Music flows all night as TFAC Chases Away the Blues Feb. 2

Published 6:46 pm Wednesday, January 30, 2013

No matter your favorite style of blues, you’ll find it at Tryon Fine Arts Center during Chase Away the Blues — the nonstop night

Mac Arnold headlines Saturday night’s Chase Away the Blues concert at Tryon Fine Arts Center. Tickets for this benefit concert sponsored by Pisgah Brewing are available online at or at the box office by calling 828-859-8322. (photo submitted)

of music happening Saturday, Feb. 2. The music begins at 5 p.m.

Band sponsor for this event is Pacolet Milliken. Performers include Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’Blues, Shane Pruitt Band, Dr. Blues Chuck Beattie, Rudy Blue Shoes Wyatt, Jim Peterman Quartet, Daryle Ryce and Tommy Lytle. Venues in the TFAC building will include the Main Stage, the lobby and the Mahler Room. Music will play in the Mahler Room and the lobby between the acts on the Main Stage.

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In the Mahler Room  (in order of appearance):

Tommy Lytle: Opening the blues piano bar in the TFAC lobby is Spartanburg native, local businessman and blues artist Tommy Lytle. Tommy has played guitar, saxophone and piano since the early 60’s, and has performed in recent years at private events and with local bands including Rob and The Mob, The Jim Peterman Quartet and The Special Edition Band.

Daryle Ryce: Born and raised in Spartanburg, the singer, songwriter and guitarist Daryle Ryce has developed a national and international fan base. According to Fred Goodman of Rolling Stone magazine, Ryce is “a distinctive and uniquely American artist…an outstanding pianist and guitarist, equally comfortable playing bluegrass, country, swing, jazz, bossa nova and folk.” Her admirers include Chet Atkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich and Pat Boone.

Jim Peterman: Jim was the resident organist and pianist in the Steve Miller Band from mid-1967 until 1968 and played on two of their albums.  Jim is a solo and ensemble musician playing throughout North and South Carolina.

In the lobby throughout the evening

Rudy Blue Shoes Wyatt: Rudy is a powerful, high-energy boogie player with a flair for New Orleans jazz and conveys an authentic feeling for each style. Originally and currently from Greenville, S.C. Rudy has played all over the country starting at the age of 17 in the Whiskey A-Go-Go in Atlanta. Rudy has played on The Arches Boogie Piano Stage of the Queen City Blues Festival with countless boogie icons like Big Joe Duskin, Johnnie Johnson and Bob Seeley.

On the Main Stage (in order of appearance):

Daryle Ryce: Daryle is back at Chase Away the Blues on the Main Stage by popular demand. A local treasure, Daryle will blow you away.