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Aaron Burdett Band plays in Saluda Aug. 23

Kick off your weekend in Saluda Friday, Aug. 23, with a free concert by Saluda’s native Aaron Burdett, and his band. Concert starts at 6:30 p.m. following the Saluda Tailgate Market.

Enjoy dining and shopping on Main Street as shops extend their open hours to 8 p.m. Burdett writes and performs Americana music blending folk-rock, bluegrass and blues into a new sound that is original and comfortably familiar. He is a regular performer on the music scene in the Asheville and Upstate South Carolina areas.

“This is the perfect opportunity to show your support and pride for Saluda’s performing artists, and a chance to hear award-winning Aaron Burdett in your own backyard,” said Cathy Jackson, one of the organizers.

In October of 2012, Burdett’s song, “Going Home to Carolina,” won Our State Magazine’s “Carolina Songs” songwriting contest, outshining more than 250 other competitive entries.

In May, 2013, Aaron’s song, “Magpie,” won third place bluegrass song in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest, one of the largest and most highly regarded music festivals in the United States for traditional, bluegrass, Americana and singer-songwriter artists. Burdett’s fifth studio album is expected in October of 2013, and features a who’s who of favorite regional artists.

All performances will be held on center stage from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. at McCreery Park in the area that was previously the skateboard park or in the Pavilion if it is raining. Bring your chairs or blankets. Food, soft drinks, and coolers are allowed. Events are rain or shine, and concerts will move to the Pavilion if it is raining.

The events are free to the public and donations are always welcomed and are tax deductible. The Top of the Grade concerts are organized by the NC Small Town Main Street promotions team to carry out the vision of Saluda becoming a four season destination for both local residents and visitors.

The Saluda Business Association appreciates the generosity and support from sponsors who are making these concerts possible. To help underwrite the concerts, anyone who would like to sponsor an event is asked to contact us.

For music scheduling, contact Judy Ward at judyward@charter.net or 828-674-5958. For sponsorships, contact Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876 or cathy@cathyjacksonrealty.com. – article submitted by Cathy Jackson Aaron Burdett Band plays in Saluda A