Welcome to the Historic Capri Theatre, Est. 1936

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

Posted on Sep.14, 2014

ven·ue ˈvenˌyo͞o/ noun
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. By being the “Canary” for the Downtown Effort, the Capri Theatre has  sparked the interest of the City of Gaffney resulting in the decision to invest $6 million into their own Little Performance space.   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, 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 our schedule for events.


Tuesday Night Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Open Mic

Posted on Sep.13, 2014

imageOn 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.




Mar/6th/$8/dr8sh9 Jamgrass Band “New Car Caviar”

Posted on May.20, 2014



Mar7th/$5/dr7-sh8/ This Frontier Needs Heroes and Athens own Scott Low

Posted on May.20, 2014


Photo by Chris Clinton

This Frontier Needs Heroes have spent the past 5 years playing shows all over the world.  Just Brad and Jessica with a guitar and a tambourine, and their voices, logging thousands of miles in their car, touring the greatest cities of North America and Europe, selling one record at a time, making one fan at a time. This determination and DIY ethos brought them on an epic journey around the world, playing in clubs, houses, and festival stages. 

After two successful albums under their belt in which they explored their stripped down alternative folk arrangements, This Frontier Needs Heroes decided to try something different. The name of the band, a reference to Woody Guthrie’s famous WWII-era guitar graffiti “This Machine Kills Fascists” didn’t just apply to its core members Brad and Jessica Lauretti, but it’s also an invitation for everyone to become a hero in their own right. 

Their new album Hooky, recorded in the summer of 2012 on 2 inch analog tape at Dr. Dog’s studio in Philadelphia with the help of Loveland Recording’s Nathan Sabatino, was made with the contribution of a full band, making Hooky their most richly realized and, yes, hookiest album to date. 

Brad and Jessica’s harmonies and vocal interplay, a key ingredient in their sound, are preserved, but the inclusion of additional band members — including players from O’Death’s David Rogers-Berry (drums) and Robert Pycior (violin), The Blank Tapes’ Matt Adams (electric guitar), Golden Boots’ Nathan Sabatino (organ), bassist Turner Stough and sitarist Arvid Smith — brings a breadth and depth to their already rich and elaborate sound.

That sound fits well with the lyrical content that conjures a range of images- sandy beaches, warm afternoons spent on the family farm, and varying conundrums of human culture.   TFNH’s songs are both whimsical and heartfelt, reflective and uplifting. Even as the band’s sound has grown, their core of vivid, memorable and authentic songwriting has remained.

scott lowScott Low has shared the stage with J Grey and Mofro, Shovels and Rope, Larry Keel, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Jason Isbel, Bloodkin, Chris Knight, Folk Soul Revival, The Whiskey Gentry and many more….

“Low’s voice reminds me of the loud, breathy whisper of Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam, but with more attack and a remarkably thick Southern drawl. Low’s whiskey voice sounds authentic, and the standard country subject matter comes out as something personal and unique.”
– Kevin Craig, Online Athens (Feb 03, 2011)

“As the main man in Athens, Ga.-based Americana band Efren, Low currently stands out as one of the Peach State’s potentially great up-and-coming songwriters.”
– T. Ballard Lesemann, Charleston City Paper (Jun 27, 2012)


Mar/20-21 Wedding Receptions

Posted on May.19, 2014

wedding setOur venue is reserved for wedding receptions, fundraisers and other civic events.  Give us a call or visit our information page.


Apr/3rd/DR7-SH8pm WNC’s own “The Mug Band” Blues, Rock and Boogie

Posted on May.19, 2014

the mug bandROOTS ROCK noun:  rock music strongly influenced by older blues, folk, or country music.

When The Mug takes the stage you know the music is alive and well.

From their hard-driving musicianship to the sweat that comes with it, these veteran players deliver as spirited a show as you’re ever going to see. A winning combination of raw spontaneity and well-honed craftsmanship. “The Mug” plays an energetic mix of original and  classic Roots Rock tunes guaranteed to get the crowd on their feet and yelling for more!

The Mug Band is stacked with some of WNC’s most seasoned musicians

F E A T U R E D   R E V I E W S

“Black Mountain’s The Mug performs jammy-funky-dirty blues renditions of classics like “Who Do You Love.” Guilty pleasures. Take the out of town guests: “

- Mountain Xpress

“They’re really smooth… It’s more than just blues…It’s like Martian Blues!” – Artimus Pyle, Former Lynyrd Skynyrd Drummer & Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer

The Mug has shared the stage with many other great musicians such as Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin, Jimmy Thackery, Big Bill Morganfield,

Artimus Pyle Band, Duke Robillard, to name a few.



Apr/18/8:30pm/$10 The Film House Presents “Rocky Horror Picture Show” Round 2

Posted on May.19, 2014

imageThe Film House returns for a 2nd time bringing you the 1975 Cult Classic  “Rocky Horror Picture Show” as part of the their Theme Night out. THEME NIGHTS
Centered around one major theme, these nights will highlight things like directors, movements, eras and genres.  Theme nights are a great way to get the community involved and excited about the movies that have made a huge impact on culture. Costumes are suggested more info at this link https://www.facebook.com/events/1558738541072320/?ref=51&source=1  and for tickets click HERE



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