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Celebrate summer with some rocking – and free – concerts this week in Charlotte and Gaston County

By Jody Mace
Jody Mace
Jody Mace is a freelance writer based in Charlotte, where she lives with her husband, two kids, and a dog, Shaggy.



Sat, Thur 7 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway.

Catch free outdoor concerts on Thursdays through the end of September and Saturdays through August. Performing Thursday is Holy Ghost Tent Revival, which plays high-energy, horn-infused roots music. On Saturday, Mipso, a band of recent UNC Chapel Hill grads who season old-school bluegrass with modern pop, soul and rock. $5 for parking.


Cow Appreciation Day

Fri Chick-fil-A restaurants.

It’s time to dust off your cow costume. On Cow Appreciation Day you can get free chicken at Chick-fil-A just for showing up looking like a cow. Wear a partial cow costume or cow accessory, such as a hat or udders, you get just an entrée. If you dress from head to toe like a cow, you’ll get a free meal. On the off chance you don’t already have a cow costume, download and print out Chick-fil-A’s Cow Starter Kit.


Bastille Day Celebration

Sat 5-9 p.m. 7th Street Public Market, 224 E. Seventh St.

Celebrate France at the French American Chamber of Commerce of North Carolina’s Bastille Day Celebration. Enjoy music, kids’ activities and of course French food and wine.


Blues Out Back

Fri 6:30 p.m. Gaston County Museum, 131 W. Main St., Dallas.

The Blues Out Back concert series takes place the second Friday of the month from May to September. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic and enjoy live music behind the museum. Performing this month are John Dee Holeman, an 84-year-old blues singer and guitarist from Orange County, and Tad Walters, who focuses on Piedmont blues and old-time jazz.


Folk at Polk

Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. President James K. Polk Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Highway, Pineville.

As part of Polk site’s free Second Saturdays series, explore the musical traditions of 19th century North Carolina. Local area folk musicians from around the area, including Tom Hanchett from the Levine Museum of the New South, will share their talents.

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