SPARTANBURG, SC – A quick stroll along the Spartanburg Music Trail reveals that Sparkle City has a rich musical history worthy of tooting its own horn, but all of those famous artists were struggling singer-songwriters at some point. Chapman Cultural Center is hosting several of Spartanburg’s best up-and-coming musicians for Music Mosaic, an arts benefit concert, on Sunday, August 3, 3-5 p.m.
Music Mosaic is a showcase of talented musicians who live and perform in local communities. It is an opportunity for these musicians to shine on the Chapman Cultural Center stage, but also to give back to their community. Proceeds from Music Mosaic will benefit arts education in Spartanburg County.
“The level of musical talent in Spartanburg is phenomenal,” Jennifer Evins, President and CEO at Chapman Cultural Center, said. “And even more interesting, the talented performers on stage could be the kid getting off the school bus next door, the nurse taking your blood pressure, or the guy with the great voice two pews back on Sunday.”
The line-up of musicians is Jeremy Willis, Kylie O, Not Even Brothers, Anna V, Nick Evangelista, Rohn Jewell, and Barleycove.
Chapman Cultural Center started Music Mosaic last year to further showcase the participating artists in its weekly Sundays Unplugged program. Each Sunday, 2-4 p.m., a singer-songwriter is highlighted in a casual mini-concert, free to the public. Both the Singer-Songwriter Concert series and Music Mosaic are made possible by a generous gift from Jeanie and Patrick O’Shaughnessy.
“It will be a night to benefit everyone, especially music-lovers,” Ava Hughes, Arts Education Director at Chapman Cultural Center, said. “These musicians deserve this kind of feel-good concert, just like our community deserves the best arts education we can give, and we’re proud to deliver.”
Concessions will be available for purchase in the lobby for the duration of the concert. Tickets to Music Mosaic are $5 per person, and can be purchased either online or at the Ticket Office.
For more information, please call (864) 542-ARTS or visit ChapmanCulturalCenter.org.
A contemporary vocalist and guitarist, Jeremy Willis is a Spartanburg native and humble frontrunner in the local music scene. He made his musical debut at 8-years-old singing in church. By this age, he had already learned to play several instruments like the piano and drums. At 15, Willis performed at the Carolina Opry. After graduating high school, where he was in band as a drum major, he left for the Navy, soon becoming director of the Naval Band. Today, Willis is still a well-rounded musician, particularly praised for his strong vocals and original music, who performs venues throughout the Upstate.
Kylie Odetta began writing songs at age 8 and performing live at age 9. By 11, she had already produced her first album called “Lost in My Future.” Now, at 16, Kylie has already been called a seasoned performer, having written over 200 songs and performed as opening act for stars such as Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Caillat, Austin Mahone, and Kelly Pickler. Her unique style is alternative with hints of pop, blues, rock, and soul. Her music is “powerful, playful, and soulful,” with a refreshing vocal quality characterized by her Southern roots.
Not Even Brothers
Not Even Brothers is an acoustic guitarist/flautist duo composed of musicians Guy Workman and Pat Phillips. The two have showcased their tight harmonies throughout the Southeast. Though Not Even Brothers has a working cover list of over 200 songs, they also perform originals. Whether patrons want easy listening or a dance melody, Not Even Brothers offer a unique experience apart from “Top 40” format bands. Their originality earned them the title of Rising Star’s Best Acoustic Band for 2010 and 2011. Workman, an internationally recorded songwriter, guitarist, and flautist, has had four songs on the Billboard charts and a Single Pick of the Week in Record World Magazine.
Anna V is a classically trained singer-songwriter and pianist from Spartanburg. Though this pop/alternative musician has filled the roles of vocalist and bassist in several local bands, Anna V made her solo debut in 2013. Her style is a unique blend of various influences such as Tori Amos, Nine Inch Nails, and assorted ’80s New Wave bands. Her classical training, songwriting experience, and taste for electronic genres gives Anna V a sound as distinct and recognizable as her artfully tattooed body and personal style.
Nick Evangelista performed as lead vocalist for Spartanburg-based rock band Midnight Xpress in the early ’80s. He gained acclamations during this time, winning Mauldin Battle of the Bands in ’82 and placing second in the Spartanburg Battle of the Bands in ’82 and ’83. He continued to gain momentum, ranking in the top 10 percent in the American Songwriters Showcase Competition in ’84. Upon graduating from Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles, Evangelista moved to Ohio to work with Rob Parrizi of Wild Cherry and helped form the band Signals. Evangelista’s work, like his remake of “American Woman,” made the air and gained the attention of companies like Warner Brothers Records.
A standout from last year’s Music Mosaic concert, Rohn Jewell is a talented guitarist and music instructor who utilizes an acoustic fingerpicking technique. He moved to South Carolina from his home state of Florida in ’91 to assist with the local family business–Jewell’s Small Engine and Repair. Upon his father’s passing, he rooted himself permanently in the Upstate and began to both play the music scene and teach. His students were a major motivation in urging Jewell to share his original compositions, music he describes as dark and melodic with many stories to tell. He employs a fingerstyle picking technique to produce mesmerizing acoustic rock and instrumentals with alternate tunings.
Barleycove is a three-piece outfit is lead by singer-songwriter Laura Clinton, a classically trained pianist and vocalist. Clinton is joined by classical and electric guitarist, Jesse Thomas, and drummer Tim Trammel. Not just a great cover band, Barleycove is currently recording its first album at Yellow Mama Music with producer Mike Dove. Upon its release, the trio plans to tour outside of the Carolinas to promote the album. According to the band’s website, Clinton believes “music is about our connectivity to one another” and “can bring healing.” The band has brought its unique brand of musical healing to various venues both locally and otherwise, playing last year at Freddy’s Bar in Brooklyn, NY.