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Live Music This Weekend: Winds of time blow in their gray hair as Graywind follows the dream – BlueRidgeNow.com

Breaking into a local music scene is never easy, but Hendo’s downtown Dugout Sports Bar is doing its part to keep fresh musical blood pumping through the ears of patrons who always want more, different and better.
“Mike Griffin, Dugout owner, has taken his extremely valuable time and great reputation to promote and offer us the opportunity to bring fresh and different live music to his extremely musically intellectual crowds,” said Blu Ramakis, the drummer for Graywind Band. “Mike and I hold each other in very high esteem on many levels.”
Graywind, a band of four seasoned musicians based out of Brevard, will play at the Dugout this Saturday night, bringing their collective talents and years of experience to discriminating patrons.
In the two years since Graywind was formed by bass player Mike Grant and keyboard player George Limbo, it has played in Hendersonville about once a month, almost exclusively at the Dugout.
“Although not being part of the area’s ‘old guard’ or ‘local well-knowns,’ it becomes extremely difficult to break onto the music scene,” Ramakis explained. “We are not your typical ‘every band, same song lineup’ group. We are a completely ‘fan based song selection’ group. We guarantee you will never see the same show twice: each show has new material.
“We are different because we are not the same-old-same-old like 99.9 percent of the others. We strive to be different yet completely recognizable.”
If you find yourself at the Dugout this Saturday night, you can expect to see four men of a certain age playing blues and rock covers from the likes of the Allman Brothers, Jonny Lang, Blackberry Smoke and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
Band members are: 
Limbo, a founding member of the rock group Diablo of the late 1970s. In the ‘80s, he formed the four-piece band Fallen Angel. Today, he believes, “There are two kinds of music: good music and bad music. This collaboration — Graywind Band — will be all good music.”
Lead and rhythm guitarist Steve Whiteside, a local who calls East Flat Rock home. He has been a part of the local scene since he was a teenager, and has gained lots of mileage performing with notable locals such as Johnnie Blackwell, Carrie Morrison, Eric Congdon, Barney Barnwell’s Plum Hollow Band,and Caribbean Cowboys.
“Graywind is gonna rock!” he said.
Bass and rhythm guitarist Grant, who traces his guitar-playing roots to watching The Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. He soon switched to the bass guitar. For years he gigged with a long list of both the famous and the wannabes, including The Hungry I, Johnny Mackey & The Knives, Bazooka Joe & The All-Stars, Eclipse, Laser, Madcap, Winner, Diablo and Flashback. In 1984, he moved to Chicago to be a session bassist with various acts and studios.
His day job with the U.S. Postal Service led to the creation of the band Special Delivery. In 2015, he returned to WNC, where he and Limbo have gigged ever since. “Now I love playing blues and classic rock ‘n’ roll,” he said. “You always return to your roots.”
Ramakis’s musical career started when he was 7, learning Latin percussion from Christoble Santiago. Soon he tapped into New Orleans jazz and blues with influences coming from Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong and Sugar Boy Crawford. He began working professionally at 13.
After a 10-year break to serve his country, Blu revived his musical passions on the West Coast. Several years later, Blu got hooked on the New Country and returned South to share the limelight with A-listers such as Alan Jackson, Pam Tillis, Tanya Tucker, and Kenny Chesney. Having fulfilled his lifelong dreams to be touring and studio musician, he joined Graywind Band in 2021.
With the band members’ gray hair and long lists of accomplishments, you might think the band’s name is in reference to their ages.
Think again: “Actually, it comes from the series Game of Thrones, the wolf in the series. Greywolf, however, a female Irish rock band, holds rights to the spelling Greywind so ours became Graywind with an ‘a,’ Ramakis said with a laugh.
“That being said, there is a vast amount of musical experience within the group. We keep following the dream.”
