Calendar

The Hickory Music Factory (HMF) hosts dozens of events and programs in the Catawba community and serves over 20,000 people each year. The majority of these programs are free and open to the public and reach out to all ages, from children to seniors. 

May
26
Sat
Open Mic @ Tastefull Beans
May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open to the public and everyone is welcome to play. PA and mics are provided.

May
27
Sun
Swingin Under The Stars @ Sails On The Square
May 27 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The 11th Annual Swinging Under the Stars Concert will be held in Downtown Hickory at the “Sails on the Square” on Sunday May 27th. This FREE event features the Hickory Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Rick Cline, performing big band arrangements of jazz standards from the great American songbook. Swinging Under the Stars is presented by the City of Hickory and hosted by the Hickory Music Factory. This year Hal Rowe from WHKY will emcee the event and the Hickory Music Factory’s youth big band will open up the evening. There will be a vendor selling kettle corn and drinks so put on your dancing shoes or bring a chair and relax and enjoy the show!

Swinging Under the Starts draws over 1,500 patrons from all over the region to swing dance or simply to watch and listen to the classic big band music of the swing era. In 2008 Rick Cline and Hickory Downtown Development received the “Best Downtown Event” for all of North Carolina for the “Swingin’ Under the Stars”. This event is supported by a grant from the United Arts Council of Catawba County. For more information please contact the Hickory Music Factory at 828-308-5659 or contact@hickorymusicfactory.com. Sponsor’s for the concert include: City of Hickory, Piedmont Natural Gas, Corning Incorporated Foundation, Larry’s Music and Sound, Hickory Wine Shoppe, and Old Hickory Taproom. In the event of rain, the event will be moved to the SALT Block – Drendel Auditorium (243 3rd Ave NE, Hickory, 28601)

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Jun
1
Fri
Accepting Scholarship and Work Study Applications @ Hickory Music Factory
Jun 1 – Jun 15 all-day

The Hickory Music Factory (HMF) is now accepting scholarship and work study applications for music lessons. HMF offers a limited number of scholarships and work study programs to students ages 5-18 years of age. These are awarded on a quarterly basis. Applications need to be submitted on the dates listed above to be eligible for this scholarship/work study cycle. Financial need is assessed through written applications by the HMF board of directors. Funding for the scholarships are made possible through the Mark Weaver Scholarship Fund that helps provide lessons and programs to youth in the community who may not have the means to do so. To apply, please visit our “Scholarship” page on our website and download the application and mail to: Hickory Music Factory, PO Box 2712, Hickory, NC 28603

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Jun
30
Sat
Open Mic @ Tastefull Beans
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open to the public and everyone is welcome to play. PA and mics are provided.

Jul
9
Mon
HMF Rock Camp @ HMF
Jul 9 @ 9:00 am – Jul 13 @ 2:30 pm

Rock Camp: (Ages 11-17, some skills are required) -Students will rehearse throughout the week with their band and learn the essentials needed to perform on stage. There will be classes/clinics focusing on song writing, stage performance, music history, tone, and dynamics, as well as, music theory. The week will end with the students playing a concert on Friday night at the Salt Block Auditorium. Cost is $225 HMF Students and $250 non HMF Students. To sign up, please contact: HMF 828-308-5659 contact@hickorymusicfactory.com

Download:HMF Rock Camp brochure

Jul
13
Fri
Rock Camp Concert @ SALT Block-Drendel Auditorium
Jul 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Rock Camp students put on a concert with their bands and show off the skills they learned at camp. Come out and show your support for these rising ROCK STARS!

Jul
17
Tue
Musical Petting Zoo @ Ridgeview Recreation Center
Jul 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

HMF and Hickory Parks & Recreation Department will offer a musical petting zoo. People will have the opportunity to play and see over 30 different instruments. For more info, contact Angela Smith (828)-324-6990 or asmith@hickorync.gov

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Jul
28
Sat
Open Mic @ Tastefull Beans
Jul 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open to the public and everyone is welcome to play. PA and mics are provided.

Aug
25
Sat
Open Mic @ Tastefull Beans
Aug 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open to the public and everyone is welcome to play. PA and mics are provided.

Sep
1
Sat
Accepting Scholarship and Work Study Applications @ Hickory Music Factory
Sep 1 – Sep 15 all-day

The Hickory Music Factory (HMF) is now accepting scholarship and work study applications for music lessons. HMF offers a limited number of scholarships and work study programs to students ages 5-18 years of age. These are awarded on a quarterly basis. Applications need to be submitted on the dates listed above to be eligible for this scholarship/work study cycle. Financial need is assessed through written applications by the HMF board of directors. Funding for the scholarships are made possible through the Mark Weaver Scholarship Fund that helps provide lessons and programs to youth in the community who may not have the means to do so. To apply, please visit our “Scholarship” page on our website and download the application and mail to: Hickory Music Factory, PO Box 2712, Hickory, NC 28603

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Sep
22
Sat
Community Music Lessons @ Hickory Music Factory
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Hickory Music Factory in partnership with the Hickory Parks and Recreation Department, will be offering free music lessons to Hickory City residents. Anyone ages 5 and up are welcome to sign up for a private 30 minute lesson. Please call for a list of instruments being taught. No skill is needed to participate.

If you would like to sign up for a lesson, PLEASE CALL Angela Smith 828-324-6990. There will be a $5 charge for non Hickory City residents.

Sep
29
Sat
Open Mic @ Tastefull Beans
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open to the public and everyone is welcome to play. PA and mics are provided.

Oct
12
Fri
HMF Stage @ Hickory Oktoberfest @ Downtown Hickory, NC
Oct 12 – Oct 13 all-day

Come watch and support some of the areas best teen musicians/bands. For More info, please visit hickoryoktoberfest.com

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Oct
13
Sat
Parks and Recreation Music Showcase @ Hickory Oktoberfest
Oct 13 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

The Hickory Music Factory in partnership with the Hickory Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a music showcase. Bands and solo artists are welcome to sign up and play on the HMF Stage at Oktoberfest. PA and drums will be provided. There is no age limit and each band/artist will have 20 minutes to set up, perform, and break down. For more information or to sign up, contact HMF 828-308-5659 or contact@hickorymusicfactory.com

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Oct
27
Sat
Open Mic @ Tastefull Beans
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open to the public and everyone is welcome to play. PA and mics are provided.