It is another big weekend of music in the Upstate with some legendary names, Grammy winners, and local folks at unique venues all sharing a bit of the spotlight this week. The fun starts tonight at the Radio Room and goes straight through the weekend offering up ample opportunity for you to get out and enjoy a show.
It all kicks off with “the greatest rock & roll band in the world” The Supersuckers tonight at the Radio Room. These guys have been dishing out the kind of gritty, in-your-face rock that I just cannot get enough of since 1988 and currently show no signs of slowing down. They were most prominent in the national spotlight in the 1990’s when they were signed up with Sub Pop Records but they have continued to tour and record new music on their own independent label in the years since. Sometimes when a band hits this stage in their career you are going for nostalgic sake alone but, in The Supersuckers case, this is hard hitting rock & roll that still hangs with the best of them making them a significant piece of underground music history.
If you want a more subdued afternoon or evening of music, mark your calendar for either Thursday or Saturday as two great local concert series take the stage. Thursday night Travelers Rest’s Upcountry Provisions features their Groovin’ in the Grove series with the West End String Band. This is a great family friendly event with pizza and beverages available from Upcountry Provisions, right next to The Grove which is one of the best outdoor event spaces around.
Saturday afternoon, look no further than Paris Mountain State Park for the opening day of their Music in the Woods concert series. Vilai Harrington kicks things off with his first ever appearance at the event which, in my opinion, is tailor made for his musical style. Kick back and enjoy this 2pm show in the park’s amphitheatre with family or friends and use it as the perfect start or finish to a hike at Greenville’s closest state park. Even better, the show is free after the cost of admission to Paris Mountain.
Back to national names, Nashville’s Steel Drivers takes the Peace Center Stage Friday evening. I was first introduced to these guys when they visited the Albino Skunk Music Festival in 2011 and 2012, years before they won the Best Bluegrass Album Grammy in 2015. This is both a testament to the caliber of shows The Peace Center attracts to Greenville and Albino Skunk promoter Glynn Zeigler’s knack for snagging talent on their way onward and upward to bigger stages. Bluegrass fans should definitely catch this show Friday night while music lovers of all styles should keep an eye on the upcoming Skunk Fest lineup to see who sounds like the next big thing.
That all adds up to four nights of music at four totally unique destinations, all more than worthy of your time and dime. From a rock show at a gritty dive bar to the posh elegance of the Upstate’s finest performing arts center with a couple of outdoor stages thrown in for good measure, that sure sounds like a fine stretch of shows to me. Make sure to check them out or find one of any number of other shows listed on the iOnGreenville music calendar that might tickle your fancy as you get out and support the local music scene. As always, wherever you end up, enjoy the show.