Two Pianists Perform Benefit Concert in Spartanburg, SC, Aug. 29

John Cobb and Christoper Tavernier photo by Carri Bass

 

Freeburg & Perzina Pianos presents A Night at the Opera: A Rare Two-Piano Fantasy in Chapman Cultural Center’s theater on Saturday, Aug. 29, beginning at 7 p.m. This concert will feature pianists Dr. John Cobb and Christopher Tavernier. Proceeds will benefit Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s youth education program.

 

Patrons can expect the mesmerizing musical fantasies of 19th century Hungarian composer Franz Lizst, to be performed by 15-year-old pianist Tavernier and international performer and recording artist Dr. Cobb. Other musical selections will include Bellini’s Reminiscences of Norma and Reminiscences of Don Juanfrom Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Broadcast journalist Michael Cogdill of WYFF News 4 will emcee the concert; Jennifer C. Evins, President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center, will be the keynote speaker.

 

“Our last two benefit concerts were complete sellouts at the Diana Wortham Theater in Asheville and the Tryon Fine Arts Center in Tryon,” Bob Tavernier, organizer of the concert and father of Christopher, said. “We’re expecting a great crowd at Chapman, too.”

 

Christopher Tavernier made his debut as the youngest concert pianist in North Carolina at the age of 13, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concert No. 1 in B Flat minor with the Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra. This year, he was named the First International Perzina Artist by Perzina Pianos, the first to receive the distinction since the company’s founding in 1871.

 

Cobb is an international performer and recording artist known for his broad interpretive range and technical command. He studied with Claudio Arrau, whose teacher was a pupil of Franz Liszt. Throughout his career, Arrau (1903-1991) was renowned throughout the world as one of the supreme keyboard masters of the century. Liszt was a student of Carl Czerny, who was a pupil of Ludwig van Beethoven.

 

Tavernier and Cobb are set to begin the program with an eclectic prelude of some of Liszt’s most loved solo pieces. The two pianists will alternate, each playing parts of the composer’s powerful works, ending with a performance of Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, a composition arranged exclusively for two pianos.

 

In connection with this concert, the public has the opportunity to win a painted Perzina piano valued at $10,000 through a raffle. Perzina pianos, sold locally by Freeburg Pianos of Asheville, are among the world’s finest instruments, known for excellent quality and sound. Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg orchestrated having the piano painted by renowned visual artist Mark Anderson, who titled this original artwork, “Visions After a Sermon.” Raffle tickets are $25 each and may be purchased through Chapman Cultural Center’s Ticket Office, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, and Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra. They can be bought online at ChapmanCulturalCenter.org. Raffle tickets are sold separately from concert tickets.

 

“People will hear two of the most spectacular two-piano compositions ever written, starting with Liszt’s pieces that make listeners feel like they’re dreaming almost,” Tavernier said. “From classical piano to to sacred choral and orchestral music, these pianists will have you savoring each sensation and maybe giving into your darker side. This music is powerful.”

 

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 per senior and student, available both online at ChapmanCulturalCenter.org or in the Center’s Ticket Office. Groups of 10 or more will receive a 10 percent discount.

Singer-Songwriter Performs Newgrass Music in Spartanburg, SC Free to Public

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Chapman Cultural Center supports regional singer-songwriters during its weekly Sundays Unplugged program, featuring casual and cultural entertainment every Sunday, 1-5 p.m.  The center will feature “newgrass” and folk artist Ary Jeau Aug. 23, 2015. Art galleries and the history museum will also be open, 1-5 p.m., offering free admission for all ages.
 
Spartanburg resident Rachel Fleming, also known by her stage name Ary Jeau, describes herself as “fairly new to the music scene,” but has already been signed to McFearlis Music, LLC, a locally based label that specializes in original and cutting-edge sounds. Jeau is a guitarist and vocalist who performs folk and “newgrass,” or progressive bluegrass. She is a resident of Chesnee and student at Converse College.
“The warm encouragement I have received from Spartanburg is humbling,” Jeau said. “[I] am beyond excited to be on this journey.”
 
Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Student Galleries will complement Jeau’s performance with free admission. Spartanburg Science Center will be open for a small fee.
 
Sundays Unplugged is a program of The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, the administrative non-profit agency that owns and operates Chapman Cultural Center and provides cultural leadership throughout Spartanburg County. For more information on Sundays Unplugged, call (864) 542-ARTS or visit ChapmanCulturalCenter.org.

