The 2018 Summer Tracks Event Calendar:
June 1 | June 15 | July 6 | July 20 | August 3 | August 3 | August 17 | August 31
If there’s rain on the horizon, Summer Track events > will move indoors to the Tryon Fire Dept which is directly across the street from the park entrance. Please bring chairs and coolers are allowed! Please thank all our Sponsors!
Katie D’s N.Y. Bagels & Deli will be offering a variety of slider sandwiches, pimento cheese and crackers, plus a variety of desserts including brownies, cookies and ice cream.
PRESENTING SPONSOR: New View Realty
> Show begins at 7 p.m. in Rogers Park >
Friday, June 1: Love Is A Rose — Celebrating the Music of Torch Singer, Linda Ronstadt:
Linda Ronstadt’s voice has been much loved for generations. When local musicians and vocalists Paula Hanke and Peggy Ratusz, who grew up idolizing her music, heard in 2013 that Ronstadt’s voice had been silenced from Parkinson’s Disease, it was a clarion call to put together a show featuring her best works.
Paula Hanke’s (www.paulahanke.com) has been a tour de force from stages across the globe to TV’s Star Search. She was BJ Liederman’s (NPR’s theme-song writer) band’s featured vocalist and appears on his 2017 original CD, “BJ.” Since her move from New York to Asheville in 2006, Paula has self-produced sell-out concerts through out the region. And in 2012, she unveiled her original CD, “The Only Voice.”
Peggy “Blues Chanteuse” Ratusz is a fixture in the Asheville Jazz and Blues music scene. For the past ten years, she has won and placed in the popular Mountain X-Press “Best Of WNC” readers’ poll. In 2014 she collaborated with Paula Hanke on their first induction of “Torch Singer: A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt.”
In addition to Ratusz and Hanke, the show features some the area’s most proficient instrumentalists: Grant Cuthbertson on upright and electric bass, James Kylen on drums, Bob Bencze on keys and vocals, and James Vandenberg on acoustic and electric guitar and vocals.
Friday, June 15: Big Sound Harbor
(they’re my only repeat this year) https://www.dulcisings.com/big-sound-harbor.html
The 19th season of Tryon’s most popular summer event – Summer Tracks – continues on Friday, June 15 with Big Sound Harbor. The show begins at 7 p.m. in Rogers Park.
Aptly named, Big Sound Harbor produces a big sound with horns, keys, and rippin’ electric guitars. Band leader and lead singer Dulci Ellenberger adds to the mix with a voice that combines elements of Motown, Folk, and Soul. The band—whose members also play in the famed Holy Ghost Tent Revival—brings their big sound to original works, as well as covers that pay homage to some of the greats of our time, including Aretha Franklin and Sharon Jones. With a deep respect for the origins of Motown and Soul, Big Sound Harbor aims to transport the audience, elevating the sense of humanity in us all by delivering quality, heartfelt music directly to their ears. Big Sound Harbor features Dulci Ellenberger (vocals, rhythm guitar), (Kevin Williams (bass), Ross Montsinger (drums), Stephen Murray (Trumpet, keys), Matt Martin (lead guitar), Hank Widmer (trombone, clarinet) and Charlie Humphrey (trumpet, keys).
Friday, July 6: The Get Right Band.
“The Get Right Band are the type of performers that you just know will break out. Their songs are infectious and take you immediately to a very happy place. The lyrics are smart and bear weight.”
-The Huffington Post
THE GET RIGHT BAND is “hip-shaking, earth-quaking, pure funk fun” (The Alternate Root). Relix Magazine’s picked them as “On The Verge.” Home Grown Music Network’s named them 2015 “Best New Band of the Year,” and Mountain Xpress readers voted them WNC’s “Best Progressive Band.” The group has performed on the famed World Cafe, a nationally syndicated NPR show, and have brought their unique sound FloydFest, The Orange Peel, Music City roots TV show, Riverbend Fest, and well as other to major festivals and venues. Combining catchy, clever, honest songwriting with musical expertise and fearless improvisation, the live show promises to move your head, heart, and hips.
Guitarist/vocalist Silas Durocher and bassist Jesse Gentry have been playing music together since middle school. Durocher, who is a trained composer and has been commissioned to write for symphonies and chamber groups, possesses impressive guitar chops and provides plenty of charismatic swagger as a frontman and a singer. Connect Savannah describes him as having “impressive range and rich clarity to his vocals—think a more soulful Dan Auerbach.” Gentry’s virtuosic bass playing “catapults from elastic to nasty” (The Mountain Xpress). With the addition of Jian-Claude Mears, a drummer with “precision, passion, and an inescapable momentum” (Live For Live Music), the group’s sound has become an unstoppable force. They have been wowing audiences around the country and the Caribbean since their inception in 2011 with an unparalleled live show and a relentless tour schedule.
“I love this song!”
-Marc Maron, of WTF podcast
“Tight and diverse jams and a distinctive, intellectual but accessible worldview.”
