Posted on May.08, 2013
These guys are packing out large Listening rooms, Venues and Cultural Centers all over. They are being referred to as The Travelin’ Wilburys or The Highwaymen of the Piedmont. Four individual performers with a kinship spanning decades went into the studio on a whim and recorded a “down and dirty” blues and folk record. With all four having been raised in South Carolina mill towns or farm communities, their earliest influences were “front porch pickers”, playing Piedmont style blues, country, gospel and folk music.
They honed their musical styles over time and have become what some consider four of the cornerstones of the Upstate SC music scene. Folk Heritage Award winner singer/harmonica player Freddie Vanderford, regional bluesman Shane Pruitt and guitar whiz Brandon Turner make up the all acoustic group known as Mill Billy Blues.
Posted on May.08, 2013
Justin McCorkle, the only son of Marshall Tucker Band founding member George McCorkle, feels he was put here to play music and to bring that feeling that only a real song can bring to music fans. Justin has shared the stage with many stars of all types, from multiple Grammy winning members of The Zac Brown Band to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members, to Southern Rock legends. As a singer/songwriter and publishing company owner he has worked with and been groomed for success by some of the best of the business from Nashville, TN to Los Angeles, CA.
McCorkle is the lead guitar player for The Southern Boys Band from Birmingham, AL. When this band decided to take a step back from music professionally, McCorkle decided to get back to his roots. He was approached by Garage Door and Super Spin Records. When this record deal opportunity knocked, McCorkle opened the door. With a new recording project and tour dates on the horizon to support the new record, McCorkle needed a band. Not just any band, but a band that would bring the vision to life.
This band is Rock, Country, Blues, R&B, Southern Rock, you name it, the influence is there. This comes by no other means than its members.
Alison Turner Watson, a Converse College graduate and board certified music therapist, brings flute and keys to the mix. Her soulful, yet controllably delivered vocals mesh right in. Her flute brings a totally different dynamic to the sound and keys round out the band’s production.
JJ Guerrieri brings his monster slide guitar that is in your face and something that is not easily forgotten. Guerrieri also shares the lead and rhythm duties with Justin. He has been a staple of the Spartanburg SC music scene for quite some time now and for good reason. He’s an incredibly versatile guitar player that excels at any genre of music.
Michael Johnson’s percussion style is certainly his own. Derived from metal and grunge influences Johnson has no problem falling back to the fundamentals of any style making him beyond versatile. Johnson is just as at home playing the blues as he is metal or country. For good reason, Johnson has been at the music scene for a number of years now and could be one of Spartanburg’s best kept secrets.
Michael Wilkerson, originally from Charlotte, NC, stays in the driver’s seat of this band with his smoky bottom end bass lines. Wilkerson is a blues fanatic and has a heart for soulful music in general. Being a grunge influenced bass player his style transitions quite well with some very innovative impressions on the overall sound.
Lastly Justin McCorkle brings the lead vocals as well as rhythm and lead guitar. McCorkle being a versed musician and in the music business literally all his life brings the ziplock to the sandwich bag for this band.
In a time of less and less recreation for everyone they bring a breath of fresh air-that feeling that only a performance from the heart and soul can deliver. The music is just a downright good time and a great feeling. Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself!
Posted on Feb.25, 2013
During the 2013 SC Peach Festival on July 13th, the theatre has been selected to host the Community Stage. The lineup for the Community Stage will be
Palmetto Stars Dance Dance 11-11:20
Kassidy Perry Sing 11:30-11:50
Leaves of 3 band 12-12:30
Kynnedi Smith Dance 12:30-12:50
Bre Sarratt Sing 12:50-1:10
Will Shehan’s Bandband 1:20-1:50
MJ Milam variety 2:00-3:00
Alltell Announcement 3:00
Posted on Feb.24, 2013
A veteran of the Virginia comedy scene, Bill Metzger got his start on the DC circuit and has since made a presence for himself all along the East Coast. Co-founder of the Charlottesville Comedy Festival, his wacky life adventures and atypical pondering have made him a fan favorite from New York to Georgia.
Posted on Feb.24, 2013
This Tuesday night the Peach festival will give you a sample of what to expect at the Talent show this year. Abbey Elmore Band will be here to perform at 8pm til 8:45. The Peach committee may also have some others lined up to play, but you’ll have to be here to find out. Also there will be a representative from the Know 2 program to speak about the program and how it will help with growth of Cherokee County. 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 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; Jamison Smith, Shane Pruitt, Tony Slaughter, Brain McGee, John Scoggins, Will Moore, Donovan Brooks, Justin Orr and many more. Many of the musicians here have voted us hands down the number 1 live music venue for the upstate.
Posted on Feb.23, 2013
The City of Gaffney invited Beach Music Legend “The Steve Craig Band” to perform at the Downtown Shindig back in April. If you missed out on that great show, well here is your chance to see them again. Beach music legend and local favorite Steve Craig has been on the road for decades with “THE EAST COAST BAND” and “THE OUT OF TOWNERS”. Now he will bring his band back for another full night of shaggin and groovin right here at the Capri Theatre!
June 22nd/8pm Drew Spencer’s Grad party with “BOMBADIL” From “Ramseur Records’” the same Record Label as “The Avett Bros”
Posted on Feb.22, 2013
Folks this show is for everyone to come celebrate Drew Spencer’s graduation Party with Drew Spencer “Man of the Hr” opening and Bombadil headlining. The band has been on the road with the “Carolina Chocolate Drops for the past 5 months and has the same whimsical spirit with a host of influences from Weezer to The Kinks, their own musically diverse home state to the Cool Runnings soundtrack. Yes, really. And that versatility has brought them far; when Bombadil opened for The Avett Brothers in 2006, they caught the eye of Ramseur Records’ Dolph Ramseur and joined the label. They’ve toured nationally and performed at multiple festivals including Bonnaroo, FloydFest and Rhythm & Roots.
“Obtuse but melodic indie-folk-pop with a flair for the fantastic” – Can You See the Sunset
“…often sounds like a college glee club covering The Village Green Preservation Society: The melodies are chipper, the hooks prominent, the performances energetic, the arrangements full to bursting with ideas.” -Paste Magazine