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. 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.


FEB 10TH AUBRYN STEVENS and BYRON RICE, video click here

AubrynAt five years old, Aubryn told her mother, verbatim, “You realize, of course, that I’m going to be famous.” While she was sure of this very early on in life, it took a few years to convince her parents. When she was 13, her mother took her to Nashville for the first time to record her first demo. She graduated Stephens College as a Theater Major with a minor in Music and, in 2009, moved to Nashville to pursue a second degree in songwriting at Belmont University. Seeing the level of talent in songwriter’s rounds made her step up her game. She immersed herself in the world of open mic nights and worked her way into songwriters rounds around town. Being able to collaborate with other writers improved her own writing, and she now repays the favor by inviting them to the rounds she hosts on Wednesdays, as well as her weekly webcam concert series Aubryn’s Musiconversation every Thursday evening and her newest adventure IndieLyft (IndieLyft.com) which promotes independent musicians to her passengers while driving for Lyft. Her individual music style is soulful and bluesy, with catchy hooks and lyrics that talk about real life.

Currently, she is looking for the right publishing deal and adding dates to her calendar to help her pursue her goals. She is working harder than ever and is ready for the next step. Allons-y!

ByronNashville songwriters Aubryn & Byron Rice met in the venues of Music City. They found that they mutually admired each others songs & that their voices mirrored each others in beautiful harmony. 

   It is easy to see why this touring duo is gathering fans at each new stop , all you have to do is hear them. Aubryn’s pure sound & extreme vocal range are sure to put her up there with the greats. With fun lyric twists & thoughtful arrangement. Then we have Byron
   Once you listen to Byron’s songs, you will say, No wonder he is a Dove award nominated SESAC writer. Come to a live performance & listen to the words of this thoughtful man & the fast rising stars these two talented singers bring.
Sorry , i found this in my drafts & it hadn’t sent The duo truly looks forward to the date & will see you on the 10th I do apologise for the lateness of this letter.

Feb/5th/6:00pm Ali and Anthology CD Release Performance of “With Love”. Gaffney’s own “Ali Henderson” and American Idol Contestant

Posted on May.21, 2014

ali and anthology

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Ali has been on the music scene for afew yrs now making a name for her and her band “Anthology”.  She has also been a finalist not once but twice on American Idol.  The Capri Theatre has hosted many CD releases of local/regional performing artists and was pleased to be the chosen venue for the band’s new release of Ali and Anthology’s new CD. Lots of seats but for this show you may want to head down front around the stage.


Feb7th/Dr8-Sh9/$8 RETURN OF THE DARNELL BOYS! Winners of 2 2014 Flagpole’s Athens Music Awards!

Posted on May.21, 2014

The Darnell Boys win TWO 2014 Flagpole’s Athens Music Awards!

Formed in late 2010, the Darnell Boys originally consisted of three brothers, Austin (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Caleb (lead guitar, slide guitar, vocals) and Gus Darnell(guitar, harmonica, percussion, vocals). The band was soon expanded to include Elijah Neesmith on upright bass and Patrick Weise on junkyard percussion. The group’s sound is a diverse blend of American musical elements that draw upon the Blues, Country, Gospel, Soul and Rockabilly traditions, all centered upon the three brother’s unique song writing and vocal work. 2013 promises continued growth and success with an aggressive performing schedule and the recording of a debut album. See these guys in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DD63lp8-7QY#%21


Feb20/Dr7pm/Sh8pm Ladies Night with the Licorice Whips and Teresa Degeer

Posted on May.21, 2014

teresaBorn the middle child to a military family in New Orleans LA is how some say Teresa DeGeer was born to the blues, but she’ll be the first to say that the blues are only born by adversity & she has had enough to sing the blues with both emotion and conviction.

After a 22 year break from music to concentrate  on career & family,  the blues began to call again and her desire to sing and entertain return renewed and stronger than ever and she realized what she always knew inside of her, she LOVES it! Teresa currently is working with two projects Crescent Moon Blues with Reddog Towery a soulful guitarist who has played the blues since he was a teen & Sweet T with Dick Brown a talented guitarist who is discovering his love for the blues. There is singing and then there is entertaining, the ability to take the listeners someplace they could never go by themselves. Teresa does that. She is embracing her journey and enjoying every thing about it with a new appreciation of the magic of music as she continues to practice her craft because this lady can sing the blues!


