St. Francis Hospital for Animals, 10709 Kettering Drive, is holding a Grand Opening/Open House Saturday April 18th, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. from 2p-5p. This event will be free and fun for the whole family. For the adults there will be hospital tours and informational booths. For the pets there will be pet pictures, a best dressed contest, and a blessing of the animals. For the kids there will be a bouncy house, poop scoop race (maybe not real poop?), face painting and pictures with pets. 704-527-2030
Piedmont Town Center, at 4725 Piedmont Row Drive, will host a free series of concerts, from April 24th, 2015, through May 15th. They’ll take place on Fridays from 7pm to 11pm. Parking is free and there’s also free valet parking.
April 24 – Perfect 10
May 1 – 20 Ride ( America’s #1 Zac Brown Tribute )
May 8 – Breakfast Club ( America’s # 1 80’s Band )
May 15 – Simply Irresistible ( Golf Night )
Piedmont Town Center Cocktails & Concerts is how South Park kick-starts the weekend in style! As the largest weekly happy hour and free entertainment celebration, Piedmont Town Center provides a destination for friends and co-workers to gather and unwind, while enjoying great live music, tasty beverages and a fun, casual atmosphere. With its prominent South Park location, close to other great restaurants, bars and shopping, Piedmont Town Center is the premier Friday hot spot.
Steinway Piano Gallery-Charlotte, at 7030 Smith Corners Boulevard, often hosts free piano concerts. On Saturday, April 11th, 2015, through Monday, April 13th, award-winning pianist and educator Meral Güneyman will be presenting a master class, performing in a concert and holding an educator’s workshop. All these events are free, but you must RSVP by emailing email@example.com by April 10th. Make sure to say which event you’re responding for.
Saturday, April 11
10 am-12 pm
Ms. Güneyman will work with several area students. This class will be very informative— Parents and educators be sure to bring your students!
Sunday, April 12
4 pm–5 pm
From Harlem to Paris—Fascinatin’ Rhythms
Join us for a dazzling performance of Debussy, Ravel, Gershwin, Porter and more!
Monday, April 13
10 am–12 pm. Light lunch to follow
Open to both educators and music enthusiasts.
Steinway Artist, Meral Güneyman, has performed with major orchestras around the world as well as in prestigious concert halls in major cities of the US, Europe, and Asia.
Meral made her orchestral debut in the United States under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas as first prize winner of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young Artist’s Competition. She was promptly reengaged by Tilson Thomas to play the Schumann Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Her Carnegie Hall debut was as winner of the East & West Artists’ International Competition. After winning the prestigious William Kapell International Competition at the University of Maryland she performed with Leon Fleischer and the Baltimore Symphony. Her accolades further include winner of the Juilliard School’s Chopin Concerto Competition and Naumburg Competition finalist, which, once again, brought her to Carnegie Hall.
As an academician and pedagogue she has given master classes, Informances and concerts at Harvard, MIT, Purchase, Georgetown, Marshall, Princeton and New York Universities, Bosphorus University (Istanbul), and many other music conservatories and institutions. She is an Early Childhood Music Education specialist and a Master Teacher of the Music Teacher’s National Association, U.S.A. She is a two time winner of the Laura Conover Pedagogy Award in New York City.
Plan your week on the cheap with this list of free events around Charlotte, from Monday, March 30th, 2015, to Sunday, April 5th. Some highlights are the UNCC International Film Fest, Easter egg hunts, a living history evening in Salisbury, and a free workshop on marbling. If you’re not doing this already, you can subscribe to Charlotte on the Cheap’s daily emails (just one a day), and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
The Ivey, an adult daycare facility at 6030 Park South Drive, is presenting a free program on the link between music and memory. This program is intended for family caregivers. Call 704-909-2070 to register.
Music Therapy and Memory: Reaching Past and Present Through Song
In this free presentation especially for Family caregivers, learn about music therapy and its benefits for enhancing short-term and long-term memory and improving quality of life.
Music therapist Danielle Glefke will show how music can help people with early-stage dementia feel more relaxed and able to cope with their surroundings. As stages of memory loss progress, music can provide a familiar structure for accessing memories and abilities that are not yet lost. It can also help maintain access to those memories and abilities for as long as possible.
You’ll leave with a better understanding of what happens during music therapy, as well as techniques to use at home with your loved one.
