The azaleas are blooming!  Although the air is still a bit chilly, spring weather is clearly around the corner.  And Spring in Saluda means the Saluda Art Festival.   Cultivating and promoting its heritage in the arts, the Saluda Business Association invites you to the 14th annual Saluda Arts Festival scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017.  Showcasing fine arts and crafts from local and regional visual and performing artists, the Saluda Arts Festival draws thousands of spring tourists visiting Western North Carolina.  And The Oaks is the perfect place to stay to enjoy the festival.  Just a quarter mile from downtown, its an easy walk!

Here’s a sampling of the music.  A complete list of artists and map locations will be available on Saluda.com after May 1.

Mercury Rising Band – Soulful and warm, Americana and Blues style original songs that spark the heart with Saluda’s own lead singer and song/writer Debbie Camacho on keys and guitar, Irving Camacho on percussion and harmonies, and Orion Faruque from Red Music Productions on bass and harmonies.

Bill and Tads Excellent Duo – Stringed duo with great harmonics, a 12 string guitar and hand drum performing awesome covers from the Beatles to Led Zeppelin to Simon and Garfunkel as well as some original tunes.

Hogtown Squealers – Brevard’s Hogtown Squealers have delighted audiences and dancers for more than twenty years. Currently the band consists of Tom Anderson (fiddle, vocals), Susan Brown (fiddle), Matt Gardner (bass), John von Stein (accordion, vocals), Keith Ward (guitar), and Gary Wells (banjolyn, vocals).

Life Like Water  Life Like Water is an acoustic trio from Asheville, NC composed of singer/songwriter and guitarist David Matters, Megan Drollinger on violin/vocals and Isabel Castellvi on cello/vocals/tabla.

Casual Zealots – The Casual Zealots are a four person band from the Tryon area. These friends collaborate in various musical projects, and specialize in playing classic R&B, blues, jazz and rock and roll. The name is not an accident. These four approach music and its many charms and mysteries with divine intensity.