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. 

Dec
14
Sat
1940s Christmas Radio Hour featuring Maria Howell (matinee show) @ SALT Block, Drendel Auditorium
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

TICKETS ON SALE. The Hickory Music Factory (HMF) hosts an old fashioned 1940s Christmas Radio Hour at SALT Block – Drendel Auditorium (243 Third Avenue NE Hickory, 28601) Saturday December 14th, 2019. This annual event is HMF’s primary fundraiser of the year. The live performance will feature Maria Howell, The Hickory Jazz Orchestra, Russ Wilson, Liam Bailey, guest artists and revives the spirit of the mid 1940s when families gathered ’round the wireless for news and entertainment. In our digital age, the chance to experience a live radio show is rare, unique and inventive. It’s a perfect way to recapture a bygone era around the holidays; as well as help fund the exceptional community programs of The Hickory Music Factory.

The show is an interactive experience and audience members are encourage to dress in period attire for added fun. In a world of instant gratification and speed, the 1940s Christmas Radio Hour encourages people to slow down, enjoy the season and make a special evening out of the event. General admission tickets for the 2pm matinee show are $20 and $25 for the 7pm evening show. Kids 18yr and under are $15 (must be bought at the door). Group rates are also available for each show. Tickets can be purchased at Larry’s Music & Sound (266 Union Square, Hickory 28601) or on line tickets. For more information contact (828)-308-5659 or contact@hickorymusicfactory.com

About Maria Howell

Mere words can only capture the refrain of her awesome talent. She is the ballad of beauty and elegance. The melodies flowing from the petite vocalist are truly amazing. While casting a spellbinding smile, she mesmerizes her captive audience with incredible harmonies and rhythms.

AS AN ACTOR, she has appeared in hit TV shows such as Lifetime’s, “Army Wives”, and Marc Cherry’s, “Devious Maids”. Eric Kripke and J.J. Abrams’ apocalyptic, “Revolution”, and “Aquarius”, starring X-Files’ David Duchuvny, both on NBC, and “Criminal Minds”, alongside Joe Mantegna. Theatrical credits include, “The Blind Side”, “Addicted”, starring Sharon Leal and Boris Kodjoe, “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, as Seeder, and “Christmas Wedding Baby”, by Award-Winning Writer/Director Kiara C. Jones. She also stars in Writer/Director, Shea Sizemore’s “The Next Day.” In addition, she recurs in Bounce TV’s, “Saints & Sinners” as Lt. Hawkins, and as Ms. Sumner is the Oscar nominated film, “Hidden Figures”.

A SONG STYLIST in her own right, Maria has shared the musical stage with such legendary artists as Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Ray Charles and Earl Klugh, and Ronnie Laws. After a very successful 6 year stint in Asia, Maria relocated back to the U.S. and performed at Sambuca Jazz Café for 9 consecutive years. She and pianist Bill Wilson (son of legendary jazz pianist Teddy Wilson), held the distinction of being the longest running act at the Atlanta, GA location. As of 2017, Maria hosts her live Hollywood music series called #DUETS, featuring “songs to soothe your soul.”

Maria is not only a song stylist and actor, but a very devoted supporter of her charity of choice, Students Without Mothers, where she has served as a board member for over 8 years. www.mariahowell.com


 

1940s Christmas Radio Hour featuring Maria Howell (evening show) @ SALT Block, Drendel Auditorium
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

TICKETS ON SALE. The Hickory Music Factory (HMF) hosts an old fashioned 1940s Christmas Radio Hour at SALT Block – Drendel Auditorium (243 Third Avenue NE Hickory, 28601) Saturday December 14th, 2019. This annual event is HMF’s primary fundraiser of the year. The live performance will feature Maria Howell, The Hickory Jazz Orchestra, Russ Wilson, Liam Bailey, guest artists and revives the spirit of the mid 1940s when families gathered ’round the wireless for news and entertainment. In our digital age, the chance to experience a live radio show is rare, unique and inventive. It’s a perfect way to recapture a bygone era around the holidays; as well as help fund the exceptional community programs of The Hickory Music Factory.

