Looking for some stellar live tunes to jive along with in October? Whether it’s the jam-packed Fall for Greenville festival, the Peace Center’s autumn line-up, or acts at smaller venues like The Firmament or The Spinning Jenny, the Upstate’s got you covered. Here’s a roundup of what’s onstage this month—from classical to jazz to rock to country and beyond.
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Sat, Oct 6 / NEEDTOBREATHE
The Forever On Your Side tour brings the anthemic South Carolina rockers back to town on a creative high, with an epic new single “Bridges Burn,” and an upcoming album soon to be released. If you like passionate, vulnerable rock music with strong melodies, these guys deliver, along with guest act pop-folk duo Johnnyswim.
Tues, Oct 9 / Ranky Tanky at The Peace Center
The artistic director and conductor of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra just so happens to be a talented trumpeter, and his band Ranky Tanky blends jazz and funk for an infectious, danceable sound. The quintet is one of the most exciting live bands on the Charleston scene right now, and a stop in the Upstate is a rare treat.
Thurs, Oct 11–Sun, Oct 14 / Fall for Greenville
This year’s festival features more than 70 bands on six different stages, plus a Thursday night kick-off show at the Peace Center’s TD Amphitheatre. You’ll find everything from nationally known headliners (rockers American Aquarium and Sarah Shook, bluegrass legend and dobro master Jerry Douglas) to local favorites (L.O.Z., Angela Easterling) and some groups that are a little of both, like Mac Arnold & Plate Full Of Blues. Much like the food at FFG, you’ll find a little of everything music-wise.
Sat, Oct 20 / Bluegrass & Big Band at The Peace Center
The Greenville Chorale joins forces with Gainesville, Georgia’s Chuck Nation Bluegrass Band to perform works by Duke Ellington. There’s no way this won’t be a fascinating experiment, featuring genres that don’t get together all that often.
Wed, Oct 24 / Turkuaz at The Firmament, with Butcher Brown
Brookyln’s Turkuaz is a throwback to massive, funky ensembles like Parliament-Funkadelic and Earth, Wind & Fire. They’re heavy on danceable grooves and spaced-out electronics, and anyone who enjoyed George Clinton’s intergalactic funk in the 1970s will have a blast at this show.
Thurs, Oct 25 / The Wood Brothers at The Spinning Jenny, with Nicole Atkins
This trio is generally filed under the increasingly broad Americana umbrella, but what they really are is musical alchemists. On their newest album, One Drop Of Truth, the band, led by siblings Chris & Oliver Wood, take soul, gospel, roots-rock, and funk and combine it into one groove-heavy, joyful noise.
Sat, Oct 27 / Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ at The Spinning Jenny
The venerable Southern hard-rockers Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ are celebrating their thirtenth anniversary this year, and they’re still finding new ways to breathe life into classics like “Fly Me Courageous,” “Straight to Hell,” and “Build a Fire.”
Tues, Oct 30 / NF at Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Platinum-selling rapper NF is coming off a chart-busting 2017 album called Perception, and his music, most commonly classified as Christian rap, is refreshingly positive.