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SC Blue Reedy River Concerts
Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic supper and sit back and enjoy a variety of musical
concerts featuring jazz, country, patriotic, rock & roll, blues and reggae, from 7-9 pm, on the TD Stage at the Peace Center.
This free, outdoor family event provides the perfect way to spend a warm summer
The 2014 schedule will be online soon - please check back!
Clay Page Band (Country)
Clay Page is an artist out of GA. He started his musical career at a very early age and since then has been performing on a regular basis. He began taking guitar lessons at age nine and knew right from the beginning that it would be a career he would like to pursue. Clay writes some of his own music which are a mixture of country and southern rock songs, as well as, playing a mixture of covers from other artist. Clay recently joined NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) in Nashville, TN to further his writing skills.
Clay has performed many places as well as competed in many competitions around the South East. In 2010, Clay was named the Elberton Idol, as well as, competed in the Nashville Connections Salute for Military Moms at the Handlebar in Greenville, SC. Clay has also competed at the Texaco Showdown in Elberton, GA twice and has gone on to compete in the state level competition in Cedartown, GA. Other competitions Clay has been a part of include, The Battle of the Bands in Laurens, SC where in 2011 the band received “People’s Choice Award” and in 2012 returned as the winners. Winning these competitions as well as participating in certain shows has led to him making appearances on News Channel 7’s, The Jack and Kimberly Show, twice.
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Robbie Ducey Band (Blues)
All artists are a direct product of their influences. Such is the case with guitarist,singer,songwriter Robbie Ducey.Growing up in the same hometown as the Godfather of Soul, it was only natural that Ducey was exposed to some of the heavyweights of the rhythm and blues and soul music scene of the 60's such as Otis Redding,Curtis Mayfield,Albert King, and of course James Brown. The 'British Invasion' of the late 60's and early 70's brought more influences such as Jimi Hendrix,Eric Clapton,Robin Trower, and Jeff Beck, all of which can be heard in Robbie's guitar style.
Lionz of Zion
Blurring the lines of genre, the Lionz of Zion (LOZ) have created an energizing, multifarious sound that blends individual musical styles from each of their eclectic backgrounds. Strong influences ranging from rock, reggae, funk, pop, and R&B, ignites the LOZ band into an unconventional, funky, feel-good kinda' jam band. Their all-embracing musical style keeps their broad spectrum of devoted fans coming back time and time again. The Lionz of Zion band members are: Josh Forbus, Ryan "Dr. Luv Beatz" McCarthy, Daniel Wirgau, Brian Jeter and Wes Treadway. Their long-standing friendships are the secret to their intuitive, cohesive performances. The LOZ's mantra: One pride. One love.
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Hott Gritz (R&B/Soul)
Hott Gritz began as the vision of three friends who were on a quest to make good
music. James Lucas met Deloren Gist and Kenny Garner while all served as musicians
for local churches in the Spartanburg, SC community. The group originally operated
under the name Fuzion and played back up for several artist who were looking to make a
name for themselves. To no avail this crew of talented musicians they decided they wanted more and
decided to branch out on their own. In a quest for a new identity and to build a brand
it was decided that the name should be something that would catch peoples attention
and relevant to the area in which we live. A few short years later Shane Hayes came on
to play bass guitar later followed by Juan Sharp to play alto, Willis Ham on trombone,
Marcus Morris tenor sax, and Ben Panos lead guitar.
246th SC National Guard Army Band (Variety)
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Most Wanted Bluegrass Band
Most Wanted Bluegrass is a band of award winning musicians that bring a toe tapping,
solid bluegrass performance to the stage. Their driving instrumentals coupled with
strong vocals and beautiful harmony assures a performance that you do not want to
Southern Crescent (Variety)
Southern Crescent is one of the most versatile variety bands in the upstate of South Carolina. Mixing a variety of music including oldies, beach, pop, and rock, the band adjusts their broad song selection to each audience’s particular tastes.
Sean and the Boogie Children (Funk/Blues Rock)
Sean Cronin is backed by a power trio called Boogie Children, bringing a funky, bluesy, rockin' music show to the upstate and beyond. Playing several festivals this summer and fall, Sean and his Boogie Children will be also backing legendary blues acts such as Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, Pop Ferguson, Cool John Ferguson and Gaye Adegaboloa. Boogie Children looks forward to playing this years' Reedy River Concert Series. See you there!
Chasing the Blues (Blues)
Chasing the Blues is a groove and rock infused blues band from Greenville, SC. The band is made up of two members of Greenville’s own Side Alley Blues Band, a member of Chocolate Thunder’s band and the Soul Connection, as well as master guitarist and friend who’s played in classic rock and, lately blues bands all his life. These characters’ names would be Jimmy Stenhouse on guitar, Scott Illderton on drums, Kurt Young on guitar and vocals, and Leigh Stenhouse on vocals and bass. Each offer a unique and different flavor to the melting pot of jam that they cook up each and every time they play. From down in delta blues to classic crock jams to groovy songs of nostalgia, Chasing the Blues does it all.
Mystic Vibrations (Reggae)
The strong roots of Mystic Vibrations began in Little London, Westmoreland, Jamaica and brought to the US in 1992 by Ric Williams. Credited to their name are two self released studio albums (People Get Ready and Busy Street) and one live recording (Live In Finlay Park). A busy schedule keeps the band constantly on the road touring the eastern US from New York to Florida. The band is a four-piece rhythm section of exceptionally talented musicians; Andrew Whitaker (drums), Frank Mitchell (bass), Trescott James (keyboards and backing vocals) and Ric Williams (guitar and lead vocals). The band has established a large fan base that has steadily grown over the years. Their music speaks of love, unity, peace amongst all mankind, and the trials and tribulations of oppressed people.
The Soulfeathers (Southern Rock)
Homegrown in South Carolina and raised in Clemson, The Soulfeathers offer a fresh new sound that echoes of decades past. Refusing to be boxed into a general genre, The Soulfeathers tap into the lush history of American music, and provide a purely organic energy that is timeless and yet boldly pioneering. With elements of roots, rock’n roll, blues, jazz, funk, and of course soul, The Soulfeathers purpose is to play music and have a good time. Check out their debut album “American Soul.”
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The Bent Strings
"This young group from Greenville, SC wows crowds with a unique blend of progressive folk rock, jazz, and americana. Influenced by groups such as Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Acoustic Syndicate and The Strokes, The Bent Strings launch out where these groups leave off, offering audiences tight and energetic covers and fresh originals. Not afraid to experiment, these guys leverage their backgrounds in rock, folk and jazz to fuse and genre-bend to the delight of all who listen. With this group, there’s never a dull moment. It’s always “art-in-the-making” and “creativity-on-demand.” It’s always fresh, it’s always new – and the crowds always go away smiling."
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True Blues has become a Greenville and Upstate South Carolina mainstay since its inception in 1990. They started as a power trio with Joey Gunter on guitar and vocals, Pete Cash on bass, and Pete's brother Joe Cash on drums. In 2003, they added Bill Pappas from Athens, GA on keyboards and guitar. Members of the band write about half of the material they play, which ranges from straight-ahead blues, to rockin' Texas style blues, to jazzy blues, to songs that can be categorized only as original "True Blues".
In addition, they cover songs by B. B. King, The Allman Brothers Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and others.