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Iredell Arts Council’s August Local Artist Spotlight Shows a Wealth of Talent

Kim McKinney
Bryon OlsonPhoto by Kim McKinney

Each month the Iredell Arts Council sponsors a Local Artist Spotlight for area musicians. This is a totally free show to attend in person, but is also available on Facebook Live and YouTube. It is one of the bestt events you should be attending in Iredell County.

As always August’s spotlight was top-notch with great area talent. A thunderstorm occurred just prior to the event, which probably impacted the number of in-person audience members, but the show went on for those able to attend.

One scheduled act did not show up, so those four that did played four songs each instead of the usual three. That’s one good thing about this show - the length is typically not beyond where someone with a short attention-span like me can handle.

All of the four performing are singer-songwriters and while a couple of covers made it into the show, they mostly showcased their own work.

Bryan Olson started things off for the evening. Bryan is a regular at these concerts and a big part of the reason the quality and sound is so good in the space. His style is Southern country, which he delivers with a laid back style. His latest solo album was releaseed in 2020, and is called "Hemlock Ridge".

Drew Schroder, from Granite Quarry, is another country artist. His style may be considered a bit more old country. His lyrics have heart and humor and reflect an introspection that is flecked in wisdom from lessons learned.

Glenn Goodnight plays with the band The Goodnight Brothers. He puts on annt solo performance, too, though. His bluesy style, with lyrics that show an appreciation for the good things in life, brings a smile to your face, guaranteed.

Alexandra Serrano hails from Vermont, but fortunately she now calls Statesville home. Her sound is contemporary and her vocals honest and true.

Check out these performers as they perform locally. Many have albums and singles available for purchase, If you missed the show, you can catch it in it's entirety on the Art's Council's channel on YouTube.

The next Arts Council musical offering is Caleb Caudle in concert Thursday, September 2, at 7:30. You can learn more about Caudle and get a taste of his music here. Tickets are available here.

The Iredell Arts Council is a non-profit arts organization serving the residents, artists and arts organizations of Iredell County. It is an extension of the NC Arts Council as their designated county partner for Iredell County, and is funded through individual and corporate donations, grants and the NC Arts Council's Grassroots Arts program.
Photo by Kim McKinney

The Arts Council's Local Artist Spotlight is typically held the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 at the Old Jail at 203 S. Meeting St. in downtown Statesville. If you would like to be considered as a performer, text John Kopplemeyer, Executive Director of the Iredell Arts Council, at 704.880.2101 or email the Arts Council at

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