May will be a very exciting month as Saluda Outfitters/Green River Eddy’s Tap Room & Grill hosts its first outdoor music festival. Slated for Saturday, May 15, Rock’n’Roll Truth Music Fest 2 will feature seven bands all volunteering their time to support the Blue Ridge Humane Society. Presented by Agape Sound Productions and brought to you by Saluda Outfitters, the event will be held from noon to 9:30 p.m.

While there will be no cover charge to attend the festival, everyone is encouraged to make a donation to support the benefit that is aimed at helping Blue Ridge Humane Society that — like most humane societies in our area — has struggled to raise enough funds to continue services during the COVID pandemic shutdown.

Produced by local musician Christian Justus of the band 28 Pages, this is the second year benefit for this nonprofit. Blue Ridge Humane Society serves Henderson County and its surrounding communities through its adoption outreach and education programs. During the pandemic shutdown, the nonprofit helped provide pet food for families who were struggling to make ends meet and keep their pets healthy and safe, according to BRHS’s Communication & Events Manager Laurie Rice. Unable to hold fundraisers to meet its normal financial goals, the agency has faced additional financial difficulty due to the theft of catalytic converters from its vans.

On the nonprofit’s website, it states: “Our Beyond Adoptions philosophy means that we are here to help you and your pet, regardless of whether you adopted from Blue Ridge Humane or not. Even if it seems like there is nowhere else to turn, we hope you reach out.” Individuals can call or text 24 hours a day to (828) 393-5832.

Justus said he is excited to be able to bring this benefit event to Saluda, along with special emcee Mike Elis. Beginning at noon, bands will perform on the outdoor music stage at Saluda Outfitters on the following schedule:

12:00-1:00-Mo-MoJo Blues Band

1:20-2:20-Scoundrel’s Lounge

2:40-3:40-Unknown Stranger

4:00-5:00-Carolina Vibes

5:20-6:20-Awake in the Dream

6:40-7:40-28 Pages

8:00-9:30-Appalachian Renegades

To accommodate the outdoor festivities and safety, the city is allowing a portion of Shand Street to be closed during festival hours, only open to residential traffic from the access across from Saluda School. The outdoor festival will end at 9:30 with Shand Street reopening. Regular Saturday night music will continue indoors on the Sound Garden stage with 28 Pages playing again from 10-11:30 p.m.

The Saluda Outfitters food truck will operate with a special menu that day to include its popular ½-pound freshly cooked burgers, all beef hot dogs and in-house smoked pork sandwiches and fries, among other offerings. Guests can select from a large variety of craft and domestic beers and wine from the tap room.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the festival. Call Angela at 843-655-9788 if you would be interested in helping with this benefit fundraiser. Saluda businesses are invited to share information about the festival as it will bring revenue to the entire town. Posters are available.

Entertainment at SO and GRE

The owners of Saluda Outfitters have recently announced that the tap room will begin serving cocktails, along with its craft beer selection. Come in and review our selection of top shelf liquors. And, don’t forget about our downstairs game room. There is fun for everyone.

Music continues each Saturday evening from 7-10 p.m. with additional dates being added on some Fridays as summer approaches. Check for this month’s music dates elsewhere in this publication. Saluda Outfitters is happy to be able to provide opportunities for our local and area musicians to showcase their talents. For information on booking a gig with us, email info@saludaoutfitters.com with your contact information, a short bio and link to your music.

Make your plans to spend Memorial Day weekend with us as we’ll have special music on both Friday and Saturday evenings.

Retail Offerings

Our spring and summer retail is arriving daily. Be sure to stop by to find something special for Mom for Mother’s Day, which falls on May 9 this year.

May Hours (check back as hours will shift as weather improves):

Our retail store and tap room are now open 7 days a week. Hours are:

—10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

—10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays

—10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays (food truck 4-9 p.m.) and Saturdays (food truck 12-9 p.m.)

—10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays (food truck open 12-7 p.m.)

Stay in touch via our Facebook page @saludaoutfittersnc where we routinely post updates; on Instagram @saludaoutfitters; or on our website: www.saludaoutfitters.com.

Live Music at Saluda Outfitters and Green River Eddy’s Tap Room & Grill

Sat., May 1, 5:30-8:30 | The Basement  Bunch of Tryon is a combination of talented musical artists with extensive backgrounds of performing all over the country  (think Jim Peterman of the Steve Miller Band on keyboard and Vinnie Corda on sax and flute). They bring some great American rock’n’roll, rhythm and blues and funk to the stage.

Sat. May 1, 9-11 p.m. | Alex Saunders acoustic soloist now residing in Saluda fulltime will play on The Sound Garden indoor stage and share some of his original tunes.

Sat., May 8, 7-10 p.m.| Bruised Rhino, a group of musicians from the NC foothills plays an eclectic mix of Americana, blues, soul and psychedelia. They provide a genre crossing and boundary pushing experience.

Fri., May 14, 7-10 p.m. | Seth & Sara, a musical duo from near Asheville returns from touring the country to share some Americana and heartfelt originals.

Sat., May 15, 12-9:30 p.m. | Rock’n’Roll Music Fest 2: Benefitting Blue Ridge Humane Society features 7 bands throughout the day and evening to raise funds for the nonprofit organization. (See inside article for more details). No cover but donations accepted. No coolers allowed.

Sat. May 15, 10-11:30 p.m. | Asheville-based 28 Pages Band will play indoors on the Sound Garden Stage as part of our regular Saturday night music. A rock band, they feature recognizable covers and thoughtful originals.

Sat., May 22, 7-10 p.m. | Sly Sparrow of Spartanburg, features rock, Top 40 and blues with originals and recognizable covers.

Fri., May 28, 7-10 p.m. | AcousticENVY of  Haywood County offers a tasteful mix of blues, classic rock, country, pop and vintage soul, along with a few originals.

Sat., May 29, 7-10 p.m. | The Dancing Fleas of Shelby, N.C.,is a 10-piece ukulele dance band with amazing vocals and an eclectic mix that includes its five new originals.