Welcome to the Historic Capri Theatre, Est. 1936

Capri Theatre Roof Fund, 80 yrs still entertaining!

Posted on Mar.28, 2016

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.

 

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

Posted on Jan.31, 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. 

CAPRI ON FB

LIVE PERFORMANCES

CAPRI RESERVE

VENUE RENTAL

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SINGER/SONGWRITER NIGHT

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

Posted on Jan.30, 2016

tuesdayOn 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, 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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May 6th 8pm Justin McCorkle Band and BUCK SHOALS

Posted on Jan.29, 2016

buck mccorkleJustin McCorkle, the only son of Marshall Tucker Band founding member George McCorkle, feels he was put here to play music and to bring that feeling that only a real song can bring to music fans. Justin has shared the stage with many stars of all types, from multiple Grammy winning members of The Zac Brown Band to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members, to Southern Rock legends. As a singer/songwriter and publishing company owner he has worked with and been groomed for success by some of the best of the business from Nashville, TN to Los Angeles, CA.

McCorkle is the lead guitar player for The Southern Boys Band from Birmingham, AL. When this band decided to take a step back from music professionally, McCorkle decided to get back to his roots. He was approached by Garage Door and Super Spin Records. When this record deal opportunity knocked, McCorkle opened the door. With a new recording project and tour dates on the horizon to support the new record, McCorkle needed a band. Not just any band, but a band that would bring the vision to life.

This band is Rock, Country, Blues, R&B, Southern Rock, you name it, the influence is there. This comes by no other means than its members.

Alison Turner Watson, a Converse College graduate and board certified music therapist, brings flute and keys to the mix. Her soulful, yet controllably delivered vocals mesh right in. Her flute brings a totally different dynamic to the sound and keys round out the band’s production.

JJ Guerrieri brings his monster slide guitar that is in your face and something that is not easily forgotten. Guerrieri also shares the lead and rhythm duties with Justin. He has been a staple of the Spartanburg SC music scene for quite some time now and for good reason. He’s an incredibly versatile guitar player that excels at any genre of music.

Michael Johnson’s percussion style is certainly his own. Derived from metal and grunge influences Johnson has no problem falling back to the fundamentals of any style making him beyond versatile. Johnson is just as at home playing the blues as he is metal or country. For good reason, Johnson has been at the music scene for a number of years now and could be one of Spartanburg’s best kept secrets.

Michael Wilkerson, originally from Charlotte, NC, stays in the driver’s seat of this band with his smoky bottom end bass lines. Wilkerson is a blues fanatic and has a heart for soulful music in general. Being a grunge influenced bass player his style transitions quite well with some very innovative impressions on the overall sound.

Lastly Justin McCorkle brings the lead vocals as well as rhythm and lead guitar. McCorkle being a versed musician and in the music business literally all his life brings the ziplock to the sandwich bag for this band.

In a time of less and less recreation for everyone they bring a breath of fresh air-that feeling that only a performance from the heart and soul can deliver. The music is just a downright good time and a great feeling. Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself!

Formed in 2015, “Buck Shoals” is a five piece band that defies categorization. All of the members met, and are currently enrolled in, the music program at USC Upstate, where they are learning to hone their craft while submersing themselves in musical diversity. The members consist of Drew Spencer- Vocals & Guitar, Marco Taveras- Piano & Vocals, Dalton Guest- Drums & Vocals, Tripp Hammett- Bass, and Matt Neely- Guitar. During a Buck Shoals performance, the audience should expect both vocal and guitar harmonies, intricate rhythmic structuring, and improvisation. Buck Shoals strives to not be confined by genres or labels, which is made obvious in their original material.

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June 10th 8pm $10 Pam Taylor & The Stolen Hearts, Off the Wall to open

Posted on Jan.28, 2016

stolenheartsclubWhat do you get when you cross two multi-talented, award winning, Charlotte area artists, both surviving troubles from their pasts and now telling their stories together in song…with a beautiful, “written in the stars” love story to boot?  You get Stolen Hearts! 

Pam Taylor and Robert Johnson Jr.  have stolen each other’s hearts and are now stealing the hearts of fans, young and old, everywhere!  Together, this dynamic duo is well on their way straight to the top and it’s no wonder with what these two have accomplished as individual artists!

Take a look at Robert Johnson Jr. , former founding member and front-man of local Charlotte area band, Moses Jones. Like his namesake, Robert Johnson Jr. has been to the crossroads and his songs illustrate his journey from the roots of his Westside Charlotte upbringing, to the spotlight of the Charlotte music scene. His songs reflect the days of his youth and also what every songwriter strives to do, tell a story. 
Having never had a single musical lesson Robert Johnson Jr. was given his first “real” 6 String Guitar at age 10. Rarely did one see him without it. Hard work and devotion to his personal responsibilities and his God given inner musical drive has given us this talented, humble man who now, since realizing that his dream is coming true, wants to tell us thru his original songs, the stories that make him Robert Johnson Jr. 

