Sol Driven Train performs in Rogers Park Aug. 20

Published 3:31 pm Monday, August 16, 2010

Charlestons own Sol Driven Train performs at Rogers Park on August 20 for the fifth concert in Summer Tracks six-concert summer series.

The evening opens with Sol Driven Trains (www.soldriventrian.com) award-winning childrens show. The groups first childrens CD, Tajar Tracks, was voted Best Childrens Album of 2005 in South Carolina. The groups collection of personalities and its quirky combination of strings, horns and inventive lyrics have made it a favorite among children and their parents.

We have a lot of kids at our community and festival performances, says Joel Timmons, singer, guitarist and songwriter with the group. It is the coolest thing to see kids and parents sharing our music. The music business can be sort of soul-less at times, so seeing families rocking and dancing to our tunes is really heartwarming.

After the childrens set, Sol Driven Train retakes the stage with a somewhat more mature big-band blend of world-beat, southern fried funk and beach-boy (if not Beach Boys) style harmony. Stylistically, this band mixes Allmanesque Southern rock, languid world-beat, swampy funk and melodies as they swap lead singers and instruments. The horn section adds an extra dimension to the genre-blurring jam party.

The band is celebrating 10 years and 1,000 shows together and the bands original three members Russell Clarke on saxophone and vocals; Ward Buckheister on trombone, guitar and vocals; and Joel Timmons on guitar and vocals grew up in Wando, S.C. They are joined by Rusty Cole on bass and vocals and Wes Powers on drums. Theyve been touring in celebration of their latest CD titled Believe.

As with all Summer Tracks concerts, the show starts at 7 p.m. and is free, though a voluntary donation at the gate is encouraged. The sponsorships provided by local businesses also make these shows possible. Again, Giardinis wood-fired pizzas, homemade ice cream, water and soft drinks will be for sale.

The Summer Tracks series offers a mix of musical styles. Concerts run from 7 to 10 p.m. Scheduled to perform are:

August 20 Sol Driven Train (opening set will be their childrens show, followed by their mix of world beat and funk)

Sept. 3 The Firecracker Jazz Band (jazz, Dixieland, big band, music from 1890-1940)

Summer Tracks is produced by the Town of Tryon in affiliation with Peter Eisenbrown of Blockparty Productions. The popular and well attended series attracts people from all over the region. Last year, the concerts drew an estimated 2,000 people to downtown Tryon.

For more information about Summer Tracks and the performers, contact Polk County Travel and Tourism at 800-440-7848 or 828-894-2324 and visit www.firstpeaknc.com or the new Tryon events website www.tryonevents.org.