The Dugout Sports Bar & Taphouse
430 N. Main St., Hendersonville
Thursday, Oct. 14, 8 p.m.-midnight, open jam
Saturday, Oct. 16, 8 p.m.-midnight, Graywind Band, classic rock dance band, covers
305 Lounge & Eatery
305 N. Main St., Hendersonville
Every Tuesday and Thursday, 1-3 p.m., Bob Sherrill, singer, songwriter, guitarist
Every Wednesday, 1-3 p.m., Mark Fisher, classic country, southern rock, oldies rock
Appalachian Ridge Artisan Hard Cider
749 Chestnut Gap Rd., Hendersonville
Friday, Oct. 15, 6-8:15 p.m., David Payne and Falls Harris, guitar and keyboard, eclectic
Saturday, Oct. 16, 3-6 p.m., Brian Ashley Jones, soulful singer, acclaimed guitarist, country, blues
Sunday, Oct. 17, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Alex Hunnicutt, blues, jazz, sould, funk, singer, guitarist, originals
Bold Rock Hard Cider
72 School House Rd., Mills River
Friday, Oct. 15, 4 p.m., Todd Cecil & The Dirt Yard Choir, swamp roots rock, trio of men
Saturday, Oct. 16, 5 p.m., Jeb Rogers Band, four-piece band, based in Asheville, eclectic
Breedlove’s Deli
316 Chadwick Ave., Hendersonville
Saturday, Oct. 16, 1-2:30 p.m., Nello & Michelle, eclectic duo
Burntshirt Vineyards
2695 Sugarloaf Rd., Hendersonville
Thursday, Oct. 14, 3-6 p.m., Andrew Wakefield & Friends, bluegrass, Americana, jazz, Cajun, experimental
Friday, Oct. 15, 3-6 p.m., Hope Griffin, WNC songstress, soulful ballads to high-energy blues
Cane Creek Valley Farm
1448 Cane Creek Rd., Fletcher
Saturday, Oct. 16, 5-8 p.m., Craggy Blues Band, four-man band, rock, blues
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
81 Carl Sandburg Ln., Flat Rock
Sunday, Oct. 17, 3-4:30 p.m. Sing-along with Daniel Sage, singer, songwriter, NYC based
D9 Brewing Hendersonville
425 N. Main St, Hendersonville
Friday, Oct. 15, 7-10 p.m., High Sierra, trio, acoustic harmonies, covers old and new, Hendo based
Etowah Valley Golf & Resort
470 Brickyard Rd., Etowah
Thursday, Oct. 14, 6-9 p.m., Caribbean Cowboys, 10-piece reggae band
Saturday, Oct. 16, 6-9 p.m., Eric Schnider
First United Methodist Church – Hendersonville
204 6th Ave. W., Hendersonville
Sunday, Oct. 17, 3-4 p.m., Geriatric Jukebox, husband and wife acoustic duo, sing and play familiar songs
Flat Rock Playhouse
2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock
Oct. 8-31, dates & times vary, Autumn at the Opry, musical revue
Guidon Brewing Co.
415  8th Ave. E., Hendersonville
Friday, Oct. 15, 7-9 p.m., Stephen Evans, folk rock, singer, guitarist, originals, Asheville based
Saturday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Finkelstein Three, three-man string band
Hendersonville Farmers Market
650 Maple St., Hendersonville
Saturday, Oct. 16, 9 a.m.-noon, Myron Hyman, soloist, guitarist, singer, eclectic
Mills River Brewing Co.
