What: Blood On The Harp
Where: Gottrocks, 200 Eisenhower Dr., Greenville
When: Saturday, June 1st at 8 p.m.
Is it possible that Appalachian folk was the first real flowering of goth culture? Miguel Olascuaga, singer, songwriter and guitarist for the Atlanta sextet Blood On The Harp, thinks so. “I can’t think of any Appalachian music that’s not about death,” he says with a laugh. “So yeah, it was goth before goth was cool for sure.” That dark, largely acoustic folk is what Olascuaga sought to emulate when he formed the band, and their combination of eerie, emotional vocal harmonies, whirling dervish playing, and black-as-night songwriting cast quite a musical spell. Olascuaga says he comes by his love of that music honestly. “People in my family and people that I grew up around listened to a lot of Stanley Brothers and old bluegrass and gospel,” he says. The band’s size lends a certain epic feel to their songs; with six instruments and three vocalists on the job, every Blood On The Harp tune feels powerful. “I just like an orchestra of sound,” Olascuaga says. “I love trying to pull as much emotion into the music as I can; anything that will bring people up to the front of the stage and make them feel the music.”
What: Mod Fete, w/ Darby Wilcox & Sam Kruer
Where: Artbomb Studios, 1320 Pendleton St., Greenville
When: Saturday, June 1st at 7 p.m.
The Mod Fete at Artbomb Studios in the West End was created by MAConnect, a group of young professionals who feel passionate about the arts community in Greenville and about the work of the Metropolitan Arts Council. For a $75 fee (which includes a one-year membership to MAConnect) attendees can interact with the artists who have workspaces at Artbomb and have a level of access to the studio that that wouldn’t normally have. “It’s a great way to get to know the artists,” says Erin Turner of MAConnect, “whether that’s through one-on-one conversations with them, or by seeing their spaces. We’re hoping this event will show them something in Greenville that they may not have known about.” Along with food and drink and a raffle for a chance to win $500 worth of art from an artist of their choice, those who attend Mod Fete will be treated to an intimate duo performance by singer/guitarist Darby Wilcox and bassist Sam Kruer. “We love Darby because she’s a true local musician,” Turner says. “We support local artists, so we chose a musician who echoes that support.”
What: TPP Events presents Rings Of Saturn, w/ Boo Hag, Golden Hostage, When Particles Collide, Wolfgang Wallace and Spry Old Men
Where: Eighth State Brewing Company, 400 Augusta St., Greenville
When: Saturday, June 1st at 4 p.m.
It’s hard to tell what’s more enjoyable about the Upstate quartet Wolfgang Wallace; the band’s propulsive acoustic-electric folk rock, singer/guitarist Matthew “Wally” Wallace’s oddly giddy delivery of his incredibly dark songs, or the goofy onstage chemistry of Wallace and singer/guitarist Joe Powers. The band started as just the two of them after a chance meeting at Smiley’s Acoustic Café back in 2017. “I’d started going to the open mic at Smiley’s,” Powers says, “and one Monday this kid showed up with his guitar, just wailing and screaming onstage with these really cool, theatrical lyrics. I made a beeline for him after he was done and said, ‘We’re making music together. Hi, I’m Joe.’” At that point, Wallace, the kid in question, had been in Greenville for less than 24 hours. The two honed their approach (and their tight vocal harmonies) as a duo for a while before adding Emily Rutherford (who started on drums but moved over to bass), and then they found drummer Brett Clanton at a familiar location. “Fittingly enough,” Powers says, “about 2 or 3 months ago we went to Smiley’s on a whim and met Brett, who walked up to us and asked if anyone needed percussion.” Thus the four-piece version of the band was born, adding more dynamics to Wallace’s truly unique songwriting. “All of my songs are stories that deal with characters,” Wallace says. “They’re more like from a musical than rock songs. We bounce between funny and super-dark really fast. If you do either one too often, people will get disinterested really quickly.”