Welcome to the Historic Capri Theatre, Performance Venue / Live music / Special Events Listening Room. Far from “Just a Bar.”
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.
Historic 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.
On 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.
“Past show” July/10th/8pm/$8, “Bombadil” from Ramseur Records (Home of Avett Brothers) Drew Spencer to open
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.
Ghost Eagle is a high energy, Appalachian rooted trio consisting of drums, telecaster and amplified harmonica. Ghost Eagle brings a huge show in a tiny package. Front man Spencer Mckenna has been at the helm of several east coast touring bands (GrassMonkey and Welcome to Hoonah) and brings his authentic southern character to full light in this stripped down incarnation. Playing without a bassist has allowed the opportunity for the role of soloist to be shared with amplified harmonica player, Robby Carden. Robby has preformed multiple times with such acts as Dangermuffin, Yarn, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, the Peoples Blues of Richmond, Larry and his Flask and has carved a formidable reputation as one of Virginia’s premier harmonica players and guest musicians. Ghost Eagle has opened for acts such as Paleface,Dangermuffin, Cornmeal, Bright Light Social Hour as well and been featured at several regional showcases and music festivals like the Blue Plate Special in Knoxville, Camp Barefoot, Front Porch Fest, Pink Moon,and Floyd Fest. After several tours throughout the the Midatlantic, Florida, Tennessee, and West Va, Ghost Eagle is looking to expand our fan base in support of the newest EP.
Call him the next Duane Allman or Jimi Hendrix, but whatever you do, don’t call Marcus King a child prodigy. Sure, the 18-year-old guitar shredder’s talent shimmers with the same resonance as his heroes, but he’s been wielding an axe since he learned to talk – he started playing when he was 2.
Marcus was born into music, gifted with steel-string DNA and two generations of men before him who nurtured the boy’s musical nature. Marcus’s dad, the slyly talented Marvin King, has been a force in Upstate South Carolina’s music heritage for as long as anyone can remember. Marvin’s father and Marcus’s granddad, Bill, played a big part, too. It was only natural, then, that the boy who got his first guitar (a Squier Strat) at age 7 would land his first paying gig a year later.
When he was 11, he joined his father’s Marvin King & The Blues Revival to open for Muddy Waters’s onetime bassist Mac Arnold at The Handlebar, the storied venue in their Greenville, S.C., hometown. Around that time, he also played on his dad’s critically acclaimed album, Huge in Europe. And when he was 15, the Marcus King Band opened for the legendary Johnny Winter. MKB’s most recent achievement came with the September 2014 release of Soul InSight.
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