Welcome to Summer Tracks @ Rogers Park Amphitheater Tryon, North Carolina

The 2018 Summer Tracks Event Calendar:

55 W. Howard St, Tryon NC 28782

June 1 | June 15 | July 6 | July 20 | August 3 | August 17 | August 31

rain-dateSMIf 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.


>  Show begins at 7 p.m. in Rogers Park >

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).


Rain or Shine, Another Fine Summertracks Time

Friday, August 17: Delta Moon.


Delta Moon plays deep roots music. The whisky-flavored voice of lead vocalist Tom Gray delivers 21st century lyrics that wind 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. Gray, 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. They’re described by Downbeat as “a musical atmosphere of swampland sultriness…impressive”. Their use of slide guitars has been described as “magical” for Blues Matters (UK).

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 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 3: The Paper Crowns Electric Band

The Paper Crowns

The Paper Crowns’ Spiro and Nicole are one of the premier duos on the Southeast music scene. For this special concert, they have returned to their jam and psychedelic roots with their full-on electric six-piece ensemble – The Paper Crowns Electric Band. Their sound is a medley of Blues, Southern Rock, American Folk and Jazz, Gospel and Funk. Their musical intensity and soul has earned them comparisons to Tedeschi Trucks Band.

Tonight’s show features Nicole Nicolopoulos (vocals, guitar), Spiro Nicolopoulos (vocals, guitar), Steve Kemble (drums, Percussion), Ryan Crabtree (bass), Lenny Pentinelli (keyboard) and Jay Good (drums,(percussion).

The Paper Crowns have played such events as: LEAF (2018), Warren Haynes Christmas Jam by Day, Mountain Sports Festival, Soulshine Farm Music Festival, South By South East and more. Their music has found placement in major network TV campaigns and online ad campaigns including for the Olympic Games, Visa, Court TV and Pepsi.

“The Paper Crowns…songs cross so many genres that all you need to know is that if you like music, there’s something for you there.” (Vanessa Franko – Press Enterprise). For more info check out www.ThePaperCrowns.com

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, 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

Another Fantastic  Show! Great Crowd! Thank you everyone!

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).

Great Show! Great Crowd! 1st of Summer Tracks. Thank you everyone!

Friday, June 1: Love Is A Rose — Celebrating the Music of Torch Singer, Linda Ronstadt:


Love is a Rose, Celebrating the Music of Torch Singer, Linda Ronstadt takes place at Summer Tracks on Friday, June 1st

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.

FULL HOUSE at Rogers Park, July 3rd, 2015 with Peggy Ratuz Tribute to Bonnie Raitt
Summer Tracks has many first time performers and continues the great diversity in musical styles that the series is known for. This is my 19th season since I started the series in 2000. I’ll be emailing sponsor packages soon but drop me a line if you want to become a new sponsor.

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Summertime Rhymes!