Keb’ Mo’“I never set out to be a ‘blues guy’” is a surprising revelation for an artist with three Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Blues Album to his name. Hot on the tails of the 2014 release of his 12th full-length album BLUESAmericana, Keb’ Mo’ comes to Greenville with his masterful storytelling and visionary roots music in tow.
The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues, Sept 16, 7:30pm. $35-$45. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
Hub City Empty Bowls Soup DayLast year, the Empty Bowls program raised more than $20,000 to fund the nonprofit charity TOTAL Ministries, which directly benefits local families that are in the wake of financial crises. The handmade bowls crafted by public participants in Spartanburg will be on display for diners to select from and enjoy an unlimited amount of soup provided by local restaurants, before taking the bowls home. The event will also host a silent auction, music, and plenty of good company.
Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Sat, Sept 27, 11am–6pm. $15 per bowl. (864) 542-2787, chapmanculturalcenter.org
Farm Fresh FairThe word entrepreneur does not typically draw to mind a farmland teeming with animals and greenery. Nevertheless, the Farm Fresh Fair is dedicated to opening the door for the purveyors of handcrafted goods, homemade eats, and everything organic. Benefiting sustainable farming at Mill Village Farms, the crisp day will feature antique shopping, artisan crafts, farm fare, and even live music. Pick up some eats or just a home accent—it’s all in the spirit of shopping local.
The Farm at Rabon Creek, 125 Phillips Rd, Fountain Inn. Sat, Sept 20, 10am–5pm. Adult, $5; child, $1. thefarmatraboncreek.com/farmfreshfair
Indie Craft ParadeCelebrating the art of the handmade, the Indie Craft Parade exposes the creative expression of craft artists from around the South, ranging from paper goods to prints and unique wearables to artisanal food. You’ve never seen so much artistry under one roof, so join the Parade. For a sneak peek at vendor wares (and to skip the crowds), drop by the VIP Gala on September 12.
Huguenot Mill, 101 W Broad St, Greenville. Sept 12–14. VIP Gala, Fri, 6–9pm; parade, Sat, 9am–6pm; Sun, 11am–5pm. VIP Gala, $30; parade, $2. indiecraftparade.com
Our Southern KitchenIt’s no coincidence how much we treasure family recipes passed down, generation to generation. After all, where there’s food, there’s family, friendship, and good times to be had. Chef Mark Pollard taps into Southern hospitality and traditional Southern cooking with this series of lunchtime demonstration cooking classes. Previous installments of the class have featured fried chicken, tomato basil pie, and blackberry cobbler—expect nothing but a menu inspired by the season’s freshest ingredients.
Charleston Cooks!, 200 N Main St, #101, Greenville. Sept 4, 6, 11–13, 18, 20, 25–27. 1pm. $25. (864) 335-2000, charlestoncooks.com/greenville/classes
OnceA hit film turned bigger-hit musical, Once is a winner of multiple awards for its honest portrayal of the complexities that come with falling in love. When a young Irish street musician falls in with a random passerby, their emotional connection comes alive through the beauty of song, creating a unique landscape of feeling. The fact that all musicians on stage play their own instruments in a simplistic setting truly lets the music speak for itself in this romantic story.
The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sept 23–28. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $45-$75. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
Symphony Tour of HomesTake a gander inside some of the Upstate’s most regal homes—without breaking and entering. The Hidden Hills and Chanticleer communities will host this year’s event, showcasing the latest and greatest in home fashions and residential styles. As always, the tour will kick off with a celebratory patron party, held on September 23 from 7–9pm at the home of Ann and Todd Taylor. Light lunches, fashion shows, and afternoon shopping are also on the itinerary.
Locations vary, Greenville. Sept 26–28. Fri–Sat, 10am–4pm; Sun, 1–4pm. Advance, $20; day of, $25. (864) 370-0965, guildgso.org
Preservation RideHeld on a course favored by local cycling celebrity George Hincapie, the third annual Preservation Ride also includes two other courses that are fitting for athletes of any skill level. Other stages roam through the breathtaking pastures of the Greenspace Fairview along the North Pacolet River. Following the serene yet stimulating ride, cyclists can dig into a fully catered lunch at Strawberry Hill USA and mingle with other athletes for new tips and tricks.
Strawberry Hill USA, 3097 Highway 11, Chesnee. Sat, Sept 13, 8am. Registration, $60. upstateforever.org/2014-preservation-ride
Greenville Heroes Serve & Protect Awards LuncheonProving that real heroes don’t need to wear capes, this special luncheon honors those who risk life and limb to protect ours. One member each of both the Greenville City police and fire departments will be given the Hero Among Heroes Award in recognition of their service and commitment to the community. Additionally, the ceremony acts as a fundraising platform for both the Harold C. Jennings Foundation and the Rama Scholarship Fund, providing financial aid for the children of these brave men and women.
Hyatt Regency, 220 N Main St, Greenville. Thurs, Sept 11, noon. $50. (864) 248-1568, greenvilleheroes.org
Zappa Plays ZappaHis father Frank may have made the Zappa name famous with his experimental albums of kooky and clever music, but Dweezil Zappa has carried on this legacy with the same passion and proficiency for guitar. Drawing on inspiration from numerous classic rockers (including dear old dad), the younger Zappa is mostly self-taught—a fact that certainly doesn’t detract from his skillful, fervent pickin’. Preceded by a master class session for learning musicians, this is one piece of music history you will want to be a part of.
The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC. Thurs, Sept 11: master class, 2:30pm; show, 8pm. Advance, $28; doors, $30; VIP, $50; master class, $75. (828) 225-5851, theorangepeel.net
Music of James BondPerhaps even more famous than 007’s female companions are the tunes that have accompanied this franchise’s nail-biting scenes of gunplay and espionage. With original tracks crafted by the premier songbirds of our time, this showcase brings to life all the tunes you wish were your own theme songs. “Diamonds Are Forever,” “Skyfall,” and “Live and Let Die” are only a few pieces to be performed on Flat Rock’s Mainstage.
Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC. Sept 11–21. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Thurs, Sat, Sun, 2pm. $30. (828) 693-0731, flatrockplayhouse.org
EuphoriaFor an 8th year, Greenville sets the stage for the sublime at this four-day fest of fine wine, music, and food. Numerous guest-chef wine dinners, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, and tastings round out the roster of events including Swine and Dine, Taste of the South, Traffic Jam, the South State Bank Jazz Brunch, and—new this year—Lambs + Clams. Proceeds go to local charities, so don’t sit tthis one out.
Locations, times, and costs vary. Greenville. Sept 18–21. For a complete listing of events, times, and ticket prices, visit euphoriagreenville.com