In a press conference Thursday morning, the city of Greenville unveiled the 2018 lineups for both the Thursday night Downtown Alive concert series, sponsored primarily by Piedmont Natural Gas, and the Main Street Fridays series, sponsored by Greenville Heritage Federal Credit Union. Both series take place at NOMA Square on Main Street, and they’ll begin on Thursday, March 15, at 5:30 p.m. with a performance by the Greer country-rockers The Greyhound Band.
The event, which featured Greenville City Council member Amy Ryberg Doyle, the Hyatt Regency Greenville’s Dirk Bengel, Alan Etheridge from the Metropolitan Arts Council, Hank McCullough from Piedmont Natural Gas, and Alan Berry from Greenville Heritage Federal Credit Union. An acoustic performance by April B. & The Cool, who will perform at Downtown Alive on April 5, followed the announcement of the lineups.
This year’s selection of performers mixes old favorites and new faces. The Asheville, N.C., funk rockers The Travers Brothership, Greenville’s own blues-rock specialists The Eric Weiler Band, the psychedelic pop duo Brother Oliver, and the acoustic trio The Trapfire Bros. are the familiar names, while country artists the James Radford Band and the hard-rockers Wild Adriatic are new to the series.
The Main Street Fridays series, which leans more towards soul music, jazz, and beach music, begins on March 16 with a performance by the popular Greenville variety band Hot As A Pepper and will also feature The Jamie Wright Band, Soul Service, Jazz Revolution, and South Carolina’s Queen Of The Blues, Wanda Johnson.