A Dog’s Dream (Benefit for the Spartanburg Humane Society) featuring River Boy
The Spinning Jenny, 107 Cannon St., Greer
Friday, Sept. 6, @ 7 p.m.
$12 adv., $15 dos.

Singer/guitarist Shayne Floyd has been playing bluegrass with his band River Boy for about 25 years. And for many of those years, he’s also worked with animal shelters, helping to take care of and rescue stray or abandoned animals. Floyd has combined those twin passions with a song called “A Dog’s Dream,” and a touring benefit show of the same name that raises money for Humane Societies around the country. “The tour is really a convergence of a couple of things in my life,” Floyd says. “I’d written ‘A Dog’s Dream,’ about what I think is going on in my dog’s head while he’s sleeping, because he appears to be having a really good time. Then my wheels started turning on how I could use the song to help animal shelters. So I created these fundraising concerts, and I’ve been travelling the whole country doing it.” Floyd says he specifically chose The Spinning Jenny in Greer for an Upstate edition of A Dog’s Dream for a reason. “Some of the artists that I love, like Nora Jane Struthers have played there,” he says. “That was one of the things that helped guide me when we were looking for places to play. I love that area and I wanted to do something to connect with the people there and help the Humane Society of Spartanburg. They have to do a lot of hard work to maintain the place and find home for these animals.”

The Anchor, w/ Redefind and No Self
Radio Room, 110 Poinsett Hwy., Greenville
Friday, Sept. 6 @ 8 p.m.
$8 adv., $12 dos.

You don’t often hear vicious, ear-throttling metalcore music that features messages like, “I’ll be there for you,” but that’s what the Denver quintet The Anchor specializes in: Positive lyrics and brutal, thrashing music. Singer Linzey Rae is a remarkable vocalist, switching between a punishing, guttural growl on the verses of the band’s songs and a crystal-clear soaring delivery for the choruses. If metalcore could ever be defined as “feel-good” music, that’s what The Anchor does, focusing on uplifting themes and delivering those themes with a closed fist. And it must be working, because the band’s career trajectory has been all upward in the last few years. Their first full-length album, 2016’s A World Ahead, made a splash on the iTunes metal charts, hitting #7, and their 2018 EP on Manic Kat Records, Make It Last, took them onto the Billboard charts for the first time, landing at #19 on the Heatseekers chart.

Mourning Dove
Smiley’s Acoustic Café, 111 Augusta St., Greenville
Friday, Sept. 6 @ 6:30 p.m.
Mourning Dove
Photo by Nathan Gray

If you have a chance to see Mourning Dove, particularly in the comfy confines of Smiley’s Acoustic Café, you should take it. You’ll be seeing one of the Upstate’s best vocalists and songwriters, Lisa Stubbs, playing gorgeous acoustic folk music with guitarist and arranger extraordinaire Niel Brooks. The duo has been making beautiful music around town for years now, but they have a batch of promising new songs that they’re prepping for a forthcoming album, and they also throw in some unexpected covers along the way, like their dazzling version of Led Zeppelin’s “Going To California.” Think Joan Baez on vocals with Stephen Stills backing her on guitar, and you’ll have an idea of what kind of talent Mourning Dove is bringing to the table. Stubbs and Brooks have been playing this early Friday set at Smiley’s for a while now, and it has the feeling of an extended residency, a familiar spot where their music can evolve and flourish.

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