Summer Tracks opens with tribute to Simone June 7 at Roger’s Park in TryonPublished 5:44pm Wednesday, June 5, 2013
The Peggy Ratusz Band opens the 2013 Summer Tracks Concert Series on June 7 in Roger’s Park with a special tribute to Nina Simone. Simone, who was born in Tryon in 1933 and died in France in 2003, continues to be celebrated worldwide for her music and her activism. Often introduced as “The High Priestess of Soul,” she was classically trained but is best known for her work in Blues, Jazz, Pop and Soul. Today, musicians from every genre claim Simone as an important influence.
To honor such a musical legacy, The Peggy Ratusz Band has put together an evening of Simone’s most loved works. In addition, bandleader and chanteuse Peggy Ratusz has invited vocalist Rockell Scott to join her at the microphone to blend their versatile and emotive voices in this celebration. Blues fans can count on being treated to such Simone favorites as “Sugar In My Bowl,” “Turn Me On” and “Ain’t No Use.” Fans of Simone’s Jazz performance can look forward to “Just In Time,” “Love Me Or Leave Me,” and “My Baby Just Cares For Me.” And everyone will enjoy Ratusz and Scott’s interpretation of the songs that made the world pay attention when Nina Simone took the stage, songs such as “I Put A Spell On You, “See Line Woman,” “Save Me,” and many more.
Adding to the powerful vocal performances will be The Peggy Ratusz Band: Dr. William Bares on the piano, the vibrating string bass of Zack Page, and Justin Watt on drums. Ratusz and her band have become a favorite in local Jazz and Blues circles. They enjoy a robust following in their home base of Asheville and throughout the region.