been hailed as one of the most influential musicians of North Carolina alongside notables such as Doc Watson and Rhiannon Giddens.”

At 5 p.m., soulful songwriter and skilled guitarist Miss Tess will take the stage. Accompanied by her band The Talkbacks, Miss Tess will bring a swinging dose of vintage blues, country, jazz, and good time rock n’ roll. Sinclair said, “Her style of rockabilly is really catching on and Tess does it better than most. She’s on a tour of multiple southern states and we are lucky enough to bring her to the Sails for this event.”

The evening will conclude with Randall Bramblett at 7:30 p.m. Multi-instrumentalist Randall Bramblett is southern rock royalty, known for playing among legends like Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers Band, Steve Winwood, Gov’t Mule, Widespread Panic, and others. Come see why Rolling Stone calls Bramblett “one of the South’s most lyrical and literate songwriters.”

The Sails Original Music Series is able to bring excellent musical entertainment from all over the United States with the help of numerous sponsors. The Hickory Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau is the premier sponsor for the month of May, in conjunction with its 31 Days of May Campaign, celebrating tourism in North Carolina.
Additional sponsors include: Bob Sinclair Music, Larry’s Music & Sound, Pfahlert Creative Labs, Olde Hickory Brewery, and Crowne Plaza. Media partners include WNNC 1230 AM/WAIZ 63 Big Ways, WNCW 88.7FM, and Focus Newspaper.

Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. 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.

For more information about the Sails Original Music Series and upcoming bands, please visit the Sails Music Series Facebook page – www.facebook.com/SailsMusic.