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Chapman Cultural Center Announces Return of Street Music Series

Downtown Spartanburg

Chapman Cultural Center is excited to announce that the street music series will be returning to the Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District the first week of April! The City of Spartanburg, with the help of Chapman Cultural Center, was the first city in the upstate to be awarded the designation of a Cultural District in 2015 by the South Carolina Legislature.

April 4-7th Schedule

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The Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District was launched in 2016 with the goals of increasing pedestrian and visitor activity, attracting new creative enterprises, fostering art and performances in public places, and celebrating Spartanburg’s evolving cultural identity.

The Street Music Series was launched in August 2017 and ran for 13 weeks with resounding success. In that time, the Cultural District hosted over 145 gigs including 9 genres of music and over 1,800 people stopped to enjoy along Main Street in Spartanburg. Weekly surveys showed that the series attracted a diverse audience and that people were willing to donate to local musicians to keep them performing.

Local musician, April Bennett of April B. & The Cool, said: “The series is important because art is important. Just like the murals, lightbulbs, and all the other cool sculptures in Downtown Spartanburg, the music of street musicians paint sonic pictures that were both welcomed and admired by passersby.”

Rachel Williams, Marketing and Communications Director for Chapman Cultural Center, said: “There is so much momentum and excitement happening in downtown Spartanburg right now. Chapman Cultural Center is proud to program music in our downtown because it does two important things that support our mission. First, it showcases and provides financial support for the amazing local talent that we have right here in Spartanburg. And second, it brings a vibe after 5 pm and creates a sustainable experience and ongoing vibrancy to our evolving downtown.”

Local musicians will be set up on the sidewalk in four locations along East and West Main Street in downtown Spartanburg starting the first week of April and continuing through October. Performances will be happening every Wednesday – Friday from 5:00 – 7:00 pm and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.

Melanie Terry, Special Events Coordinator for Chapman Cultural Center, said: “Street Music, or busking, is meant to be an intimate experience, not a large event. They are like micro, pop-up performances that are meant to enhance your experience downtown and encourage you to stay longer. You will be able to walk from one end of East Main Street at Liberty all the way to The Grain District and hear a variety of musical instruments, genres, and styles.”

For more information, and to see the schedule of musicians and their locations each week, visit www.SpartanburgCulturalDistrict.com

Upcoming Events at Chapman Cultural Center

Mar 28
6:30 pm
A Summer Night in Santorini
Spartanburg Little Theatre - 200 E Saint John St
Mar 29
6:30 pm
Music She Wrote
Chapman Cultural Center - 200 E Saint John St
Mar 31
2:00 pm
Sundays Unplugged
Chapman Cultural Center - 200 E Saint John St
Apr 07
1:00 pm
Family Fundays | DIY Kites
Spartanburg Art Museum - 200 E Saint John St
Apr 07
2:00 pm
Sundays Unplugged
Chapman Cultural Center - 200 E Saint John St
Apr 12
4:30 pm
Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook
Chapman Cultural Center - 200 E Saint John St
Apr 12
7:00 pm
Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook
Chapman Cultural Center - 200 E Saint John St
Apr 13
2:00 pm
Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook
Chapman Cultural Center - 200 E Saint John St
Apr 13
4:30 pm
Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook
Chapman Cultural Center - 200 E Saint John St
Apr 14
2:00 pm
Sundays Unplugged
Chapman Cultural Center - 200 E Saint John St
Apr 18
5:00 pm
Spartanburg Monthly ArtWalk
Ciclops Cyderi & Brewery - 197 E Saint John St
Apr 25
8:00 pm
Bluegrass Spartanburg: The Kruger Brothers
Chapman Cultural Center - 200 E Saint John St
Apr 28
2:00 pm
Sundays Unplugged
Chapman Cultural Center - 200 E Saint John St
May 03
8:00 pm
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Chapman Cultural Center - 200 E Saint John St
May 04
8:00 pm
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Chapman Cultural Center - 200 E Saint John St
May 05
3:00 pm
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Chapman Cultural Center - 200 E Saint John St
May 10
8:00 pm
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Chapman Cultural Center - 200 E Saint John St
May 11
3:00 pm
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Chapman Cultural Center - 200 E Saint John St
May 11
7:00 pm
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
Twichell Auditorium - 580 E Main St
May 11
8:00 pm
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Chapman Cultural Center - 200 E Saint John St
May 12
3:00 pm
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Chapman Cultural Center - 200 E Saint John St
May 16
5:00 pm
Spartanburg Monthly ArtWalk
Ciclops Cyderi & Brewery - 197 E Saint John St
Jun 20
5:00 pm
Spartanburg Monthly ArtWalk
Ciclops Cyderi & Brewery - 197 E Saint John St
Jul 18
5:00 pm
Spartanburg Monthly ArtWalk
Ciclops Cyderi & Brewery - 197 E Saint John St
Aug 15
5:00 pm
Spartanburg Monthly ArtWalk
Ciclops Cyderi & Brewery - 197 E Saint John St
Aug 29
7:00 pm
Free Art Movie | Vic Muniz: Waste Land
Spartanburg Art Museum - 200 E Saint John St
Sep 13
2:00 pm
Homeschool Friday!: Use of Heat!
Walnut Grove Plantation - 1200 Otts Shoals Rd.
Sep 19
5:00 pm
Spartanburg Monthly ArtWalk
Ciclops Cyderi & Brewery - 197 E Saint John St
Oct 13
1:00 pm
Family Fundays | DIY Sugar Skulls
Spartanburg Art Museum - 200 E Saint John St
Oct 17
5:00 pm
Spartanburg Monthly ArtWalk
Ciclops Cyderi & Brewery - 197 E Saint John St
Nov 02
11:00 am
Harvest Moon Festival
Walnut Grove Plantation - 1200 Otts Shoals Rd.
Nov 21
5:00 pm
Spartanburg Monthly ArtWalk
Ciclops Cyderi & Brewery - 197 E Saint John St
Dec 19
5:00 pm
Spartanburg Monthly ArtWalk
Ciclops Cyderi & Brewery - 197 E Saint John St
About Chapman Cultural Center

Chapman Cultural Center provides cultural leadership for Greater Spartanburg by developing, strengthening, and promoting the scope, excellence and educational role of the arts, humanities and sciences, and to further their significance in the life of our community and all of its citizens.

The Chapman Cultural Center is located in on East Saint John St in downtown Spartanburg, SC.

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