April 3 South85
With roots deep in the Carolinas, South85 blends country, folk, southern rock, and bluegrass to give you a listening experience that you won't soon forget. Driven by the original songwriting of Kathy Noonan and the voice of Tracy Wyatt, South85 is in a classification all their own - radio worthy songs with an atmosphere of a back-porch jam. Named South85 for their origins along the southern interstate in SC, the band chose this name because no matter where they travel, they know they will always take South I-85 back home. The marked “cowgirl” attitude and lifestyle exemplified by both Tracy and Kathy is interwoven throughout songs of independence, celebration of the south, hope, and plain old fun. South85’s sound is influenced by southern rock legends like Marshall Tucker Band, the Black Crowes, cross-genre Americana artists Old Crowe Medicine Show, Gillian Welch, and the sweet southern classics such as Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn. The band may blend a rocking electric telecaster with a banjo or ease an acoustic ballad with dobro and mandolin with their varied sounds and themes. Cover songs the band performs include those by these artists and more in the country and southern rock vein.
April 10 5 Grand
5 Grand is a new band that was formed primarily of founding members from The Dynamic Breakers. This 5-8 piece band plays a variety of music and while usually booked as a "Beach Band," they actually play a much broader range of music - including classic hits from the 70s and beyond. The name "5 Grand" really centers on the rhythm section of the band. The 5 core members are the backbone of the group and 4 of the 5 are lead singers. The tight vocal harmonies are one of the features that set this group apart from many others. For larger shows (like Music on Main) 5 Grand really becomes a group of 8 members - adding trumpet, sax, and trombone. The addition of the 3 university trained musicians allows the band to offer an even broader range of music with hits from Delbert McClinton, Chicago, Tower of Power and others.
April 17 Back 9
Back 9 is a true variety band, covering everything from motown to beach music, pop, funk, southern rock, and country. It is this variety of music that makes the Spartanburg band so popular. They can entertain a large diverse crowd because they play so many different styles of music. BACK 9 consists of 10 players: 2 guitars, bass, keyboard, drums, saxophone, 2 trumpets, a trombone, and lead singer. Their goal is to make you forget about your worries, relax, and have a good time.
April 24 Carolina Soul Band
CSB takes you on an exciting journey through the musical history of Motown, Beach, and Soul Music! Most of the members have performed with The Drifters, Platters, and Coasters. They perform Beach, Motown, and Oldies but Goodies, and Classic and New R&B and will definitely have the crowd up and dancing the entire time performing. In 2013, you might have seen the CSB performing at the World Famous Blue Crab Festival, Daytona 500, The Lexington NC Barbecue Festival, A Taste of Beaufort SC, or The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival. They’ll be making their first appearance in Spartanburg on April 24, so you don’t want to miss them!
May 1 Zoofood
Zoofood is a cross-genre Indie rock band from Spartanburg. Frequently playing local venues such as Main Street Pub, Wild Wing Cafe, and The Cellar Club, in 2011 ZooFood won Wild Wing Cafe's Last Band Standing Competition. In addition to their original songs, ZooFood covers a range of classices from legends like the Rolling Stones, Sam Cooke, and Pink Floyd and modern indie hits fom bands like My Morning Jacket, MGMT, and The Black Keys
May 8 Deja Nue Band
Deju Nue is the Region's newest party variety band playing Beach, Blues, Classic Rock, Contemporary Country, Jazz Rock and Motown/Soul. Band members consist of long time musicians from the Greenville and Upstate – many of whom belonged to bands such as The Chambers Brothers, Southern Crescent, The Founders, The Henry J's, The Tombstones, Boscoe Bee Band, The Ninth Row, and The Flashbacks. Several members toured with multiple Motown acts/legends plus James Brown and Tommy James and the Shondells. Their variety is WAY TOO broad to be labeled under one specific genre. They can play a little bit of everything – so get ready for them to rock the house!