The show is an interactive experience and audience members are encourage to dress in period attire for added fun. In a world of instant gratification and speed, the 1940s Christmas Radio Hour encourages people to slow down, enjoy the season and make a special evening out of the event. General admission tickets for the 2pm matinee show are $20 and $25 for the 7pm evening show. Kids 18yr and under are $15 (must be bought at the door). Group rates are also available for each show. Tickets can be purchased at Larry’s Music & Sound (266 Union Square, Hickory 28601) or on line tickets. For more information contact (828)-308-5659 or contact@hickorymusicfactory.com

About Maria Howell

Mere words can only capture the refrain of her awesome talent. She is the ballad of beauty and elegance. The melodies flowing from the petite vocalist are truly amazing. While casting a spellbinding smile, she mesmerizes her captive audience with incredible harmonies and rhythms.

AS AN ACTOR, she has appeared in hit TV shows such as Lifetime’s, “Army Wives”, and Marc Cherry’s, “Devious Maids”. Eric Kripke and J.J. Abrams’ apocalyptic, “Revolution”, and “Aquarius”, starring X-Files’ David Duchuvny, both on NBC, and “Criminal Minds”, alongside Joe Mantegna. Theatrical credits include, “The Blind Side”, “Addicted”, starring Sharon Leal and Boris Kodjoe, “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, as Seeder, and “Christmas Wedding Baby”, by Award-Winning Writer/Director Kiara C. Jones. She also stars in Writer/Director, Shea Sizemore’s “The Next Day.” In addition, she recurs in Bounce TV’s, “Saints & Sinners” as Lt. Hawkins, and as Ms. Sumner is the Oscar nominated film, “Hidden Figures”.

A SONG STYLIST in her own right, Maria has shared the musical stage with such legendary artists as Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Ray Charles and Earl Klugh, and Ronnie Laws. After a very successful 6 year stint in Asia, Maria relocated back to the U.S. and performed at Sambuca Jazz Café for 9 consecutive years. She and pianist Bill Wilson (son of legendary jazz pianist Teddy Wilson), held the distinction of being the longest running act at the Atlanta, GA location. As of 2017, Maria hosts her live Hollywood music series called #DUETS, featuring “songs to soothe your soul.”

Maria is not only a song stylist and actor, but a very devoted supporter of her charity of choice, Students Without Mothers, where she has served as a board member for over 8 years. www.mariahowell.com

Jan
9
Thu
One Music for All – Homeschool music program @ HMF
Jan 9 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

The Hickory Music Factory is offering a homeschool chorus ensemble for upper middle school and high school students. This class is a part of the HMF “One Music for All” program and is free all who would like to participate (spots are limited). This program was made possible through a grant from the Corning Foundation.

One Music for All – After school music program @ HMF
Jan 9 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The Hickory Music Factory is offering after school ensembles for middle school school students. This class is a part of the HMF “One Music for All” program and is free all who would like to participate (spots are limited). This program was made possible through a grant from the Corning Foundation.

Jan
10
Fri
One Music for All – After school music program @ HMF
Jan 10 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

The Hickory Music Factory is offering after school ensembles for elementary school students. This class is a part of the HMF “One Music for All” program and is free all who would like to participate (spots are limited). This program was made possible through a grant from the Corning Foundation.

Jan
14
Tue
Jazz Combo @ Hickory Music Factory
Jan 14 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The HMF Jazz Combo offers students an opportunity to explore Jazz styles in a small group setting. The program is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to excel in small ensemble performance, emphasizing Improvisation, reading chord changes and playing from simple lead sheets.

The HMF Jazz Combo is available to Junior High and High School students who schedule and pass an audition.

Instrumentation needed for the group; Voice, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drum Set/Percussion/Vibraphone

The ensemble will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm beginning Jan.14.

For more info or to schedule an audition please contact;

Rick Hefner at 828-638-0501 or rickhefner@gmail.com

Jan
16
Thu
One Music for All – Homeschool music program @ HMF
Jan 16 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

The Hickory Music Factory is offering a homeschool chorus ensemble for upper middle school and high school students. This class is a part of the HMF “One Music for All” program and is free all who would like to participate (spots are limited). This program was made possible through a grant from the Corning Foundation.

