Bearfoot relations, historical gala, Wiley big band, &moon howl

Published 4:20 pm Thursday, September 11, 2008

As far as weekend&squo;s go, this one is as hectic as it gets around here and all for the right reasons. Tryon Fine Arts Center kicks off their season tonight with the sweet harmonies of Bearfoot at 7:30 p.m. This energetic group of young adults grew up together playing music at folk art camps. After winning the Telluride Bluegrass Award in 2001 they realized that they could play this music together for a living and have finally hit their stride as an ensemble now that they have all graduated. Call 828-859-8322 for tickets. Friday night Red Clover Gallery in Landrum is hosting an opening reception for &dquo;Public Relations? The Art of James Williams. &dquo; Drop in to explore the color and expression of this vibrant show of oil pastels from 5-7 p.m. and meet this artist who is as intriguing as his work. A retired chemist who was fascinated by color changes and reactions, his work reflects a fine attention to detail yet vibrant use of color and expression. Visit or call 864-457-3311 for more information. Afterwards, you just might find me singing some jazz favorites with Fred Whiskin at the Purple Onion in Saluda from 7-9 p.m. Or, if you feel like dancing, head over to Elmo&squo;s Too in Columbus for some great rock and roll blues from Red Dog & the Dog Fight Blues Band. Saturday gets wild this weekend in Polk County. It&squo;s one of those days that has so much going on that there is certainly something for everyone. I&squo;ll be offering up my talents with the Super Saturday Children&squo;s Festival crew as part of the gala event presented by the Savoyards and Friends of the Fine Arts Center at Tryon Fine Arts Center starting at 5:43 p.m. &dquo;The Show Must Go On!&dquo; celebrates with the TFAC affiliate groups the past present and future of the fine and performing arts in our community in a special evening of entertainment and fine dining catered by Persimmons Bistro. Call 828-859-8322 for more information. Over at the other end of Tryon folks will be howling at the moon and kicking up their heels to the honky-tonk rock of Wink Keziah & Deluxe Motel from Charlotte as well as the sassy cowgirl country of the Buckerettes from Asheville. It&squo;s time for the annual Moon Howl out at the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center in support of their nature education and outdoor recreation programs. Bring your own chair. The grounds open at 5:30 p.m. and the music kicks off at 7 p.m. Applewood BBQ will provide food for purchase. Tickets can be purchased by phone 828-859-9021, on the web, or at the gate. Meanwhile, in Columbus at Veteran&squo;s Park, I hope there are folks dancing in my stead to the Rich Willey Big Band. A local folk duo, Black Lightning comprised of Janet Sciacca & Nadine Najouks will open the show at 6:30 p.m. with a blend of finger style guitar and vocals. Then, band leader and notable trumpet player Rich Willey will get things swinging with his 17 piece big band. Rich has toured with Maynard Ferguson&squo;s Big Bop Nouveau and continues to tour with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra as well as teach courses at both Clemson and UNCA. This is sure to be a lively concert filled with classic swing hits from the big band era. Mountainview Barbeque will be serving up dinner with proceeds benefitting the Foothills Humane Society and your generous donations to this free concert series will help to continue the high quality of artists sharing music under the stars in Columbus. Last, but not least, in all the flurry of this weekend, take a moment to stop in the Simply Irresistible Gallery up Ola Mae Way in Tryon to catch a final glimpse of &dquo;3 Women/3 Cameras: Focus on the Foothills.&dquo; This show of photography originally opened at the Upstairs Gallery last November and the interest in this collection of &dquo;time capsule&dquo; photos of the area has continued to draw interest after moving to Simply Irresistible in January. While Carolyn Ashburn, Mara Smith, and Elaine Pearsons will continue to show other art work at the gallery, the photography exhibit will come down to make room for a new exhibit of work opening September 26 with Tryon painter Lee Holroyd, wearable silk art of Dianne Postnieks, and the photography of David Watson. On a final note, if you&squo;re looking for a way to contribute time rather than cash to the local arts consider joining the volunteer team at Tryon Fine Arts Center. Phone Chris Farrell at 828-859-8322, ext. 213 to offer your talents, or simply show up any Wednesday at 10 a.m. for the weekly volunteer training session.

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