May 15 The Consumers
Spartanburg locals The Consumers have been a fixture in the upstate music scene from their very beginnings in 2005. Drawing from influences like The Beatles, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Red Hot Chili Peppers, CCR and anything else that wouldn’t quite fit together in a mix-tape, The Consumers have a sound comfortably straddling that difficult-to-walk line between familiar and original. Blending unexpected covers in with their original songs, the band never fails to take its listeners on a genre-bending rollercoaster ride.
May 22 Mill Billy Blues
Freddie Vanderford, Shane Pruitt and Brandon Turner, a friendship and musical history spanning decades that produces Mill Billy Blues.
Three musicians, all born and raised in Upstate SC mill towns, ingrained with an affinity for traditional blues, and most importantly, friends for decades, sit down the the studio with other like minded musicians and creat a sound so unique that "mill town blues" becomes touted as a newly discovered stepchild of blues. Freddie Vanderford on harp/vocals, Brandon Turner on guitar/vocals, and Shane Pruitt on guitar/vocals.
May 29 The Secret Band
Formed in late summer 2013, The Secret Band is a brand-new musical adventure featuring a rock-solid array of Upstate South Carolina talent. With The Watts' former guitarist and vocalist Tad Taylor, bassist Dave Cannon and drummer Bill Fletcher from Shane Pruitt Band, and pedal steel and keyboardist Sean O' Shields from Groovehouse Orchestra, the foursome explores gritty and soulful too-often-overlooked rock 'n' roll songs to build a foundation for their original sound, style and music.
June 5 Grand Strand
A southeastern favorite among young and old alike, Grand Strand Band is an eight-piece rhythm and blues/beach music band formed in the spring of 1976. Since their inception, they have spread their Carolina beach sound from Mobile, Alabama, to Newport News, Virginia, and everywhere in between. They have performed at former and current beach clubs like Charlotte’s Johnny Dollars and Holiday Inn Woodlawn, Atlanta’s Oceans Drive South, Winston Salem’s The Guard and The Galleon in Myrtle Beach. Grand Strand is actively sought by fund raising organizations such as Red Cross, Muscular Dystrophy, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and Mobile Meals. They have been billed on shows with Jerry Butler, The Commodores, and Delbert McClinton, as well as most currently active beach groups such as the Fantastic Shakers, The Embers, and Chairmen of the Board.
June 12 Benton Blount
“I know people look at me, with my tattoos and appearance, and they don’t think I look like a country singer,” he says. “When I sing, I have a gruffness to my voice that’s different than most country singers too. But when I start to talk, you can hear that I’m as country as cornbread. And the songs, with their real-life stories and positive outlook on life, have more in common with country music than anything else. Country music is where I belong.” Indeed, when this hulking man with the imposing look starts to sing, people often are surprised at his tender love songs and his upbeat view of what people can achieve in their lives. “I like surprising people,” he says. “My life, and my career, have been full of surprises too. But it’s always a good surprise. I like showing people that this is what I should be doing, and this is where I belong!
June 19 The Strictly Business Band
Strictly Business is a high-energy rock & dance band from Spartanburg, SC. Their members have many years of experience entertaining audiences from up to New Jersey, over to Missouri, and down to the Florida Keys. Playing the number one hits that you know and love from Motown, Funk, Soul, Disco, 70s & 80s Rock and Pop and more, Strictly Business has the musical depth and performing experience to take the audience to the next level. Strictly Business' number one goal is making sure everyone has a great time from the first song until the last.
June 26 Generation aXe
Generation aXe was formed in the fall of 2012 by four like-minded musicians with a love for great tunes and a penchant for a good time. Venues from Charlotte, NC to Greenville, SC and all points in between have come to know and love the show these guys bring to the stage every night. One part musical virtuosity meets one part infectious energy to create a vibe known as RAWK. And RAWK they do! Running the gamut from the 80’s (Skid Row, Ratt, Tesla, AC/DC) and 90’s (Alice in Chains, STP, Pantera, White Zombie, RATM), all the way to newer bands like Nickelback, Audioslave, and Buckcherry, Generation aXe never skips a beat. They play songs that everybody knows and a few no one else dares to play. The energy is contagious, the sound is precise and the mood always fun!
