Sound Bites: February 6, 2019


WHO: The 2nd Annual Tracy Littlejohn Memorial Jam, featuring Zataban, The Shane Pruitt Band, The Gaffney Allstars, The Jamie Wright Band, The Craig Sorrells Project, 5th & York and Java
WHEN: 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 10,2019
WHERE: Gottrocks, 200 Eisenhower Dr., Greenville

Tez Sherard is one of the best-known South Carolina musicians around, having played drums for everyone from Edwin McCain to Wanda Johnson. But there was another drummer that he looked up to with great affection and admiration: Tracy Littlejohn, who tragically passed away in early 2018. “Tracy was one of the original drummer ambassadors of the area,” Sherard says. “He’d been part of the gospel scene since the mid-90s, but in the 2000s he played with a lot of different musicians and was very inspiring to a lot of them. He was a huge staple in the music community.” Shortly after Littlejohn’s death, Sherard organized a memorial jam-session at Gottrocks that featured many of the bands Littlejohn had played in, including Zataban, The Craig Sorrells Project and The Shane Pruitt Band. The purpose of the show was to raise money for Littlejohn’s funeral expenses, and thanks to the response of the Upstate’s music fans and the musicians themselves, they raised every penny they needed and much more. “Everyone we called came in and played,” Sherard says. “People cleared their schedules and we had about a nine-or-ten-hour jam. We were able to pay off his funeral expenses AND start a trust fund for his daughter.” The 2019 edition of the Tracy Littlejohn Memorial Jam will feature Zataban, Pruitt, Sorrells, The Jamie Wright Band and others. “We had so much fun last year that it was unanimous,” Sherard says, “we all said, ‘Same time next year.’ And all of the proceeds will go into that trust fund for his daughter.”


WHO: A Bob Marley Birthday Celebration, benefiting Upstate Splash, featuring LOZ and Chalwa
WHEN: 4:20 p.m. on Saturday, February 9,2019
WHERE: Quest Brewing Company, 55 Airview Drive, Greenville

Upstate Splash, a local non-profit that focuses on teaching underprivileged children how to swim, has held a lot of musical benefit shows in the past, and they typically involve a large roster of talent, from both Greenville and the Southeast in general.  But this time around, their show at Quest Brewing Company to celebrate the birthday of the legendary Bob Marley, features exactly two bands: Greenville’s LOZ and Asheville’s Cha Wa. And Steven Scott, the Executive Director of Upstate Splash and the organizer of the Bob Marley Birthday Celebration, says there’s a reason for that. “When you’re talking about the celebration of Bob and his birthday, there’s a limited number of artists and bands who focus on reggae itself,” he says. “With this particular event, there are two solid entities we have: LOZ, who has a lot of background in playing reggae music, and Chalwa from Asheville, who specialize in reggae music.” Scott says that Upstate Splash often chooses Quest Brewing for their events because of the company’s generosity and enthusiasm for live music. “When Upstate Splash started off and Quest found out what we were doing, they welcomed us with open arms,” he says. “They’re huge supporters of live music, and it’s been a great win-win relationship.”


WHO:Punk Rock Flea Market
WHEN: 12 p.m – 4 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2019
WHERE: Radio Room, 110 Poinsett Highway, Greenville

Chris Hall has been touring the country for about 15 years, playing bass in various punk bands, and he’s seen versions of the Punk-Rock Flea Market everywhere. For the uninitiated, a Punk-Rock Flea Market is to a regular flea market as punk-rock is to regular rock: It’s a stripped-down, underground collection of vendors selling do-it-yourself art and jewelry, rare punk-related vinyl LP’s and trashy B-movies.  The fourth edition of the market at Radio Room on Sunday will be no different. “I’ve seen a lot of similar events like this, and it’s something I thought that Greenville could use,” he says. “It’s not a show, but it’s something different that can bring the musical community together.” And Hall is kind enough to provide a brief rundown of what you might find if you decide to come on down next Sunday. “I think you’d be pretty surprised about what you’ll find,” he says. “There’ll be people selling vinyl records from outlaw country to Stones records to the Sex Pistols and the Ramones, and then you’ll have cool vendors doing handmade art and jewelry, old posters, movies, even sellers just bringing random items from their house.” Each edition of the market has been more successful than the last, and Hall says it’s largely because of word-of-mouth. “I reached out and looked for other artists I knew in the community and put flyers in people’s hands,” he says. “And they told their friends, who told their friends, and it started growing from there. I had no idea what to expect. I was just hoping it would be accepted, and maybe it could grow from there. Ultimately, I’d like to build it into a statewide thing, where we can move it around the state because we want to share this with everybody.”





Vincent Harris covers the local and regional music scenes for the Greenville Journal. Follow him on facebook & twitter @HarrisVince or write to  


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