Saluda’s summer Top of the Grade concerts scheduled

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Top of the Grade Concerts at Top of the Grade Park at McCreery Park in historic downtown Saluda begins its 2016 season on Friday, May 13 with five concerts planned this year. This is going to be an exciting concert series with some favorite performers returning and an introduction to some new and fun musical talent.


Concert dates are synchronized with the Summer Tracks concerts in Rogers Park in Tryon so there will be live music in Polk County all summer and you won’t miss any of the fun.

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All performances will be held on the Ella Grace Mintz Stage from 7-9 p.m.


Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets. Food, soft drinks, beer and wine, and coolers are allowed. No food will be available at the park, but all of Saluda’s delicious restaurants will be open serving everything from hamburgers and pizzas to gourmet meals. Events are rain or shine so you may need to bring an umbrella if rain is in the forecast. In some cases, rain events may move to the Pavilion.


May 13Dogwhistle, fun traditional and country-western and swing band that includes Scott Allen from Saluda, N.C.

June 10: The Secret Band , rock & roll, 70s and 80s and originals

July 8: Scoot Pittman, along with his power trio will rock up in the pavilion the night before Coon Dog Day

Aug. 12: Bob Sinclair & The Big Deals, Americana, new swing, fun stuff

Sept. 2: Aaron Burdett Band, a great finale for the 2016 season.


Top of the Grade concerts are coordinated by the Saluda Downtown Foundation and funding for the Friday night concerts has been through a community grant from Polk County Community Foundation. All concerts are free to the public through a Free Community Events grant.


Top of the Grade Concerts are being produced and coordinated by Peter Eisenbrown of Blockparty Productions this year. Peter has been producing the Summer Tracks concert series in Tryon for 17 years.


For more information about the concerts, please contact Peter at, 828-290-4316 or Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876 or


– Submitted by Cathy Jackson