licorice“The Licorice Whips” are an unlikely duo of two singer song writers, Julie Clark Shubert and Melanie McDermott from the Greenville SC area. Melanie has been playing the bass for 19years while Julie picked up the electric guitar 8 years ago. “The Licorice Whips” power duo was formed in 2014. Julie had made a studio CD in CT, but both Melanie and Julie were solo acts. When Melanie approached Julie telling her she had learned the bass part to all of her songs. Julie only knew her as a guitar playing singer songwriter, when she invited her over to the house to jam and they recognized the magic immediately. Both avid music lovers the music they were making with a Gibson bass and a Fender Strat was original rockabilly tap your toe, dance your bootie music  It was neither Julie’s music or Melanie’s music  it was “The Licorice Whips” and it was fierce. The songs they were writing included sassy hooky lyrics. With songs like “Don’t Pee On My Parade” and “Shuffle 1234” and “Heart Attack” and lyrics like “ You can pee on my lawn-you can pee in my john- but you can’t pee in my lemonade and you can’t pee on MY Parade!” you know  a good time will be had by all. It’s about the rhythm with these two who go right to the pocket every time, dancing while they play to their unique percussive sound they got it going on, Licorice Whip it!


Mar7th/$5/dr7-sh8/ This Frontier Needs Heroes

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.

Just adding more members wasn’t the only change for the band. They experienced a change in geography, with Brad leaving Brooklyn and moving to Jacksonville, FL to work at a music venue while Jessica stayed in Brooklyn to focus on film/video projects. The change in latitude provided some challenges, but also a lot of new opportunities.   While living in cities 1,000 miles away, they both did their final overdubs remotely, and would email and layer their individual tracks.  That technique creates the albums hazy and reverent beauty which is an integral part of its aesthetic.

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.


Dec27th/$5/dr7pm-sh8pm Pondering Wade and Local group “Off the wall”

Posted on May.01, 2014

Pondering wadeAll songs are original, written, sung and performed by Lochlann K., Kelly C., Dani E. & Ginger W.

We came together as a duo ( Kelly and I, Loch) because we shared the same interest in music meaning we like everything, then later added the sensational Dani Evans and Ginger Winn to form our killer Fierce foursome female front backed by drummer/ multi instrumentalist Chris Cornwell. 

Being put into any genre box won’t give us enough breathing room to play and perform what we are passionate about.

Lochlann Kilburn-Vocals, Irish bouzouki  I grew up in a family of 6 sisters and 1 brother. we all sing, dance, draw, you name it. 

being the youngest of all I sat, listened and watched them. It was already ingrained in me to do the same. I could sing harmonies to a song from the first time hearing it like it was normal and common to do. I’ve been writing and singing for several years. Huge passion, it’s what makes me, me.

Kelly Cassella-Vocals, Mandolin, Bass  At an early age I was put into music playing the violin. It was something that I was passionate about because of my love for music. As it goes for many, things happen that get in the way of your dreams so i had to discontinue my lessons. However I never stopped singing and writing and a few years later I picked up bass guitar and played in several bands as a bassist while pursuing my other passion, writing novels.

Although it hurt, once again I had to put the music on hold but now I’m back pursuing this project with my sister Lochlann and niece Dani , we are loving every moment of it!

Dani Evans-Vocals, Mandolin  I am the niece lol. I have been singing as long as I was old enough to speak. It runs in the family starting with my grandfather, my father and my seven aunts, so I am proud to say that I got it natural. It’s so amazing how we have our own styles but can pull it all together and come up with a blend of something beautiful. I’m excited to be apart of this project and enjoy working with my two laid back crazy kin. Get ready for us!

Ginger Winn-Vocals, Multi Instrumentalist  I’ve been influenced by many different musicians and genres. I would describe the kind of music that I play as MEANINGFUL MUSIC. I’ve been writing and performing for 4 years. My career started at my Uncle Eddie’s concert venue, AWENDAW GREEN, near Charleston, SC. Before moving to Manning, I lived near Charleston in Mount Pleasant, SC close to the coast. In 2012, I won the Clarendon County Talent Show and in 2013, I won a songwriting contest at the Clay Pot in Florence, SC. I began a campaign of newspaper articles advocating for young songwriters “W-R-I-T-E- -O-N” – Macklemore

Chris Cornwell-Drums/Percussion  Born in North Carolina, began with hitting pop-corn cans with chop sticks at a young age! Later his folks bought him a drum-set followed by Granny and Aunts purchase of a bas-guitar. Later curiousity lead to experimenting with other instruments where Chris Cornwell the Artist, Producer, Multi-Instrumentalist foundation started to form. Chris Cornwell was accepted to Berklee College of Music in 2004.

At 9pm or so and always a local favorite, “Off the wall” is a sure sign that live music is going strong in the young generation.

Word from the band.
Hey, we’re Off the Wall. We love music.
The band:
Will- lead vocals, lead guitar
Rachael- rhythm guitar, vocals
Marisa- keyboard, vocals
Ethan- drums

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