Kenny George Band with The Travelin’ Kine and Mac Leaphart
Gottrocks, 200 Eisenhower Drive, Greenville
Saturday, Aug. 25, 9 p.m.
Aiken’s Kenny George Band has recently been through both the best and worst of times. They’ve just released their new album, an infectiously catchy blend of acoustic country and electric rock called “Borrowed Trouble,” easily their strongest studio work. And then a few weeks ago, their much-beloved drummer, Bucky Brown, suddenly died, leaving the band heartbroken and facing a string of live shows that had already been booked. “I felt kind of lost as to how to approach it,” George says. “There were definitely times where I wondered, ‘How are we going to do this?’” After a brief regrouping period, and an outpouring of love from their fans and fellow musicians, the band has decided to soldier on with fill-in drummers, at least in the short term. “Everyone loved Bucky,” George says. “He could talk to anything about anything. He would’ve wanted us to keep going, because this was as much his dream as ours. But as for the future, I’m not real sure, to be honest. Right now, the next step is just playing and doing what we do.”
The ScanSource Reedy River Concert Series feat. The Fillmore Brothers
TD Stage, 300 S. Main St., Greenville
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 7 p.m.
For the past several years, the veteran Upstate quartet True Blues has gathered together some friends and performed as The Fillmore Brothers, playing a concert to pay tribute to the Allman Brothers Band and their 1971 masterpiece of Southern rock and high-wire improvisation, “At Fillmore East.” But this year, their performance is a little more meaningful. “With Gregg [Allman] and [drummer] Butch Trucks passing away this year, it really made us want to approach the City and see if we could do it again as part of the Reedy River Concert Series, and they said yes,” says drummer Joe Cash, who will be playing in tandem with Honey & The Hot Rods drummer Freddie Wooten. Reproducing the marathon jams, epic power, and deceptively agile touch of the Allman Brothers is no easy task, but Cash says the group is up to the challenge. “It’s a hard project to do, but it’s an honor and blessing to be able to pull it off,” he says.
Shaun Williams with Kathy Hall & Aaron Burke
Sans Souci Community Gardens Concert Series
12 Ethelridge Drive, Greenville
Sunday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m.
$5 donation encouraged
Shaun Williams is probably best known to Upstate music fans as the singer and guitarist for the rock trio Archer vs. Gunman, but he’s actually been performing solo acoustic for far longer than AvG has been around. “I really like the fact that it’s just me and a guitar,” Williams says, “and I really like that the songs get stripped down to their bare bones. I don’t have a band to hide behind and the songs don’t either. It can be really self-affirming for me and for the songs. If they’re actually good, it’ll show without all the sheen.” In fact, one of the things Williams likes to do in the solo acoustic setting is take Archer vs. Gunman’s tough, heartfelt rock songs and strip them back down to their roots. “A lot of those songs work really well without the big band arrangement and at a slower tempo,” he says. “But I’ll also be playing some newer stuff that’s quieter and more introspective.”