Welcome to the Historic Capri Theatre, Performance Venue / Live music / Special Events. Far from “Just a Bar.”
Posted on Nov.14, 2015
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 special events/performance venue, 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.
Posted on Oct.17, 2015
On Tuesday 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 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.
Sept 29th Sofia Talvik, International Sweden Star, US tour
Rising star from Sweden. Sofia has emerged like a lady of the forest, bringing a new interesting side to folk music. She’s playing a unique blend of folk-pop (someone said Neo-Folk). This American genre filtered through her Swedish heritage, becomes something totally unique, a blend that has attracted attention from American reviewers, blogs and music lovers, allowing her tour the US several times. In 2008, she became the first Swedish female singer to play the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago.
Sofia Talvik was born on an island just off the west coast of Sweden. At the tender age of eighteen she left behind the comfort of home for the bright lights and lonely nights of Stockholm where every experience, good and bad, would soon take the form of a beautiful, funny or heartbreaking story destined to capture the hearts and minds of all who would hear the words when set to Sofia’s gentle, melodic acoustic guitar and minimalist back up of cellos, double bass and soft percussion.
Sofia’s debut album Blue Moon was released in 2005 to much critical acclaim followed by Street of Dreams in 2007 which features a duet with indie pop icon Bernard Butler from British band Suede, released on her then newly formed record label Makaki Music. Continuing a steady pace of releasing albums Sofia released her album Jonestown, named after the tragic 1978 event in Jonestown, Gyuana, 2008, and was the first Swedish female artist to play the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, that same year.
US indie distributer CD Baby wrote “It’s not often that an album takes your breath away, and I hate to sound hyperbolic, but “Florida” actually has several “Oh my god!” moments of sheer beauty.” about Sofia Talvik’s 2010 release Florida, and album inspired by spending a few hot summer months in Florida in 2009.
Posted on Oct.15, 2015
Chamomile and Whiskey
Chamomile and Whiskey is intoxicating. The hot young group has taken whiskey soaked americana and blended it perfectly with irish , old-time, and gypsy stylings. Since releasing their debut full-length album “Wandering Boots” (released by County Wide Records) they have been tearing up and down the east coast playing powerful original songs with a punk rock ferocity. Recently they have shared the stage with Rusted Root, Railroad Earth, J Roddy Walston and the Business, and Old Crow Medicine Show. Revered for their live performance, a Chamomile and Whiskey show is a rowdy affair of boot stompin’ and partner swingin’… best served with a shot of whiskey.
Posted on Oct.14, 2015
They 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.
Their songs are honest and real. Their live shows are just that—lively, and everybody leaves happy and smiling. Yes, their music reflects a wide range of influences: country, blues, bluegrass, jam, early rock, even jazz elements. One common thread is evident through all their influences, though, and that’s the band’s connection to American roots music. It’s the music their parents and grandparents sang to them, played for them, and later, with them. It’s evident in their musicianship, the way they blend their harmonies, and even in their song-writing. This band is not a collective of musicians playing Americana music—they’ve lived it. It’s a sound born in their blood and bone, you know that as soon as you hear their first notes, the minute you see them on stage.
Courtney Devores writes in Sound Bites: “Singer Rachel Garcia’s soulful, bluesy voice reminds me of Rosanne Cash with a touch of Janis Joplin, but she’s really got her own unique emotive sound and phrasing” and that their songs “place the band in the company of Ryan Adams and the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens.”
In CD Review, Nancy Pfingstag writes: “Flatland Tourists’ debut EP offers the best of Americana—a big tent collection of country, rock, and folk, with a little bit of gospel thrown in for good Southern measure. The band’s sound ranges from melancholic and evocative (The Only Thread) to wonderfully, respectfully irreverent (Elvis at the Fast Fare) to foot-stomping blue grass joyfulness (Cold Water River.) The clear vocals and tight harmonies bring to mind Emmylou Harris, Alabama, even CSNY (think Southern Cross), only different. The Flatland Tourists band has its own distinct sound that pays homage to the North Carolina red clay roots of its members. Gorgeous vocals, haunting lyrics, and spartan accompaniment—music to the bare bone.”
So, no, the band doesn’t think blind luck or coincidence brought them together that evening by the water tower. Not at all. Instead, they know that some form of musical karma, some force in the musical universe brought them together. You can see it when they play live, you can hear it in their music. More than that, you can feel it. They play the music of their southern, roots heritage, the music that courses through their blood and bones. They play it with peace and love in their hearts and nothing makes them happier than sharing it with their fans because, after all, we’re all Tourists on this journey, aren’t we?
So, get on the Tourists bus. Download the EP, go see a show. You’ll be glad you did.
Dec12th $10 Dr7:00/show8pm Capri Theatre Christmas Jam, Blues Legend Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’Blues
Posted on Oct.13, 2015
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 Floyd & 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”.
Posted on Oct.13, 2015
Ghost Eagle is a high energy, Appalachian rooted trio consisting of drums, telecaster and amplified harmonica. Ghost Eagle brings a huge show in a tiny package. Front man Spencer Mckenna has been at the helm of several east coast touring bands (GrassMonkey and Welcome to Hoonah) and brings his authentic southern character to full light in this stripped down incarnation. Playing without a bassist has allowed the opportunity for the role of soloist to be shared with amplified harmonica player, Robby Carden. Robby has preformed multiple times with such acts as Dangermuffin, Yarn, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, the Peoples Blues of Richmond, Larry and his Flask and has carved a formidable reputation as one of Virginia’s premier harmonica players and guest musicians. Ghost Eagle has opened for acts such as Paleface,Dangermuffin, Cornmeal, Bright Light Social Hour as well and been featured at several regional showcases and music festivals like the Blue Plate Special in Knoxville, Camp Barefoot, Front Porch Fest, Pink Moon,and Floyd Fest. After several tours throughout the the Midatlantic, Florida, Tennessee, and West Va, Ghost Eagle is looking to expand our fan base in support of the newest EP.
Posted on Oct.12, 2015