6 Outdoor Music Events in Gaston County to Check Out this Summer


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The U.S. National Whitewater Center hosts live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night from May through September. The US National Whitewater Center

You really know that summer’s arrived when you’re spreading out your picnic blanket on the town green for an evening of frisbee-tossing, sunset watching, and stargazing all to the relaxing sounds of live music. Even if it’s a packed crowd, there’s a sense of community and camaraderie, and there’s nowhere else you’d rather be.

From Dallas to Belmont, the historic downtowns of Gaston County are hosting a summer’s worth of free neighborhood concerts. Pack your cheese and crackers, or stop at one of the local breweries and restaurants for dinner before the show. Either way, you can fill your calendar with memories at these six live, outdoor music events across Gaston this summer.

1. Friday Night Live Concert Series in Belmont

Start your weekend off under the leafy canopy in Stowe Park at the Belmont Friday Night Live Concert Series. The park plaza comes alive for two Fridays in May and June with tribute bands, party music, and R & B. The series wraps up on July 4th with a genre-mixing performance by JAVA Band.

A DJ warms up the crowd, with food trucks and a beverage garden opening at 6 pm. Live music starts at 7 pm for a three-hour performance. Parents can enjoy the tunes while kids play at the playground and interactive fountain inside the park. Walk up Main Street before and after the show for a meal at Nellie’s, Luna Hombre, Old Stone Steakhouse, or The String Bean. Or sip a pint of the summer seasonal with dinner at Rivermen Brewing Company. Grab a latte and dessert at Caravan Coffee on your way to the park and put the finishing touches on date night after the show at the historic Jailhouse Bar and Cigar Lounge.

Performance schedule:

May 10: Coming Up Brass May 24: Trial by Fire (Journey tribute) June 7: Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot June 21: 20 Ride (Zac Brown Band tribute) July 4: Red, White & Belmont, featuring JAVA BAND

2. City of Mount Holly Summer Concert Series

Downtown Mount Holly is hopping on Fridays through the summer with twice-a-month concerts in the park on South Main Street. There’s something for all ages and musical tastes at the City of Mount Holly Summer Concert Series. Bring a beach chair and blanket for DJ music at 6 pm, followed by the live concert from 7 pm to 10 pm Allow plenty of time to let the kids play at the Veterans Park playground while you’re downtown. Purchase concessions, snow cones, and funnel cakes in the park, or take a short stroll down the street before the show for a bite at Vaseilio’s or 128 South Main Kitchen & Tavern. You can also grab a pre or post-concert drink at the Summit Beer Shop, which features 24 beers from around the world on tap and hundreds of different bottles to choose from.

Performance schedule:

May 17: Gary Lowder and Smokin’ Hot May 31: Jim Quick & Coastline June 7: Blackwater Band June 21: The Entertainers Band July 12: The Tams July 26: The Catalinas August 2: Band Of Oz August 23: Steve Owens and Summertime September 6: Spare Change

3. Summer Concerts in Dallas

Historic Courthouse Square is the spot for monthly Summer Concerts and Cruise-Ins in downtown Dallas. Classic cars line the streets while performers take the stage on Saturday evenings from 7 pm to 10 pm in May, June, and September. A special July 4th concert starts at 6 pm, followed by fireworks.

Performance schedule:

May 11: The Catalinas and the Dallas Ambassadors Car Show June 8: Chairmen of The Board July 4: Image and Hotwired September 14: Zac Brown Tribute Band 20 Ride

4. Downtown Gastonia Summer Concerts

Rock your summer weekends at Rotary Centennial Pavilion in downtown Gastonia at the Downtown Gastonia Summer Concert Series. Check the schedule for the evening activity line-up, including food trucks, breweries, cruise-in giveaways, and fireworks. All the action kicks off at 6 pm with a DJ, followed by live music starting at 7 pm

Performance schedule:

May 18: Chairman of the Board June 1: Brew & Chew, Journey Tribute Band June 15: Blackwater Rhythm & Blues June 29: Fantastic Shakers July 13: Jim Quick and Coastline July 27: The Entertainers August 10: Eagles Tribute Band

5. Sound of Summer Series in Bessemer City

Centennial Park in Bessemer City is the place to be on the fourth Saturday of the month from May through September. The Sound of Summer Series will feature live music, classic cars, and food vendors starting at 6 p.m. They’ll also be a beer and wine garden to enjoy.

Performance schedule:

May 25: Blackwater Rhythym & Blues Band June 22: Gary Lowder & Smokin’ HOt July 27: Too Much Sylvia August 24: The Tam’s September 28: The Extraordinaires

6. Whitewater River Jam

Stake out your spot next to the man-made whitewater river for live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night from May through September at the U.S. National Whitewater Center River Jam. Roots rock, bluegrass, folk, and funk are just some of the sounds you’ll enjoy, along with trail running, yoga, open water swimming, and whitewater paddling sessions and clinics before the concert. Dine at the River’s Edge Grill or stop at the Pump House Biergarten for a craft beer to enjoy with the show.

Written by Ann Gibson for Matcha in partnership with Gaston County Gov and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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