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It’s Concert Series Season in the Upstate: Brett Barest Weekly Look at Upstate Music

When I was perusing the iOnGreenville Concert Calendar this week, I could not help but notice the abundance of concert series on the menu. Sure, there are great shows at venues specifically devoted to live music but, at the same time, there is also a wealth of opportunities at breweries, restaurants, and other such locations where music is yet another reason to visit. We might be less than ten days away from the official start of summer but the season of the concert series is already well underway.

Now, I admit to being partial to Quest’s Thursday Night Concert Series, due in no small parts to my friendship with Don Richardson and the fact that I built both the inside and outside music stages, but still, any unbiased observer has to admit the strength of their music lineup. This week features the always-entertaining My Girl, My Whiskey, & Me with artists like Angela Easterling, The Bad Popes, and the LOZ Band in the weeks that follow. The whole season’s lineup features an eclectic mix of local and regional talent serving up a little something for everybody throughout the summer. Plus, the beer is pretty outstanding, so there’s that.

Another Thursday night concert series that I am admittedly late to the party on is at Limoncello. The just-off-Main St. Italian restaurant recently revamped their outdoor seating area and began featuring live music every Thursday during happy hour. The series runs through the end of June with Tim White, Brooks Dixon, and Doug McDonald each taking a turn for your listening pleasure. The Wife and I recently enjoyed Kelly Jo while we feasted on lobster cannelloni, seared scallops, risotto, and calamari for a wildly fun and delicious evening in Downtown Greenville that I highly recommend.

Speaking of Downtown Greenville and live music, Downtown Alive is the city’s longest running concert series with a steady flow of artists every Thursday night at NOMA Square from March through August. Bands range from cover projects like Randomonium tonight to The Bad Popes, indie rockers Whitehall, Rush Morgan, and Phat Lip in the weeks ahead. My vote is for cocktails and a burger on the patio at Roost for a full service experience at the event.

Music returns to NOMA Square with the Main Street Fridays concert series the following evening. Here, the focus is on jazz, funk, beach, and variety music with bands like Rock-n-Roll Reunion, Next Level Band of Charlotte, and Whitney Bradley & Groove Planet.

If Sunday Fundays are more your speed, Stone Pizza has live music every week from 4pm until 8pm. Kick back with a pizza and craft beer while you enjoy acts such as Exit 83, James Radford Band, and Trade Street Union for the perfect end to the weekend.

Last but far from least, there’s two more weeks of the weekly Wednesday Porch Series at Greenbrier Farms.  Local folk and bluegrass artists are paired with a picturesque setting and some ridiculously good farm to table eats for the perfect mid-week treat just 20 minutes from Downtown Greenville. This one is fun for the whole family and should be right at the top of your Things to Eat and Listen To to-do list (because surely I’m not the only one that keeps one of those, right?).

All of this is happening every week right along with the great local, regional, and nationally touring acts at places like The Radio Room, Gottrocks, The Firmament, Spinning Jenny, and so many other local venues committed to bringing live music in the Upstate. Keep up with all of it with the iOnGreenville music calendar and never miss a minute of the talent that is consistently flowing through town.

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