Who: Brigades ,with Calling All Captains and Felicity
Where: Radio Room, 110 Poinsett Hwy., Greenville
When: Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $12 adv., $15 dos.
It’s been about a year since Spartanburg’s Brigades band released True Blue, an EP of raging-but-melodic, emo-tinged modern rock. But it’s probably going to be a bit before the band releases anything new, and that’s not just because they’ve just started a tour with Canadian punk-poppers Calling All Captains and Orlando hard-rockers Felicity. Brigades is a band that likes to take their time. “We’re building up our team right now,” says singer Darren Young. “We’re finding management, agents, the people who will put out our next release, a team to work with us on things we need to step forward on and try to get some progress going. We want to keep getting a little bigger every time out. We’re a ‘go-big-or-go-home’ band anyway.” Brigades’ Radio Room show is a good opportunity for Upstate fans to see a band that’s just as deliberate about their local live appearances as they are about setting up their team. “We don’t play a lot at home because if you’re from around here you know how hard it is to have a successful show here,” Young says. “It takes a lot of time and effort to promote and set those shows up correctly. You have to work for it.”
Who: The Grateful Brothers, with Adam Knights Buried Alive
Where: Gottrocks, 200 Eisenhower Dr., Greenville
When: Saturday, March 16 at 9 p.m.
Tickets: $10 adv., $12 dos.
Upstate guitarist and bandleader Adam Knight is used to playing his own original material, and it’s typically jazz-oriented, as with his band, Earsight. He’s never been into tribute bands as a rule, and thus did not want to be in one. But when Knight’s friend Kenneth Cribb, who owns The FR8yard outdoor biergarten in Spartanburg, approached him about a year ago about putting together a band to play material by the iconic jam-band Phish, Knight couldn’t say no. “Kenneth he had a chance to put together a Phish-themed show called the Phish Fry to correspond with the live streaming of a Phish show,” Knight says, “and he asked me if I wanted to put together a band to do all Phish tunes before the live stream. I’ve always been a really avid Phish fan; I’ve seen somewhere between 50-100 shows and (guitarist) Trey Anastasio is a huge hero to me.” The ACTUAL Phish show that was supposed to be live-streamed got rained-out, but Knight’s band, Buried Alive, went over so well that he decided to keep it going. “I’ve just loved transcribing the tunes and learning them and playing them live, and it’s exciting to try to create something and build the energy in those jams like they do. I’m not trying to be a Trey clone, though. I want to play the parts right, but I want to interject my playing and the way I improvise into it.”
Who: The Steve Miller Band, w/ Brother Oliver
Where: Peace Center, 300 S. Main Street
When: Wednesday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $55 – $105
Steve Miller and his Band have spent much of the last few decades becoming one of the world’s most popular live jukeboxes. And that is largely because singer/guitarist Miller is so incredibly adept at creating rock-radio gold with songs like “The Joker,” “Jet Airliner,” “Rock’n Me,” “Abracadabra” and more, selling somewhere around 60 million albums worldwide. His Greatest Hits 1974-78 album alone has sold around 13 million copies, and Miller himself has become one of rock’s most respected elder statesmen, earning a berth in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2016. Miller’s is an interesting journey, from a psychedelic blues artist in the late 1960’s to a mainstream multi-platinum superstar in the 1970s to legendary status in the decades that followed, but none of that history matters much when you hear that opening lick on “The Joker” and settle in to hear about the Gangster Of Love one more time.
Who: Yonrico Scott
Where: Smiley’s Acoustic Café, 111 Augusta St., Greenville
When: Tuesday, April 19th, 9:30 p.m.
Drummer extraordinaire Yonrico Scott has spent the most of the last four decades proving he’s one of the most flexible and skilled percussionists in the business. He’s played at the Montreux Jazz Festival and done albums and tours with everyone from The Derek Trucks Band to Col. Bruce Hampton to Earl Klugh to Peabo Bryson, and along the way he’s created genre-blurring solo albums that take on soul, jazz and rock. But throughout Scott’s travels, one thing has remained constant: His connection to Greenville. “Greenville’s been very, very good to me,” Scott says. “I did my first album at (local recording studio) Sit N’ Spin; I played at The Handlebar a few times; I’ve played Fall For Greenville; I even used to play at Al’s Pumphouse with Derek Trucks when he was a teenager. And THEN my son went to Furman, so it gave me another excuse to come up here. At one point I was playing here a couple of times a week.” One of Scott’s most constant Upstate musical companions has been singer/songwriter/guitarist Charles Hedgepath, and the two men have worked together so much that Scott says their plan for his show at Smiley’s is simple: No plan. “We have such a repertoire now that we could go two or three shows and not play the same thing,” Scott says. “He and I have a such a great relationship, it’s refreshing to just come there and kick it with him.”