May 29--GREENVILLE -- Over the next two weeks, Greenville features a visit from one of the unexpected highlights of SXSW, a beer tasting of California-sized proportions and a festival celebrating Greenville'sWest End and all the tastes and unique wares it has to offer.
Friday, May 30, Lydia Loveless @ BoHo: Rolling Stone Magazine recently listed the 48 best things it saw at this year's South By Southwest's (SXSW) 2014 festival. Every one of these 48 reportedly memorable items took place 1,042 miles away in early March, so this list only should be vaguely relevant to us folks here in the Upstate, right? Well, thanks to Horizon Records, The Gray Eagle in Asheville and The Old 97's, one important member of Rolling Stone's list is stopping by for a quick show in our backyard so we can see what all the fuss is about.
Lydia Loveless is a 23-year-old singer-songwriter from Columbus, Ohio, but her sound is straight from the heart of Texas. She lays down a classic country foundation, injects a healthy dose of punk and rockabilly and asks you to stand back while she knocks your socks off. She currently is opening up for the Old 97s and is playing with them Friday night at Asheville's Gray Eagle. Fortunately for us, she is stopping off here in Greenville on her way through town for a quick in-store performance at Horizon Records.
Loveless takes the stage from 3 to 4 p.m. before she heads to the mountains for her evening performance. As always,
Horizon Records' in-store performances are free, and you are welcome to bring in a tasty beverage from The Bohemian CafÉ.
Saturday, May 31, Going Back to Cali' Tasting @ The Community Tap: LL Cool J and the late Notorious B.I.G. famously recorded their plans to go "Back to Cali," and hopefully, Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip has gone back to El Segundo to get his wallet by now. Old-school hip-hop references aside, The Community Tap is hosting its own craft beer version of "Going Back To Cali" theme this weekend with a West Coast tasting featuring two of California's best craft breweries here in South Carolina.
Representatives from Stone Brewing Company and Anderson Valley will show us what makes them two of the best craft brewers in America. Their favorite year-round brews as well as some specialty concoctions will be available at The Community Tap's new, larger location on Wade Hampton Boulevard.
The "Going Back to Cali" tasting runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday evening and should prove to be an excellent warm-up for a nice dinner or night out in Greenville. The Community Tap's new location is just a few doors down from its old spot in the same strip mall at 217 Wade Hampton Blvd. More taps, more seating and a huge deck for outdoor tastings make this a perfect place to sample craft beer.
June 7, An Affair in the West End: There was a time in Greenville's revitalization process when the West End was known as "the part down Main Street where nobody goes." This was before the construction of The Liberty Bridge and an influx of businesses that let everybody there's a lot more to downtown Greenville. The neighborhood rivalry between North Main and The West End is not to be ignored as downtown Greenville boasts two districts with their own set of attributes and options.
The West End of Greenville features a lot of great restaurants, shopping, galleries, and of course, a baseball stadium designed as a miniature replica of Boston'sFenway Park. The only thing it has lacked in comparison to the older end of Main Street is its own festival-in-the-street- type event. That omission will be remedied next weekend as the roadblocks are set out for the first
This festival showcases work of the artists and businesses that make the West End its own unique corner of downtown. Live music, local food, kids entertainment, fashion shows and drinks will be on hand for this all-day event. An Affair in the West End kicks off at 10 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m.
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