 

South Carolina’s Largest Garage Sale

This year’s sale is 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 22, at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.  Vendor spaces sold out in just two days!DSC_0012

See more details about the 27th annual sale at www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/garagesale.html. DSC_0013

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Premier Collector Car Auction Comes to South Carolina

Auctions America signs on as the official auction house
of the 2015 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance 

Auctions America announced the newest addition to its 2015 schedule of events, a collector car auction on Hilton Head Island as part of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance. The sale, featuring approximately 100 investment-grade vehicles, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Motoring Festival’s host hotel, The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa.Event photo 1 - Courtesy of Auctions America

Auctions America is the latest automotive leader to select South Carolina for business expansion. The company joins Motoring Festival partners such as BMW, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary of manufacturing in South Carolina, and Volvo, which recently announced South Carolina as the location of its first American manufacturing facility.Event photo 2 - Courtesy of Auctions America

“With our world-class ports and competitive business environment, South Carolina has quickly become a top destination for companies in the automotive industry,” said Governor Nikki Haley. “The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival celebrates the diversity and heritage of this industry, and we welcome Auctions America to our state.”

The new Auctions America event will see a carefully curated collection of rare and important automobiles cross the auction stage this Halloween on Hilton Head Island. From American classics to European sports cars, the offering will span the spectrum of the market, shining a spotlight on a broad variety of automotive styling and engineering. Early feature attractions include: a one-owner 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi, just 3,000 kilometers from new (Est. $375,000 – $425,000); and a 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code, superbly restored to national prize-winning standards and loaded with factory accessories (Est. $175,000 – $225,000).

“Whether you like to watch, bid or buy, there’s nothing quite as thrilling as a live collector car auction and we expect the Auctions America event will be a highlight of this year’s festival,” said Carolyn Vanagel, president of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. “With over 20,000 anticipated visitors and an amazing selection of cars guaranteed, we encourage collector car enthusiasts to make their attendance plans as early as possible.”

Donnie Gould, president of Auctions America adds, “We are thrilled to partner with the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance as we continue to expand our national footprint. The Motoring Festival is a perfect fit with our existing events calendar, both in terms of its timing, as well as its location; Auctions America specializes in hosting events in some of the country’s leading automotive destinations, and Hilton Head Island is certainly a hub for collector car enthusiasts. This new sale will provide an exciting close to our 2015 season.”

In addition to the auction, other new events to the Motoring Festival schedule include:

  • The inaugural Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala on Friday, Oct. 30, including a special preview of select auction vehicles.
  • The Aero Expo on Saturday, Oct. 31, featuring vintage aircraft paired with Concours-caliber cars of the same era.

Entries for the Hilton Head Island Auction will be available for preview on Friday, Oct. 30, ahead of the auction on Saturday, Oct. 31. For further information or to discuss limited consignment opportunities, please visit www.auctionsamerica.com or call toll free 877.906.2437.

For more information on the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, visit the official website atwww.HHIMotoringFestival.com. All ticket options and packages for the 2015 Motoring Festival, including spectator seating at the auction, the Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala and the Aero Expo, are available for sale online at www.HHIMotoringFestival.com/tickets.

Spartanburg, SC ArtWalk Slated for August 20

Spartanburg’s monthly ArtWalk will be Thursday, Aug. 20, 5-9 p.m., and many of the local galleries and museums will have new or continuing exhibits for the public to see. ArtWalk is the third Thursday of every month. Many of the art galleries and museums in and near downtown Spartanburg stay open late so that patrons can see what is new on the local art scene. Many of them have wine-and-cheese type refreshments, receptions, and special programs. There is no cost to attend. The participating galleries are as follows:

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Chapman Cultural Center

200 East Saint John St., Spartanburg

864.542.ARTS

ChapmanCulturalCenter.org

Through the Lens Photography — Chapman Cultural Center will exhibit works by local photographer and retired Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Jimmy N. Gibson. Gibson became interested in photography during a guided tour of a Buddhist temple by a Korean soldier early in his military career. Throughout the years since then, Gibson has worked with many types of photography, with his favorites being MACRO, still, and portrait photography. Also visit Spartanburg Art Museum and Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery.

