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Brett Barest on Upstate Music: From Locals to Legends, Greenville Music Has It All This Weekend

Brett Barest

It never ceases to amaze me how many venues are committed to live music in the Upstate and how differently they each approach the business of booking music. Some target revered national talent, others book less prominent acts with established and growing followings, while some put the local artists front and center. The variety of genres served up is as eclectic as anyone could ask for meaning there truly is something for anyone looking for a night of music in Greenville.

The biggest name in town this weekend will, naturally, be at the biggest pure listening room around at The Spinning Jenny in Greer. Thursday night will see renowned singer songwriter Darrell Scott return to the Upstate for what is always an unforgettable performance. Scott is known both for his musicianship and songwriting acumen with a long list of collaborations with music’s biggest names on both fronts. His songs have been covered by the likes of the Dixie Chicks, Travis Tritt, and Patty Loveless while he also serves as a multi-instrumentalist in Robert Plant’s Band of Joy. To see him live and in person performing his own work is the best way to enjoy Darrell Scott, however, and this show promises to be a real treat. Local talent Jacob Johnson opens things up for a great evening of music from start to finish.

For their part, The Radio Room is offering something from quite the opposite end of the musical spectrum with Hank von Hell Thursday evening. Von Hell first made his mark on the music scene as the front man for Turbonegro, a Norweigan death-punk outfit that was big in the 1990’s. A few decades older and wiser, von Hell is still at it and is making some really interesting music in the process. I am far from a connoisseur when it comes to death-punk but I do know that I enjoyed the tracks I listened to from his 2018 solo album Egomania. For a face melting good time on a Thursday night, Radio Room has you more than covered.

Over at Eighth State Brewing Company, the steady flow of live music every single weekend continues on with a couple of great local and regional shows Friday and Saturday evenings. Friday night is all about indie music with The Excons followed by Columbia’s Candy Coffins making their Eighth State debut. My appreciation for The Excons is well documented and the post-punk indie sound of Candy Coffins should pair well for a great night of music. Saturday, things go in a more acoustic direction with My Girl, My Whiskey, & Me and Helen Campbell.

 Finally, Gottrocks is always a reliable source of funk, soul, and jam and that does not change this Saturday night when Augusta, Georgia’s Funk You takes the stage. For a fun evening of funk, fun, and dance, Gottrocks is the place to be.

That all adds up to four different venues with a full variety of options and that barely scratches the surface of what is to come this weekend. There are over 120 shows on the iOnGreenville Concert Calendar between tonight and Sunday evening alone which is a far bigger list than I could ever begin to discuss here. Check out the list, find a band or venue near you, and get out and enjoy some live music and make some memories this weekend.

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