The Music Stage: Walter Finley & April Dawn


Hello Music Lovers!

February, because of the winter weather, is an excellent time to go out and explore the local music scene in the Lake Norman area. In this article, I am going to highlight a few local venues that will be providing opportunities to see live music without the huge expense or long drive, and I will wrap up with an exciting introduction to Artists Walter Finley and April Dawn that will be featured in LKN Magazine’s March column. 

This is by no means complete information about local live music; there is a vast array of options online. Also, Valentine’s Day is in February, and this year, it falls on a Wednesday, so take your significant other and/or friends and support the talented artists in our own communities.

This list of live music is in alphabetical order by venue and does not place one venue over another. LKN Magazine wants to encourage you to support local businesses and is providing opportunities in February to support both local businesses and the local music scene.

Boatyard LKN, Cornelius

Feb. 24 – Grateful Dub 7:30 p.m.

Lobster Dogs Pub, Denver

Feb. 2 – Justin Mintun 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Feb. 8 – Carolina Ridgeline 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Micah’s Bar & Live Music, Mooresville

Feb. 3 – Little John Trailer Trash (LJTT) 9:30 p.m.

Novel Tap Room, Newton at 8 p.m.

Feb. 2 – Deacon Black 

Feb. 3 – Chris Taylor & The Rumor 

Feb. 9 – Unspoken Tradition

Feb.10 – 20/20 Band

Feb. 15 – Legacy Country

Feb. 16 – Thomas Road

Feb. 24 – Throwdown Jones

Exciting news for the March Music Stage column! I am honored to cover local legends Walter Finley and April Dawn, known, locally, for their BYOBoat with floating stage concerts on the lake, at the Carolina Country Music Awards on January 20th at the famous House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, SC. 

Lake Norman country music artists Walter Finley and April Dawn continue to illuminate the music landscape, clinching their fourth consecutive nomination for the coveted “Duo of the Year” at the esteemed Carolina Country Music Awards. In a captivating twist of fate, this exceptionally gifted duo has also garnered a nomination for the esteemed “Single of the Year” category with their debut co-authored track, “Lean To,” injecting a fresh and dynamic dimension into their flourishing careers. Their first number one hit “While the Sun Still Shines” still resonates with country music fans today.

Walter Finley and April Dawn stand out as an exceptional country music duo renowned for their enchanting harmonies, emotionally charged lyrics and spellbinding stage presence. Within the vibrant landscape of the country music industry, they have garnered numerous accolades and honors. Notably, they clinched the prestigious “Duo of the Year” title at the Carolina Country Music Awards for both 2020 and 2021, solidifying their status as a powerhouse in the genre. 

Iredell Free News stated, “Mooresville resident Walter Finley claimed his third consecutive Male Country Artist of the Year Award during the 17th Annual Queen City Awards in Charlotte on November 11, 2023.” They have also won ISSA’s Duo of the Year. Additionally, their remarkable “Country Tour of the Year” win in 2022 further underscores their artistic influence.

Walter Finley and April Dawn perform concerts on Lake Norman – BYOBoat! They have a floating stage and their music echoes over the water! Their hit single on the top 50 of the Country Music Billboard was written especially for their BYOBoat fans in the Lake Norman area! Be sure to follow this fantastic duo on Facebook – Instagram – or see more information about them at


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