Carolina Musician Jeff Edwards in Concert

Carolina musician Jeff Edwards will be the guest musical artist June 19, 2-4 p.m., in Spartanburg, SC, at Chapman Cultural Center’s weekly Sundays Unplugged program. As a singer, songwriter, and guitarist Edwards’s music reflects the beauty and complexities of life with a laid-back and ballad-like feel. As a developing artist, Edwards was greatly influenced by the music of Simon and Garfunkel, Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam, and Stone Temple Pilots. In recent months, he has performed at Smileys Acoustic Café, Barley’s Taproom, The Twisted Pear, Ike’s Korner Grill, Stomping Grounds Coffee, downtown Forest City, and downtown Rutherfordton. He is currently working on an album. To sample his music, please visit online:JeffEdwardsMusic.ReverbNation.com.

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In addition to Edwards’s free concert, Sundays Unplugged will feature free admission to Spartanburg Art Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, and Spartanburg Regional History Museum. Very often, local artists set up booths in Chapman’s plaza to sell their work directly to the public. Sundays Unplugged, 1-5 p.m., is a longstanding program that provides the public with a no-stress and no-cost opportunity to experience local art and culture. For more information, please call 864.542.ARTS.Edwards 2

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R and B Musician Performs in Spartanburg, SC

Travis Smith

Rhythm and blues musician Travis Smith will be the guest artist at Chapman Cultural Center June 12, 2-4 p.m., presenting a free concert as part of the venue’s weekly Sundays Unplugged program.

Smith has been featured on TV’s Your Carolina morning show and taken to the stage throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia, including at Fall for Greenville, Bele Chere (Ashville, NC), and The Cherry Blossom Festival (Macon, GA). Growing up in Woodruff, he was introduced to music at 3 years old, inspired by Stevie Wonder and other Motown artists. By the time he was 6 years old, he was playing piano and singing at his church. In school, he became a drum major for the Woodruff High School Marching Cadets, winning three trophies of Best Drum Major. His velvety voice won him an award for Best Male Vocalist at the L. Water’s Talent Show in 2005. He was the opener for six-time Stellar Award-winner and Grammy Award Winner gospel recording artist Vashawn at Spring Fling 2013. In college, he was cast in plays and performed with choral groups. Smith’s first album Childhood was released in 2009, and his latest release, Thinking of You, was released 2013. He is currently working on his Self-Tilted album, expected to be released later this year.

To sample his music, please visit TheTravisSmithProject.com.

 

Abbey Elmore Band to Play Free Concert in Spartanburg, SC

Abbey Elmore BandThe Abbey Elmore Band, a popular pop/rock band of Spartanburg, will be the musical guest at Chapman Cultural Center Sunday, June 5, for the venue’s weekly Sundays Unplugged event. This free live concert will start at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m.

Fronted by Abbey Elmore, the band strives to deliver a memorable experience, from live shows to listening on your iPhone. The band and its original music are a cross between modern day pop and old school rock ‘n’ roll, producing a very unique alternative sound. Its members are Elmore, Tyler Tullis, Nick Wells, and Donnie Elmore. To sample the band’s music, please visit online: ReverbNation.com/TheAbbeyElmoreBand.

Every Sunday afternoon, 1-5 p.m., Chapman Cultural Center hosts Sundays Unplugged, an event where patrons can enjoy local arts and culture in a no-stress and no-cost environment. In addition to the free concert, Spartanburg Art Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, and The John F. Green Spartanburg Science Center are all open.

South Carolina singer/songwriter Jeremy Willis in concert

Spartanburg, SC, singer/songwriter Jeremy Willis will be in concert at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg Sunday, May 29, 2-4 p.m. as part of the venue’s weekly Sundays Unplugged program. The public is invited to enjoy the live music at no cost.

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Willis started his music career in church performing at the age of 8. By 15, he had performed on the stage at the Carolina Opry. As a teenager, he was a self-proclaimed band geek. After graduating high school, Willis enlisted in the Navy, where he was in the Triple Threat Company and director of the Naval Band. Since then, he has continued to write his own music and perform publicly. His more recent accomplishments include performances at many local restaurants, entertainment venues, and television shows. He has played at Chapman many times. His music is often said to resemble that of James Taylor, Rob Thomas, Matchbox Twenty, and Chris Cornell. For details about Willis and to sample his music, please visit ReverbNation.com/JeremyWillis.

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Holiday Sea Island Gullah Celebration

Holiday Sea Island Gullah Celebration

Date: December 4, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Production by Anita Singleton-Prather and The Gullah Kinfolk in historic Beaufort, South Carolina, at the University of South Carolina Beaufort campus Center for the Arts. The evening includes a taste of Gullah soul food buffet, artist showcase and marketplace, full stage musical with Aunt Pearlie Sue and Gullah Kinfolk: Christmas Wish Freedom Coming.

Gullah Christmas art by Diane Britton Dunham

Gullah Christmas art by Diane Britton Dunham

Meet Diane Britton Dunham and many more featured artists exhibiting before the show. Sample local Gullah foods and mingle with local chefs.

Freedom Coming is a significant performance that shares the Sea Island Gullah tradition with audiences in a new way, performed by Anita Singleton-Prather and her singing ensemble The Gullah Kinfolk from Beaufort, South Carolina.aunt pearlie sue

It is Christmas 1860, the last Christmas before the Civil War begins. The scene is a Sea Island slave cabin where enslaved Africans are anticipating Christmas day and talking about freedom. Gullah songs and storytelling include everything from spirituals, work songs and play songs to rhythmic, foot stomping ring shout songs that are unique to the Gullah praise house traditions.DSC_9314

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Book tickets at this link or call the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce 843-986-1102 to reserve your tickets for the Gullah performance, feast and art show or to arrange a weekend tour including history, culture and entertainment. Tickets are $35 at the door, $30 advance and $10 for children. Special group rates are available.

