Where we’re eating: Larkin’s on the River, 318 S. Main St.
Sometimes the best option is the simplest option, and it’s an added bonus if your situationally coerced choice turns out to be what you would’ve wanted all along. That’s a wordy and vague way of saying that a 7 p.m. show on a Thursday night leaves you only a short amount of time for parking and dining, so your options are limited. Your best one, however, is to valet park with Larkin’s on Main Street by the Gunter Theatre, and enjoy dinner at the longtime Greenville staple adept at getting their guests wined, dined, and off to the show on time. Here’s the bonus: the new dinner menu from Adam Hayes, Larkin’s culinary director, rolled out a month ago and there are some nice additions to the classic steakhouse menu.
Beef Tartare with Roasted Bone Marrow $14.99
(parsley salad, horseradish aioli, crostini)
Winter Vegetable Salad $9.99
(golden beets, carrots, mountain apples, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, feta, greens, cider vinaigrette)
Chilean Sea Bass $38.99
(shrimp sofrito, onions, assorted bell peppers, applewood smoked bacon, spinach)
Grilled Elk Tenderloin $46.99
(Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, blackberry demi)
Cardigan Weather $12
Zaya Rum, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, Black Walnut bitters
What we’re seeing: Patrick Davis & His Midnight Choir
For the record, Patrick Davis & His Midnight Choir is not actually a choral group. It’s an 11-piece band formed by Davis, an acclaimed songwriter who’s worked behind the scenes with popular artists such as Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Guy Clark and many others.
Davis and his big band recall both the genre-spanning Americana music of Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, and the raucous, soulful chaos of Bob Dylan’s mid-1970s Rolling Thunder revue.
The band is features joyous bursts of horns, backing vocals and soulful, country-tinged rock; thanks to Davis’ rock-solid catalog of songs, the band has one heck of a compelling setlist. This is “big music” in every sense of the term.
- What: Patrick Davis & His Midnight Choir
- When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9
- Where: Peace Center Gunter Theatre, 300 S. Main St., Greenville
- Tickets: $35
- Info: 864-467-3000, https://www.peacecenter.org