Every year in early July, we prepare for the rockets red glare that is 4th of July in the Upstate. There are so many great festivals and events, it can make your head spin. Luckily, we have cut through all of the smoke and fanfare to bring you a guide to get the most out of your 4th of July. You can celebrate the weekend before, or on the 4th, because there’s no such thing as too much fun. Here is ITK’s Guide to the 4th of July; because, baby, you’re a firework!
It is another musically diverse week in the Upstate, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Get your dose of musical powerhouses this week as Darby Wilcox shares the stage with Lydia Loveless (we’ve even heard that Darby was gushing over this honor). We also take a look at one of the lesser known Thursday night concert series in the area, Furman’s Lakeside Concert Series. Of course, there is also this week’s calendar, which really raises the question, “Is the Firmament GVL becoming the Upstate’s venue for dance music?” It definitely appears that way.
ITK’s Essential Summer Festival Guide for July 2018.
This week, the Upstate gets heavy. We’re talking heavy metal. This week sees many prominent local and nationally well-known metal bands take the Upstate by storm. Our spotlight is on metal heavyweights, Combichrist. While we realize this isn’t everyone’s speed, there is something to be said about the energy you feel at one of these shows. For those of you who like to keep things on the lighter side, fear not, there are still plenty of great live music events for you to attend this week, and you can find them in this edition of Music Monday.
We love bluesy, southern-infused rock, and when you throw some girl power in there we love it even more. That is why we are thrilled to talk about Michelle Malone and the release of her 15th album, yes, 15th. She is celebrating this monumental release by performing at the Spinning Jenny this Friday. You can also find out about a great end of the school jam and all of the other concerts you can’t miss in this week’s Music Monday.
The music scene of the Upstate is truly diverse, and we love it! This week we are focusing on two Latin-infused powerhouses, Chocala and Phat Lip. These two acts are dynamic, fun, and talented. It is impossible to have a bad time while watching them. This week also brings varied acts to local venues. From local favorites, newcomers, and even some notable producers, there is something for everyone.
You know those artists that just throw caution to the wind and really just go for it? Mark “Porkchop’ Holder is one of those artists. We here at In The Know support this kind of musical experimentation. In fact, we think there should be more of it. Looking to fill your week with music? We’ve got all of the shows you won’t want to miss.
Sometimes unexpected bands play at unexpected venues. This is the case with Paleface playing at The Velo Fellow. Sometimes an incongruous act/venue pairing can make a show even more memorable. This is one show you don’t want to miss. In fact, this Music Monday is filled with shows you’ll want to add to your calendar for the week ahead.
Sometimes, you can’t beat the heat, so you just have to go out and enjoy it. Luckily, there are festivals all across the Upstate that will make the summer heat a little more bearable. No matter what you’re looking for, the Upstate has it. Load up the car, and travel the Upstate! Who knows? You might find your new favorite festival!