Date night

In a rut with date night? We’re here to help. Every week, we’ll pair a notable show – music, art, dance, or theater – with the perfect pre-show dinner at a local restaurant. We’ll even tell you what to order and how long your Uber or Lyft should take between the two. Consider all of the guesswork taken care of. All you have to do is snag tickets and make that reservation.

Eat at Farmhouse Pizza $

By Ariel Turner

Date night
The Italian pizza. Photo by Will Crooks / Greenville Journal

Aside from ice cream, no other food is as emotionally versatile as pizza. Make the team? Go out for pizza. Hanging with the dudes? Pizza and beer. Horrible breakup? Order a large and eat the whole thing yourself. So in terms of mental health awareness, pizza is, and always has been, here for us, making it the ideal pairing for Gottrocks’ “Stop the Stigma: A Mental Health Awareness Event.”

For the perfect pre-show pizza stop, stick close by with Greenville-grown Farmhouse

Date night
The beverage program will include classic cocktails, like this Dark and Stormy. Photo by Will Crooks / Greenville Journal.

Pizza at 1813 Laurens Road. A healthy dose of nostalgia, from the vintage arcade games to the soft-serve ice cream cones, makes the newest spot from owners Chris and Katie Williamson a place of familiarity and comfort. Standards like wings, salads, and pizzas big enough to share with the table are all solid options with all the flavor and topping variations you might be craving. Your basic, classic cocktails get some love on the menu, too – give the margarita of the day, daiquiri, or a good ‘ol Dark and Stormy a shot.

Hand-breaded fried mozzarella
Antipasto or Mediterranean Arugula Salad
Wings (several options – try the Korean BBQ or Farmhouse Dry Rub)
Pizzas: The Southern Charm (cured ham and peaches); Monster Pepperoni (like it sounds); The Roman (white sauce, clams, bacon, egg); The Monterey (chipotle BBQ, bacon, pineapple, jalapeno)
Dessert: Grasshopper (vanilla soft serve, hot fudge, Andes, mini chocolate chips)

Want to avoid parking?

Ride-share drive time: 5 minutes
Average cost: $6


Stop the Stigma: A Mental Health Awareness Event


By Vincent Harris 

In addition to being an event dedicated to raising awareness about the stigma that society often applies to those with mental health issues and how to fight it, the “Stop the Stigma” event at Gottrocks on Saturday is about as illustrative of the Upstate’s musical talent as one could hope for in a one-night concert.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Greenville, Mental Health America of Greenville County, and FAVOR (Faces and Voices of Recovery) will be on hand to help educate the audience about communicating with those who have mental health issues, and the musical lineup will have a little something for everyone.

Like metal music? Go for the headliners, the Black River Rebels, who have made a smooth transition from straightforward rock ‘n’ rollers to a much darker, heavier band.

Like acoustic folk? Go for Mourning Dove, a duo of Niel Brooks and Lisa Stubbs. Stubbs is hands-down one of our scene’s best singers, very much in the Joan Baez mold in terms of vocal power and range, and the delicate, intricate music she and Brooks create is spellbinding.

Like bluegrass, particularly progressive, boundary-stretching bluegrass? Go for My Girl, My Whiskey & Me, a dynamic group that blends mandolin, fiddle, and some gorgeous vocal harmonies with a real eccentric streak.

Like straight-ahead rock with some serious guitar pyrotechnics? Go for the Eric Weiler Group, a polished quartet of Upstate music-scene veterans led by one of the most entertaining singer-guitarists on our scene. Weiler can do just about anything with a six-string, and he might just grab your beer bottle and play a killer slide solo while standing on your table.

Like roots-rock with more than a little country twang? Go for Zach Siebert, aka E.Z. Shakes. His first-rate band puts over his rough-hewn songwriting gems like Waylon Jennings’ Waymores or Steve Earle’s Dukes.

Like just plain weird musical experimentation? Go for Wasted Wine. Led by the duo of Robert Gowan and Adam Murphy, Wasted Wine throws vintage instruments, world music, traditional folk, and a seriously bent lyrical perspective together to create something entirely new and undeniably unsettling. It’s also a lot of fun and catchy as hell.

Where: Gottrocks, 200 Eisenhower Drive, Greenville
When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3
Tickets: $10
Info: 864-235-5519,

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