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Spartanburg Art Museum

Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E. Saint John Street, Spartanburg

864.582.7616

SpartanburgArtMuseum.org

Pot Boiler — Pot Boiler is a group exhibition featuring the work of nine artists. This varied and playful exhibition includes a collection of images and objects that range from surreal photographs of toys to large installations to performance based work that activates viewer participation. What appears to be an almost childlike innocence in imagery and objects has metaphorical undertones that resonate in our personal and collective imaginations.

Closing Reception: Jimmy Gibson — SAM will host a closing reception for a close friend of the museum, local artist Jimmy Gibson. Gibson’s exhibition Through The Lens Photography features a variety of photographic techniques and subjects, showcasing the talents of an accomplished artist.

Putt It Together — HUB-BUB and Spartanburg Art Museum are teaming up! Make a wacky putter out of improvised materials! Gather up some quirky items and bring them to SAM 5-7 p.m. during ArtWalk to create your own putter, or make one beforehand for more time to enjoy some delicious refreshments.  Supplies are limited so stop by early! Then register for the Putt-It-Together Tournament to compete for the ultimate prize at a Tournament at Sparkle City Mini Putt. (Homemade putters only.)  Besides the grand prize, prizes for Most Elegant Putter, Least Functional Putter, and Most Creative putter will be awarded. This do-it-yourself putter workshop is free. The tournament is free for SAM members and $3 for non-members.  Both events are family friendly.

 

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg

Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East Saint John Street, Spartanburg

864.764.9568

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Textures in Colors — Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg is hosting Carol Funke and Kate Thayer in the Guild Gallery this month. There will be a food-and-drink reception during ArtWalk, 5-8 p.m. Funke’s textured handmade papers and pigment dyes has an exciting, interesting feast for patrons’ eyes. Thayer, using pastels and oils, thinks of her paintings as poems – wordless encounters with stunning voices of nature – in its colors and forms.

 

The Johnson Collection Gallery

154 West Main Street, Spartanburg

864.594.5834

TheJohnsonCollection.org/tjc-gallery/

Coming Home — This exhibition features a selection of works from The Johnson Collection that serve as powerful visual representations of the concept of home. Paintings by artists such as Alfred Hutty, Harrison Cady, William Halsey, Gilbert Gaul, and Rudolph Ingerle, among others, conjure memories of one’s own travels leading to a place of comforting familiarity, evoking a sense of peace that is at once palpable and profound.

 

UPSTATE Gallery on Main

172 E. Main Street, Spartanburg

864.583.4054

Bridget Kirkland, artist and graphic designer, continues her exhibit in August and will discuss her work during ArtWalk. Reception 5 to 8 p.m. Kirkland uses her design and photography skills to create work that “recalls memories and interprets through image design.” Also, see selected works by Andy Warhol and Beatrice Riese from the permanent collection.

 

Kiss The Frog Gallery

518 East Main Street, Spartanburg

864.583.1309

KissTheFrogGallery.com

First Anniversary Party — Kiss the Frog Gallery will celebrate its first-year anniversary with a glamorous, Hollywood, VIP, red-carpet theme during ArtWalk. The three-day celebration will continue Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., featuring the works of numerous nationally award-winning artists from the Southeast whose works include oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, pottery, sculptures, and photography. Of special interests will be handcrafted jewelry by Betty Holland and Rose Marie, and estate jewelry. A preview of Christmas will also be on display. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails will be served.

 

Refuel Wine Bar

129 N. Spring Street, Spartanburg

864.529.7892

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Scott Neely’s work will be on display. Drink and dinner specials will be available during the ArtWalk.

 

H & K Gallery

151 W. Main Street, Spartanburg

864.529.2262

HandKgallery.com

Steve Langley, a regional bubble artist, will be at H&K Gallery for ArtWalk. He will perform an artistic presentation, creating bubble sculptures, putting bubbles inside bubbles, and putting people inside of bubbles.

 

Art Lounge

500 East Main Street, Spartanburg

864.804.6566

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Fused Glass Show — Camille Corn and Shelley Sperka became friends while taking fused glass art classes at Tryon Arts and Crafts. Their styles are very different but both love the process of fusing. They work together a great deal at art markets, working on projects and now, having their first art show together. By day, Sperka works in the library at her alma mater, Wofford College. Corn works in marketing and advertising at QS/1.

