Destination Cleveland County
Destination Cleveland County
Sponsors New Harmonies

Visit the Exhibit
Nov. 13 - Dec. 29, 2010

Don Gibson Theatre
318 S. Washington Street, Shelby



With gratitude to our local sponsors who have made it possible to offer free programming
in connection with the exhibit. All events are free unless otherwise noted.



Friday 1 - Saturday 2
GWU Southern Appalachian Culture Series 
Ron Rash Festival


Saturday 6  8:00 pm
Marty Stuart
Don Gibson Theatre
Ticketed Event

Sunday 7  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Said I Had a Vision"Said I Had a Vision"
A Washington Sound Reunion with David Lee and Friends

Concert, panel discussion and release of "Said I Had a Vision": Songs & Labels of David Lee, 1960-1988, a new compilation album of David Lee's songs and record label output. Featuring live performances by local legends the Singing Mellerairs, the Constellations, and David Lee himself, and a conversation with the artists moderated by Brendan Greaves and Jason Perlmutter of Paradise of Bachelors Records. 
Don Gibson Theatre

 Saturday 13
8:00 am
Rhythm & Roots Run
5K & 10K runs start and end at the Don Gibson Theatre
Chip timed races, prizes, Live Music 7:30 a.m. until 9:45 a.m.
Performances by:

Race Registration Fee

10:00 am
Exhibit Kickoff/Ribbon Cutting
Don Gibson Theatre

10:30 am
"Memory and Sense of Place in Southern Music"
Presented by Dr. William Ferris of UNC-CH

Book signing for Dr. Ferris' book Give My Poor Heart Ease
Don Gibson Theatre

8:00 pm
Shemekia Copeland
Blues Singer
Don Gibson Theatre
Ticketed Event

Sunday 14
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Smithsonian Sunday Family Event
Laura Boosinger, Music from the Southern Mountains
Arts Council - exhibit area

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Music and Art Activities for kids
Arts Council - downstairs

Wednesday 17 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
"Roots Music and the American South"
Presented by Alex Macauley

First National Bank  - Hamilton Hall
(Lunch N Learn - Bring your lunch and join us)

Thursday 18  5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cleveland County Chamber Business After Hours
Don Gibson Theatre

8:00 pm
GWU Jazz Band
GWU Dover Theatre

Friday 19  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Progressive Wine Tour (ticketed event)
Start at Owl's Eye - Travel by motorcoach to Don Gibson Theatre to tour New Harmonies exhibit 

  •   Spare Parts Jazz Trio - Baker Buffalo Creek
  •  Log Cabin String Band - Woodmill Winery
  •   Traffic Jam All Star Band plays the Blues - Owl's Eye

 Sunday 21
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

"The Mills and the Music"
Presented by Tom Hanchett of The Levine Museum of the New South
The Don Gibson Theatre

3:00 pm
Mill Music by Al Dunkleman
The Don Gibson Theatre

Wednesday 24
Thanksgiving Holiday, Closed for Holiday

Thursday 25
Thanksgiving Day, Closed for Holiday

Friday 26
Thanksgiving Holiday, Closed for Holiday

Saturday 27  6:00 pm
Roots Music Film Night
Don Gibson Theatre
In conjunction with The Cleveland County Arts Council we are excited to offer three great films in one evening in the Don Gibson Theatre.  These films have all been entries of the Real to Reel International Film Festival and have a roots music connection.

 Tuesday 30  8:00 pm
GWU Symphonic Band
Gardner Webb University Dover Theater
Enjoy music that celebrates America's past and hear examples of American roots music such as "Shenandoah", an early American folk song, and "Simple Gifts", an American Shaker Hymn. Other pieces include American Civil War Fantasy which includes "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," "Listen to the Mockingbird,"The Yellow Rose of Texas," "Dixie," "Camptown Races," "John Brown's Body," "Just Before the Battle Mother," "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," and "Marching Through Georgia."


Wednesday 1 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
"Women in Traditional Song "
Presented by Betty Smith
First National Bank - Hamilton Hall
(Lunch N Learn - bring your lunch and join us)

Thursday 2  7:00 pm
Please note that 7:00 is the correct time - not 8:00 as previously posted
GWU Festival of Lights
GWU choirs performing in a variety of styles related to American roots- Native American, shaped notes (Sacred Harp), Appalachian, blues, jazz, gospel, and spiritual. Smaller ensembles will offer other roots music pieces - brass quintet (Moravian), flute trio (jazz spiritual), and dulcimer/guitar (jazzy carol written in NY)
GWU Dover Theater

Friday December 3 7:30 pm
photo by McGuire www.nashvilleportraits.comEarl Scruggs Family Reunion: Music & Stories
hosted by J.T. Scruggs

Join us for this very special event when Earl Scruggs and sons Gary and Randy share music and stories in a unique and intimate setting at the 400 seat Don Gibson Theatre in Shelby, NC.  Hosted by J.T. Scruggs

Visit for more information.  

Monday 6  8:00 pm

GWU/Cleveland County Orchestra

Saturday 11 11:00 am
Introducing Kids to Folk Music
Presented by Justin Harper
Kings Mountain Library

Sunday 12 

8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Central UMC Shelby presents: I Hear the Prohet Callin': The Christmas Story from Prophecy to Fulfillment
Central UMC’s combined choirs and orchestra of 66 members invite you to experience a unique roots music Christmas cantata by composer Pepper Choplin.  Choplin is widely celebrated for original anthems that resonate with traditional folk qualities. Inspired by his best-selling Appalachian-style anthem of the same name Choplin has crafted a stylized Christmas cantata that includes several authentic Appalachian instruments and folk qualities. 
Central United Methodist Church, Shelby - Sanctuary 200 East Marion Street

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Joe Collins Dulcimer Workshop and Performance
Central United Methodist Church, Shelby - Porter Activity Center

Thursday 16 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
"Samson & Delilah From Pulpit to Pop Star"
Presented by Billy Stevens

First National Bank - Hamilton Hall
(Lunch N Learn - Bring your lunch and join us)

Sunday 19  3:00 pm
Uptown Shelby Christmas Parade
Join in the holiday fun as the annual Uptown Shelby parade celebrates the holidays New Harmonies style with a roots music theme.
Uptown Shelby

Friday 24
Christmas Eve,Closed for Holiday

Saturday 25
Christmas Day,Closed for Holiday

Sunday 26
Closed for Holiday

Wednesday 29 4:00 p.m.
Smithsonian Sendoff
Don Gibson Theatre

Join us beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Don Gibson Theatre as we celebrate and sendoff the Smithsonian New Harmonies exhibit.  Images, stories and music will be shared as well as thanks and recognition of all those who helped make it happen. 

Then join us as we process from the theatre led by RJ Grady Highland Bagpiper to the future home of the Earl Scruggs Center:Music & Stories of the Carolina Foothills.  Kazoos,  tambourines, harmonicas and clappers will be provided to the first 95 people. 

 Students who attended a field trip, we'd love to know what you us at 704-487-6233 or e-mail us at and include your name and a phone number or e-mail. 

The exhibit is leaving but the music lives on in Cleveland County! 





Cleveland County Library - Special books, recordings and displays connected with the Smithsonian exhibit will be available at the library during the six week exhibit.



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