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.
Saturday: Paleface @ Velo Fellow, 9:30pm
Sometimes a show pops up on our calendar that makes us do a double take and ask “who is playing where?” Such was the case when we saw the name Paleface appear on the Velo Fellow’s list of upcoming shows and we could not be more excited about it.
Paleface’s roots run deep in musical royalty as he got his start working under the insane tutelage of the great Daniel Johnston. Soon after, he found himself in New York City performing at open mic nights with a roommate by the name of Beck, who called him “a great songwriter… and a big influence on my early stuff”. Today, a master of his art, Paleface has been regarded as “one of the greatest songwriters on earth” by none other than the Avett Brothers.
As high as this praise is, it falls short of doing Paleface justice when you see him in person. Paleface – whose real name is the greatest mystery since DB Cooper – is not just an amazing singer and songwriter but a personality that overtakes any stage and audience before him. His music ranges from soft and reflective to outright raucous and the transitions between his eclectic mix of styles is completely seamless and natural. One can easily see how he fits perfectly in the company of artists like Johnston and Beck while his style is all his own and bears little comparison to either.
A longtime solo artist, Paleface now performs as a duo with longtime girlfriend and drummer Mo Samalot. Mo’s presence is a perfect complement to Paleface’s style as they both seem to bring out the best in each other and perform in perfect harmony. Think of it as an unplugged, folkier version of The White Stripes’ arrangement with much more interplay between the couple on stage.
While we would be excited to see Paleface perform on any stage in town – just as we were when he performed at the Villive Concert Series in The Village last summer – it is hard to imagine a venue more fitting than the Velo Fellow. Once a cozy public house, we have been head over heels in love with the venue since they expanded the space to include a microbrewery and music stage. The addition is large enough to accommodate a healthy crowd yet intimate enough to provide the perfect ambiance for an artist such as Paleface.
It is rare that such an accomplished and acclaimed nationally touring act slides through town for such an accessible show and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to attend. Paleface’s appearance at The Velo Fellow is an incredible opportunity for Upstate listeners and is our pick for the must-see show of the weekend. Get out and enjoy the show!
Wednesday: Steady Flow @ Gottrocks, 8 PM
We have noted in past editions of #MusicMonday that nobody is bringing the funk to the Upstate like Gottrocks. At least once a week their concert calendar features somebody ready to go all Bootsy Collins upside an audience’s collective heads and we feel the world is a better place as a result. This week, the funk will be brought to you by the six-piece funk powerhouse Steady Flow for a perfect mid-week treat… call it Humpday Funkday, perhaps?
This Midwestern band formed in 2012 with brothers Tanner and Ky “Goonie Mom” Brown at the helm and has been blowing minds at concert halls and festivals ever since. This is a show for those with comfortable dancing shoes and a good excuse for being late to work Thursday morning, so get out and get funky at Gottrocks this Wednesday night.
Other Performances You Won’t Want to Miss…
- Kiernan McMullan @ The Radio Room, 8 PM: Acclaimed Nashville singer/songwriter kicks off a great week of music with local favorites Mourning Dove and J. Stephens.
- George Fetner & the Strays @ Downtown Alive, 5:30 PM: Classical guitarist George Fetner has been a mainstay on the Columbia music scene for a while now but it is far past time for Upstate crowds to give him a listen.
- Night Affair Band @ Morgan Square, 5:30 PM: R&B and soul masters the Night Affair Band are bringing the heat to Downtown Spartanburg this week.
- Cory Stone @ The Firmament, 6 PM: 2014 SC Pop/Rock artist of the year visits the Firmament Thursday evening.
- Kelly Jo & Phat Lip @ Quest Brewing Co., 7 PM: If you are not blown away by the voice of Kelly Jo, have a friend check your pulse at Quest Brewing this Thursday.
- Sam Burchfield & the Scoundrels @ The Radio Room, 8 PM: Soul, funk, and folk collide for an amazing evening of music courtesy of Sam Burchfield (with Brooks Dixon opening up for good measure).
- Dimestore Gypsy @ Gottrocks, 9 PM: Good old-fashioned Southern hard rockers make their debut at Gottrocks this Thursday evening.
- The Decibel Effect (&more) @ Ground Zero, 6 PM: Enjoy an evening of hard rock, alt metal, psychedelic punk, and more for an eclectic evening of music in Spartanburg.
- Amongst the Trees @ Carolina Bauernhaus, 8 PM: A roots inspired jam band in a wonderful local brewery is the perfect recipe for a good time Friday night in Anderson.
- Noah Guthrie @ The Firmament, 8 PM: Singer/songwriter and cast member of Glee pays a visit to The Firmament.
- Sharon Jones Tribute @ Gottrocks, 9:30 PM: Nearly a dozen local musicians – from Darby Wilcox to Tez Sherard – are joining forces for what promises to be an epic evening of Sharon Jones tunes at Gottrocks.
- The Bunny the Bear @ Ground Zero, 5 PM: Buffalo’s The Bunny The Bear celebrates its 10 year anniversary with a huge evening of music with Filth, It Lies Within, Insvrgence, I The Supplier, Hold On Hollywood, Dead Noise, Deadland, Sister Kill Cycle.
- Coffin Torture/Legba/Horseflesh/Tone @ The Radio Room, 9 PM: Brace yourselves for an evening of metal that just might blow the roof off the Radio Room.
- Mac Leaphart w/ Chris Stalcup @ Gottrocks, 9:30 PM: To quote the band’s bio: “These songs come from sticky southern towns and broken hearts. Hard living and the long road home.”
- April B. & The Cool @ Smiley’s Acoustic Café, 10 PM: You know we love April B. and we are thrilled to see her back at Smiley’s this Saturday.
- Firebox Johnson @ Chapman Cultural Center, 2 PM: Ukulele blues man Firebox Johnson visits Spartanburg for this week’s edition of the Sundays Unplugged series.