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Parks, porches, and restaurants alive with music for every taste

Stereofidelics Before I touch on all the great music this weekend, a reminder to visit the current Tryon Painters & Sculptors show before it ends Saturday. You only have three days left to catch the beautiful collage work of Eldred Hudson at Gallery I in Tryon Fine Arts Center. The gallery is open 10-4 p.m. today and Friday and from 10-1 p.m. on Saturday. Stop in to discover how he gives new life to images from other contexts in order to engage the viewer. Tonight catch the Porch Pickin&squo; with Polynesian flair from 6:30 ‐ 9 p.m. at the Melrose Inn in Tryon. From fire spinning to a special buffet featuring the sweet, fresh taste of the islands you&squo;ll find a relaxing and refreshing mix of artists sharing a variety of music and inspiration for your creative side. Bring an instrument to join in the fun or just kick back and visit with an interesting array of artistic folk. Call 828-859-7014 for more information. If you prefer a more traditional dining experience, venture up the hill to Saluda for Alan Barrington at the Purple Onion. He&squo;ll add a touch of sweet sparkle to an elegant meal with his tasteful acoustic folk rock blues. Friday boogie the night away in Tryon with Jackson Crossing at Rogers Park. The evening will start with the high energy of The Watts opening at 7 p.m. These talented musicians from Spartanburg delve into the classic rock tradition from the 70&squo;s and bring it to life with contemporary flair. Southern rock is alive and well with their fresh mix of original and favorite classic tunes. Admission is free, although donations at the gate are encouraged to keep this lively high quality music coming to the park. Up in Saluda you&squo;ll discover The Jimmy Justice Family 35th Anniversary Singing at Saluda Mountain Jamboree starting the evening at 7 p.m. A fun filled family evening with special guests The Brady Rochester Family, plus Naomi and the Segos. For ticket information call 828-685-3730 or 828-696-5150. In Columbus at Elmo&squo;s II you&squo;ll find a rousing mix of country, beach, and blues music from Chuck, Norm & Eddie starting at 9 p.m. Saturday, if you haven&squo;t already had a chance to explore the fine variety of work from Lake Lure artists at the Upstairs Artspace, take a moment to stop in for a visit. The first things to catch my eye were the beautiful silk prints at the front of the gallery. Saturday afternoon take a moment to learn more about how they are created with a silk painting demonstration from artist Ina at 2 p.m. For more information call 859-2828. Are you wishing you could make it to the beach this weekend? Never fear, the Tryon Fine Arts Center is bringing the beach to you! Starting at 3 p.m. Saturday there will be a variety of beach activities for the whole family including a sand sculpture contest and shag dancing under the stars in the Farewell Garden to live music from the Grand Strand Band. Stop in for a quick visit or stay for a whole day of family fun for the whole community. Over in Columbus the Stereofidelics will bring Veteran&squo;s Park alive starting with special opening act at 6:30 p.m. Playing six instruments and blending beautiful vocal harmonies, this duo magically creates the lively sound of a full rock band. Or, if you enjoyed the big band jazz at Roger&squo;s Park two weeks ago, why not travel up the hill to Saluda to catch the Vintage Jazz Quartet featuring Russ Wilson on drums and vocals starting at 8 p.m. at the Purple Onion. If you&squo;re craving for something a little more electric, you&squo;ll want to catch the Dog Fight Blues Band heating up the night at Elmo&squo;s in Tryon with some rock and roll fun starting around 9 p.m. This coming week F.E.N.C.E. becomes the &dquo;Friendly Environmental Nature Camp for Everyone&dquo; with five full days of exploratory learning including astronomy, photography, and survival skills for the 6-12 year old set. Space for this amazing week of adventure is limited so call 828-859-9021 now to find out about registration. You may have caught Fred Whiskin tickling the ivories up at the Purple Onion in Saluda on Fridays, or even jazzing it up on Saturday afternoons with his trio at the Hare and the Hound. But, have you heard his set at Twigs on Wednesdays with the lovely and talented vocals of Miss Elizabeth Moore? Step out for a fine dining experience this week to hear some beautiful jazz standards that will win your heart.&bsp;