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 16 | July 7 | July 21 | August 4 | August 18 and… Added September 8th Show, The Paper Crowns!

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!

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


ManaCabanaHeader6This week’s menu from The Manna Cabanna features:

Short Ribs
Baked Beans
Mac N Cheese
Shiitake Black Bean Burgers
Vanilla Ice Cream

The Paper Crowns are taking honest music from the roots of the American musical bloodline and are bringing it into the here and now. Their chemistry has been compared to June and Johnny. Their intimacy has drawn parallels to The Civil Wars. Their hard won stories in their lyrics have won over personal friends and fans of Shovels and Rope. Their musical intensity and soul has earned them comparisons to Tedeschi Trucks. They are earning their reputation as the genuine article and as a band on the cutting edge of the modern roots music movement.

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Their musical chemistry is a gumbo of Appalachian folk and bluegrass, Dixieland melodies, delta blues, acid rock, murder ballads, outlaw country and Southern Gospel that they cook up into a sound that they call mojo roots music. The Paper Crowns’ Nicole and Spiro pair their tight vocal harmonies with tasty musicianship and instrumentation sounding big like a four piece band yet always honors their intimacy and rawness as a duo. They have played at events such as Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Summer Meltdown, Baja Bash, The House of Blues and more.

For this concert The Paper Crowns are bringing a 6 piece band to really rock out the park!

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 18th 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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Great Show/Super Turnout, Thank you-all very much!

Summer Tracks 2017 Schedule:

Friday, June 2nd ~  Tellico (www.tellicoband.com) Bluegrass and Americana.

Tellico is a fine product of Asheville NC’s thriving Roots Music scene, its members well schooled in Bluegrass but with an unbridled organic Appalachiacana sound. Formed in 2014 Tellico independently released their debut album Relics and Roses in June, 2015. Tellico features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle) and Stig Stiglets (bass, harmonica), with Aaron Ballance on dobro and Jed Willis on mandolin and clawhammer banjo. Anya, Stig and Aaron formed Tellico after recording four records with the Asheville-based bluegrass band Dehlia Low. Well known for their rootsy, authentic singing and vocal harmony, as well as the hard-edged nostalgic yet modern themes of their songwriting, the quartet combines some of the finest voices, songs and instrumental prowess in western North Carolina and beyond.
“Tellico makes acoustic music that is both true to tradition and uniquely their own. It’s music that has appeal for die-hard Americana and roots music fans, while it offers something to folks who never liked songs that even came close to a pair of overalls. Tellico threads the needle of top-notch musicianship and compelling songwriting while simultaneously honoring their forebears and making music that is fresh and new.” Their songwriting crafts an acoustic soundscape of Appalachian daydreams that stack up to the works of John Hartford, Emmylou Harris and the Avett Brothers. —Joe Kendrick, Southern Songs and Stories

Friday, June 16  ~ Scoot Pittman Band (www.scootmusic.com) Americana-rock-funk fun.

It takes a professional to seamlessly blend booty shakin’ rhythm with lasting, meaningful lyrics, but that is exactly what Scoot Pittman is, and it is exactly what he has done. Like mama’s Southern cookin’ sticks to your gut, Scoot’s music satisfies that sweet spot in your brain and keep a smile on your face. Expect to hear some great rock and roll, Americana, funk, soul and original music. Based in Charlotte, NC the band members are Scoot Pittman (guitar/vocals), Tony Anaya (bass/vocals), Brent Couch (drums/vocals) and Mike Huffman (keys/vocals). Scoot is the consummate entertainer and will have everybody on their feet dancing. Scoot has produced 7 Albums, 3 EP’s, 9 Compilations and a Live DVD.  He’s performed 1000’s of show at 1000’s of venues.
 ScOOt arouses every emotion in the spirit of people when he performs.
Whether it is his music or a spin on another artist, whatever the occasion,
it is satisfaction guaranteed!

Friday, July 7  ~ Big Sound Harbor  (http://www.dulcisings.com/big-sound-harbor.html) Born from the release of her first solo album, I Can Feel It (July, 2015), Big Sound Harbor plays original music by Dulci Ellenberger along with carefully-selected and thoughtfully-arranged covers. Made up of members of Holy Ghost Tent Revival, BSH boasts horns, keys, and rippin’ electric guitars. The richness of sound produced by Big Sound Harbor will envelop and engulf audiences, captivating with each song full of swirling melodies and dancing harmonies. A highly trained vocalist, Dulci combines elements of Motown, Folk, and Soul in the arrangements of her originals and pays homage to some of the known greats of our time, including Aretha Franklin and Sharon Jones in the covers chosen by the band. 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.

