The US National Whitewater Center's annual concert series kicked off in March with Larry Keel and Chatham County Line's St. Patty's day show. The outdoor venue's season picks up this week with Charlotte's Mike Strauss Band on Thursday, April 12 followed by rootsy jam scene favorite Donna the Buffalo playing a rare free concert Saturday, April 14 for the finale of the US Olympic Trials for the Canoe Slalom. The Olympic trials, which are open to spectators, start Thursday and run from 3 to 7 p.m. each day. Live music begins at 7 p.m. both nights. Fireworks will follow the Donna the Buffalo show.
The Whitewater Center will also feature live music each Thursday night throughout the season with an emphasis on regional Americana. The rest of the schedule is as follows: April 19 - Josh Daniel Trio, April 26 - the Black Hounds, May 3 - Town Mountain, May 10 - Packway Handle, May 17 - Overmountain Men, May 24 - Toneblazers, May 31 - Big Daddy Love, June 7 - Red Rocking Chair, June 14 - Red June, June 21 - Mike Strauss Band, June 28 - Yarn, July 5 - Riley Etheridge Jr., July 12 - Truckstop Preachers, July 19 - River Whyless, July 26 - Holy Ghost Tent Revival, August 2 - Lefty Williams Band, August 9 - Big Fat Gap, August 16 - Delta Saints, August 23 - Masonboro Boys, August 30 - Big Something, September 6 - Moonshine Racers, September 13 - Sol Driven Train, and September 20 - Black Lilies.
Live music begins at 7 p.m. each Thursday and admission is free. For more information check here.