 

West Main Artists Co-Op

578 West Main Street, Spartanburg

  1. 804.6501

WestMainArtists.org

4th Annual Artist Invitational — This show opens during ArtWalk and runs through Sept. 12. Seventeen local artists were invited to join co-op members in exploring the theme “It’s Alien to Me.” There will be an opening reception with live music by “The Collective Mind.” Invited artists include: Bailie, Stacy Battle, Pam Stevens, Pat Kabore, Carrie Caldwell, Norman Williamson, Shannon Patrick, Alice Kay Mcmillan, Eula La Croix, Thomas Koenig, Alice Smith, Jeremy Kemp, Katee Hargraves, Logan Lockett, Sterling Jackson, Judy Martin and Amanda King. Co-op artists include Beth Regula, Jeanne Brown, Patty Wright, Annette Giaco and several others. The artists will be present to discuss their interpretation of the theme.

Also, Free Pottery Bowl-Making Session — West Main Artists Co-op and the Carolina Clay Artists will host a bowl-making session for the Hub City Empty Bowls 6 until 8:30 p.m. Clay and instruction will be provided free of charge. The bowls made will be used at a fundraiser — Soup Day — at Chapman Cultural Center on Sept. 26.

 

Bluegrass Artist Craig Owen Performs Live in Downtown Spartanburg SC

Chapman Cultural Center supports local singer-songwriters through its Sundays Unplugged program, providing a venue to showcase regional musical talent every Sunday, 2-4 p.m. These concerts are but one part of Sundays Unplugged, which also features free admission to art galleries and the history museum, 1-5 p.m.  Sunday, Aug. 16, bluegrass and folk artist Craig Owen performs in Zimmerli Plaza, weather permitting.Craig Owen
Having performed in the Spartanburg/Greenville area for years, Owen has played both bluegrass covers and folksy originals in many local venues. He plays bluegrass on fiddle, but plays his own modern folk and easy listening songs on acoustic guitar, pairing his instrumentals with great vocals. Owen has also produced several CDs, including The Smallest of Things and Daydreams and Memories.
 
Patrons may also enjoy free admission to Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Student Galleries. Spartanburg Science Center will also be open with a small admission fee.
 
Sundays Unplugged is a program of The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, the administrative non-profit agency that owns and operates Chapman Cultural Center and provides cultural leadership throughout Spartanburg County. For more information on Sundays Unplugged, call (864) 542-ARTS or visit ChapmanCulturalCenter.org.

Brookgreen Gardens Exclusive Venue for National Sculpture Exhibition

Brookgreen Gardens is pleased to be the exclusive venue for the National Sculpture Society (NSS) 82nd Annual Awards Exhibition. Opening on Saturday, August 8, the juried show features the figurative works of 58 sculptors. The show will be on view through November 1 and is free with garden admission.

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The Annual Awards Exhibition is National Sculpture Society’s most popular show. Hundreds of artists apply to the juried competition which offers thousands of dollars in cash prizes. The sculpture on display ranges from classical to contemporary, and is composed of portrait busts, bas-reliefs and figures ranging in all sizes and dimensions. Highlights of the show include a mysterious breed of antlered sentries; a scrappy baseball team; a dancing bull; and an oversized ginkgo leaf. Whether animal, human, or nature based, there is work included in the show to delight everyone. The variety of subject matter and media exhibited represents the diverse styles, backgrounds and disciplines of NSS members. Fellows (FNSS), Elected Members (NSS), and Associates make up the levels of sculptor membership of the organization, which is international in scope and appeal. National Sculpture Society and its members are dedicated to promoting excellence in art that is inspired by nature.

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A separate Jury of Awards will convene after the show is installed to select the prize winners. Additionally, visitors to the exhibition vote for their favorites to win the Brookgreen People’s Choice Award, announced at the end of the exhibition.  Robin Salmon, Brookgreen’s Vice President and Curator of Sculpture said, “Our People’s Choice Award allows visitors to serve as a special awards jury, giving them the opportunity to participate in the exhibit.  Every year since we initiated this award, each sculpture in the exhibition has received a vote, showing the wide appeal of this show.”Koffman - Europa
National Sculpture Society was founded in New York City in 1893 by a group of America’s most prominent sculptors.  Its members have created much of this country’s public sculpture, coins, and medals since the late 1800s.  It is the oldest organization of professional sculptors in the United States, and has been hosting exhibitions for over a century.Davis - Midday Shade

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, visit www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC will present exhibition of art class and workshop instructors

Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC will present The Awakeners: Teachers, Mentors, Friends, an exhibition of the gallery’s art class and workshop instructors, which runs from Wednesday, August 5 through Saturday, Sept. 12. A Meet & Greet for the exhibition, which will provide the opportunity to meet several of the instructors, is set for Saturday, August 15 from 1 – 5 p.m. The public is invited and there is no charge. Reservations are not required.