336 Banner Farm Rd., Mills River
Saturday, Oct. 16, 2-5 p.m., Roots & Dore Band, blues, roots, funky soul; 7 p.m., East Coast Dirt, trio of men, Asheville based, covers, originals
Sunday, Oct. 17, 2-5 p.m., 5j Barrow, folk, rock, husband and wife Jason Hite and Eryn Murman, originals, Asheville based
Oklawaha Brewing Company
147 1st Ave. E. Hendersonville
Thursday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m., Josh Dunkin/Human Ladder Duo, Hendo musicians sing and play songs usually reserved for private jams
Friday, Oct. 15, 8-11 p.m., Second Souls, gritty originals, eclectic covers, rhythms and grooves
Saturday, Oct. 16, 8-11:59 p.m., Sumsun, Judson Rogers, electronic music, Hendo based
Sunday, Oct. 17, 4-6 p.m., Human Ladder, Ryan Price, guitarist, singer, songwriter, pop from ‘60s and ‘70s, soloist and band member, eclectic
Packa’s Place
4210 Brevard Rd., Horse Shoe
Sunday, Oct. 17, 3-5 p.m., Lefty Carmean, soloist, singer, guitarist, covers, alt-country, classic country, Americana
Rhythm & Brews concert series
S. Main St., between Allen and Caswell
Third Thursday of the month, 5:30-9:30 p.m., free
Oct. 21, The Broadcast, with opener Human Ladder & Friends
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards
588 Chestnut Gap Rd., Hendersonville
Saturday, Oct. 16, 3-6 p.m., Sunlight Drive, acoustic duo, Hendo based, Americana, blues, folk, classic rock covers, originals
Sunday, Oct. 17, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Mountain Top Polka Band, Asheville based
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards Flat Rock
2698 C Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock
Sunday, Oct. 17, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Myron Hyman, soloist, guitarist, singer, eclectic
Sawyer Springs Vineyard
124 Sandy Hill Ln., Hendersonville
Friday, Oct. 15, 4-7 p.m., Myron Hyman, soloist, guitarist, singer, eclectic
Sierra Nevada Mills River
100 Sierra Nevada Way, Mills River
Saturday, Oct. 16, 2-5 p.m., Dave Brewer’s Foscoe Four, Boone based, singer, multi-instrumentalist, old school rock, soul, R&B
Sunday, Oct. 17, 2-5 p.m., The Late Shifters, jam band, originals, covers, southern rock
Southern Appalachian Brewery
822 Locust St., Ste. 100, Hendersonville
Thursday, Oct. 14, 6-8 p.m., Howie Johnson (guitarist, singer, slide guitarists) and Bill Mattocks (harmonica, singer) , acoustic duo, WNC veteran musicians, blues, classic rock
Friday, Oct. 15, 7-9 p.m., The Roving, WNC based, Americana/roots rock, originals
Saturday, Oct. 16, 7-9 p.m., JED Flanders, four-piece band, reggae, indie jams, rock, covers, Hendo based
Sunday, Oct. 17, noon-3 p.m., Carver, Carmody & McIntire, WNC based, acoustic, blues, country, covers, originals; 4-5 p.m., Think Pink Quartet, Ellen Trnka, Peggy Ratusz, Ionathan Pearlman, Zack Page, jazz, blue, country, Americana, pop, tips for breast cancer healthcare
South Rock Sports Grill
830 Greenville Hwy., Hendersonville
Saturday, Oct. 16, 8 p.m.-midnight, Twisted Trail, eclectic band
The 2nd Act Coffee, Wine and Craft Beer Bar
101 E. Allen St., Hendersonville
Friday, Oct. 15, 6:30-9 p.m., Matt Jackson
Saturday, Oct. 16, 7-9 p.m., 3 Cool Cats, ‘50s and ‘60s rock, dance band
The Greenhouse Moto Cafe
4021 Haywood Rd. (Highway 191) Mills River
Friday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m., Sliding Rockers, classic jam rock, Americana, covers, originals
Saturday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m., Pyletribe and Marvin King Revue, Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer) and his son Chris (singer, guitarist), “southern fried tribal boogie” $15
Sunday, Oct. 17, 3-6 p.m., Chris Wayne, rockabilly, blues, covers, originals
The Loft
111 Joel Wright Dr., Hendersonville,
Saturday, Oct. 16, 6-9 p.m., Myron Hyman, soloist, guitarist, singer, eclectic
The Poe House
105 1st Ave. W., Hendersonville
Saturday, Oct. 16, 7-10 p.m., Mr. Jimmy, Chicago style blues, Asheville based, guitarist, singer, songwriter
Want to be included in “Live Music?” Send your information via email to Steve Wong at [email protected] by Monday at 8 a.m. for the coming Thursday-Sunday. Don’t forget to send details on your performing artist along with a good high-resolution photo.

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