Art & Culture Itineraries
During the day, get to know the musicians who put us on the map. “From Spartanburg, South Carolina ...” was a phrase used to introduce the Marshall Tucker Band on a nightly basis at the height of the legendary group’s career in the 1970s. There’s a signpost honoring the Marshall Tucker Band right on Main Street. It's a part of the Spartanburg Music Trail, which recognizes musicians from the Hub City who have made a national or international impact in the world of music, and provides a great photo opportunity for fans of the band. Read more: http://www.visitspartanburg.com/spartanburg_charm/marshalltuckerband
At night, see the musicians who are calling Spartanburg home. Jazz on the Square and Music on Main provide free hours of entertainment downtown two nights a week. From Hank Williams to Miles Davis, you’ll hear it, plus you can enjoy a few adult beverages alfresco. Read more: http://www.visitspartanburg.com/spartanburg_charm/musicinthestreetsofspartanburg
Start the day of at the museum. The Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) is not your average art museum. This cultural institution is located in the Chapman Cultural Center and serves thousands of art lovers annually. Exhibitions rotate on average every three months and have included solo and group shows, site specific installations and community exhibitions.
Art Walk happens on the third Thursday of every month. Almost a dozen galleries and museums host an open house. You’ll find a diverse mix from the coop to the high brow. Best of all, it comes with wine and cheese and it’s free.
In the evening, head out to hear live music. On Wednesdays, The Peddler is the place to be. You’ll find plenty of local musicians on the stage and in the audience. Friday afternoons, head to “Hoppy Hour” at RJ Rockers Brewery, where there is music on the dock and craft beer just steps away. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, you’ll want to be at the oldest bar in town, the NuWay (373 E. Kennedy St.). Local and regional acts set up in the corner because there is no stage. It’s up close and personal here.
“If you’re shopping for regional art and crafts, your best strategy may be to venture out into the smaller towns north of Spartanburg. That’s where you’ll find two galleries operated by the not for profit Carolina Foothills Artisan Center. CFAC operates its original gallery in downtown Chesnee, and has a second location in the heart of Landrum. Both locations are well worth a visit.
What is most appealing about CFAC is the mixture of art and craft found here. Expertly turned (and reasonably priced) wooden bowls, lovely blown and slumped glass objects, handmade jewelry, and functional pottery are pleasantly displayed alongside funky anthropomorphic portraits, traditional oil and water color landscapes, and photography. "Info provided by The Underground Guide to Spartanburg, a book worth checking out. Find it at Hub City Books on Main Street.
Do you love public art? Spartanburg has an abundance of it. While you are at the Hub City Bookshop, pick up On Common Ground: The Public Art of Spartanburg.It covers in detail over 80 pieces throughout the county. Then explore the area with this beautiful guide.
The center of our cultural universe is the Chapman Cultural Center, which houses the Artists’ Guild, the Ballet, the Art Museum, the Historical Association, the Little Theatre, the Science Center, the Music Foundation and the Repertory Company. It’s no understatement to say that there is always something going on here! Whether it’s taking the kids to see the snakes and turtles at the Science Center or catching a performance on stage, the Chapman Cultural Center needs to be on your schedule.
When it’s time to unwind, head downtown. Tuesday nights are famous for karaoke at Main Street Pub (252 W. Main St.). Wild Wings offers not only food and drink, but local bands on Friday and Saturdays. Sunday nights are singer/songwriter night at Brickhouse Pizzeria & Grille (103 N. Daniel Morgan Ave) with a featured artists and an open mic.
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