Participating in the show are Ruth Cox, oil; Jane Staszak, pastel; Terry Sellers Harrison, watercolor; Pat Smelkoff, batik; Jane Truesdale, pottery; Jamie Futera, pottery; Ginny Lassiter, acrylic; Sterling Edwards, acrylic; Joe DiGiulio, acrylic; and Freeman Beard, watercolor.

Gallery owner Ginny Lassiter says, “We are so fortunate to have accomplished artists who are also extraordinary teachers. That’s not always the case. Sterling Edwards is known internationally for his abstract landscapes and his workshop students come back year after year.”

Edwards, who lives in Hendersonville, NC, was recently selected as the juror for the 2016 Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. His works are mostly interpretive statements that personify his intuitive sense of color and design, ranging from abstract expressionism to traditional.

Also a popular workshop instructor, Joe DiGiulio from Raleigh, NC, is the executive artist for Jerry’s Artarama. His abstract works hang in SAS Institute, Raleigh Duke Hospital and the new PNC Plaza Building in downtown Raleigh.

Watercolor workshop instructor Freeman Beard is best known for his exquisite traditional transparent watercolor landscapes of rural Carolina scenes. He is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina.

Pat Smelkoff, who offers wax resistant watercolor batik workshops through Sunset River Marketplace, is an artist, designer, and travel teacher. She has studied Zhostovo stroke work under master artist Boris Grafov in Russia and has designed projects for Paint Works, Painting and the Decorative Painter, which is the official publication of the Society of Decorative Painters.

Clay artist Jane Truesdale, who has been with Sunset River Marketplace since the gallery opened, teaches pottery and is well known for her hand-built pieces. A native of the Adirondacks in upstate NY, Jane is driven by nature and it shows in her work.Jamie_wheel_by_lou copy

Jamie Futura teaches both hand-building and throwing pottery on the wheel. She has worked in various media including bronze casting, woodcarving, welding and silversmithing. She is known for her whimsical pieces that come to life with expression and color. Jamie was featured on Cecil Chandler’s Carolina & Company Live on WPDE NewsChannel 15.

Oil painter Ruth Cox is renowned throughout northeastern South Carolina for her large residential trompe l’oeil  images and large scale public murals. She is a member of Waccamaw Arts & Craft Guild and Seacoast Artist Guild of South Carolina. The prolific artist is also the founder of Plein Air Landscape Society (PALS), a local plein air painting group. She is a signature member of International Plein Air Painters group and has earned numerous prestigious honors and awards.

Lassiter, who instructs the gallery’s evening Paint & Party classes, graduated from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC with a major in art with an emphasis in Interior Design. A workshop with Sterling Edwards several years ago provided the impetus she needed to switch to painting abstracts. “It really opened my eyes to shapes and textures,” she says. “I love the whole process of painting abstracts.”

Jane Staszak studied at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Upon moving to the Carolinas, she opened Side Doors Studio on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach, SC, where she taught drawing, pastels, watercolor and portraiture. She is a leading force in the Art Matters painting group at the gallery.

Terry Sellers Harrison has had a long fascination with the human figure, which lead to her 2003 commission by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to paint the portrait of Vice Chancellor Dr. Robert Tyndall, the former Dean of Education.  Her watercolors contain color harmonies and a luminosity rarely seen in contemporary art. She is a member of Portrait Society of America and in 2012 was selected to paint the official image for Wilmington’s 2012 NC Azalea Festival.

