The Saluda River Yacht Club, is a camping, kayaking and river-tubing spot about five minutes from Greenville’s West End, but they’re also a local music venue, with both an outdoor stage set up right by the river and a bar/restaurant with space for more stripped-down acoustic acts.
They’ve been hosting shows regularly since 2012, but with the announcement of the Saluda River Yacht Club Summer Music Series, promoter Jon Hall has significantly stepped up their presence on the Upstate music scene. The series, which began in late April and runs until early September, will bring a diverse slate of musicians to their stages every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The schedule features something for just about everyone, from solo acoustic performers like Jef Chandler to bluesmen like Max Hightower and Shane Pruitt to straight-ahead rockers like The Eric Weiler Band to Greenville music scene veterans like Evan’s Dilemma, and the shows are all free and family-friendly.
“For the last few years, we’ve been doing music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, but it was mostly solo acoustic artists,” Hall says. “But with the outdoor stage, we were able to start bringing in full bands on Saturday nights, so this year I decided to expand it. We’re putting this together because we’ve been part of the Greenville music scene for a while and getting to know all of these bands has been a thrill for me. This series is the highlight of the year for me.”
Hall tried to design the series to be the best of both worlds in terms of live music at the Yacht Club, keeping the expected acoustic performers for the Sunday shows and expanding the range of genres for the outdoor performances.
“The indoor stuff is laid-back, acoustic ‘Sunday-Funday’ kind of stuff,” he says. “But Friday and Saturday are more of a mix of different groups. It’s nice to see new acts playing here.”
As much as Hall is a music fan (he’s particularly looking forward to the performances by former Marcus King Band keyboardist Matt Jennings and singer/songwriter Ray Sisk), he says another goal of the Series is to draw attention to the Saluda River Yacht Club itself.
“Take a look at the lineup, find somebody you’ve seen before that you like, or pick someone you’ve never heard of and come on out,” he says. “I’ve never known anyone who chooses to come and hang out by the river and enjoy some music to NOT have a good time here. Bring the kids and come sit out on the grass; there’s nothing around like what we have here. Four acres along the Saluda River, sitting right there in nature, the concerts are free, just come and bring a picnic and hang out and listen to the music! That’s what it’s all about.”