Winner for Best Singer/Songwriter 2014 Charlotte Music Awards

Nominated for Best Rock Male 2013 Carolina Music Awards

Nominated for Best Rock Male 2013 Queen City Music Awards

Feature in Americana Rhythm Music Magazine June 2014 Issue

Pam Taylor is a Singer /Songwriter/Guitar player from a small town in South Carolina, who is also 3rd generation musician.  Her grandfather is a singer/guitar player and her father also plays the saxophone. She grew up singing, playing piano, writing and often performed in plays and with choral groups. At age 18, her father gave her her first guitar, a Washburn acoustic, in which she taught herself how to play. After discovering she had a knack for songwriting as well, she hasn’t looked back. This has been a life-long dream of Taylor who has shared the stage with such artists as Los Lobos, Trampled Under Foot, Tommy Castro, Debbie Davies, Kofi Burbridge, Deanna Bogart, Elvin Bishop and Deborah Coleman…and that’s just to name a few!  It’s no wonder she’s making waves, in only 2 years on music scene the expressive singer already has multiple nominations and wins for Best Blues Band, Best Female Rock Artist, Best songwriter, Best Vocalist, Best Blues Rock Release (Hot Mess) from the Carolina’s all the way across the pond. Her debut release, Hot Mess, is getting worldwide airplay and the title track was even noted by USA Today as being one of their top 10 intriguing tracks. Her high energy live performances are drawing the attention of fans everywhere.

WINNER 2012 Charlotte Music Awards for “Best Female Rock Band” and “Best Blues Band” 
Voted Created Loafing Magazines Readers pick for ” Best Local Songwriter” 
1st Runners Up in the 2012 Charlotte Blues Society Talent Competition 
Nominated for Best Rock Female 2013 – Carolina Music Awards 
WINNER  Best Rock Female 2013- Queen City Music Awards 

OFF THE WALL

Always a local favorite. We have had Off The Wall open and headline over the past few yes here at the Capri Theatre. With Will on lead vocals and lead guitar, he is backed by the band featuring Rachael- rhythm guitar, vocals Marisa- keyboard, vocals Ethan- drums. This group demonstrates a soulful, bluesy and ease with innovations of both classics and new top 40’s. “Off the wall” is a sure sign that live music is going strong in the younger generation.

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June 25th 8pm $5 Creative Vibes Roadshow, The Story of Light and The Hess Family Band

Posted on Jan.27, 2016

As 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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July 9th/$10/8pm Nashville Star Greg Pope and the Popmonsters

Posted on Jan.27, 2016

gp header 6-09Greg PopeGreg Pope is a Nashville based power pop artist whom you may or may not have heard on the radio, though his songs have likely made it into your living room via TV shows like America’s Next Top Model and Last Comic Standing. In power pop circles he is perhaps best known for his 2008 release “Popmonster” which landed him in the top ten lists of most of the sought-after web sites and blogs of the day. Since then he has released six solo albums including his most recent “Fanboy” earning him titles such as “A one-man thermonuclear bomb” (popgeekheaven. com) and “The Pope of Powerpop” (AbsolutePowerpop.com). Prior to his solo endeavors it was Pope’s Nashville based power pop trio Edmund’s Crown that caught the attention of television, with Dawson’s Creek and NBC’s Providence featuring the band’s songs on multiple episodes.
Pope’s live act, The Popmonsters, includes session drummer and former Edmund’s Crown member David Sprouse, bass player and back up singer Jon Putnam, and Pope’s seventeen year old son Asher on rhythm guitar and back up vocals. The band covers Pope’s solo releases and his Edmund’s Crown  material with surprise doses of The Who, ELO, Big Star and The Beatles thrown in for good measure.
“I believe this: Greg Pope is one of the most important artists on the power pop scene. His work with  Edmund’s Crown was worthy of any pop fan’s  ardour. His solo work is a whole different plane of accomplishment and consistently jaw-droppingly  astonishing.” Excerpt from the book Power Pop Prime, Vol 9 by Bruce Brodeen

Off the wallAlways a local favorite. We have had Off The Wall open and headline over the past few yes here at the Capri Theatre. With Will on lead vocals and lead guitar, he is backed by the band featuring Rachael- rhythm guitar, vocals Marisa- keyboard, vocals Ethan- drums. This group demonstrates a soulful, bluesy and ease with innovations of both classics and new top 40’s. “Off the wall” is a sure sign that live music is going strong in the younger generation.

 

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