Tryon ‘Summer Tracks’ continues at Rogers Park

Published 9:57 am Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Nouveaux Honkies: Tim O’Donnell & Rebecca Dawkins

This Friday, July 15, at 7 p.m. The Marc Yaxley duo and The Nouveaux Honkies take the Summer Tracks’ stage for the third concert of the season at Rogers Park.
The evening begins with jazz-blues guitar master Marc Yaxley, who has opened for jazz great Ramsey Lewis, trumpeter Maynard Ferguson and blues rocker Warren Haynes. Since moving to North Carolina in 1993, Marc has recorded six CDs and now resides in Brevard, N.C., where he teaches jazz and classical guitar. He will be joined by Cameron Austin on bass.
“If Johnny Cash and Freddy King had a baby it would be the Nouveaux Honkies,” said South Florida’s Sun Sentinel Online.
This violin, guitar, bass and drum quartet is best described as roots ‘n roll that rocks. Singer/guitarist Patrick Timothy O’Donnell’s vocal style is said to be “an amalgam of Van Morrison and Willy De Ville.” Add in violinist Rebecca Dawkins with her crafty lead lines and poppy rhythms and their blend of blues, swing and country is described as a reinvention of the musical wheel. Also featured are drummer Brian Menendez and bassist Joe Veloz. This quartet, now based in Southeast Florida, is a favorite of festivals from coast-to-coast.
Summer Tracks performances are 7-10 p.m. Giardinis wood fired pizzas, water and soft drinks will be for sale. Scheduled to perform for the next four shows are:
July 15: The Nouveaux Honkies (blues, rock, swing) and Marc Yaxley duo (jazz, classical)
July 29: The Carburetors (rockabilly, country) and Tom Fisch (folk standards)
August 12: Gigi Dover & The Big Love (Americana) and Bob Sinclair trio (new standards)
The Firecracker Jazz Band (music from 1890-1940)
Summer Tracks is produced by the Town of Tryon in affiliation with Peter Eisenbrown of Blockparty Productions.
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 or the Tryon events website, For more information on The Nouveaux Honkies visit
– article submitted by Peter Eisenbrown

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