Five concerts for 50 years!
This year marks the 50-year anniversary of the start of Hart Square Village. To celebrate, we are hosting the Heritage Summer Music series. With five concerts throughout the month of June, there is a diversity of talent you can enjoy. Celebrate with us on one of the dates below or purchase a season pass to come to all five concerts for a discounted price. All concerts will be held on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. on the Education Center lawn. Bring your own chair. Food and beer trucks will be on-site for all shows.
Admission - $15
Season Pass - $60
Thursday, June 8th - Brooks Forsyth
Brick Tree Brewing, Sandwich Express, and T&A Concessions
Thursday, June 15th - Zoe and Cloyd
Brick Tree Brewing and Hot Diggity Dog
Thursday, June 22nd - Jeff Little Trio
Brick Tree Brewing and Hotshots Hot Dogs
Thursday, June 29th - Mason Via & Waverly Leonard
Brick Tree Brewing, Sandwich Express, and Hotshots Hot Dogs
Thursday, June 8th, 6:00 p.m.
From Western North Carolina, Brooks Forsyth is a roots musician of Appalachia. Brooks’ musical style encompasses a variety of genres, particularly the music of Doc Watson and the Piedmont Blues. He has a large repertoire of original songs and a versatile guitar style consisting of both flatpicking and fingerpicking techniques. Throughout the last fifteen years, he has performed solo or with a variation of musical ensembles across the U.S.A. In 2017, Brooks began recording at the Creative Workshop studio in Nashville, TN with producer Buzz Cason.
Thursday, June 15th, 6:00 p.m.
Zoe and Cloyd
The pair has released four acclaimed albums, performed across the US, and appeared in Season 5 of the nationally syndicated PBS show, David Holt’s State of Music in 2021. In 2022, they were an official showcase artist at the IBMA World of Bluegrass, featured guest artists for the Davidson College Holiday Gala, and hosts of A Swannanoa Solstice at the Wortham Center of Performing Arts. Zoe & Cloyd delight audiences with soaring harmonies and heartfelt songwriting, seamlessly combining original bluegrass, klezmer, old-time, and folk with sincerity and zeal.
Thursday, June 22nd, 6:00 p.m.
Jeff Little Trio
Jeff Little is an award winning musician from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. With few exceptions, the piano does not play a prominent part in Appalachian or Americana music, and is rarely the lead instrument. But Jeff Little is an exception – and a remarkable one. In 2014 Jeff was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame. In addition, Jeff is Artist in Residence for the Popular Music Program at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. Litte's banjo player, Steve Lewis, is a two-time national champion.
Thursday, June 29th, 6:00 p.m.
Mason Via & Waverly Leonard
You might know Mason Via as the youngest member of Old Crow Medicine Show (a Grammy award winning band and members of the Grand Ole Opry.) Since joining OCMS, Mason has travelled the world singing in Arenas and at several festivals. Mason was recently written about in NPR as one of the Top 10 bluegrass and old-time artists thriving in modern
Nashville. You also may have seen him on a past season of American Idol, in which he made it into the Top 40 finalists. Mason also recently signed a record deal with Mountain Fever Records and has a new bluegrass album out featuring the amazing Sierra Ferrell. On top of all of that, the legendary and highly acclaimed Del McCoury Band has recently recorded one of Mason's original songs on his recent release. Mason Via (Nashville, TN) grew up going to fiddler’s conventions and music festivals around NC and VA, where he was steeped in the rich Appalachian culture that surrounds that area. Picking and singing from an early age, Mason combines soulful high lonesome singing with virtuosic instrumental prowess. Mason's lyrics are also considered by many to be the driving force behind his music, and his vocals back up the deep emotion that his lyrics possess. In 2016 the talented young man completed a Virginia Folklife Songwriting apprenticeship with his father, award-winning songwriter David Via. Mason has placed in contests and picked up ribbons at several conventions and festivals throughout Appalachia. Mason Via was named one of the winners of the 2019 Floydfest OTR competition and is a 3-time winner of the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival's band competition.
Waverly Leonard is a professional bluegrass fiddler, singer, and songwriter. She has been playing the violin since she was 5 years old. As a double major in Music and Biology at UNC Chapel Hill, she studied classical violin with Dr. Nicholas DiEugenio while also learning how to play bluegrass fiddle through the UNC Bluegrass Band. During her time with the school band, she was awarded the Joanne and Victor Marshall Award for Leadership in Bluegrass. In 2022, she won the bluegrass fiddle contest at the annual Mount Airy Fiddler’s Convention, learning the 1 st place blue ribbon. She has performed with many bands, from her own band, The Carolina Songbirds, to bluegrass and country acts like Big Fat Gap and Old Crow Medicine Show. Currently she is a medical student at the University of Florida.
Thursday, June 1st, 6:00 p.m.
Chris Pierce gained national prominence with “We Can Always Come Back To This”. His hit co-write aired on 3 episodes of the #1 NBC primetime series ‘THIS IS US,' then went on to #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart. Pierce has done worldwide headlining tours and has performed with: B.B. King, Seal, Al Green, Allison Russell, Colbie Caillat, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Jill Scott, Keb’Mo, Blind Boys of Alabama, Aaron Neville & others. His recent album, 'AMERICAN SILENCE' garnered critical acclaim from NPR, Rolling Stone, NoDepression, SiriusXM, The Bluegrass Situation, AmericanaUK, Acoustic Guitar and others. PopMatters named ‘AMERICAN SILENCE’ the #1 Best Folk Album of 2021.