Briarhoppers Performance

For those of you who are familiar with old string band bluegrass music, the Briarhoppers need no introduction. The band was first established in the early 1930s and performed as the house band for Charlotte’s radio station along side greats such as Earl Scruggs. It is possibly the longest running string band over its 80+ years, and its ever sustaining legacy has impacted the lives of countless musicians. The radio station was able to broadcast across the country and enter the homes of music lovers everywhere. One of these listeners happened to be my father.

For all of his life, the Briarhoppers have existed and nourished the parts of his life that prospered only with an instrument in hand. Had it not been for bands like this one, it is hard to tell how many people would have never taken interest in one of the greatest Appalachian contributions, bluegrass. All I know is my father found a kinship through a radio set to a band that would never know his ears were listening.

Until now.


My father, Joe Hardin, was honored to play on stage with this great echo from his youth that still encourages the love of bluegrass music to this day. They press on with their mission to place quality and skilled music in the lives of as many people as they can–much as my father does with Downtown Music every day.


His excitement is contagious, and if you take the time to ask him he will go into as much detail as you can stomach about what the Briarhoppers mean to him. As for me, I just wanted to give thanks (’tis the season after all!) to these people who have a special way of placing real joy in people’s lives–especially my dad’s.


—Amy Jourdan



Exciting Announcement!

Mark and Maggie O’Connor are coming to Downtown Music!



Mark O’Connor’s talent is legendary. He has won three Grammy’s and was CMA “Musician of the Year” for 6 consecutive years.

We are lucky enough to have not one, but two O’Connors doing demonstrations at Downtown Music during SummerFest, as his wife Maggie joins him!

You may remember we were able to attend their performance at the McCelvey Center back in March. The crowd gave several standing ovations to the Mark O’Connor Band that were well deserved. (Those Grammy’s didn’t win themselves after all!) This couple never seems to take a break between their musical performances with the band, writing lesson books using the O’Connor Method, serving charity, and having Charlotte as the home for their 2018 String Camps.

Join us at Downtown Music Aug. 25 @ 12PM!

Also, during SummerFest, we will have packaged ice cream treats available for sale, and as always free mini lessons for anyone interested in making music! If you haven’t already, now is a great time to check out our new location and teaching rooms!

Happy Father’s Day

I would like to take a moment if I may to wish my dad the happiest of father’s days.

I have to be one of the luckiest people to call Joe Hardin my father (a small club of 3 people!). I’m so proud of all he has done to make his dream come true. He is an absolute inspiration.

But you all know him as a music teacher and business owner, I know him as the place to run when answers are hard to find. He is the safety net to catch every fall and the spring board to keep reaching for your dreams. He is laughter on the hardest days and easy conversations on the best ones. He is the one who let me think I got the big fish all by myself and the one who showed me life is only limited by imagination. He is fiddle lullabies and breaking into song for absolutely no reason. He is my first dance. He is daddy/daughter dates even though I am 30 now.

He taught me the mind can do amazing things. It can turn everything negative or everything positive–all depending on the attitude you choose to face each day.

I still have so much to learn from this man, but I am grateful for all he has already given to me.

So Happy Father’s Day, I love you Daddy.


Lessons for week of June 4th

We have made a lot of progress with the move this week, but our teaching rooms are not yet ready.

We want to make sure they are perfect for our students and that takes time!

All of Joe Hardin’s students will be at the new building 71 N Congress St. this week.

All other students will be at 22 N Congress St.

We will let you know as soon as we will be switching to the new rooms!

If you have any questions just let us know.

Thanks again for your patience as we transition.

Here are some things you can look forward to once the move is finished:

  • Plenty of parking
  • Larger rooms
  • More store space
  • Drum lessons to be available
  • More lesson slots
  • Same great quality instruction!

We can’t wait to show you all the ways we are working to make Downtown Music the best store possible for our teachers, students and community!


There will be no lessons on Monday for Memorial Day and no lessons Tuesday through Thursday because of 5th week.

Also, store hours may be interrupted as we will begin moving to our new location! We will keep you updated as we make this transition and apologize for any inconvenience.

If you need anything please give us a call.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and be safe!