Concerts at Tryons 125th birthday

Published 3:58 pm Friday, August 20, 2010

The Town of Tryon will be celebrating its 125th birthday on Saturday, September 4. There will be many activities that weekend, including a parade, exhibits and the opening of the Toymakers Museum.

A concert will be held on Saturday afternoon from 2 to 7 p.m. on McCown Street in downtown Tryon, right next to the Nina Simone sculpture. All of the performers have a connection to Tryon. If there is rain, the concert will take place across the street in the Tryon Theatre.

Opening the show at 2 p.m. will be Joyce Breeden on vocals and guitar. Originally from this area, Breeden has been singing professionally since college days in Virginia. Over the years she has toured throughout the southeast as a solo performer, and with various musicians and bands. Her music is a personal mix of folk, traditional, country, blues and original songs.

At 3 p.m. its time for Cabell Brand on solo guitar and vocals. Brand will be a senior this year at Polk County High School, but dont let his youth fool you; he has played a number of shows. His music can be heard at And this concert takes place on his 17th birthday.

Wishgrove is set to play at 4 p.m. This group is a rock band that writes, records, and performs its own music. The band features Tony Bell on drums, Mark McCullough on bass and back-up vocals, and Tryons Rich Nelson on vocals, guitar, and keyboards.

Wishgrove has just released its first full-length CD I Lost My Head, which can be found on iTunes, CDBaby, and Listen at or

At 5 p.m. Ashevilles Phoenix Road will play the blues. This new band features Doug Russell on vocals and guitar, Larry Rankine on drums, and Tryons Lee Stockdale on vocals and harmonica. Stockdales son Noah will perform a few of his songs in the set too. While Phoenix Roads music is not yet online, you can hear Noahs music at

The Antibodies from Spartanburg play its alternative rock at 6 p.m. This group features Tom Conder on vocals, Kevin Jameson on bass, Mark Branyon on guitar, and Tryons Lee Holroyd on drums. The band has been playing its music all over the Upstate and the region for many years. Check out the groups music at

Concessions will be available: food vendors, beer, wine, and soft drinks.

The schedule is:

2 p.m. – Joyce Breeden; 3 p.m. – Cabell Brand; 4 p.m. – Wishgrove; 5 p.m. – Phoenix Road & Noah Stockdale; 6 p.m. – The Antibodies.