July 3 The Enforcers
Having played nearly every year since Music on Main's inception 20 years ago, old-time favorites always draw a crowd with their infectious covers of party music classics. You know you're going to have a good time - and be up moving, when The Enforcers hit the stage!
July 10 The Sound Committee
Thoroughly entertaining and utterly professional, The Sound Committee plays music covering an enormous range of styles to please the very old to the very young and everyone in between. From Rock to Reggae, Country to Funk, 40s hits to Current Top 40, they do it all...and they do it well. Group Members include: Marc Gwinn (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Matt Dingledine (Lead Guitar, Vocals), Chad Hughes (Bass, Vocals), Jason Owens (Drums, Vocals), Adam MacFarlane (Keys, Vocals).
July 17 Shane Pruitt Band
In today's ever expanding market of musicians and musical acts, finding true roots music built on heritage and yet staying original becomes harder and harder to find. Herein lies the foundation for one of the most explosive blues acts coming out of the Southeast today, The Shane Pruitt Band. Lead man Shane Pruitt hails from Spartanburg, where the musical roots of the blues and southern rock have been living and breathing for years on end. Living and breathing the blues and gospel, The Shane Pruitt Band embodies a regional tradition while bringing its original tone and flare to every performance. Finding itself ever-searching in musical traditions between Delta Blues, Gospel, and Southern Rock, The Shane Pruitt Band embraces in the Jam Band traditions of improvisation and an ever-evolving musical experience. Picking up momentum with every performance, Shane Pruitt and his trio are driving towards uncharted waters while wowing critics everywhere they play. The members share their own place in music history as well. Hammond B3 player and vocalist Lil' Jimmy Peterman is a founding member of the Steve Miller Band (1967-1969). Drummer Bill Fletcher has seen many years at the backline, playing and touring with Robin Rogers before joining his first collaboration with Peterman and blues singer Wanda Johnson, known as Cocktail Frank. In today's ever expanding market of musicians and musical acts, finding true roots music built on heritage and yet staying original becomes harder and harder to find. Herein lies the foundation for one of the most explosive blues acts coming out of the Southeast today, The Shane Pruitt Band.
July 24 The Scriptz
They say music soothes the soul. Well these 4 health care professionals will not only soothe your psyche but can also cure your ailments. Covering songs from the ‘80’s ‘til now, The Scriptz have been rocking Spartanburg since 2010! With venues ranging from “Doc’s Who Rock” to “Rock The Denim”, Matt Lambert, Joe Boscia, Hank Shugart and Matt Ruskin can be the prescription you need to let loose and have some fun.
July 31 About Last Night
“About Last Night” is a 4 piece band based in Spartanburg SC. Members are: Andrew Fox – Lead vocals/guitar (Formerly from “After August); Tony Slaughter – Vocals/guitar (Formerly from “Quaterfly); Eric young – Bass (Formerly from “Juno”); Donavan Turner – Drums (Formerly from “The WATTS”). The band formed in Oct. of 2013 and has built a strong song list of covers and originals. Songs range from covers by Imagine Dragons, Black Crows and Black Keys to Billy Idol, Train and Augustana and so on. They also have several originals that fit into the context and genre of music they play. Andrew has a great voice with good range and is easily recognizable. Tony’s backing vocals compliment Andrew and he takes the lead guitar role seriously. All of this is rounded out with a strong thunderous rhythm section, provided by Eric and Donavan, that’s guaranteed to get you movin’ and groovin’. About Last Night is a band you won’t soon forget after hearing and seeing them live. The songs they play are recognizable, yet, they are songs you usually don’t hear by other bands.