Welcome to the Historic Capri Theatre, Performance Venue / Live music / Special Events. Far from “Just a Bar.”
Posted on Jun.01, 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 Jun.01, 2015
On Tuesday 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. 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.
AUGUST 25TH FEATURED ARTIST ELLE CARPENTER
Combining Carpenter’s folk upbringing with her later pop-rock experience, the goal of this compilation is to bring home the live acoustic sound that listeners love so much, while incorporating Carpenter’s favorite unplugged instruments (acoustic guitar, fiddle, mandolin, & upright bass). The songs on this record were chosen very carefully, mostly from the original library of songs written by Elle Carpenter. As described by Carpenter, these songs are “a picture I wanted to paint about day to day life as we know and believe it to be. Not just a moment. The whole lifespan of the painting.”
Elle Carpenter, a child singer & actor from Plainfield, Vermont has recently re-located from Los Angeles, CA to Durango, CO and is excited to travel to over 30 states this year, for the first time, with a folk record in hand. Having grown up touring and singing folk music with her family & being an active participant in the central Vermont theatre scene-then performing/recording in Los Angeles with a full rock band, & appearing as an actor on popular TV shows such as Conan O’Brien, House M.D., & Grey’s Anatomy-Carpenter recently found her own as a solo artist. Full bio, schedule of shows, and album credits located at www.ellecarpenter.com
Posted on Apr.27, 2015
Hong Kong Comedy Festival Winner Ashley Strand has been delighting
audiences all over the world for more than a decade, with appearances
at the Edinburgh, Hollywood, and Washington DC Fringes, the Laughing
Devil, Laughing Skull, and Maine Comedy Festivals, and The Great
Canadian Laugh-Off. If you didn’t blink, you’ve also seen him on
Spike TV, the Travel Channel, and the Biography Channel. Wherever you
been, Uncle Ashley’s been.
Phil Keeling is fast becoming one of the most in demand acts in the
South East. With the release of his first album, Conquistadork, Phil
established himself as a unique comic voice, and a hero to geeks
everywhere. Phil is also a veteran of The North Carolina Comedy Arts
Brooke Cochran works clubs and colleges all over the region. Drawing
from many styles, and willing to takes any risk on stage, you really
never know what you’re gonna get from Brooke — except laughs!
Posted on Apr.27, 2015
Greg 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
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.
Posted on Apr.26, 2015
“When you throw one southerner and two north-easterners into a blender and then pour them out in Los Angeles you get Ned and the Dirt’s unique brand of Backyard Indie-Rock. Ned’s southern roots can be found in his preacher’s tongue and garage-party swagger, but it’s The Dirt’s northern grit that gives their music a grip on your ears. Their live performances drip with honesty (and sweat) so go get up close if you’re ready to feel. But don’t worry, you won’t be alone. You’ll be having those feelings with everyone in the crowd, and then you’ll leave that night being a more enriched person because you accidentally connected with so many other people. Don’t just buy it because I’m telling you this, though. Go see Ned and the Dirt for yourself.”
Posted on Apr.25, 2015
Liz Brasher is originally from Charlotte, NC but now resides in Atlanta, GA. She is currently working with Grammy winning Producer, Mark Neill (The Black Keys “Brothers”, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, J. Roddy Walston and the Business), to record her first album.
Whether she is playing the acoustic guitar, electric guitar, or the piano, the most empowering trait to her music is her large voice. By echoing soul singers of the past (Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Etta James, Dusty Springfield), incorporating folk, blues, and country songwriting styles (Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Bobbie Gentry), and adding a rock infused edge (Norman Greenbaum, Jack White, The Rolling Stones), she creates songs that reflect the great attributes of music history while constantly moving towards the future.
Posted on Jan.29, 2015
NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO, AUSTIN AND EVEN GAFFNEY. Time to welcome these guys back for what will likely be the last time. Like most of the performers we bring through, once they start packing seated 2,000 plus Music Halls, its hard to bring them back. What would rock ‘n’ roll sound like if someone poked fun at it? It would sound like Bombadil, rock nerds from Durham, NC. Part blues rock, part folk, part who-knows-what, Bombadil sees the value in the nuance and the humor in the awkward moment, tackling music with an enthusiasm kind of like kids with their first instruments.
Happily, a regimen of relaxation and stretching exercises has Michalak’s pain under control, and the band is rebuilding its momentum. They spent most of 2012 touring and recording the songs that became Metrics of Affection. The album is their most melodic and adventurous outing yet, a cornucopia of styles marked by mischievously surrealistic lyrics and their familiar lush harmonies. Their inventive arrangements add funk, country, boogie woogie, rap, early rock and hints classic pop songwriting, circa 1940, to their already eclectic sound.
“We produced the album ourselves,” Robinson says. “We recorded in our house in Old North Durham. James [Phillips, our drummer] engineered it in our home studio. It’s the first time we recorded at home, instead of going somewhere to make a record. It was also the first time that we used drum machines, synths and samplers. James sang more on this record than ever before, Daniel rapped for the first time, Bryan wrote a cello part for the first time and I recorded pitched wine glasses for the first time. We all write songs and we’re not afraid of jumping out of our box to write any kind of song we like, whether it’s classical, hip-hop, punk or bluegrass.”
Drew Spencer will be opening for these guys tonight. Drew has been one of our founding musicians at our Tuesday Night Open Mic nights holding the attention of listeners with his soulful and somewhat Dylanish personality.