Saddle up and giddy-yap to The Stomping Grounds Saturday night. Steve Porter will recite Cowboy Poetry in a unique portray of his passion for horses and the Western lifestyle.
Cowboy poetry is a form of storytelling that preserves the tales (both tall and true) of life in the rural West. The reading is 8-10 p.m. at the 208 Trade Street coffee and wine bar.
Admittedly, I am not a musician. My dad and my brother both play the guitar and drums, and my fiancee is a pianist, but I've just never gotten the itch. With that in mind, I'm a great admirer of music. I grew up on classic rock, that's how my parents raised me, and have been to many a bluegrass show. I don't, however, know a lot about the blues. I'm unfamiliar with the history of the genre, and the musicians behind it. Sitting down to do a little research, I discovered the blues comes from the phrase "blue devils," the concepts of melancholy and sadness. It originated in African-American communities (like all popular American music in the 20th century) of the "Deep South" over a hundred years ago, from the spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed, simple narrative ballads of the slaves.
To overcomplicate a good thing, the blues can be subdivided into several subgenres ranging from country to urban blues, which have ebbed and flowed in popularity throughout the 20th century. The best known are the Delta, Piedmont, Jump and Chicago Electric blues styles. World War II marked this transition from acoustic to electric blues and the progressive opening of blues music to a wider audience, especially white listeners. In the 1960s and 1970s, a hybrid called blues-rock formed. Knowledge and wisdom, however, are two different things. I could read a whole book about the blues, but would that be understanding? I decided to go to the source. The blues can only really be understood when heard live, and the best place in the Upstate to hear the blues live is at the Rhythm & Brews in Greer.
A “Stand Up for Stan” benefit concert Thursday at Grace Hall at 108 Trade Street is all about giving back, Stan Christofferson said.
Christofferson, owner of the Great Bay Oyster House (GBOH), was the recipient of the first benefit last year as friends, customers and business acquaintances helped raise over $6,000 for medical expenses.
Jessica Monroe is turning her 30th birthday into a party Thursday at The Davenport to benefit animals.
Saved by the Heart Companion Animal Services is the fundraiser host from 8 p.m. – midnight.
The Greer Opry House will host Overtime Band with Chris Neves on the next two Fridays and Classic Country Band with Ed Burrell on Saaturdays.
Showtime is 8 p.m. each night and admission is $9 per person.
A Chocolate Affair will be held Saturday 7 – 9:30 p.m. at Greer City Hall.
Chefs from local restaurants and area caterers will create an assortment of chocolate desserts in mini-sizes. Gourmet coffees, wine and other beverages will be served.
The Village Hospital Greer Family Fest is taking applications for vendors for the May 4-5 event that features Aaron Tippin as the marquee entertainment.
Arts, crafts, business, and restaurant vendors can apply to occupy a booth during the two-day event that is Greer’s signature annual festival.
The Stomping Grounds, quickly becoming the place to visit and the place to be seen, has annnounced its upcoming entertainment and guest schedule. It includes music, parties, a political greet-and-meet and a poety reading.
Lisa Suber, owner/operator, invites customers to visit the Stomping Grounds for breakfast or enjoy a variety of coffees while perusing the Internet.
Here are the upcoming events for the next couple weeks:
Tuesday, March 20 Elizabeth Wood playing acoustic guitar, 7-9 p.m.
Sydney Sill, 2012 Miss Greater Greer Teen, made her first public appearance Thursday evening at The Shoppes at The Grapevine open house on Trade Street.
It was also the most relaxing week for Sill since she competed for the Miss Teen pageant last month. Consider that in the middle of February Sill was preparing for the Miss Greer pageant, practicing four hours nightly for the just completed and highly successful run of “Hairspray” and sandwiching those productions between full days at school.
Auditions for Greer Idol 6 are scheduled at the Village Hospital Greer Family Fest Friday May 4 from 6-6:45 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, 1-2 p.m.
Dana Jordan won the 2011 Greer Idol and the $1,500 first place prize.
Roses for Relief will be held St. Patrick’s Day (Saturday) to benefit Greer Relief.
The event, catered by Greer’s Ember Restaurant, will feature an Irish menu. is 7-12 p.m. at 317 Buncombe Road. The cost is $75 per person and proceeds to Greer Relief to assist needy and indigent residents of Greenville and Spartanburg counties.
The Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a free St. Patrick’s Day concert Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the J. Harley Bonds Career Center at 505 N. Main Street.
Artistic Director Cory Vrieze will feature “Pictures at an Exhibition” Modest Mussorgsky’s 1874 composition. A complimentary reception will follow with patrons invited to meet the musicians and Vrieze.
Selections to the inaugural Greenville International Film Festival, April 25-28, have been made.
The film festival will celebrate filmmakers from around the world. Submissions were received from Australia, Asia, South America, Canada, Africa, Europe as well as the United States.
The United States Air Force Langley Winds woodwind ensemble of the USAF Heritage of America Band will visit the Events Center at Greer City Hall on March 28, presenting a free public concert in the events hall.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Things will be hopping at the Stomping Grounds Coffee and Wine Bar with entertainment scheduled on six of the next nine evenings.
Lisa Suber, owner/operator, has scheduled Timeless Tunes on Fridays with Lacie on the piano tonight from 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. Saturday features open mic Poetry Night and Pop Cello with Sharon Gerber from 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.
A new radio station has been on the air in the Upstate for a few months now, and people are taking notice. It's 97.7 Chuck FM, and it "plays everything". The station is owned by Cox Media Group, which according to its website, "is an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company." In Greenville, along with 97.7 Chuck, Cox also operates 107.3 JAMZ, "one of the top ranked Urban Contemporary stations in the nation…(and) one of the highest rated Adult 25-54 stations in the Greenville/Spartanburg radio market," and "HOT 98.1 WHZT-FM, ranked "consistently one of the highest rated young adult stations in the Greenville/Spartanburg radio market."
All three of these radio stations operate out of the office space in 220 North Main Street of the Hyatt Regency Greenville, owned by JHM Corporation, which has been experiencing renovations since December.
People around Greer have been telling me I needed to go see the Greer Cultural Arts Council's production of Hairspray, so the wife and I ventured out this Friday. Growing up in a small town (Saluda), I've always enjoyed local productions where I know many of the cast. I would attend to support friends/family, and therefore be more than willing to overlook quality shortfalls. With that said, I also greatly appreciate top talent cast in plays at Greenville's Peace Center, Atlanta's Fox Theatre, and of course, NYC's Broadway.
So where does that put GCAC's Hairspray? For me ... it's in the perfect spot. As Lindsay and I sat through the first few numbers, I leaned back and truly began enjoying the moment. Here was a production that featured many people I knew from around Greer (reminding me of when I watched plays back in Saluda) however the quality exceeded (OK ... far exceeded) those productions from my hometown.
The Moonlight Movies begins its 11-week series May 24 at Greer City Park. The free outdoor schedule is launched with part two of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows followed by part one of the final Twilight film.
The Lion King will be shown on June 7, just five days before its month-long Broadway theatre run at The Peace Center.
Meet sisters Amalia Nur, Malica Ishtar, and Samra’ May. They are 4-week old baby cubs born at Hollywild Animal Park. The cubs' photos were shared with GreerToday.com and other media to announce the park's opening weekends in March.
The huggable cubs' names are Arabic, the language spoken in Syria. Like all Syrian bears, they have gray-brown fur with white collars of fur. Their parents, mother Giza and father Ramses, are pure Syrians, but with their added size, fur and skin rolls, their collars are not as visible. The cubs own distinct personality traits.