Welcome to the Historic Capri Theatre, Est. 1936

Welcome to the Historic Capri Theatre, Performance Venue / Live music / Special Events Listening Room. Far from “Just a Bar.”

Posted on Jan.10, 2016

ven·ue ˈvenˌyo͞o/ noun  Listening Room
1. The place to enjoy the arts, see performances, esp. an organized event such as a concert, conference, or a community event.

A cornerstone of downtown for almost a century. Clemson Small Business Development and many other Downtown research and development groups all agree that the  Capri Theatre has been a driving force, a “Catalyst” and has BLAZED THE TRAIL for the downtown revitalization effort. Here at the Capri Theatre we offer many options that include Live comedy/music and theatrical performances. Premieres of local independent films shot right here in the upstate are shown often giving film enthusiast a chance to meet the actors and directors of the films. We are also available for corporate, civic and special events, please check calendar for dates. Our bands and performers are from all over the eastern U.S and some international. Our performers have been seen on Sun Studio Sessions, Austin City Limits, Music City Roots, TV talk shows and Major Music Festivals all over performing their originals.   

The Capri Theatre is a venue/listening room for FAMILY and ALL AGES to attend special events and performances, not a bar or private night club with set hrs every night so please scroll down or click the FB links or here for our calendar of events. 

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Thursday Night Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Open Mic fused with Trivia hosted by Donnie P

Posted on Jan.09, 2016

thursday openmicOn Thursday nights music and trivia starts around 8pm, come by to sit in or to hear local musicians from the upstate and foothills music scene while engaged in a trivia match against other teams. We do have featured artists to perform in-between the open mic artist from time to time. This is an acoustic/songwriter setting. We limit the amount of full bands to 1 due to slots for solo musicians to play and to cut down on the downtime in-between.  If you plan to bring a full band we need to schedule this ahead of time.  We encourage local artist from Gaffney, Spartanburg, Greenville, Asheville and Rockhill music scene to take this opportunity to show promoters and venue owners who come by to look for new talent what they have to offer.  Some nights we will have showcased artist that include but not limited to; Drew Spencer, Kayla Goller, Eric Towery,  Chris Garlock, Jamison Smith, Shane Pruitt, Tony Slaughter, Brian McGee, John Scoggins, Will Moore, Donovan Brooks, Justin Orr, Ali Henderson, Abbey Elmore and many more.  Many musicians from all over the country have blogged and promoted us as one of the best live music venues in the upstate.

 

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Feb 6th 8pm $5 Creative Vibes Roadshow

Posted on Jan.05, 2016

imageAs seen at many music halls and performance venues. The Creative Vibes Roadshow came about after Joel Shugart of Shugart Sound Productions promoted an Event at the Sylvia Theater in York, SC. In that event, Joel Shugart and Jeremy Courtney jammed together. Shannon and Anthony Savee with Michael Wanger Jammed together and I played as well. We decided to all be on stage together at the same time instead of taking the stage separately. The result………….TOTAL AWESOMENESS. The energy and encouragement we felt from each other was exhilarating. Definitely a great VIBE!

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Feb12th 8pm $10 Legendary storyteller Jim Avett, opening support Kayla Goller, Drew and Marley Spencer

Posted on Jan.04, 2016

jim avett 1 jim avett 2Jim Avett of Concord, North Carolina, is the son of a Methodist minister and a classical pianist who grew up in a home full of love and music, a home where he learned the importance of hard work and honest living. He and his wife instilled these same values in their children, tempered with a lot of fun, and of course, music. Jim’s guitar was an ever present instrument, and there was always singing.

As much as he enjoyed writing and performing music, Jim put his family first and spent 35 years running his welding company, building bridges along much of the east coast in order to provide for them. After retiring from welding, he returned to music and recorded Jim Avett and Family, a collection of gospel music, with his children, Bonnie, Scott and Seth in 2008. Soon after, in 2010, he released Tribes, a collection of original tunes ranging from soulful love ballads like the title track to the more lighthearted, “Fight with a Bottle of Booze”. In Second Chance, Jim’s latest offering, the influences of classic country and early rock and roll are apparent. Once again, he draws on life experiences to write songs about love (“Pictures in the Attic”), boyhood memories, (“Willard”), and loss (“Holy Ground”).

You can find Jim performing in listening rooms and at festivals from the Southeast to New England. His shows are a combination of beloved country tunes, his original ballads, and the stories he tells to introduce them. Once comes away from a Jim Avett performance with the feeling that this is an honest man sharing his life and his love of music. It’s like spending the evening on the front porch singing and talking with a good friend.

imageOpening will be Drew, Marley and Kayla, a group of music majors that have been all over the upstate music scene. If you want to know who is the next generation of singer/songwriters to carry on live music performances, you will want to be here for the opening at 8pm.

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Feb 20 8pm $5 Blackbeard’s Truck Columbia’s own

Posted on Jan.04, 2016

blackbeards truckDUE TO WEATHER DATE TO BE RESCHEDULED Entertaining the southeast since 1996, Blackbeard’s Truck has come a long way since their humble beginnings. Formed originally by Grant Wooten and Mac Leaphart, Blackbeard’s Truck performed their first show for a high school graduation celebration. As time moved on and so did the guys to their respective colleges and universities, Blackbeard’s Truck followed Wooten to the University of South Carolina. Growing and ever changing with new musicians and their varying talents and skills, the band went from playing the typical fraternity show to playing in local bars and other special events, captivating audiences at every show. Through the years, the Truck has seen some come and go for various reasons but has continued to maintain excellent showmanship and entertainment for the audiences they play for with the talents of the members that have come to form what the band is known as of today, some of which have been a part of the group almost from the beginning. If Blackbeard’s Truck is missing a weekend of rocking out a venue near you, you can guarantee, they are writing, rehearsing, and recording their upcoming albums. The sophomore album BFL is available on iTunes.