Friday, July 21  ~ Even Cowgirls Get The Blues: The music of Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash and Lucinda Williams.

“EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES” – a Tribute to Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash & Lucinda Williams features Peggy Ratusz, Mare Carmody and Ellen Trnka plus an amazing 6 piece backing band made of some of the region’s finest musicians.

Mare Carmody is a songwriter, and one half of the WNC duo Carver & Carmody. She has been part of the music scene in southeastern Virginia, Memphis Tennessee, Little Rock Arkansas, opening for folks like David Crosby, Jesse Winchester, and The Seldom Scene. Singing a mixture of blues and country, as well as declarations and observations on life, she can now be found performing at the clubs and breweries in the greater Asheville area.

Ellen Trnka is a vocal musician from the NYC area residing in WNC since 2002. She’s been singing professionally for over 30 years in blues and jazz bands, trios, duos and as a solo singer songwriter. Trnka’s extensive experience has landed her dates in prestigious venues from NYC all the way down the Eastern seaboard. Ellen has opened for international acts Phoebe Snow, Saffire-The Uppitty Blues Women, The Marshall Tucker Band and John Pizzarelli.

Austin, Texas transplant, Peggy Ratusz has been pulling from the cream of the Asheville music crop since moving here in 2002. This “ruby throated” chanteuse has been a finalist in the International Blues Challenge in 2008, 2010 and 2016. She’s opened for Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Geoff Achison, Denise LaSalle and the Beach Boys. As evidenced by her electric stage presence at festivals, concerts, clubs and showcases, she’s a willing servant to the music. Peggy’s known to Summer Tracks fans as the leader of two concert tributes to the music of Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt in previous concert seasons.

Friday, Aug 4  ~ Blair Crimmins and The Hookers (www.blaircrimminsandthehookers.com) Ragtime, Dixieland, Jump performed by a cookin’ 6 piece band. Get ready to Shimmy, Shake, Rattle and Roar!

Atlanta’s genre blending ensemble Blair Crimmins and The Hookers have been creating a sound that is both unique and inspired for years. Crimmins himself began developing it some time ago, honing in on the magic of ragtime and the 1920’s, coupled with some Dixieland jazz. The fourth studio album from Crimmins’ impressive creative mind is due out in February of 2017, and we haven’t been this excited in quite some time.” – Impose Magazine

Best Songwriter “Crimmins has never been more refined than on this year’s Sing-A-Longs CD. If he caters to any genre, it’s one that’s entirely his own, and that’s something a lot of guys with pens and guitars either don’t know how to do, or don’t have the guts to do.” – Creative Loafing

“Blair Crimmins & The Hookers will make a jazzbo out of you. This ain’t your great-grandfather’s ragtime, and Blair Crimmins isn’t any quaint Dixieland revivalist. He’s a rock star — and Sing-A-Longs is a boisterous good time. Swing, Hookers, swing!” – James Man (Ink 19)

Friday, Aug 18 ~ Seth Walker (www.sethwalker.com) Seth is a diverse talent encompassing blues and swing styles in his music with great songwriting. His band is known for making audiences stand up, dance, swoon a little and then clap for more.

Over the past 10 years, Seth Walker has become recognized as one of the most revered modern roots artists in the United States; a three dimensional talent comprised by a gift for combining melody and lyric alongside a rich, Gospel-drenched, Southern-inflected voice with a true blue knack for getting around on the guitar. His latest studio album, Gotta Get Back, produced by Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers, is yet another masterwork that further expands upon this reputation.

The son of classically trained musicians, Seth grew up in North Carolina but is currently splitting his time between New Orleans and New York City after previously residing in Austin and Nashville. Seth looks to artists like T-Bone Walker, Snooks Eaglin, and B.B. King as a wellspring of endless inspiration. He’s released seven albums between 1997 and 2015; breaking into the Top 20 of the Americana charts and receiving praise from NPR, American Songwriter, No Depression and Blues Revue, among others.

In addition to extensive recording and songwriting pursuits, Seth is consistently touring and has opened for The Mavericks, The Wood Brothers, Raul Malo, Paul Thorn, and Ruthie Foster, among others. Perhaps Country Standard Time said it best: “If you subscribe to the Big Tent theory of Americana, then Seth Walker –with his blend of blues, gospel, pop, R&B, rock, and a dash of country—just might be your poster boy.” Tonight’s concert features Myles Weeks (bass, vocals) and Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers on drums and vocals.