Grammy winner Chapin &great arts events for St. Patricks weekend

Published 3:00 am Thursday, March 12, 2009

Today Foothills Music Club invites you to join them at the Tryon Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. for a special concert including Judy Shultz performing Bach&squo;s Trio Sonata on the organ. The concert is free and open to the public. Then grab a quick bite to eat and fresh yourself with the high energy talent of Dean Trakus on the piano at Lilac Wine from 5-9 p.m. Tryon Fine Arts Center welcomes the three time Grammy award winning artist Tom Chapin for a special performance at 7:30 p.m. Chapin will be joined by Grammy nominated bassist Michael Mark sharing some of the original contemporary folk music that has earned him the title of &dquo;acoustic trendsetter.&dquo; Don&squo;t miss this amazing entertainer as he incorporates the talents of Tryon&squo;s own vocalist Andy Millard and cellist Chris Farrell into the show. Inquire about reservations for reception following the concert honoring the birthdays of Tom, Mark, and TFAC&squo;s own Jimm Brink when you purchase your tickets in advance. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or by calling 828-859-8322 ext. 214. In Saluda The Purple Onion features the artistry of Jack Williams&squo; Americana guitar and vocals at 7 p.m. &bsp; Friday Relax at the end of a busy work week with John Tyndal gracing the piano at Lilac Wine from 5-9 p.m. Get your bluegrass fix with the fine sounds of the Green River Boys starting at 6 p.m. for dinner at Shaffer&squo;s Roadside Grill in Saluda. Looking for some good old rock and roll to shake off the worries? Catch Weird Mojo. Featuring the high energy of Susie Kocher on vocals with guitar wizard Steve Whiteside and the rockin&squo; rhythm of Mikey Van Dusen and Tom Hearn, these fun loving band will wake up Columbus at Elmo&squo;s Too tonight and have Elmo&squo;s in Tryon jumping on Saturday with their wide range of popular rock and roll from Mustang Sally to Pink Floyd at 9 p.m. &bsp; Saturday Mystery novelist Leanna Sain will visit The Book Shelf from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Readers who enjoy the Twilight Series, or Diana Gabaldon&squo;s Outlander books will want to meet Leanna Sain and read her Gate to Nowhere series. Set in North Carolina, Emma Franklin sets off on a journey of discovery when she steps through a gate on the farm she has inherited and discovers she has traveled back in time to 1827. Leanna lives near Hendersonville at Miracle Hill Farm with her husband tending to her garden and painting portraits while raising two sons, a herd of Nubian goats, and laying hens. Call or email The Book Shelf at 828-859-9304 or to reserve copies or for more information on this event. Mama Said, featuring Merlefest songwriting contest winner Phil Ruff with Nancy Owens, bring their sweet Americana harmonies to The Purple Onion from 8-10 p.m. At the Saluda Mountain Jamboree get your groove going with Free Flight from 8-11 p.m. Call 828-749-3676 for more information. Have you heard Fred Whiskin&squo;s elegant piano work yet? He will relax and charm you with his repertoire that spans from Chicago Blues and sweet Standards to Swing and even a hint of modern jazz. Find him at Lilac Wine tonight from 7-9 p.m. For reservations call 828-859-5205. You can also hear Dr. &dquo;Jazz&dquo; Whiskin on Fridays at The Purple Onion and every Wednesday at Lilac Wine from 7-9 p.m. &bsp; Sunday F.E.N.C.E. presents Joe and Kathleen Erwin in a &dquo;custom-made&dquo; concert at 4 p.m. Audience members will be able to select the pieces for piano and violin performed this afternoon from a list. The Erwin&squo;s are celebrating 63 years of a musical marriage born from their days at Julliard together in New York. This is part of the Family Concert Series and free and open to all ages. For more information please contact 828-859-9021 or email Pull out that electric guitar or harmonic or just get your ears down to Elmo&squo;s Too to join the Blues Jam with Red Dog & Winkie at 4 p.m. &bsp; Tuesday Celebrate St. Patrick&squo;s Day by getting literate. Bring your brown bag lunch at noon to Lanier Library to hear John Lane discuss and sign copies of his novel Kudzu Telegraph. Then walk around the block to The Book Shelf for Irish author Dennis Sommers who will be visiting with two of his books An Historical Examination of Irish Literature & Authors and Ireland: the Stories & History. For more information and to reserve copies of the books call 828-859-9304 or email Later get up and shake a leg with the Screaming J&squo;s at Elmo&squo;s in Tryon to work out those Irish drinker&squo;s blues. They mix up the evening with tunes ranging from Muddy Waters to AC/DC mixing in some originals, Misfits, and a few jazz standards that they rock in their own unique style.

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