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Sufi Brothers Kick Off 2023 Top of the Grade Concert Series

The Sufi Brothers will perform in Saluda on June 16 to kick Top of the Grade Concert series The Sufi Brothers will perform in Saluda on June 16 to kick Top of the Grade Concert series

The Sufi Brothers will kick off this year’s Top of the Grade Concert series on the Ella Grace Mintz Stage in Saluda’s McCreery Park on June 16.

Each evening of the concert series provides great fun and music with neighbors. Concerts start at 7 p.m. and wrap up as the sun sets over the railroad tracks at 9 p.m.
The Sufi Brothers are Aaron “Woody” Wood on vocals and guitar and Jason Krekel on vocals, mandolin, guitar and fiddle. These Asheville musicians play an improvised set that starts with a tribute to country roots, blues, gospel and folk. Their music then travels a path unknown, guided by an openness and sensitivity to each other and the universe. They let their incredible talent and a higher power determine the course the music takes.
Remember to bring a lawn chair. The audience may also bring wine and beer to the concert but consumption should be limited to the seating area. No alcohol is allowed on the playground or in the parking lot. Organizers also suggest placing a to-go order at one of Saluda’s fine restaurants in time to enjoy a picnic and live music in the park.
Organizers of the concert series also thanked the concerts’ platinum, gold and silver sponsors.
Platinum sponsors include:
• Allen Tate/Beverly-Hanks Realty.
• Autumn Care of Saluda.
• Fishtop Cabin.
• Heartwood Gallery.
• Pam and Clark Thompson.
• RiverStreet Networks
Gold sponsors include:
• Don Mintz Builders.
• Green River Construction.
• The Orchard Inn.
• The Purple Onion
Silver sponsors include:
• Green River Adventures.
• Hall House Vacation Rental.
• Looking Glass Realty.
The series continues on July 21 with Dulci Ellenberger and Friends. Ellenberger is described as never disappointing with her fun stage presence and terrific vocals.
The series wraps up on Aug. 18 with Tryon cover band The Trophy Husbands. The band offers an evening of ‘70s music and some great guitar licks.
The Top of the Grade Concert series is overseen by the Saluda Downtown Foundation, Inc. with support from the City of Saluda. The Saluda Downtown Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the arts, beautification, historic preservation, cultural development and economic development in downtown Saluda.