Presented by Danielle Glefke, Board Certified Music Therapist
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
2:00- 3:30 pm and repeated 6:00 – 7:30 pm
6030 Park South Drive
Charlotte, NC 28210
This community education program is designed to enhance memory wellness knowledge. The program is especially for family caregivers. Industry professionals are welcome, as space permits.
Admission is free but pre-registration is requested. Call The Ivey at 704-909-2070.
For caregivers, free care is available for loved ones during the workshops (with advance notice), please call The Ivey to arrange.
March 31, 2015 2:00pm – 3:30pm and 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Join a naturalist, who will lead a Spring Scavenger Hunt through Reedy Creek Nature Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, on Saturday, April 4th, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. It’s free but you must call 704-432-6460 to register. The activity is suitable for those age 5 and older.
Mike Collins, of WFAE’s Charlotte Talks, is hosting a discussion about the Charlotte music scene on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015, 7:00 p.m., at The Evening Muse, 3227 North Davidson Street. A panel of folks involved in Charlotte’s music scene will discuss how it’s re-emerging as a music hub. The panel includes Gregg McCraw, owner of Maxx Music, which brings top-notch artists to Charlotte, Creative Loafing music editor Jeff Hahne, and Croquet Records’ founder James Willamor. Local band Sinners and Saints will be playing some tunes. It’s free but you have to sign up in advance, and there’s limited space.
Birdsong Brewing Co., at 2315 North Davidson Street, frequently hosts live music. There’s no cover. You can always verify their schedule on their website. They also host free brewery tours Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and some other events. Birdsong Brewing was founded in 2011 and is part of Charlotte’s growing craft beer community. If you have questions about their events or beer, call them at 704-332-1810.
Music schedule at Birdsong
Friday, April 3, 6 p.m.: Greg Lilley
Friday, April 17, 6 p.m.: Josh Watson
Friday, April 24, 7 p.m.: New Hires
Saturday, April 25, 5 p.m.: Amy Broome
Saturday, May 2, 5 p.m.: Shana Blake Band
Snug Harbor, at 1228 Gordon Street, invites an act to be an “Artist in Residence” all the Wednesdays in a month. In September, 2014, the artist is Andy the Doorbum. The shows are free, at 10pm, and various bands open throughout the month. Age 18+. $5 surcharge for those under 21. Various artists will be joining Andy the Doorbum each Wednesday.
Andy the Doorbum: Andy the Doorbum is Music and Art. Andy the Doorbum is a Man and a Band. Andy the Doorbum is a Concept and a Project. Andy the Doorbum is a Movement of one life trying to prove its own existence and affirm its perception and interpretation of the world around it. Andy the Doorbum is Survival.
Tin Roof, at the EpiCentre, 210 East Trade Street, hosts live music several nights a week. The shows Sunday through Thursday have no cover. The shows on Friday and Saturday do have a cover. However, there’s no charge if you arrive before 10:00 p.m., when the shows typically start. You can arrive at 9:59 p.m. and watch the show for free. It’s not cheating! They told me to tell you that. There’s also usually trivia and karaoke Wednesday nights and a game night on Wednesdays. Here’s the schedule of free events. Visit Tin Roof’s website for other events:
Monday, March 30, 9 p.m.: Time Sawyer
Wednesday, April 1, 7 p.m.: Trivia and Karaoke
Thursday, April 2, 9 p.m.: Mic Larry
Friday, April 3, 10 p.m. Wes Cook (arrive before 10 for free admission)
Saturday, April 4, 10 p.m. The Armory (arrive before 10 for free admission)
Wednesday, April 8, 7 p.m.: Trivia and Karaoke
Thursday, April 9, 9 p.m.: Pluto for Planet
Friday, April 10, 9 p.m.: Mirrors (a JT tribute) (arrive before 10 for free admission)
Saturday, April 11, 10 p.m.: Francisco Vidale (arrive before 10 for free admission)
Sunday, April 12, 5 p.m.: Tuxedo Shop
Wednesday, April 15, 7 p.m.: Trivia and Karaoke
Thursday, April 16, 9 p.m.: Kaleb Hensley
Friday, April 17, 10 p.m.: Sean Rivers Band (arrive before 10 for free admission)
Saturday, April 18, 10 p.m.: Kaleb Hensley (arrive before 10 for free admission)