Getting back to basics &the opening of Cathy Searle

Published 2:11 pm Thursday, January 8, 2009

While many folks are still recovering from the rush of the holidays and the crunch on their pocket books, artists in the area are still getting out to bring you live local entertainment and keep your spirit light. Tonight Catch Beth Thomas at Lilac Wine on the piano at 7 p.m. &bsp; Friday If you haven&squo;t heard them yet, the bluegrass gospel of the Green River Boys is not to be missed. The Shaffer Grill in Saluda offers up a Friday night special serving of these fine musicians starting at 6 p.m. For more information call 828-749-1800 or visit The thing about jamming the blues on Sundays at Elmo&squo;s Too is that sometimes musicians discover they have enough in common that they want to play more tunes together. Guitarist Steve Whiteside hosts the Open Mic at the Back Room on Wednesday nights in Flat Rock and plays with local band Weird Mojo. However, tonight he is slipping down to join Dog Fight Blues Band members Tom Hearn on bass and Mikey VanDusen on drums playing your classic rock favorites at Elmo&squo;s Too. If you feel like singing country and pop hits check out the new Karaoke at Elmo&squo;s. I found tunes from nearly every decade of the past 100 years in the song books and was surprised by the talent of some &dquo;drop in&dquo; voices that appeared there for dinner on their way through town. Friday & Saturday the mic will be open to sing along with your favorite hits. &bsp; Saturday Bonnie Joy Bardos presents Open Studio/Art House Saturdays at her house at 285 Greenville Street, Saluda beside the Saluda Inn, starting Saturday from 11 a.m. ‐ 3 p.m. You can also make an appointment, or drop in whenever the &dquo;Open Studio&dquo; art palette sign is hanging outside. You can also find her work in several Saluda businesses like: The Purple Onion, Saluda Grade, and Tosh&squo;s Whistlestop caf´ and also at Bravo Design and the Upstairs Artspace in Tryon. Fred Whiskin graces the piano at Lilac Wine in Tryon at 7 p.m. Enjoy a variety of classic blues and jazz while enjoying the paintings of Rich Nelson currently hanging in the bar. Saluda Mountain Jamboree invites you to dance the night away starting at 8 p.m. with Legacy. &bsp; Sunday Tryon Painters & Sculptors present the acrylic gesso paintings of Cathy Searle with an opening reception in Gallery One from 3-5 p.m. After you&squo;ve enjoyed the reception, slip down to Lilac Wine to hear Susan Bennett on the black and whites starting at 4 p.m. &bsp; Wednesday Look for Fred Whiskin at Lilac Wine starting 7 p.m. &bsp; Coming Soon Tryon Arts & Crafts offers classes beginning January 17 with Beginning Wire Wrap with Charlotte Caughman. January 17 & 18 Ellen Miles is instructing a Dichroic Glass Jewelry workshop. Charlotte Caughman&squo;s Argentium silver workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, January 31. To register, please call Tryon Arts and Crafts at (828) 859-8323 or visit for information. Deborah Brinson at FENCE 1/18 4 p.m. (photo submitted)&bsp;Harpist Deborah Brinson will present the first of the 2009 Family Concerts at FENCE on Sunday, January 18, at 4 p.m. Deborah won six awards at the 2007 Southern Heritage Music Association competition and will be joined by one of her voice students Chloe Gilbert for this free concert. Elmo&squo;s Too Blues Jam returns at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 18. Dust off that instrument in the corner and be ready to join in the jam. Keep yourself moving through the winter with classes from Tap Dame, Kathleen Carson at the Tryon Fine Arts Center. Starting January 26 at 7 p.m. Kathleen welcomes teens and older to start tapping and join in the fun whatever your skill level. Get your rhythm in your feet with the time step and try shuffling off to Buffalo. Registration forms are available at the TFAC box office, online or call 828-859-8322. Register by the January 19 to join the fun. ArtsPower presents Rainbow Fish as the next in Tryon Fine Arts Center&squo;s Arts in Education Series at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on January 28. This colorful show is a musical adaptation of the best selling book by Marcus Pfister appropriate for the K-2 crowd learning about sharing and finding happiness through helping others. &bsp;

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