We know you’ve already heard about the food scene in Greenville. Foodies are always concerned with compatible pairings and music is no different. Music goes with everything! So, in Greenville, music seems to go/come along with everything. To find live music in Greenville all one needs to do is follow one’s ears… Oh, right, my ears are a tad bigger than yours so I’ll gladly break it down for ya! This musical collection focuses on local live music happenings rather than conventional concert venues which means the majority of it can be enjoyed absolutely free. Wheeee!
The Swamp Rabbit inn & Properties LOVE musicians, yes we do! In addition to the Inn, the Swamp Rabbit Lodge and Furman Cottage offer plenty of room for you and your bandmates to spread out, practice and relax. Contact us about rocking one of our houses if you’ve got an upcoming gig in Greenville.
Starting with the home team, our monthly block party: Truck Inn Tuesday, rolls inn this coming week (7/12/16 from 6-9) with crowd favorite Darby Wilcox paired with goodies from Automatic Taco and all the beer, wine, local makers, fun and games that Greenville has come to count on us for. Another highlight to put on your radar: LOZ Band joins us at the October 11th Truck Inn. Bring your dancin’ shoes!
Annual Festivals - Speaking of marking the calendar let’s give a shout to the bigger music festivals that punctuate our year.
Hey Look! Music Festival - Enjoyed its 3rd annual throw down this past April 30th at Trailblazer Park in Traveler’s Rest, SC. 14 bands on the rise rocked the Brewery 85 stage and the Radio Room stages with the new music that people will be listening to next year. The Weeks, Baby Baby, Brave Baby and Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires lead the roster of national, regional, and local talent delivering the fresh goods this time. All ages welcome at these events - kids under 10 get in free. Of course there are local food trucks and vendors. We are looking forward to next year’s fest with great anticipation!
Spring Skunk Music Festival - second weekend of April.
Albino Skunk Music Festival - First weekend in October 6th - 8th, 2016
“The Skunk Farm is a unique music and camping venue in Upstate South Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We host two yearly music festivals… Both are often called “SkunkFest” by our attendees and artists. Originally founded as a bluegrass music festival, SkunkFest now features all sorts of mostly acoustic music – including Americana, Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Alt. Country, Acoustic, Roots and Bluegrass.”
Fall For Greenville - Third weekend in October 14th - 16th, 2016
Greenville really pulls out all the stops to throw this massive block party that pours out delicious tastes, sights and sounds to tempt every palate. With over 40 restaurants featuring over 250 menu items and free entertainment featuring over 60 different acts on six different stages your enjoyment is guaranteed. It easy to see why this has become the Southeast’s most popular outdoor festival.
The Swamp Rabbit Music Fest (that’s us!) September 10th at the Swamp Rabbit Lodge
Swamp Rabbit Inn and Local Green are joining forces to throw an awesome festival! This time we're focusing on some of the Upstate’s many great singer/songwriters. Head up the trail and join us to hear some of the Local Green family's amazing songwriters perform their material in an intimate and relaxed setting. Performers include: Mark Dye, Baby Kudzu, The LOZ Band (acoustic), Doug Jones, Angela Easterling, Leslie Smith, Kelly Jo, Rush Morgen, Darby Wilcox, Vilai Harrington, and Lerm/Kyle (Four14).
Cherryfoot Travelling Boutique, The Essential Organics, and TarahBelle Jewelry Designs will be joining us with their wares. AND we’ll have food trucks! All this for $30 in advance. $40 day-of. $20 camping fee.
Weekly Staples of Sound - Feel free to make these freebies a habit, like we good rabbits do!
Every Wednesday 7 - 9 p.m. - Scan Source Reedy River Concerts at the TD Stage Peace Center Amphitheatre. “Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic supper and sit back and enjoy a variety of musical concerts featuring jazz, country, patriotic, rock & roll, blues and reggae. This free, outdoor family event provides the perfect way to spend a warm summer night. Concerts are held from June through August.
Every Thursday 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Piedmont Natural Gas Downtown Alive at NOMA Square on N. Main. “An outdoor street party featuring live musical entertainment with varied sounds including rock, blues, funk and cover bands. Main Street serves as the perfect backdrop to this free event series where people can unwind by meeting up with friends, making new acquaintances and networking. A total of approximately 45,000 people attend this event annually and it is the single largest fundraiser for the Metropolitan Arts Council.”
Every Friday 6 - 8 p.m. - VILLive Greenville in the Village of West Greenville.
The Swamp Rabbit Inn & Properties is a proud sponsor of this event! “Tell your friends and grab your chairs! There's a new summer event going down that you don't want to miss! Introducing VILLive! - a new outdoor summer concert series presented by Growler Haus. Guests are serenaded by a live local bands in a family friendly, pet friendly environment that is FREE to attend! Additional features include craft beer sales by our presenting sponsor, Growler Haus, yummy fare by one of our three revolving food vendors Wholy Smoke King of Q Food Truck, Cluck Squeal and Friends Food Truck, and a Neighborhood Fish Fry), and everyone's favorite gourmet popsicles by King of Pops Greenville - the perfect summer dessert!”
Every Friday 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. - Greenville Heritage Main Street Fridays at NOMA Square on N. Main. “Wind up the work week listening to the best in music entertainment performed by local, regional and national talent. This 28-week free music series with a variety of music styles provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy downtown Greenville on our award-winning Main Street. A children’s activity area adds to the family fun.”
Every Saturday 2 - 4 p.m. - Live Music at Art Crossing at Art Crossing at River Place Downtown Greenville. “Visit the artists at Art Crossing along the Reedy River. There will be live music from 2-4pm for your enjoyment. While strolling around you might just find a unique gift in the artist Shoppes at Art Crossing.”
Live Music Venues with Performances Throughout the Week
Aloft Greenville - Groove to Indie-Rock favorites acoustic performances in the WXYZ Bar in the Aloft Hotel in Downtown Greenville.
Blues Boulevard Jazz - Jazz & Blues Club. Located on scenic River Street in downtown Greenville, showcasing the best Jazz music and exceptional dining.
Gottrocks - Located at 200 Eisenhower Drive. A true music lover’s destination that includes the opportunity to dine on freshly made, locally sourced dishes and enjoy an ample selection of craft brews and wine from our region.
Smiley’s Acoustic Café - Located at 111 Augusta Street. An eclectic calendar of live music and a casual upscale dining experience with Southern flare in Greenville’s Historic West End.
IPA - Independent Public Ale House at 110 Poinsett Hwy is a spacious venue for live music appreciation and, I’m guessing you can get a decent pint of beer there too!
My ears are ringing! And my appetite is whetted! ALWAYS something fun to do around here especially if you are looking (and listening) for live music in Greenville. Grab your handbags, put on your glad rags and tap on out that door!
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