TFAC holds second Chase Away the Blues benefit concert

Published 6:07 pm Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Singer/songwriter Daryle Ryce returns to Tryon Fine Arts Center’s second annual Chase Away the Blues on Saturday, Feb. 2. Ryce will open the Main Stage portion of the event, which runs from 5-11 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the box office 828-859-8322 and online at (photo by Chris Bartol)

On Saturday, Feb. 2, leave your troubles behind and head up to “Club TFAC” for a night of nonstop blues from 5-11 p.m.

Tryon Fine Arts Center is bringing together players living in the area with a following from coast to coast to play nonstop music in the lobby, in the Mahler Room, and on the main stage at TFAC.

Schedule of performers

This unusual evening of blues music in multiple venues within the building will support programming and operations of Tryon Fine Arts Center.  Doors open at 5 p.m. with music in the lobby and Mahler Room. Concerts on the Main Stage start at 5:30 p.m. and will end around 11 p.m. Each Main Stage entertainer will play for approximately 45 minutes. The musicians will mix it up at the end of the evening during the “jam.”

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In between each set on the main stage, boogie woogie piano will play in the lobby and a variety of artists will continue the beat in the Mahler room.

Among scheduled performers are Daryle Ryce and the Shane Pruitt Band from Spartanburg, S.C. and Rudy Blue Shoes Wyatt from Greenville, S.C. via San Francisco. New this year from Greenville is headliner Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’Blues.  Chuck Beattie, AKA “Dr. Blues,” will bring his Chicago sound down the mountain from Asheville. Rounding out the wide range of blues, soul, jazz and funk are local musicians Tommy Lytle and the Jim Peterman Quartet.

Ticket prices differ for general admission and the VIP Lounge. Food and beverages will be available at the venue for sale, and will be included with the VIP ticket price. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 828-859-8322, at the box office at 34 Melrose Avenue in Tryon, or online at

Tryon Fine Arts Center, located on Melrose Avenue in the Town of Tryon, has been a center for participation in the visual and performing arts for more than 43 years attracting a diverse range of audiences.