Meet the Most Read Author in South Carolina

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Wilson Casey is called the MOST-READ writer from the Carolinas with over a yard of traditionally published works and nationally syndicated column in over 500 papers!

Wilson Casey, a.k.a. The Trivia Guy, is one of the world’s foremost trivia aficionados and professional fact-checkers, researchers and content providers with a syndicated column, an award-winning website (TriviaGuy.com), and a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest running (thirty hours) radio trivia broadcast in which he correctly identified the answers to 3,333 consecutive trivia questions.

Current events in Spartanburg, SC include:

October 22 Roast of retiring Lou Parris

November 7 Ruritan Club regional Meeting

January 14 Author talk

Ask us for details or to schedule him for your event.

Bedlam on the West Virginia Rails

Not just Trivia,
but Trivia with the Guinness World Record Holder!
Wilson Casey

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Author: Wilson Casey

Last Train Robber in America
Died in 2012 Spartanburg, SC
Wilson Casey knew him!

Check out his Tell All New Book!
Head Bandit Firsthand Account!

He never meant to rob a moving train, nor get gunned down near the President of the U.S. It really happened.

Other history works are dead WRONG claiming Jesse James or Butch Cassidy

Tune In Radio 105.7 fm and 910 am Author Interview on the SOURCE for Spartanburg!
Fri Mar 20: Approx 8:00 am

Or listen live streaming via the internet.

Book Signing Event Sat Mar 21: 3:00 – 7 pm
Barnes and Noble, Spartanburg, SC.

FREE Calendar with Bedlam Book Purchase,
$15 Value While Supplies Last! (Directions)

Bedlam on the West Virginia Rails: (True Crime)
Author: Wilson Casey
Format: Paperback
Publish Date: Mar 16, 2015
ISBN-10: 1626198934
ISBN-13: 9781626198937
List Price:$19.99

Contact us to schedule speaking at your location.

Brookgreen Gardens Hosts Gullah Celebrity Chef

On Saturday, February 28, at 2 p.m. Sallie Ann Robinson, author and Gullah celebrity chef, will present “Cooking and Living the Daufuskie Gullah Way” a cooking demonstration of crab rice and pecan crunch cookies. Part of “The Reign of Rice Lecture Series” about the Spirituality of Rice Heritage, this winter program will be in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission. Reservations are required by calling 235-6016. Robinson will be available for book signings after the program.unnamed

Born on Daufuskie Island, off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina, Sallie Ann Robinson was among the students taught by Pat Conroy when the famous author was a teacher. Robinson has grown in her own right into the author of two celebrated cookbooks and an accomplished chef. Her culinary expertise has helped to preserve the food dishes for which her native island is famous and her work as a speaker nationwide, and as a tour guide on boat trips out of Savannah, Georgia, going to Daufuskie, have made her an authentic and much sought-after representative of Gullah culture.

Brookgreen Gardens is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and display American sculpture and regional plants, animals, and history. It is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

Jazz Vibraphonist Daniel Z Plays Free in Spartanburg, SC

Regional singer-songwriters perform weekly at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, as part of its Sundays Unplugged program. Open 1-5 p.m. every Sunday, the center provides casual and cultural entertainment for all ages, most notably with its free concert series featuring a different band or musician of varying genres each week, 2-4 p.m. Art and history museums are open with free admission to complement the music.DanielZ1

Featured Sunday, Feb. 22, is jazz percussionist Daniel Z. Known in the Upstate for his fluidity and improvisation on the vibraphone, a xylophone-like instrument also known as the vibes or vibraharp, this native New Yorker has also performed throughout the United States, as well as in parts of Europe. He became a local musical phenomenon after moving to South Carolina several years ago. Though primarily a solo vibraphonist, Daniel Z is joined at times by fellow singer-songwriters to create the Daniel Z Trio or Quartet, featuring bass, guitar, voice, piano, flute, and/or trumpet. He is known for switching up the arrangement, or even genre, varying anywhere from modern jazz to bossa nova to swinging jazz.

Sundays Unplugged will also give patrons the opportunity to audition for The Spartanburg Little Theatre’s upcoming production of The Music Man. Visitors with acting and vocal experience interested in joining the SLT cast may audition 3-6 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre. Roles are available for varying ages and ethnicities. Auditioners must arrive at least 15 minutes early, prepared with sheet music to perform a musical theatre-style song. Accompaniment will be provided.

All Sunday activity is complemented by free admission to Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Student Galleries. Spartanburg Science Center is open with a small entrance fee.

For more information on Sundays Unplugged activities at Chapman Cultural Center, visit ChapmanCulturalCenter.org or call (864) 542-ARTS.SLT_TheMusicMan

Reviewing Lowcountry Boneyard

Susan Boyer continues her Liz Talbot mystery series with Lowcountry Boneyard published by Henry Press. Lowcountry Boneyard is lovely writing with well-developed characters, a believable plot and plenty of interesting detail. It’s especially enjoyable for a reader who lives in or loves South Carolina, with the familiar settings, the families and traditions, even the restaurants and a touch of the supernatural. In fact, I’m pretty sure I know some of these people too. If you don’t already know about SOB (South of Broad) in Charleston, it’s easy enough to figure out.

Reading this title first was fine, although it would be preferable to first choose the Lowcountry Boil and Lowcountry Bombshell.

Watch for this one to publish in April 2015 and the following Lowcountry Bordello in November 2015.

Boyer may be unstoppable in conjuring mystery as she travels the social circles and back roads of the fascinating southern landscape.