The Swing On! Dixieland Band
Last Fridays, April 24, 2015
at the historic old courthouse, downtown Hillsborough
Friday 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Come dance on the lawn of The Old Courthouse at King St and Churton St.


Leader: Gary Hastings---Trumpet/ vocals

            Jack Murray---   Clarinet

            Sam Fowler----Drums

            Paul Foster---Bass/vocals

            Rod Fox------Banjo

"The band is absolutely Awesome!"

Ken Howard, President of The Screen Actors Guild


Gary is a native North Carolinian and studied at the prestigious Berklee College Of Music in Boston. 


He has performed in over 175 cities throughout the world. Performances include prestigious events such as The Congressional Medal Of Honor Society, Austria's Millennium, The Centenary of Bermudal. Performing for audiences that included heads of state, governors, members of Congress, and the First Lady of the United States.


Gary has performed with Ray Charles, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Barry White, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, The Guy Lombardo Orchestra, Stevie Wonder and many more.


Join us for an upbeat night of swinging dance tunes for the entire family.

David Russell and Cedar Blue
Last Fridays, May 29, 2015
at the historic old courthouse, downtown Hillsborough
Friday 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Singer, songwriter, performer David Russell has weathered the changing tides of progressive acoustic music.  David began classical guitar at 6, and developed his skills in blues, rock, folk, jazz and country genres on several instruments as well as guitar. His first professional performance at 13, he made it a point to absorb and learn from wherever he had a chance- always open, always learning and listening. A turning point for him came at 18 in what he describes as "a not entirely mis-spent youth on the road" at the Old Time Picking Parlor in Nashville, when he heard Norman Blake with the then-named Dobrolic Plectral Society (the future Aereoplane) with Tut Taylor, John Hartford & Vassar Clements and, Bill Monroe with Norman.  Later, he got to listen to Norman  for 3 nights in a row at a tiny lounge (he was off the road with Johnny Cash that week). He never looked back, and dedicated himself to acoustic string music (carrying his other influences along as he developed).  His writing, playing and musical compass have been influenced by and is shaping a new/old music sorely needed in an increasingly rootless world. Timeless traditionals & classics mixed with contemporary writers take an audience on a musical tour with an energy and sensitivity that captivates. David says by connecting his playing and singing to live audiences : "I  want  to leave people entertained, inspired and uplifted, with memories that stay in daily life-- for me, it's a matter of deep belief in and dedication to the workmanship of my craft"        

Debonzo Brothers
Last Fridays, June 26, 2015
at the historic old courthouse, downtown Hillsborough
Friday 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Jeff Debonzo - Vocals/Guitar
Keef Debonzo - Vocals/Guitar
Chris Hibbard - Drums
Jay Shirley - Organ/Keys
Jimmy Thompson - Bass

"Varying degrees of twang”, “Ruminative folk”, and even “Commercial pop rock”, are a few of the ways the Debonzo Brothers’ d...ynamic sound has been described by local media in their hometown of Raleigh, NC. With the brothers having grown up on folk and bluegrass through their musician father, and also being compared to such early indie acts like The Psychedelic Furs, it begins to paint a picture of the genre-bending territory they inhabit.

Debonzo Brothers’ first EP titled “Places” was released in the summer of 2010. The six song collection is a patchwork of changing influences put on display with the help of guest musicians Joe Kwon of the Avett Brothers and Grammy-nominated dobro player, Rick Keen. Central to the band’s relevance is its proficient and tasteful rhythm section backstopped by prolific bassist Grant Emerson and former American Aquarium drummer Chris Hibbard. An evening with Debonzo Brothers promises compelling songwriting, eccentric humor, and engaging rock and roll shaded with Americana and modern indie.

Johnny White & The Elite Band

Last Fridays, July 31, 2015
at the historic old courthouse, downtown Hillsborough
Friday 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Johnny White & The Elite Band is one of the best dance show bands in the business today.The group features two powerful lead vocalists, Johnny White and Shirl, and three soulful female backup singers whose harmonies combined with their high energy choreography will have you dancing in the street!


Their repertoire has electrified audiences from the MGM Grand Casino in Nevada to the Waldorf Astoria in NY. From East to West they are the best!


The group is renowned for their R&B, and monstrous Motown medleys.

The Adrian Duke Band

Last Fridays, August 28, 2015
at the historic old courthouse, downtown Hillsborough
Friday 6:30 to 9:30 pm

The Last Friday's concert series presents The Adrian Duke band with featured co-vocalist Theresa Richmond at the Old Courthouse stage.


Drenched with the sounds of New Orleans, Adrian Duke’s piano is overshadowed only by the raw emotional power of his voice.  Although he has found a home as a Blues artist, by blurring the lines between Blues, Funk, R&B, and Jazz, he has found national critical acclaim.


"He's backed by a six piece band that's trying to knock the back wall down. Co-vocalist Theresa Richmond has a blast furnace delivery, and the rhythm section is so fierce that you can feel the floor moving under your feet from anywhere in the house." 

Big Boy Review

February, 2015

Shana Tucker

Last Fridays, September 25, 2015
NEW INDOOR VENUE FOR THE GRAND FINALE OF LAST FRIDAYS FREE CONCERT SERIES (due to rain --- please share) moved indoors due to rain --- The show goes on! the newly renovated Whitted Building (the old library) 300 West Tryon St, Hillsborough, NC.
A free concert, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Recording artist Shana Tucker and band will be the featured artist of the Last Friday's concert series brought to you by The Hillsborough Arts Council.
This is a rare opportunity to see this recording artist in an intimate venue.

The Hillsborough Arts Council thanks the Tourism Board grants and the generous spirit of Ms Tucker that allows us to bring this talented artist to Last Friday's for a very special free concert.


"This is original music at it's best. From the funky beat of "No Get Back" and "People Make The World Go Round" to the jazzy vocal stylings of "Bye Bye Blackbird", Tuckers expressive voice has depth and range laced with not just technical expertise but true soul. Her unique Cello playing is icing on the cake..."

Mark Donley



from Vegas to New York - This is a don't miss event!

"Shana Tucker Brings Her Eclectic Cello Soul Sound to Brooklyn --Tucker distinguishes herself with calmly resolute, eclectic vocals and similarly eclectic songwriting



"Shine is the latest solo recording from the multi-talented, vocalist, Shana Tucker, also plays the cello and guitar on this bright, bluesy, jazzy album. ...they tell a story , that’s what a work of art should do"

Larry Reni Thomas JAZZTIMES


"You rarely see Joni Mitchell invoked as a reference isn't because Mitchell isn't one of the greats. It's because her music is so uniquely individual that few can follow her. But in Shana Tucker we have a worthy successor.” 

David Menconi NEWS & OBSERVER


"She burned down the house"

THE INDY -Raleigh NC