2016/2017 LIVE! @ Your Library Series
The 2016/2017 LIVE! @ Your Library family arts series is presented by the Gaston County Public Library, in partnership with the Friends of the Gaston County Public Library. The series also receives support from the following organizations: the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council (an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art), the Gaston Arts Council and the Ralph S. Robinson Family Foundation.
All events will be held in the Main Library Auditorium (1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28054).
September 22, 2016 – Thursday at 7:00 pm
Harris Brothers / In Concert – Reggie and Ryan Harris are a real brother duo born and raised in Western North Carolina. Reggie sings and plays guitar, banjo, and a kick-drum suitcase for percussion; Ryan sings and plays the bass. Their infinite live repertoire consists of any number of genres including traditional roots music, rock & roll, jazz, blues, Appalachian mountain music, to vintage country and bluegrass.
October 15, 2016 – Saturday at 11:00 am
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte / The Commedia Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – A rambunctious group of travelling actors decides to perform the famous fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. This commedia dell-arte performance features actors in exaggerated masks recreating the story of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, complete with slapstick comedy and a healthy dose of silliness.
November 15, 2016 – Tuesday at 6:00 pm
Ethan Uslan / Silent Film Pianist – Ethan Uslan is a ragtime/jazz/silent film pianist based in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a 3-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest (yes - that really exists!). His performances are filled with passion, humor, virtuosity, and a deep love for America's rich musical past. His vast repertoire includes original arrangements of Civil-War era songs, New Orleans Jazz, 1920’s Charlestons, blues, stomps, Harlem stride piano, swing, Cuban rumbas, and more.
December 17, 2016 – Saturday at 11:00 am
Bright Star Theatre / Holidays Around the World – Join Nick and Joy in their quest to make it home for the holidays. Their journey brings much more than they ever imagined! The traditions and holidays which abound throughout winter are celebrated in this show. From Kwanzaa to Christmas to The Festival of Lights, attendees will explore the celebrations that occur around the globe during this special time of year. Audience volunteers help to bring in the Chinese New Year with a colorful dragon, while the Lohri festival brings to the stage colorful costumes and stories from India.
February 11, 2017 – Saturday at 11:00 am
African American Dance Ensemble – This visual extravaganza of dance, music, song, and poetry provides an introduction to the dance, music and cultural history of the nations of Africa and diaspora. This performance is a unique educational experience, engaging audiences in a lively celebration of life as practiced in the diverse cultures of contemporary Africa. Examples of traditional African dance and music styles are interspersed with commentaries on the history and folklore.
Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11:00 am
Bright Star Theatre / North Star – Celebrate the life and work of America’s most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman. From her earliest days on a Maryland plantation to her own journey to freedom, we get to see an up close and personal glimpse into the courageous life of Harriet Tubman.
March 11, 2017 – Saturday at 11:00 am
Jon Shain / In Concert – Jon Shain is a veteran singer-songwriter who's been turning heads for years with his words, his fiery acoustic guitar work, and his evolved musical style - combining improvised piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing, and ragtime. While working in his family’s small textile dyeing company, Jon began to discover his love of American roots music and songwriting. In 1998, he returned to his roots in the folk and blues circuit performing solo concerts.
March 25, 2017 – Saturday at 11:00 am
Barbara Locklear / Lumbee Native American Demonstration – Barbara Locklear of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina provides cultural programs that are engaging, educational, and participatory for all ages. Barbara makes history come alive through native traditions, stories, and music.
April 1, 2017 – Saturday at 11:00 am
Billy Jonas / In Concert – One of those rare performers who can engage and delight both young and adult audiences, Billy Jonas presents a concert experience that is best described as a “neo-tribal hootenanny.” His music mixes conventional instruments (guitar, bass, marimba) with homemade creations (using buckets and barrels, keys and cans, bells and body percussion).
May 11, 2017 – Thursday at 7:00 pm
Transactors Improv – Transactors Improv is the longest-running improvisational theater in the south. Their interactive performances focus on emotion, physicality, character, commitment, teamwork and of course, fun. From beginnings with scripted performances, the group metamorphosed into a professional touring company performing improvisational theater and providing a once in a lifetime performance.