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Mar 12th 9pm $10 Flatland Tourist, Red Clay Roots Music. Carolina’s Music Award 2015 Winners

Posted on Jan.03, 2016

flatlandThey are the Carolinas Music Awards 2015 Americana Band of the Year. They’ve played Americana festivals, venues, and performance centers throughout the Southeast. Opened for national Americana act, Shovels and Rope. Their first EP spent almost two months in the Top Ten on the Roots Music Report charts. Their shows are filled with happy, smiling, dancing people. They have red clay roots and it shows in their music. Flatland Tourists started their musical journey together in 2013, and for them, every day and every gig since feels like a vacation.
One evening in 2013, a local cover band was playing an outdoor show at the water tower in the small town of Waxhaw, NC. It may have been serendipity, blind luck, or just a coincidence that guided Billy Bost, Rachel Garcia, Frank Sutton, Joe Williams, and Kevin Winchester to that show. But that evening, all five of them eventually found themselves standing near the water tower, listening to the other band. Something brought them to that specific time and moment in space. They’d all known of each other for years from playing in other area projects, but had never worked together. A week later, that changed when the first Flatland Tourists rehearsal took place. It didn’t take long before they all knew they’d found something special. They focused on writing songs, building harmonies, tightening the band.
Within a few months, they were playing gigs at Americana venues in the Charlotte area. More shows followed, the fan base grew. Mark Williams, Grammy winning producer and engineer (REM, Southern Culture on the Skids, Hootie & the Blowfish) heard them at a show in Charlotte and they soon agreed on his involvement as producer of their first EP. Little King Records released their self-titled debut in 2014. The EP spent 12 weeks in the Roots Music Report Americana Chart Top Ten with the single “No Work, No Pay” rising as high as #2 and staying in the Top Ten Singles chart for 16 weeks, and the single “Cold Water River” rising as high as #3 and staying in the Top Ten Singles chart for 10 weeks. Since then, the band has expanded their venues beyond the Charlotte area; they’ve played opening support for national acts such as Shovels and Rope, and have appeared at festivals throughout the region like Tennessee’s Summer Solstice Festival and the National Whitewater Center’s River Jam. Affirming their rise in the genre and popularity in the area, they were nominated and chosen as the winners in the Americana Category for a 2015 Carolinas Music Award.

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Mar 25th 8pm $10 David Childers and the Serpents, Amigo to open

Posted on Jan.02, 2016

david childersThroughout his 20-year career as a singer, songwriter and bandleader, Childers has written about the tension between secular and religious impulses. His albums have always included songs of wild hedonism and uplifting faith but, as his new album, Serpents of Reformation,evolved, he found himself drawn to themes of salvation and repentance. “I wrote a few new gospel-type songs and the music took on a life of its own. The songs all look at the forgiveness that’s at the heart of Christian philosophy, even though you don’t see a lot (of forgiveness) in the world today.”

Childers usually tracks his records live, with minimal overdubs. This time, he let his son Robert and co-producer Neal Harper control the creative process. “I didn’t set out to make a gospel album,” David Childers says,  “I wanted to make a hip-hop record. I’d been listening to a lot of the stuff RL Burnside recorded late in his career. He had a lot of hip hop beats and electronic rhythms in the background. I told my son Robert, who knows a lot about recording technology that I wanted to do a record like that. We started by recording ‘Life of Jesus,’ a song I did with The Gospel Playboys in the 90s, and took off from there.

I first saw David Childers perform on a hot, humid night in July 2000 at the legendary Double Door Inn in Charlotte, NC. Most of the songs he performed that evening were filled with the subject matter of Jesus, damnation, salvation, the devil, forgiveness, and redemption. I will never, ever forget it. It was such an inspiration that the next day I wrote David a personal letter asking him if we could make a record together about those things in which he was singing about. We have been friends ever since. No record or manager contract. Just a handshake. 

It is my hope David’s greatness as a songwriter and artist will be recognized and appreciated by many in years to come. Please lend an ear to his latest release, ‘Serpents of Reformation,’ and experience for yourself the same power that moved me so, that mesmerizing Summer night some fourteen years ago.  — Dolph Ramseur

“David is the most prolific North Carolina songwriter alive. Everywhere I go people ask about him. It is great to see people constantly discovering this man and his massive body of work.” – Bob Crawford of The Avett Brothers 

AmigoAmigo jams econo in the footsteps of their punk rock heroes. Their music comes from their imaginations, where  east Texas honky tonks are infiltrated by weird and flamboyant art school kids and, somehow, everybody gets along famously! The music is about magic and despair, gettin’ yer rocks off, not gettin’ yer rocks off, being filled with innocence and wonder and then the world taking a giant dump on your head. Oh, yeah, and it’s fun, too – because it’s ROCK & ROLL music, y’all! Amigo looks forward to seeing everybody later this year on tour in support of their debut LP, Might Could. Be cool in the world!

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