Valdese, NC- Valdese will continue the summer concert series with Darrell Harwood, on Friday, June 14. Darrell Harwood is a schedule change for the FFN Season lineup. Due to scheduling difficulties, Emily Minor will not be able to join our season this year.

Harwood is described as your average everyday working man who happens to be an extremely talented singer and high energy entertainer. His personal work ethic and integrity spill over into his music, allowing him to connect with his fans in a very special way. His magnetic personality and easy going ways draw people into his performances.

Harwood was born and raised in the small town of China Grove, North Carolina and was already working as an electrician before graduating South Rowan High School. As for “hard working,” Darrell’s drive and determination earned him a job with Carolina Products, Inc. where he quickly became Lead Production Manager. This same drive and determination carried over to his love of entertaining. He is considered by many to be a very talented and valued member of the community.

Harwood caught the “show biz bug” in the ’70’s, when his father played in a local band he called the “Cool Water Band” and he had an entertainment company that booked local dates. Occasionally, Harwood would go out with his dad and get up and sing a couple of songs. Soon Harwood’s performances created a buzz and people started booking him for private shows. He grew more comfortable performing, and bands began to approach him. A bittersweet twist of fate eventually brought Harwood to where he is today.

Concert attendees are encouraged to visit local restaurants in Downtown Valdese and check out the retail shops while they are visiting.

Concerts are held in the Town parking lot next to Wells Fargo and are free for the public to enjoy. For further information about events in Valdese and the full Family Friday Night summer concert schedule go to or call 828-879-2129.

Photo: Darrell Harwood performs Friday, June 14.