Before we get into the music, let’s pause for a big Happy 4th of July! There are Independence Day bashes all over the Upstate this week, so you can celebrate our nation’s freedom with some rockin’ music. We are also bringing you a profile of the most recent Downtown Alive act, Wild Adriatic. We’ve also got your weekly roundup that will make your week a musical one.
Thursday: Wild Adriatic @ Downtown Alive, 5:30 PM
It is hard to say who invented the Thursday night downtown concert series and, to be honest, we do not really care as we are just happy they are a thing. From Spartanburg to Anderson, we love seeing the weekend start a day early on or near local Main Streets across the Upstate. The music generally kicks off early and ends at a perfectly reasonable hour to be home in bed in preparation of the actual last day of the week and we love everything about that.
Greenville’s Downtown Alive series has been going on the longest in the Upstate and it just keeps getting better with age. NOMA Square is the perfect venue nestled in between the Hyatt and Roost making food and drink readily available and easily accessible. Even better, the event serves as the single largest fundraiser for the Metropolitan Arts Council which promotes local art of all mediums across the Upstate.
Our favorite thing about Downtown Alive, of course, is the music. With such an established presence and over 45,000 visitors annually, the City of Greenville does not have to do much more than bring in “pretty good” music to draw people to NOMA Square every Thursday night. Not satisfied with “pretty good”, however, the city instead brings in outstanding local, regional, and nationally touring acts that might not play the Upstate otherwise.
Case in point, see this Thursday’s band Wild Adriatic. Formed in 2011 in the “other Upstate” – New York, that is – the band has toured the United States and Europe and honed their skills on the road with an average of 175 shows a year. They have appeared at festivals as large as Bonnaroo and garnered critical acclaim from the likes of the Huffington Post and USA Today, all of for good reason – they are a darn good rock & roll band.
Wild Adriatic weaves a variety of musical influences through their songs for an eclectic listening experience that keeps you on your toes. One moment you are listening to a track like “Same as it Ever Was” that serves up a Black Keys-esque garage rock vibe and then moments later a song like “From the Start” drops the funk like nobody’s business. Still later, you will find yourself awed by the sheer shredding of the guitar on “Hurricane Woman”. All of these tracks appear on their 2017 release, Feel, which was recorded in Austin, Texas with Grammy-nominated producer Frenchie Smith and is as complete a rock & roll record as we have listened to in quite some time.
The three-piece ensemble that is Wild Adriatic is proof that new, original, and authentic modern rock & roll is alive and well, touring the country and building a following one city at a time. The fact that the City of Greenville sees fit to invite them NOMA Square is a testament to its commitment to the arts and bringing the highest quality entertainment to the Upstate. There is much to be thankful for here and, we are excited to be here to see it all happen.
Friday: April B. @ RJ Rockers, 5:45 PM & Connolly’s, 10 PM
You guys know we love ourselves some April B. & the Cool so naturally, we are thrilled at the opportunities Friday night presents. Catch April B. solo in the tasting room at Spartanburg’s RJ Rockers or see the whole band downtown in the evening for a late show at Connolly’s in Downtown Greenville. There are no wrong answers as things are always right when you are getting your Cool on With April B.
Other Performances You Won’t Want to Miss…
- Matt Fassas @ Mauldin Cultural Center, 5 PM: Local rocker Matt Fassas adds just one more reason to visit the Mauldin Cultural Center for their weekly Tuesday evening farmers market.
- Brother Oliver @ The FR8 Yard, 4 PM: Outdoor dining is at its best when Brother Oliver dials things up at Spartanburg’s FR8 Yard for holiday celebration.
- April B. & The Cool @ Quest Brewing Co., 7 PM: Stay cool with April B. and this week’s edition of Quest’s Thursday Night Concert Series.
- Future Chord Presents: Her Pilots, Swartzwelder, and To the Other Side @ The Radio Room, 8 PM: Naturally, a solid evening of rock & roll is just something we have come to expect out of a Thursday night at the Radio Room.
- Year of the Locust @ The Firmament, 8 PM: Modern hard rockers Year of the Locust visit The Firmament with local support courtesy of Easley’s Broken Testimony.
- Stephen Hardy @ Carolina Bauernhaus, 8:30 PM: The man who has voiced both Hank Williams and Johnny Cash in various stage productions brings his own rockabilly and country to the Bauernhaus in Downtown Anderson. For more information, check out our Calendar of Everything here.
- John the Revelator @ Growler Haus – Anderson, 8 PM: Anderson music lovers are sure to enjoy the stripped-down rock & roll styling of John the Revelator. For more information, check out our Calendar of Everything here.
- Darby Wilcox @ The Velo Fellow, 9:30 PM: The sassy and spectacular Darby Wilcox returns to the cozy listening room of the Velo Fellow this Friday evening. For more information, check out our Calendar of Everything here.
- Drivin’ N Cryin’ @ New Groove Artisan Brewery, 5 PM: Classic 90’s Southern rockers Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ are still going strong… see for yourself at a rare brewery appearance in Boiling Springs. For more information, check out our Calendar of Everything here.
- Exmortus, Black Fast, The Absence, Neverfall, and More @ Ground Zero, 6 PM: Four nationally touring metal acts stop into Spartanburg during their “Summer of Steel” tour. For more information, check out our Calendar of Everything here.
- West End String Band @ Carolina Bauernhaus, 8 PM: The West End is heading south for an evening of some darn good bluegrass at the Bauernhaus. For more information, check out our Calendar of Everything here.
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