Charcuterie board at Oak & Honey. Photo by Will Crooks / Greenville Journal

Where we’re dining: Oak & Honey

By Ariel Turner

This week’s artist made the dinner pairing easy when he recorded the song “Put a Woman in Charge” on his new album. Choosing a kitchen where a woman is in charge narrows down the restaurant options considerably, but Oak & Honey with executive chef Nicci Hughes fits the parameters. The location inside the Residence Inn/Springhill Suites combo at the corner of Washington and Spring streets offers a couple of distinct advantages for a pre-show dinner — valet parking and nearly unlimited seating, both of which reduce potential wait time.

Hughes’ menu caters to a variety of tastes and dietary needs, but it’s small enough to ensure quality in a high-volume setting.

The cocktail menu, which also includes imaginative mocktails, is a delight, and if you aren’t able to try all of the ones you want to before the show, the bar is open until midnight, so stop back by after for a nightcap. 

 

Spicy Thai Chicken Wings $10
Sweet Chili-Garlic Glaze · Jalapeño

Vegan Nachos $11
Cashew Cheese · Pickled Red Onion · Jalapeño · Guacamole · Pico de Gallo · Lime Cream

Charcuterie & Artisan Cheese $15
Bourbon Infused Honey · First Press Olive Oil & Sea Salt Focaccia

Beef Short Rib $15
Smashed Potato · Crispy Shallot · Local Honey-Hoisin BBQ

Street Tacos $13
Pulled Chicken · Pico de Gallo · Crispy Onion · Cotija Queso
Garlic Shrimp · Smashed Avocado · Jalapeño Lime
Carne Asada · Red Onion · Cilantro

Cocktails

Busy Bee $11
Altos Reposado Tequila · Barenjager · Ancho Reyes · Lemon · Pineapple · Carrot

Briar Patch $11
Peleton Dela Muerte Mezcal · Cynar · Blackberry · Lime · Rosemary Syrup · Cayenne Sugar Rim

Yellow Jacket $11
Plymouth Navy Strength Gin · Yellow Chartreuse · Lemon · Passion · Chili Honey

Honey, I’ll Be Home Late $12
Absolut Elyx · Aperol, Lemon · Ginger Honey · Peach Bitters

What we’re seeing: Keb’ Mo’ at the Peace Center

By Vincent Harris

Four-time Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and guitarist Keb’ Mo’ is known for his blend of styles, from blues to soul to gospel to country to pop.

The foundation of his new album “Oklahoma” is largely soulful funk, but there’s also a strong current of social awareness, particularly on a duet with Rosanne Cash called “Put a Woman in Charge.” And just when the album seems to settle on a style, Keb’ Mo’ throws a curveball, like the gypsy fiddle solo on the title track, or a layer of vocal distortion on “Ridin’ on a Train.”

Keb’ Mo’ is playing the Peace Center at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17. Photo provided.

It’s an unpredictable but irresistible collection of songs held together by Keb’ Mo’s quicksilver guitar and warm, welcoming voice. Sounds like vintage Mo’ to us, and it’ll be a treat to see him playing his new songs in a solo format at the Peace Center.

What: Keb’ Mo’
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17
Where: Peace Center, 300 S. Main St., Greenville
Tickets: $25-$45
Info: 864-467-3000, https://www.peacecenter.org/

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