June Tunes July 3

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 4.23.44 PMThe Queen City Brass Band will perform as a part of the June Tunes series Thursday, July3 at 7:30pm.This is a free patriotic concert held on the front lawn of the Town Hall. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the music.

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Mint Hill News of Note: May 30

 

June Tunes

This June, the Town of Mint Hill is once again hosting June Tunes, a concert series featuring live performances from different bands each Friday evening, at 7:30, at the Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane. The concerts are free to attend and good for all members of the family. Concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

June 1—Lindsay Nicole

Lindsay Nicole is a singer/songwriter from Mint Hill, who began playing guitar at age 12. Lindsay has been a part of several nationally-released albums and advocates an anti-bullying message with her music. “I’m very determined to make a difference and help

teenagers and young adults discover themselves and understand that they are accountable for their actions and that they can make a difference” says Lindsay on her website. Her debut country album “Down Pour” is available on iTunes and Amazon.

Blood Drive

Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care is hosting a blood drive June 30, from 10 am to 4 pm, at Blessed Assurance, 13001 Idlewild Road, Matthews. For more information, contact Blessed Assurance, 704-845- 1359.

SMILE Mint Hill

Manning Family Dentistry will hold a one-year celebration of their Smiling Faces program with food, games, and fun for the family, Saturday, June 8, from 11 am to 2 pm, at Manning Family Dentistry, 7322 Matthews Mint Hill Road. For more information, contact 704-545-3243.

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QCBB on Town Hall lawn

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The Queen City Brass Band delivered another crowd-pleasing performance this year at the Town Hall.  Numerous residents in red, white, and blue listened to Americana classics.  Jack and Dottye Brimhall (pictured) enjoyed the evening in their patriotic attire.  Photos by Amanda Waters.

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QBCC at June Tunes

June Tunes will end July 3 this year with its annual performance by Queen City Brass Band.  Band member Richard Spangler said their song list theme is Americana, including patriotic songs as well as some Broadway tunes and other popular songs.  Listeners can expect selections from Oklahoma, The Thunderer, Blue Tango, and Annie’s Tomorrow.

Queen City Brass Band was founded in 1992.  It currently consists of 24 members under the direction of Jason Robison, who recently completed his master’s degree in Wind Instrumental Conducting at Winthrop University.

The band is a crowd favorite in Mint Hill each year.

“We really have enjoyed coming out every year and doing that,” said Spangler.  “It’s a great crowd.”

You can catch one more June Tunes show before the QCBB.  Mint Hill native Lindsay Nicole and Highway 74 will perform June 30.

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Charlotte Flute Choir at June Tunes

June Tunes welcomed the airy notes of the Charlotte Flute Choir last Saturday.  The Town Hall lawn hosted eleven members of the choir and numerous Mint Hill residents in perfect weather as the sun set.  As usual, this June Tunes performance was a perfect time to wind down and enjoy the moment.

Irene Maddox and Joe Little founded the Charlotte Flute Choir in 1964.  The two were the flute section of the Charlotte Symphony at that time, and the original trustees of the Charlotte Flute Association.  Since then the choir has worked locally and internationally.  In 1985 they flew to Belfast, Ireland for a competition in which they placed first for best conductor under Maddox.  They represented North Carolina at the World’s Fair in Tenn. in 1982, and have presented concerts in Columbia and Florence, S.C.

Local performances have included the Festival in the Park, Springfest, the Charlotte Symphony ASID House, the Mint Museum, a prelude for the Summer Pops concerts, and now June Tunes.  The group also performs weddings and receptions, and volunteers time at retirement homes and other non-profit venues.  You can catch the choir every year at the Southern Christmas Show.

The Charlotte Flute Choir does all of their work extracurricularly.  The group is comprised of teachers, nurses, a professor, a dentist, a pilot, an engineer, and others.

Members come from around the Charlotte area, including Fort Mill, Clover, Belmont, Concord, Matthews, and Mint Hill.  They rehearse every Tuesday at the Southern Park Music School on Park Road.  JoeAnn Evans is the choir director, Jeanne Jamison is associate conductor, Janice Mangum is the treasurer, and Mint Hill resident Claire Goodman is the librarian.

Watching the flute choir at June Tunes was a unique experience.  Be sure to catch next week’s performance by the Queen Charlotte Chorus, an all-lady, four-part harmony barbershop-style group chartered in 1965.

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June Tunes spotlights local band

Horsefly – Jack Dunne, Paul Miller, Kevin Scruggs, and Fuzzy – brought the blues and classic rock to June Tunes last Saturday. Photo courtesy of Horsefly.

Mint Hill’s own Horsefly played at the Town Hall last Saturday for June Tunes, and pulled in quite a crowd.  The blues and classic rock n roll band was formed last August through the monthly jam sessions at local Forty Rod Roadhouse on Lawyers Road.  June Tunes visitors enjoyed a taste of their classic sound.

Horsefly is a foursome: Paul Miller on vocals and rhythm guitar, Kevin Scruggs on lead guitar and vocals, Fuzzy on bass, and Jack Dunne on drums.  They list Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, The Rolling Stones, and Jimi Hendrix as influences, which is evident in their sound and song selection.

Horsefly took listeners back to an innovative time of blues rock.  It was the perfect music for an evening’s lawn concert.

In their short existence, Horsefly has managed to become the house band for Forty Rod’s monthly Charlotte Blues Jams.  They placed second in a battle of the bands at the 2011 Stumptown Skirmish, and third place in the Charlotte Blue’s Society’s 2011 annual band competition at the Double Door Inn.

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