One Music for All – After school music program @ HMF
Jan 16 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The Hickory Music Factory is offering after school ensembles for middle school school students. This class is a part of the HMF “One Music for All” program and is free all who would like to participate (spots are limited). This program was made possible through a grant from the Corning Foundation.

Jan
17
Fri
One Music for All – After school music program @ HMF
Jan 17 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

The Hickory Music Factory is offering after school ensembles for elementary school students. This class is a part of the HMF “One Music for All” program and is free all who would like to participate (spots are limited). This program was made possible through a grant from the Corning Foundation.

Jan
21
Tue
Jazz Combo @ Hickory Music Factory
Jan 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The HMF Jazz Combo offers students an opportunity to explore Jazz styles in a small group setting. The program is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to excel in small ensemble performance, emphasizing Improvisation, reading chord changes and playing from simple lead sheets.

The HMF Jazz Combo is available to Junior High and High School students who schedule and pass an audition.

Instrumentation needed for the group; Voice, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drum Set/Percussion/Vibraphone

The ensemble will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm beginning Jan.14.

For more info or to schedule an audition please contact;

Rick Hefner at 828-638-0501 or rickhefner@gmail.com

Jan
25
Sat
Open Mic Night @ Hickory Music Factory
Jan 25 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Everyone is invited to the Hickory Music Factory’s Open Mic Night held the last Saturday of each month. Solo acts/full bands are welcomed to come and play. P.A., drums, amps and piano are provided. Performers get a 10 minute slot to perform and sign up is at 7:45pm. Open to the public/all ages.

Jan
26
Sun
HMF Tribute Concert @ Salt Block - Drendel Auditorium
Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The Hickory Music Factory will give the annual HMF Tribute Concert on Jan 26, at 2pm in the Drendle Auditorium at the Salt Block. This years honorees will be Sally Ross, Nathan Hefner, and Geneva Byrd. This event honors musicians and educators from the area each year who have had a significant impact on our community with their contributions of music performance and education. Its another way for the community to thank and celebrate these inspirational people in our community. Past honorees include: Jim Calabrese, Bob Taylor, Harris Brothers, Pat and Kay Crouch, Byron and Lou Bean, Jimmy Lackey, Pop Fergusson, Kent Duffield, Randy Ingold, John Gordon Ross, Charles Deal and more. The guest band will be the Hickory Jazz Orchestra led by Rick Cline, assistant directory of HMF and professor of music at LRU. The cost of the event is $10 general admission, $5 for students and seniors.
HMF’s mission is to build futures through music by teaching,
performance, and community outreach.

 

Jan
27
Mon
Folk Ensemble @ HMF
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm

The Hickory Music Factory Folk Ensemble is a group that meets weekly. Students explore playing in an ensemble setting while learning traditional and contemporary folk tunes. They perform at varies places towards the end of the semester. Instruments in the ensemble include guitar, violin, ukulele, cello, mandolin, banjo, percussion, bass, and voice.

Jan
28
Tue
Jazz Combo @ Hickory Music Factory
Jan 28 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The HMF Jazz Combo offers students an opportunity to explore Jazz styles in a small group setting. The program is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to excel in small ensemble performance, emphasizing Improvisation, reading chord changes and playing from simple lead sheets.

The HMF Jazz Combo is available to Junior High and High School students who schedule and pass an audition.

Instrumentation needed for the group; Voice, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drum Set/Percussion/Vibraphone

The ensemble will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm beginning Jan.14.

For more info or to schedule an audition please contact;

Rick Hefner at 828-638-0501 or rickhefner@gmail.com

Feb
3
Mon
Folk Ensemble @ HMF
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm

The Hickory Music Factory Folk Ensemble is a group that meets weekly. Students explore playing in an ensemble setting while learning traditional and contemporary folk tunes. They perform at varies places towards the end of the semester. Instruments in the ensemble include guitar, violin, ukulele, cello, mandolin, banjo, percussion, bass, and voice.