What’s Happening This Weekend: March 17–18

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Friday, March 17

Local Legends

This week’s Local Legends series from Alchemy Comedy (1 E. Coffee St.) features Matthew Smith of Really Good Emails. Smith will tell personal stories to the audience and inspire improv comedy from the Alchemy troupe.

St. Patrick’s Madness Day 2017

Brewery 85 is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Friday from 2–9 p.m. with drink specials and the brewery’s Fat Lighter IPA on tap for this day only. Food truck Meat’n the Middle will stop by, and blues-rock trio MasonJar Menageries will play throughout the evening.

Motel Radio w/ The High Divers

New Orleans-based folk-rock band Motel Radio will play a show at Gottrocks (200 Eisenhower Drive) on Friday night. The High Divers, an indie roots rock band out of Charleston, will open. Tickets are $8. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Irish Beer Releases

Upstate Craft Beer Co. (400 Augusta St.) is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day from 5–10 p.m. on Friday with the release of three Irish beers and Irish fare. Bagpiper Art Davis will play traditional tunes from 6–8 p.m.

ShamRock

The Pumphouse (2460 Poinsett Highway) will have live music from 8 p.m.–2 a.m. to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The lineup includes Benton Blount (country singer/songwriter), Dirty Grass Soul (alt-country), and Love & Rescue (country/rock). Admission is $15. There will be food and drink specials throughout the night. This event is ages 18+.

March Madness Returns to Greenville 

March Madness is back in Greenville, and we received quite the haul with matchups. Friday games are Arkansas vs. Seton Hall (1:30 p.m., TNT); UNC vs. Texas Southern (4 p.m., TNT); Duke vs. Troy (7:20 p.m., TBS); and South Carolina vs. Marquette (9:50 p.m., TBS). Stop by your favorite bar to catch the games. With three Carolina teams being represented, we can bet there will be lively crowds everywhere. Round two games will be held Sunday.

On Saturday, a GVL Fan Fest will be held on Main Street from noon–5 p.m. There will be a basketball court on the Village Green in front of the Courtyard by Marriot, where attendees can participate in games and contests. Big-screen TVs will broadcast the day’s games, and food trucks Automatic Taco, Ellada Koudzina, and Highway 301 will stop by.

Hub City Block Party

The second annual Hub City Block Party, held at Morgan Square in Spartanburg, will be Friday from 3–10 p.m., with an after-party at Delaney’s Irish Pub (117 W. Main St.) from 10 p.m.–2 a.m. The event includes live music on two stages, food trucks, craft beer garden, kid’s activities, and artisan vendors. Admission is free. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Saturday, March 18

Spring Clean Up

Friends of the Reedy River is looking for volunteers to help with their river cleanup event from 9 a.m.–noon. Volunteers will remove trash and debris from the Reedy River and the surrounding riverbank. Check-in is from 8:30–9 a.m. at St. Matthew Methodist Church (701 Cleveland St.) or Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery (205 Cedar Lane Road). Those who are interested can sign up here. Organizers ask that volunteers print and sign the safety waiver attached on the webpage and bring it to check-in.

Grand Opening Celebration

Piney Mountain Bike Lounge (20 Piney Mountain Road), a new bicycle shop and bar, will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. There will be an all-day 10 percent discount off everything storewide, including craft beer on tap. Local musician Darby Wilcox will play from 6–8 p.m., and food truck Coastal Crust Pizza will stop by during that time. Weather permitting, guests can also check out the pump track behind the shop. Additionally, there will be a Norco Bicycles Demo at Pleasant Ridge Park (4232 SC-11, Marietta) on Saturday from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. and a Rocky Mountain Bike Demo at Paris Mountain (2401 State Park Road) on Sunday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Drake White and The Big Fire

Country artist Drake White is playing a show at The Blind Horse (1035 Lowndes Hill Road) on Saturday night. Birmingham-based country/Americana artist Dave Kennedy will open. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 7 p.m. The show is ages 18+.

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