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

The 2017 Summer Tracks Event Calendar:

55 W. Howard St, Tryon NC 28782

June 2 | June 1 | July 7 | July 21 | August 4 | August 18

Musical Events Will be Announced In the Near Future!

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!

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Friday, August 19: The Honeycutters
 Honeycutters_2016_Ring_ByLeahBeilhartThe Honeycutters (photo by Leah Beilhart) are set to take the Summer Tracks stage at Rogers Park on Friday, August 19th.

The Honeycutters have a voice you can’t ignore; a voice of persistence, of struggle and of hope, a voice that leads the new music movement erupting out of Asheville, NC. Poised to release their 4th studio album On The Ropes May 20, 2016 on Organic Records, Nashville’s Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst says principal songwriter and frontwoman, Amanda Anne Platt “has a voice that’s complex, sweet and aching. Even more potently, she writes songs that folks are citing as up there with the best of the field, such as Mary Gauthier and Lucinda Williams.” Along with Platt, The Honeycutters are Rick Cooper (electric and upright bass), Josh Milligan (drums and vocal harmonies), Matt Smith (pedal steel and electric guitar), and Tal Taylor (mandolin). On The Ropes was produced by Amanda Anne Platt and Tim Surrett and engineered and mastered by Van Atkins at Crossroads Studios in Arden, NC. 

“Fitting in at country honky-tonks and hard-scrabble bars alike, the Honeycutters have built a reputation for high energy shows coupled with tight harmonies and wistfully delicate lyrics of longing, heartbreak, and the American experience,” writes Alan Cackett (UK).

In On The Ropes Platt continues to bring songs of heartache, yearning, and comebacks using phrases so relatable you wish you had thought of them yourself, ”Love ain’t ever black and white, it’s pink and gray and blue besides” (“Blue Besides”).


ManaCabanaHeader6Manna Cabana’s delicious fresh food and home made ice cream, water and soft drinks will be for sale. Here are the menu offerings for this Friday and they sound delicious!


  • On a Stick: Seasonal Fruit
  • In a Bowl:  Carolina Summer Seafood Chowder
  • On a Bread:  NC Pulled Pork on Herbed Buttermilk Biscuit
  • On a Plate:  Spicy Noodles with Roasted Farm Market Veggies
  • Dessert: Farm Made Ice Cream

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 17th 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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Friday, August 5: Gigi Dover and the Big Love
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Artist – Gigi Dover
Instrumentalist, Composer, Producer – Eric Lovell

Incorporating the sounds and vibes of world instruments:
Sitar, Ukelele, Djimbe & Glockenspiel – their sound is a fresh,
palatable blend of gypsy, jazzy, funky, southern-soul & world music. Their live shows move effortlessly from high-energy to low-swampy grooves and back again, creating a rich sonic experience being coined as “Gypsy Soul meets Russian Carnival”
Friday, July 15: Peggy Ratusz “Full On Blues”
 A well established presence in the Asheville music scene, Blues, Jazz, Soul & R&B Chanteuse Peggy Ratusz and her array of musical configurations (Daddy LongLegs/Swing Daddies/Lotion or Trio)perform an infectious, sultry, multi-layered brand of original, traditional and modern Blues, Soul. R&B and Jazz. While influences such as Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, BB King, Susan Tedeschi and Bonnie Raitt are evident, it can’t be denied that her unique soul and voice are one of a kind. She and her backing bands are particularly impressive during live performances where audiences witness her very core as it shines and is inspired by the rhythm, the melodies and content of the stories she tells. Every drop of emotion is authentic and shows all who are present, that she’s a willing servant to Jazz, Swing, Blues and Soul music. 

Friday, July 1: Jim Peterman Quintet featuring Max Hightower and Opening act: Stolen Hearts  (a great night of danceable blues)  

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The Jim Peterman Quartet (JPQ) consists of Jim Peterman on keyboards (on Hammond organ), Mac McCloud on guitar, Moss Mac on saxophone and Tim Blackwell on drums and featuring Max Hightower play rhythm/blues and funky fine jazz.

Opening the show are… Stolen Hearts … Robert Johnson has been to the  crossroads and back.  Somewhere along the way he found blues woman, Pam Taylor, on her way back from her own crossroads.  Together the blues and southern soul infused duo have been wowing crowds with their infectious original spin on American Blues & Roots music.  Pam was mentored on guitar by the legendary blues woman, Debbie Davies and Roberts natural ability to easily play any instrument he picks up catapulted these two powerhouses when their former bands dismantled in early 2014.  They stole each other’s hearts and now they are stealing hearts of fans everywhere.

Excellent Event! Great Crowd!
Friday, June 17: The Firecracker Jazz Band
 FirecrackerJazzBand5The Firecracker Jazz Band has played everywhere from street corners, speakeasies, jazz festivals from coast to coast, beer-soaked dance halls, Bonaroo and the Kennedy Center. Based in the beautiful confluence of plentiful music and majestic mountains that is Asheville, N.C., a performance by Firecracker Jazz Band is not to be missed. With jubilant vigor that spills from the stage to the streets, these six musicians revitalize traditional jazz with unbounded energy. In paying homage to the pioneers of early 20th Century Jazz, including that of Dixieland and New Orleans, Firecracker Jazz Band carries the torch that was once lit by such greats as Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong & Bix Beiderbecke
Great Crowd/Super Show! Thank you!
Friday, May 27: Bayou Diesel (Zydeco and Cajun)
The Bayou Diesel Band has been touring the bayous and valleys of Western North Carolina since 2002. Led by Steve Burnside on accordion and Tall Paul on bass, the group has performed everywhere from Merlefest to Bele Chere to Asheville’s Downtown After 5. Continuing to be a top rate dance band, now in 2013, the group plies the clublands and wedding landscapes of the Southern Appalachian tapestry. With 2 CD’s “Sold Here” and “The Bayou Diesel Band, Et Toi!”, the environmentally affable chaps are Creole contenders in the zydeco industry.

Summertime Rhymes!