When our new Music Monday feature debuted just a week ago, we told you that each weekly edition would tell you the story about two shows that you simply should not miss, accompanied by a list of all the other shows you might want to consider in the week ahead. Well, as luck would have it, Week #2 has made a liar out of us!
This week, you see, we have quite a bit to talk about. Instead of two shows we have 1) one amazing three day festival featuring nearly 20 bands at The Greatest Show On Dirt, 2) a Sunday evening show featuring three bands that is definitely worth extending your weekend for and 3) a hefty list of live performances all around the Upstate that will only complicate your planning process. There are some pretty tough decisions ahead of you but, fortunately, there is something for everybody and there are no wrong answers provided you are supporting the local live music scene.
SpringSkunk Music Fest @ The Skunk Farm
If you have a full day – or preferably three – to commit to consuming all of the live music possible, you absolutely do not want to miss the SpringSkunk Music Festival. Originally an offshoot of the Albino Skunk Music Festival that goes down every October, SpringSkunk has grown to become an equal companion piece that features a heavyweight lineup all its own every April. The three days of music will feature regional and nationally touring acts that, if Skunk Fest history is any indication, just might find them earning Grammy nominations and Platinum selling records in their not-so-distant futures.
Contrary to conventional thinking, the opening day, Thursday, does not start with a slow burn to ignite your interest in the three-day festival. Instead, it fires a musical roman candle into your ear holes with six bands that features the likes of D.B. Rielly and Susto to headline and close out the unofficial first day of the weekend. Rielly is an amazing singer/songwriter and storyteller that should be on everyone’s concert bucket list while Susto is quickly becoming the biggest thing to come out of the Charleston music scene in years. If we were to place a bet on “Which Skunk Alumni Will be on the Bon Secour marquee one day?” Susto gets our vote. The sound quality, crowd, and ticket price are all better at the Skunk Farm, however, so we’ll just go see them there this week, thank you very much.
Friday you will be treated to eight bands taking a turn on the Skunk Stage, not the least of which is the San Francisco bluegrass outfit Front Country returning to the Skunk Farm for the third time. The War and Treaty closes out the night in what could be the set that steals the whole show as the husband and wife led band is absolutely breathtaking. They promise to be two huge voices carrying music lovers into the wee hours of Friday evening.
If Saturday is the only day you can go, you are still in for an amazing time as the music kicks off at 11 am and runs just about into Sunday morning. The War and Treaty will return for a second performance and Cajun masters BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet will wrap up an incredibly diverse and delightful three days of music.
All of this music is complemented by everything you would expect from a music festival – a charming setting and friendly company, food trucks and vendors, artisans and craftsmen, and a beer tent courtesy of The Community Tap. Kids will love it just as much as the grownups as they have a stage of their very own, rope swings, a playground, and tree house in the woods. Camping on site is encouraged as once you step foot on the Skunk Farm, you are not going to want to leave.
Music Schedule for SpringSkunk Music Fest 2018:
2:50 PM – Dave Desmelik
4:10 PM – Grandpa’s Cough Medicine
5:30 PM – The Deer
6:50 PM – Dead Winter Carpenters
8:20 PM – D.B. Rielly
9:50 PM – Susto
12:35 PM – The Meadows Brothers
1:50 PM – D.B. Rielly
3:10 PM – The Deer
4:30 PM – David Childers
6:00 PM – The Jacob Jolliff Band
7:30 PM – The Goodbye Girls featuring: Molly Tuttle, Allison de Groot, Lena Jonsson & Brittany Karlson
9:00 PM – Front Country
10:30 PM – The War and Treaty
11:00 AM – YAM Jam
12:20 PM – The Meadows Brothers
1:40 PM – Front Country
3:00 PM – Dori Freeman
4:30 PM – Fireside Collective
6:00 PM – The Goodbye Girls featuring: Molly Tuttle, Allison de Groot, Lena Jonsson & Brittany Karlson
7:25 PM – The War and Treaty
8:50 PM – Aaron Lee Tasjan
10:20 PM – BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
Pocket Vinyl, The ExCons, & John The Revelator @ The Radio Room
Pocket Vinyl is a husband and wife duo where the husband puts on a spectacular “piano slam rock” performance while his wife turns a blank canvas into a piece of art you could possibly take home with you. As if that were not enough to shake your SpringSkunk hangover, our favorite local Indie rockers The ExCons and the dirty stomp blues of John the Revelator are kicking things off. It kind of feels like we have a mini-music festival to close out a weekend music festival and we are entirely alright with that.
This show is a wonderful blend of genres featuring three completely unique bands really deserving of your attention. Plus, Connecticut’s Pocket Vinyl does not come through the Upstate nearly as often as we would like so this is the perfect excuse to get off the couch and take in a show on a Sunday night.
Other Performances You Won’t Want To Miss
- Awake At Last, State of Illusion, and Fractured Frames @ The Radio Room, (8:00 PM): Because Mondays are for Metal at the Radio Room every week.
- Songwriters Circle @ M. Judson Books, (7:30 PM): Songwriting is storytelling and what better place to experience it than our favorite bookstore?
- Kevin Daniel, Wooz Wooz, and Apricot Blush @ The Radio Room, (8:00 PM) Captivating singer/songwriter Kevin Daniel is everything you could ever ask of a Wednesday.
- Brother Oliver @ Quest Brewing Co, (7:00 PM): Greenville’s Brother Oliver is doing psychedelic rock & roll better than anyone in the business if we’re being honest.
- Quiet Hollers @ The Radio Room, (8:00 PM): Lyrically brilliant and flawless instrumentation make Louisville’s Quiet Hollers one of those bands you can fall in love with the moment you listen to them.
- Boulevards @ Gottrocks, (10:00 PM): If you love the funk – you have a pulse, don’t you? – you are not going to want to miss Raleigh’s Boulevards.
- Finding Freedom @ The Spinning Jenny, (7:00 PM): Alternative blues rock and an EP release party in Downtown Greer.
- Mystic Grizzly @ The Firmament, (8:00 PM): Dance the night away with this 20-year-old electronic prodigy.
- The Strongboys @ Carolina Bauernhaus, (8:00 PM): Country singing outfit releases their debut EP “Good Enough For the Girls I Go With” so, really, what’s not to love?
- Black River Rebels @ The Radio Room, (8:00 PM): Unapologetic, in your face rock & roll is right at home at the Radio Room.
- The Note Ropers @ The Pumphouse, (9:00 PM): Our favorite local rockabilly outlaws always dial it up to 11 in their sequin suits.
- Four 14 @ Gottrocks, (9:00 PM): Four 14 just might bring the house down with their “Night Before” show (because 4/13… get it?!)
- April B. & The Cool @ 22 Below, (9:30 PM): Central’s 22 Below is just cool enough for April B. & The Cool on a Friday night.
- Systematic Devastation @ Ground Zero, (6:00 PM): Laidback Asheville is not known for its metal scene but Systematic Devastation is out to change that misconception at Ground Zero.
- JL Fulks @ Saluda River Yacht Club, (4:00 PM): Greenville born bluesman returns to the Upstate for an afternoon of music on the Saluda River.
- The Carousers @ Stone Pizza, (7:00 PM): We love to carouse, so naturally we love The Carousers, and beer and pizza just sweeten the deal.
- Rhiannon Giddens @ The Spinning Jenny, (8:00 PM): Co-founder of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giddens is a true musical marvel.