16 Main St, Saluda NC 28773 (828)749-1179
16 Main St, Saluda NC 28773 (828)749-1179
Open 7 Days a Week Through Labor Day
Monday – Saturday
Open on the 4th of July
Coon Dog Day Hours
Closed Sunday, July 12
Sunday, July 12 is a little beyond the midway point of 132 consecutive days of being open and given that it falls the day after Coon Dog Day, we thought it would be a good day for all of us to stay home and rest up for the final stretch of summer.
LIVE MUSIC CALENDAR
Live music has always been an integral part of the Purple Onion. Robert Seiler, a longtime friend, has booked the entertainment from the beginning and keeps our music calendar filled with a talented and varied array of performers. Although live music during dinner has been well-received by our guests, it can be challenging for the musicians. We encourage large parties or guests who prefer quiet conversation to live music to request patio seating and those of you who have come for the music to be considerate of our performers. We appreciate the wonderful support we have received from all of you as we continue our efforts to build community and support live music.
Fred Whiskin will be playing Blues to Brubeck on our old '63 Steinway from 7 - 9 every Friday.
July 2 – Calico Moon – www.markgarnermusic.com
July 4 – New 5 Cents Bluegrass Band – www.facebook.com/pages/new5cents
July 9 – Michael Reno Harrell – www.michaelreno.com
July 11 – COON DOG DAY – Since there is so much music throughout the town on this annual Saluda celebration, we will not have any music at the café.
July 16 – Red Honey – www.theredhoney.com
July 18 – Bad Popes – www.badpopes.com
July 19 @ 7:00 PM Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues (Sunday Concert)
July 23 – Scoot Pittman – www.scootmusic.com
July 25 – Virginia and the Slims www.reverbnation.com/virginiaandtheslimsthis jump blues, jazz and swing band out of Asheville joins us for the first time
July 30 – Danika & Jeb – www.danikaandjeb.com
SUMMER SUNDAY CONCERT SERIES
Sunday, July 19
On Sunday, July 19 @ 7:00 PM, we are honored to welcome back Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues. Mac Arnold’s first band included James Brown on piano. Mac moved to Chicago and Muddy Waters hired him on the spot. He toured and recorded with the Muddy Waters Band and recorded LPs with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker. Mac moved to Los Angeles and produced Soul Train with his friend Don Cornelius. He even played bass on the Sanford & Son television show when he wasn't playing bass for Otis Redding and B.B. King. He retired from show business to be an organic farmer. Mac is back with his own band and now a third CD, building a new foundation in blues, soul and funk.
Admission for both shows is $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door and seating will be limited. The performances starts at 7 PM. The doors open at 6 PM. A limited menu of pizzas and appetizers will be available from the time the doors open until the show starts with beverages and desserts available throughout the concerts. Come by the café at 16 Main Street in Saluda or call 828-749-1179 for reservations. We accept Visa, Discover, American Express or Master Card.
SOL DRIVEN TRAIN
The Purple Onion is pleased to welcome back Sol Driven Train on Sunday, August 9 at 7:00 PM. The doors open at 6:00 PM and a limited menu will be available prior to the concert with beverages and desserts served throughout the evening. . Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Come by the café at 16 Main Street in Saluda or call 828-749-1179 for reservations. We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express or Discover.
Sol Driven Train’s music weaves through genres like images in a Tom Robbins paragraph. The band’s playful sonic schizophrenia absorbs songwriting influences like John Prine and Paul Simon, Afrocaribbean rhythmic explorations, and funky New Orleans-style brass into earnest songs of life, love, loss, and long johns. The versatile 6-piece band, based in Charleston, SC, features rotating lead vocalists, and multi-instrumental talent spread across horns, strings, and percussion. Combining rich varieties of American pop and folk music into their own brass-kickin’ roots rock sound, Sol Driven Train has carved out a unique musical identity within the Jam and Americana music scene. Their music and live shows are filled with a spirit of positivity and joy, even while traversing subjects of suffering and death.
Sol Driven Train is a band in motion. At shows, the band members bounce to the pulse of the music along with the crowd. Stylistically the band “seamlessly mixes Allmanesque Southern rock, languid world-beat, swampy funk and downright catchy melodies as they swap lead singers and instruments. A punchy horn section adds an extra dimension of sweaty soul to the genre-blurring jam party” (Atlanta Creative Loafing).