Welcome to the Historic Capri Theatre, Est. 1936

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

Posted on Feb.28, 2017

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, receptions 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.   

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. 

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. 

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SINGER/SONGWRITER NIGHT

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Tuesday Night Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Open Mic

Posted on Feb.28, 2017

imageOn Tuesday nights music starts around 8pm, 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, 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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March 25th 8pm $5 Down from WNC Lauren and Lane, Bre Surratt to open

Posted on Feb.28, 2017

“Lauren and Lane—faces familiar to the music world answering to a new name, their middle names, to be exact. This alternative folk duo with bluegrass influence plays a variety of instruments and styles. Their sweet and melodious harmonies create a signature sound that it is unique to this project. Lauren and Lane is currently in the studio recording their debut EP. While this pair is new to the music scene, their track record speaks for itself. Already they are performing shows and featuring with other respected artists including Jim Avett, father of The Avett Brothers. We can be sure to expect great strides from Lauren and Lane.

Kellie Lane Hatley Sides and Kacie Lauren Hatley were born and bred out of small town Stanfield, North Carolina. Raised as fifth generation bluegrass musicians, the Hatley sisters are no strangers to the stage. At the age of 3, both Kellie and Kacie were quite literally thrown into the arena by singing with The Hatley Family Band, a bluegrass gospel arrangement, performing for crowds of over a thousand people. Sharing the stage with other siblings and cousins, the girls learned to harmonize at an early age.  More info http://www.laurenandlane.com/

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July 15th 8pm $10 David Childers and the Serpents

Posted on Jan.29, 2017

david childersThroughout his 20-year career as a singer, songwriter and bandleader, Childers has written about the tension between secular and religious impulses. His albums have always included songs of wild hedonism and uplifting faith but, as his new album, Serpents of Reformation,evolved, he found himself drawn to themes of salvation and repentance. “I wrote a few new gospel-type songs and the music took on a life of its own. The songs all look at the forgiveness that’s at the heart of Christian philosophy, even though you don’t see a lot (of forgiveness) in the world today.”

Childers usually tracks his records live, with minimal overdubs. This time, he let his son Robert and co-producer Neal Harper control the creative process. “I didn’t set out to make a gospel album,” David Childers says,  “I wanted to make a hip-hop record. I’d been listening to a lot of the stuff RL Burnside recorded late in his career. He had a lot of hip hop beats and electronic rhythms in the background. I told my son Robert, who knows a lot about recording technology that I wanted to do a record like that. We started by recording ‘Life of Jesus,’ a song I did with The Gospel Playboys in the 90s, and took off from there.

I first saw David Childers perform on a hot, humid night in July 2000 at the legendary Double Door Inn in Charlotte, NC. Most of the songs he performed that evening were filled with the subject matter of Jesus, damnation, salvation, the devil, forgiveness, and redemption. I will never, ever forget it. It was such an inspiration that the next day I wrote David a personal letter asking him if we could make a record together about those things in which he was singing about. We have been friends ever since. No record or manager contract. Just a handshake. 

It is my hope David’s greatness as a songwriter and artist will be recognized and appreciated by many in years to come. Please lend an ear to his latest release, ‘Serpents of Reformation,’ and experience for yourself the same power that moved me so, that mesmerizing Summer night some fourteen years ago.  — Dolph Ramseur

“David is the most prolific North Carolina songwriter alive. Everywhere I go people ask about him. It is great to see people constantly discovering this man and his massive body of work.” – Bob Crawford of The Avett Brothers

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“Past show” July/10th/8pm/$8, “Bombadil” from Ramseur Records (Home of Avett Brothers) Drew Spencer to open

Posted on Jan.29, 2015

Daniel Machalak, James Philips

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.”

Bombadil - April 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Photo by Patron Miller Photography

Photo by Patron Miller Photograp

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