-Live For Live Music
Friday, July 20: Aaron Burdett Band.
Creating music isn’t a means to an end, it is an end with a meaning for Aaron Burdett. Writing and creating songs is something that can’t be denied and must be shared. His lyrics are soul-touching, intelligent, witty, and poetic all at once, while his music style is a seamless blend of Americana, country, blues, bluegrass, and folk-rock that cohesively creates a story.
Aaron is listed as one of the top 10 most important musicians of Western North Carolina by WNC Magazine, alongside such greats as Doc Watson, Steep Canyon Rangers, and The Avett Brothers. He has also received critical acclaim as a songwriter, winning Our State Magazine’s Carolina Songs competition in 2012 with “Going Home to Carolina.” Aaron’s song “Magpie” won third place bluegrass song in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in 2013. Over the years, Aaron has been a finalist in numerous other songwriting competitions, including The Mountain Stage Songwriting Contest, The NC Songwriter’s Cooperative Songwriting Contest, and the Hank Williams Songwriting Contest.
Aaron’s writing is as prolific and genuine as the man. He grew up the oldest of three boys in the fairly isolated small town in Saluda, NC, where the Blue Ridge meets the Smoky Mountains. After owning a successful construction business, in 2013, Aaron decided to pursue music full time, so fast forward to 2017, and his distinctive clear voice has carried his dream into a successful career. Aaron’s songs effortlessly transition from solo performance to full band, with equal emotional impact on audiences.
Refuge (2017 on Organic Records) is Aaron’s latest release.
Friday, August 3: Gigi Dover & The Big Love.
TRYON, NC—The 19th season of Tryon’s most popular summer event – Summer Tracks – continues on Friday, August 3 with the Gigi Dover & The Big Love. The show begins at 7 p.m. in Rogers Park. Incorporating the sounds and vibes of world instruments, Gigi Dover & The Big Love deliver a fresh blend of gypsy, jazzy, bluesy, funky Southern Soul and World Music. An uplifting musical experience somewhere between Marvin Gaye and Fiddler on the Roof, their music has been described as “World Music thru the eyes and ears of Southerners.” Gigi Dover & Eric Lovell released their seventh studio recording in 2016 titled “Travelin’ Thru,” a collection of songs and a few short whimsical instrumentals, more wood than steel, designed to inspire the listener to “dance, meditate, or anything in between.” Gigi and Eric celebrate the sixteen-year mark on their collaborative musical journey. Countless tours and gigs both regionally and internationally, thru the US, the UK and Europe have garnered them recognition and success from fans, peers and critics alike. Tonight’s band features John Spurrier on drums and ??? on bass.
Friday, August 17: Delta Moon.
Delta Moon plays deep roots music. The whisky-flavored voice of lead vocalist Tom Gray Blues delivers 21st century lyrics winds around the unshakable groove of slide guitarist Mark Johnson. Winners of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2003, the band’s music has been featured on Showtime, Lifetime, the Food Network and other TV. Blues, a songwriter, was named The Roots Music Association’s 2008 Songwriter of the year and penned Cyndi Lauper’s hit “Money Changes Everything,” among many other songs.
Delta Moon tours extensively in the United States, Canada and Europe. Their 2015 release, Low Down, reached #2 on the Roots Music Report’s Contemporary Blues Chart and was named one of the Best Albums of 2015 by both DownBeat and Blues Music Magazine. Their latest album, Cabbagetown (2017) — named for one of the band’s favorite Atlanta neighborhoods —has received enthusiastic audience response.
Delta Moon’s latest album, Cabbagetown — named for one of the band’s favorite Atlanta neighborhoods — came out in March 2017. Delta Moon is Tom Gray; lead vocals, lap steel guitar, guitar and keyboards, Mark Johnson; vocals, guitar, mandoguitar and lap steel guitar, Franher Joseph; vocals, electric and upright bass and Marlon Patton; drums and percussion.
“Delta Moon is deep blues with a fury…. Hot stuff!” — Vintage Guitar
Friday, August 31: Fireside Collective.
Winners of the 2016 Merle Fest Band Competition, Fireside Collective is quickly blazing a name for themselves as a must-see progressive acoustic ensemble. Formed in 2014, Fireside is a group of folk music enthusiasts who blend elements of traditional bluegrass and American roots music with modern acoustic arrangements. With an energetic live show, the band presents finely crafted original music infused with impeccable solos and tight harmonies. Captivating listeners with songs centered around change, relationships, and being on the road, they transition smoothly between danceable bluegrass numbers and passionate folk ballads. With mandolin, dobro, and acoustic guitar layered eloquently on top of rock solid standup bass, Fireside Collective delights in tastefully exploring the boundaries of roots music. The Fireside Collective is Jesse Iaquinto (mandolin, vocals), Tommy Maher (dobro, vocals), Carson White (bass, vocals), Joe Cicero (guitar, vocals) and Alex Genova (banjo, vocals).