Russ Wilson Swing Orchestra to perform at Rogers Park, Friday, June 20

Published 7:58 am Wednesday, June 18, 2014


A Summer Tracks’ favorite with fans of all ages, Russ Wilson and his Swing Orchestra take the stage at Rogers Park in Tryon on Friday, June 20. Sponsored by the Tryon Downtown Development Association (TDDA), the show begins at 7 p.m.
Wilson and his orchestra will fill the park with the big band sounds of the 1930s and 1940s. Playing well-known pieces by Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman, the orchestra will also delight audiences with more obscure yet classic-swing selections by Fletcher Henderson, Don Redman and Duke Ellington. Joining Russ (perched at the drums) and his 13 swing experts is the voice of the lovely and talented Whitney Moore.
Since 1989, Russ has played drums and vocalized on 31 albums, eight of those being his own projects. For 30 years Russ has worked as a professional musician and has made a name for himself playing many different styles of music including Rock, Country, Gospel, Blues, R&B, Dixieland, Big Band Swing, Jazz and pit work for Broadway style shows and symphonic music. Of all these jazz and swing remain his true loves.
As with all Summer Tracks concerts, the show is free, though a voluntary donation at the gate is encouraged. Audience donations along with the generous sponsorships of local businesses and individuals make these shows possible. JR’s wood-fired pizzas, ice cream, water and soft drinks will be for sale.
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 828-859-6655 or visit

– article submitted
by Peter Eisenbrown

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