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 Feb.28, 2017

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, receptions 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.   

gofundmeHistoric Capri Theatre “Capri on Main” in downtown Gaffney has reached its 80th year of continuous operation and hopes to keep on going to hit its 100 year anniversary but needs your help with getting there. This fall/winter season with high winds and heavy rains was brutal on the aging roof and needs some TLC. The Capri Theatre opened in 1936 and operated as a movie theatre for 72 years. Single-screen movie theaters are difficult at best to find today and very few exist in their original downtown setting. It is believed to be one of the oldest theaters still in operation in the Southeast. 

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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Saturday Night Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Open Mic

Posted on Feb.28, 2017

Unless RESERVED OR BOOKED FOR A SHOW please check schedule. Beginning Aug 5th on Saturday nights music starts around 7:30pm, come by to sit in or to hear local musicians from the upstate and foothills music scene. We do have featured artists to perform in-between the open mic artist from time to 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, 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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Dec15th $10 8pm Capri Theatre Christmas Jam, Blues Legend Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’Blues

Posted on Jan.26, 2017

The last show sold out, so make plans to get here soon.

Mac Arnold must have known at an early age that his music career would read like a “Who’s who” of Blues/R&B Legends. His high school band “J imageFloyd & The Shamrocks” were often joined by none other than Macon, Georgia native, James Brown on piano. After deciding to pursue a professional music career, he joined the Charles Miller group until 1965 when he made the move to Chicago to work with recording artist/saxophonist A. C. Reed.

In late 1966, at age 24, came the opportunity of a lifetime to join the Muddy Waters Band and help shape the electric blues sound that inspired the rock and roll movement of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Regular guests of the band included Eric Clapton, Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, and Elvin Bishop. The Muddy Waters Band (as a unit) shared the stage with the likes of Howlin’ Wolfe, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Junior Wells, Big Joe Williams, and Big Mama Thornton just to name a few. During this time, Mac played on John Lee Hooker’s “live “album, Live at the Café Au Go-Go, as well as Otis Spann’s classic recording “The Blues is Where It’s At”.

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July 29th 8pm $10 Legendary storyteller Jim Avett, opening support Kayla Goller, Drew and Marley Spencer

Posted on Jan.01, 2017

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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March 25th 8pm $5 Down from WNC Lauren and Lane, Bre Surratt to open

Posted on Jan.01, 2017

“Lauren and Lane—faces familiar to the music world answering to a new name, their middle names, to be exact. This alternative folk duo with bluegrass influence plays a variety of instruments and styles. Their sweet and melodious harmonies create a signature sound that it is unique to this project. Lauren and Lane is currently in the studio recording their debut EP. While this pair is new to the music scene, their track record speaks for itself. Already they are performing shows and featuring with other respected artists including Jim Avett, father of The Avett Brothers. We can be sure to expect great strides from Lauren and Lane.

Kellie Lane Hatley Sides and Kacie Lauren Hatley were born and bred out of small town Stanfield, North Carolina. Raised as fifth generation bluegrass musicians, the Hatley sisters are no strangers to the stage. At the age of 3, both Kellie and Kacie were quite literally thrown into the arena by singing with The Hatley Family Band, a bluegrass gospel arrangement, performing for crowds of over a thousand people. Sharing the stage with other siblings and cousins, the girls learned to harmonize at an early age.  More info http://www.laurenandlane.com/

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Sept 16th 8pm Live from “Iowa’s Renaissance Man” Chad Elliott

Posted on Jan.01, 2017

Like the dark earth of his Iowa origins, Chad Elliott’s life has served as fertile ground for music. Elliott has turned love, loss, fatherhood, divorce and homelessness into lyrics. He performs more than 200 shows each year and is lauded as “Iowa’s Renaissance man” by Culture Buzz. He has cultivated more than 1,000 songs in his career while also honing his skills as painter, sculptor and children’s book author/illustrator (Wilderman’s Treetop Tales).

Elliott’s early career demonstrates a love of folk, roots and singer-songwriter music. He has worked with many greats and shared the stage with artists of the highest caliber, including Odetta, Tom Paxton, Loudon Wainwright III, R.L. Burnside, Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, etc. Today, his songwriting has made a marked shift to Americana.

On his 20th album, “Wreck and Ruin,” Elliott dives into his love of roots-rock, soul and blues music with a rocking band behind his artfully crafted songs. Producer and drummer, Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) lined up the best rhythm and lead players in Nashville to create Elliott’s greatest album to date. Guitarist and bassist Kenny Vaughan and Dave Roe, legendary Nashville players, add the needed touches to rocket Elliott’s songs into a new arena of hard driving Americana. Here’s what Will Kimbrough had to say about “Wreck and Ruin.”

“Chad Elliott has assembled not only a great group of songs, but some of Nashville’s finest roots music practitioners and producer drummer Ken Coomer to make a soulful and beautiful album. Townes would be proud.” – Will Kimbrough
Elliott is currently working on his 21st album, titled “RINGGOLD.” This album is all about family, home and his life as a songwriter. It travels back to the roots of his hometown in Lamoni, IA. In fact, it is recorded in his grandparent’s home, which he purchased last fall. Elliott plans to release RINGGOLD in 2017.

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May 13th 8pm $5 Monkey Hill, Blues Americana

Posted on Jan.01, 2017

Members include John Hovelsrud, formerly of Cocktail Frank, Rich Proctor, formerly of The Watts, Depo Provera & Copper Hill. Steve Hyatt formerly of Groove Asylum & Two Dog Walker. Rick Kloskey, formerly of Forgiving Grace and Two Dog Walker

Chicago Blues, Texas Blues, Delta Blues, Jazz Blues, British Blues, Country Blues, and the list goes on. All historically rooted to a region or an era or a specific group of players. All of them popular in their own right. “Monkey Hill” borrows our favorites adds our own unique style and gives our audiences a sample of each.

“Monkey Hill’s” set lists are a melting pot of all the aforementioned genres of the blues, with equal respect paid to the rock, country and jazz music that has also tickled our ears over the past several decades. While still rootsy to its core, “Monkey Hill” represents a modern evolution of the blues, Blues Americana.

At the end of the day, we are four friends who share the same common thread, a love of music, a love of our region and putting a smile on the faces of our followers.

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