Summer Tracks 17th season kicksoff May 27

Bayou Diesel produces high-energy Cajun, Zydeco and Creole melodies that get everyone of every age up and dancing. Photo courtesy of Bayou Diesel

From Summer Tracks:


TRYON, NC—The 17th season of Tryon’s most popular summer event – Summer Tracks – kicks off on Friday, May 27 with Bayou Diesel. The show begins at 7 p.m. in Rogers Park.

This lively five-piece band based in the Asheville area has been performing traditional and “progressive” high energy Louisiana style dance music since 2002. Their music fills every venue they play with the sounds and vitality of the Louisiana bayou. They’ve performed at MerleFest twice in the past four years. With Steve Burnside on the accordions, Miriam Allen on rub board and fiddle, Paul Leech on bass, Dave Zoll on guitar, and Ben Bjorlie on drums, Bayou Diesel produces high-energy Cajun, Zydeco and Creole melodies that get everyone of every age up and dancing.

This is the first of six Summer Tracks concerts scheduled for this season. Each summer, this well produced series attracts more than 2,000 people to Tryon’s Rogers Park, drawing visitors from all over Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.

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. Manna Cabana’s delicious fresh food and home made 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. For more information about Summer Tracks and the performers visit

Summer Tracks 2016 Season:

May 27 Bayou Diesel (Zydeco, Cajun)
June 17 The Firecracker Jazz Band,
(Early 20th Century Jazz including sounds of N. Orleans and Dixieland)
July 1 Jim Peterman Quintet with Stolen Hearts ( blues duo opening.
A great night of Blues, R&B, and Funk to get the crowd moving.
July 15 Peggy Ratusz Full On Blues (Blues, Jazz, Swing and Soul. Peggy has packed the park the past 2 years with her tributes to Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt.)
Aug 5 Gigi Dover & The Big Love,
One of Summer Tracks’ favorite performers featuring a blend of Gypsy, Jazzy, Funky, Southern-soul and World Music. New CD is being released in June.
Aug 19 The Honeycutters,
Our region’s favorite Americana band based in Asheville, NC is releasing their new album “On The Ropes” May, 2016

About Dan Hesse
I grew up outside of Atlanta and moved to WNC in 2001 to attend Montreat College. After college, I worked at NewsRadio 570 WWNC as an anchor/reporter and covered Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners starting in 2004. During that time I also completed WCU's Master of Public Administration program. You can reach me at

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