About Sunset River Marketplace

Since opening in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has been an active supporter of performing, literary and visual arts in the area. The 10,000 square-foot gallery features work by over 200 North and South Carolina artists. Its on-site pottery studio has two kilns and three wheels for use by students. Ongoing oil, pastel and watercolor classes are also provided, in addition to workshops by nationally known artists. The gallery’s complimentary Coffee With the Authors programs feature presentations by local and regional authors. A Paint & Party series provides a fun after-work experience for those with no previous art background. The gallery’s framing department offers full-service, on-site custom frame design for artwork, family heirlooms and other memorabilia.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive (Hwy. 179) in the historic fishing village of Calabash, N.C. just north of the S.C. state line. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information about the exhibition, art classes, onsite framing or any other gallery events, call 910-575-5999 or visit the website: www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com.
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Jane Staszak teaches the ongoing Primarily Pastels class at Sunset River Marketplace.

Young Pop Musician Abbey Elmore Performs Free

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, puts local singer-songwriters in the spotlight during its weekly Sundays Unplugged program, providing casual and cultural entertainment every Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Art galleries and the history museum are open with free admission while musicians perform in Zimmerli Plaza, weather permitting, 2-4 p.m. Genres and musicians vary from week to week, and Sunday, July 26, young pop artist Abbey Elmore will perform.
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A Gaffney resident and lead of The Abbey Elmore Band, which formed in July of 2012, Elmore writes songs about love and angst. Her style is a blend of acoustic and rock sounds with pop elements. Guitarist and vocalist Elmore will be joined this Sunday by the band’s drummer Tyler Tullis, who will play the cajón, a box-like percussion instrument from Peru that is played by slapping the front and back sides. Other members of the band include Donnie Elmore and Nick Wells. The Abbey Elmore Band released a music video for “Us Undaunted” early in 2015, available for viewing on YouTube. Elmore’s influences include Ed Sheeran, Green Day, Taylor Swift, A Great Big World, Arcade Fire, and Imagine Dragons.AbbeyElmore1
 
Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Student Galleries will complement the concert with free admission. Spartanburg Science Center will be open for a small fee.
 
For more information on Sundays Unplugged programming at Chapman Cultural Center, call (864) 542-ARTS or visit ChapmanCulturalCenter.org.

Hot Summer Nights in Myrtle Beach

Events scheduled for Plyler Park and the Boardwalk District Through September 1

All Hot Summer Nights 2015 events are sponsored by:  the Oceanfront Merchants Association, the Downtown Redevelopment Corporation and the City of Myrtle Beach.

Kidz Carnival…  The Kidz Carnival, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. each Monday, is the perfect time to enjoy live performances, inflatables, face painters, stilt walkers, balloon artists and caricature artists in Plyler Park.  The kids will love it!

LIVE Music in Plyler Park… Join us in Plyler Park for the “Board Rocking Concert Series,” every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, from 8:00 until 11:00 p.m.!  The free, live music will feature a vast range of genres that include local, rock, country, jazz, pop, reggae, R&B, funk and more.fireworks

Fireworks from the Second Avenue Pier…  Please join us for the big fireworks show every Wednesday night at 10:00 p.m.  The display occurs on the Second Avenue Pier and is visible from the beach and boardwalk throughout the downtown area.

 Local Talent Showcase…  Local and regional entertainers will showcase their talents each Wednesday from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. in Plyler Park.  Entertainers will include high school marching bands, dance companies, local singers and more.  Come enjoy the show!

LIVE Music at 9th Avenue Stage…  Every Wednesday, the Ninth Avenue North Stage will host free, live music from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  The evening will feature a vast range of music genres, including local rock, country, jazz, pop, reggae, R&B and funk bands.

Battle of the Bands…  Local, regional and national bands will battle it out on the Pavilion stage for cash prizes and so much more, from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. on six consecutive Fridays this summer!  The competition will host five bands each night, with a total of 30 high quality touring bands.  Here are the Battle of the Bands competition dates:  July 17, 24 and 31, and August 7.  The final showdown will be held October 10 through 11 during the Oktoberfest celebration!

Boardwalk’s Got Talent in Plyler Park…  Local and regional performers of all ages will compete for a $1,000 prize package from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on select Fridays in June and August.  This will offer a variety show for all ages to enjoy, with the big finale on Friday, September 4.  Here are the “Boardwalk’s Got Talent” show dates…  June 26, and August 14, 21 and 28.

Sunday Celebrations in Plyler Park…  Local and regional artists will perform a variety of music genres for everyone to enjoy on select Sundays in August.  Come enjoy the music from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.