‘Top of the Grade’ concert features Sound Investment

Published 11:11pm Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Classic Rock ‘n Roll tunes will get the whole family moving and shaking the top of the Saluda grade on Friday, July 12 when Sound Investment takes the stage from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at McCreery Park for the Top of the Grade concert series in Saluda.

Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets. Food, soft drinks and coolers are allowed. Food and cold soft drinks will also be available on site. Events are rain or shine. In some cases, rain events may move to the pavilion. The events are free to the public, but donations are always welcomed and are tax deductible.

Sound Investment

Sound Investment is an energetic band focused on reproducing classic rock ‘n roll music especially from the 1960s and 70s. Their music appeals to the young and old, providing just the right beat for dancing. From Sound Investment, you will hear the sounds of the Beach Boys, Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Sam & Dave, The Four Tops, Young Rascals, Temptations, Righteous Brothers, Kinks, Supremes, Johnny Rivers, Doobie Brothers and the Atlanta Rhythm Section.

Kevin Filson, from Kentucky, plays bass and also sings lead vocals and backup harmonies. Filson has roots in rock ‘n roll as well as having been a bluegrass music recording artist. He has lived in Hendersonville, N.C. for more than 15 years. Rick Gundersen, originally from Chicago, plays lead guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals. He has worked with Frankie (Sea Cruise) Ford, The Diamonds, Ronnie Dove, Dee Dee Clark, Paul Revere & the Raiders and many more artists. He has lived in Hendersonville, N.C. for over 15 years.

Michael Leyshon started drumming in junior high school. His decades long musical journey has included rock, jazz and blues bands doing mostly cover songs but has also played in bands playing original songs. His drumming interest started at age five. His parents would watch Don Kishner’s Rock Concert program on the weekend, and he would observe from a distance. He noticed the man behind the drums. The drummer was key to the music but was not in the spot light as was the lead singer.

This ‘Top of the Grade’ concert features Sound Investment position appealed to him and the rest is history. Rodney Gibson plays guitar and keyboards and sings backup and lead vocals. His music roots are rock ‘n roll, but he has played a variety of music (gospel, folk, bluegrass, blues and jazz) for most of his adult life. He is from West Virginia but has made North Carolina his home for more than 30 years, living in Saluda.

For music scheduling, please contact Judy Ward at judyward@ charter.net or 828-674-5958. For sponsorships, contact Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876 or cathy@cathyjacksonrealty.com. – article submitted by Cathy Jackson

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