Upstairs presents music, art, theater and poetry at Underground fundraiser

Published 10:11 pm Thursday, June 18, 2015

Noah Stockdale (courtesy of

Noah Stockdale (courtesy of

The Upstairs Artspace is proud to present an evening of exciting and varied performances at Underground, a ticketed fundraiser that will be held at the gallery on June 26.


The event will feature musical performances by student percussionists from Polk County High School and by Asheville singer/songwriter Noah Stockdale, whose powerful roots and folk music have been described as “flavorful and rich” by Wendi Loomis of The Gypsy Swingers.

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Underground will also include a short play written by Catherine Gillet, performed by Molly Brown and Allen Law, and directed by Chris Tinkler, whose productions have delighted Tryon Little Theater fans for years. Lee Stockdale, who serves as master of ceremonies at the Upstairs’ monthly Literary Open Stages, will be on hand to recite some of his poetry.


There also will be a display of artwork by students from Polk County public schools. Guests will also be invited to contribute to an original, collaborative artwork that will be created over the course of the evening.


The event was put together to launch the Upstairs’ Underground space as a venue for all kinds of artistic performances and educational events. The Upstairs will be offering an expanded array of programs, including workshops, social gatherings, community exhibits and more. Visitors are encouraged to drop a note in the suggestion box to let the Upstairs’ programs committee know what kind of events they would like to see Underground.


“We hope this rich evening of great art, delicious food, and engaging company will get everyone thinking creatively about how to invigorate the cultural offerings of the Upstairs, and the community,” said Harold Maass, Upstairs board president.


For more information about Underground, go to, call 859-2828, or visit the gallery at 49 S. Trade St., Tryon, Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets for Underground are available at the Upstairs, online, or at Mary & Morris in Tryon.


–       Submitted by Lorna Festa