Want to kick off spring the right way? The Steely Pan Steel Band is bringing Caribbean rhythms and an ocean front sensibility to Lincolnton this week.
The steel drum band will perform at the James W. Warren Citizenâ€™s Center this Friday at 7:30 p.m. They bring with them 19 performers, 38 drums and musical stylings that range from traditional calypsos to classic rock to Appalachian Mountain Music.
The concert also includes a break from steel drums into African and Middle Eastern hand instruments.
The Steely Pan Steel Band is the resident steel band at the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University, and they have performed all over the south.
So, if youâ€™re in the mood for music that evokes images of palm trees, or if you just like bands with silly names, I suggest you keep Friday night free.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $15 for adults and $5 for students. They will be available at the door. For more information call 704-732-9055.
If you just canâ€™t wait to experience the band, you can also check out their Web site at steelband.appstate.edu.
The following events are also coming up within the week:
Â· Winners of the Flo Robinson Literary Competition will be honored at a reception held at the Lincoln Cultural Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday. First, second, third and honorable mention winners will read their entries at the ceremony.
Â· The water color paintings of Edrie Knight are currently on exhibit in the gallery at the Newton-Conover Civic and Performance Place in Newton. This exhibit displays 40 original works of water color through the month of May. For more information call 828-464-8100.
Â· The Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia is showing a temporary exhibit entitled â€œA Natural View.â€ The exhibit will last until April 24.
â€œA Natural Viewâ€ shows the wonder, grandeur and fragility of the natural world in works by artists from Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln and Mecklenburg counties.
General admission to the museum is $4 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children under 3 are admitted free. For more information call 704-866-6900.by Sarah Grano