Tryon Fine Arts Center announces Evening Concert Series

Published 11:08 am Wednesday, April 5, 2023

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By Kathy Woodham

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TRYON–Looking to enjoy awesome live music in an intimate but outdoor setting with a view of Western North Carolina Mountains? Look no further than Tryon Fine Arts Center where the annual Amphitheater Series kicks off next month with the first of five musical performances. 


You’ll hear hard-driving rock ’n’ roll, harmonious Americana music, classic bluegrass and new blends of music yet to be defined. Rounding out this hot musical series in the cool evening, TFAC’s final performance will have patrons on their feet dancing and swaying to classic swing, blues and Latin tunes.


“We are excited to have a great musical series lined up for our patrons and, we hope, some newcomers too! The amphitheater at TFAC truly is a wonderful venue to enjoy live music,” said TFAC’s Executive Director Marianne Carruth. “Several performers in this year’s series are from other states, so you can expect to hear some new and different musical influences as well.” 


The series kicks off Thursday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. with the banjo and mandolin music of “Smilo and the Ghost.” Hailing from the Northeast, this quartet travels up and down the east coast to deliver their hard-driving folk-rock that is influenced by the old-time genre. This band is known for its high-energy performances of Americana, bluegrass and country music.


The concert set for Thursday, May 11, brings “Fancy and the Gentlemen” to the outdoor stage with an eclectic mix of blues, honky-tonk, rock, southern gothic and classical roots. Of course, all the musical instruments will be there, including the fiddle and drums. But it will be the rich vocal harmonies and original compositions that will get this group’s music into your head for days to come. 


“The Darren Nicholson Band” brings high-energy and musical all-stars to TFAC’s outdoor stage Thursday, May 18. Sharing a respect and love of American acoustic music, these Appalachian musicians creatively blend folk, gospel, swing and bluegrass into a new listening experience. A founding member of the popular, award-winning bluegrass band Balsam Range, Darren Nicholson brings his own style of mountain music to Tryon.

For additional information about this series as well as all other upcoming events at Tryon Fine Arts Center, visit or call 828-859-8322.