Summer Tracks concert series returns in June

Published 12:24 pm Thursday, May 11, 2023

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Six free concerts to take place in downtown Tryon


TRYON—Tryon’s most popular summer music series is returning next month, as Summer Tracks brings the party back to Rogers Park for its 23rd season. With New View Reality as presenting sponsor, this six-concert series is scheduled in June, July and August.

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June concerts begin June 9 with regional favorite Sol Driven Train and their Afro-Caribbean rhythms combined with funky New Orleans-style brass, singing songs about love, loss and long johns. Then on June 30, Reedy River String Band—which has taken the Southeast music scene by storm— plays foot-stompin’ Appalachian roots music in three-part harmony, infused with rock ‘n roll.

Two weeks later, on July 15, Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters will perform. Organizers suggest getting to the venue early because this country/Americana band consistently packs out the park. On July 28, Russ Wilson & His Famous Orchestra, with chanteuse Wendy Jones, bring sounds of the big band era to Rogers Park. Tune selections include those of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Jimmie Lunceford, Chick Webb and many other greats.

On August 11, Unspoken Tradition takes the Summer Tracks stage once again with a bluegrass sound that’s impassioned, nostalgic, hard-driving and sincere. No Depression: The Journal of Roots Music wrote of this group’s latest album, Imaginary Lines, “Without straying from their Carolina bluegrass roots, the vocal, lyrical and instrumental variety on the new album is bound to appeal to fans of folk, Americana and traditional country music.” 

The series’ sixth and final concert, on August 25, features Abby Bryant & The Echoes. Regarded as a standout of vintage-inspired Americana and soul rock, Bryant’s raw vocal talent is well supported by the Echoes, a confident and dynamic band. Her bluesy, Southern rock voice has drawn comparisons to one of her musical heroes, Susan Tedeschi.

A full schedule including performers bios and photos can be found at All shows begin at 7 p.m. In case of rain, concerts will move across the street inside Tryon Fire Dept. Trade Street Creamery & Sandwich Shoppe will be selling hotdogs, wraps, ice cream, desserts, water and soft drinks.  Alcohol consumption is allowed in the park but is not for sale.  Audience donations along with many local business and individual sponsors make these shows possible. 

Submitted by Peter Eisenbrown