Heather Gillis Band to hold concert in Dr. Mac Arnold's restaurant

Heather Gillis, former guitarist-vocalist with Butch Trucks and the Freight Train, is playing with her own band on her first tour. The band will make a stop at 8 p.m. Friday at Dr. Mac Arnold's Blues Restaurant, 1237 Pendleton St. Greenville.

At 20, Gillis was discovered by Trucks in Florida in 2015 and personally recruited by him to play in the Freight Train. The group performed to packed houses all over the country until Trucks' death earlier this year.

Tickets are $10. For more information, call 864-558-0747 or go to http://www.drmacarnoldsbluesrestaurant.com/.

 

History comes to life at Walnut Grove Plantation

The Spartanburg County Historical Association will give visitors an idea of what life was like in the backcountry from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Walnut Grove Plantation, 1200 Otts Shoals Road, Roebuck.

The South Carolina Independent Rangers will talk about life during the Revolutionary War along with demonstrations and other activities.

Guided tours also will be held at the top of every hour of the house, outdoor kitchen and school. Visitors also can tour the blacksmith shop, wheat house, barn, meat house and doctor’s quarters. In addition, visitors can view the family cemetery and walk along the nature trails.

Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 2-12.

For more information, visit www.spartanburghistory.org/walnut-grove-plantation.

 

Comedian Sid Davis to perform in Tryon, NC

The Tryon Fine Arts Center will continue its summer comedy series by presenting Sid Davis. The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday on the Veh Stage at the center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon, N.C. Local performers will be featured as special guests.

Davis grew up in Southwestern Ohio and was viewed as a distraction in school. When he became older and attended Ohio University's School of Communications, a professor noticed his talent with words. After graduating from college, he got a job at a small radio station as advertising salesperson and a copywriter. Later, he moved on to jobs in the insurance and airline industry.

During his job as an aircraft technician at Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, N.C., Davis enjoyed walking around the terminal and observing human behavior, according to his website. His life changed after 9/11 when the airline industry started cutting back and he was forced into retirement. The situation allowed Davis the opportunity to explore stand-up comedy at Charlotte’s Comedy Zone and in Toastmasters; where he placed at the top of the North Carolina humor speaking contests for two consecutive years.

Davis became a hit at the 2012 San Luis Obispo Comedy Festival and the audiences voted him into the festival's Best in Fest Showcase. He returned to the festival to be voted “Best in Fest” again in 2013 and 2014.

Tickets for his performance are $15. For tickets and more information, call 828-859-8322 or go to tryonarts.org.

 

Musician Paul Bowman to play during Sundays Unplugged

Paul Bowman will perform a free concert from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E. St. John St., Spartanburg. The free concert is part of the weekly Sundays Unplugged program.

Bowman is a classically trained guitarist, but he is more popularly known as an artist who can play any genre in any setting. His music ranges from familiar wedding classics to light jazz, Beatles hits to church hymns, and even Broadway tunes to light pop. To sample Bowman’s music, visit Paul-ClassicalGuitarist.com.

Every Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., a local musician or ensemble plays a free mini-concert at the cultural center. In addition, guests can enjoy free admission to Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, and the Student Galleries. Sundays Unplugged are designed for patrons to have a no-stress and free afternoon enjoying the local arts and culture.

 

Mudlick to play on outdoor TD Stage at the Peace Center

Mudlick, an Upstate-based band that plays a mix of classic blues, rock ‘n’ roll and soul, will play from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday on the outdoor TD Stage at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville.

The free concert is part of the ScanSource Reedy River Concerts series featuring weekly music performances throughout the summer.

Mudlick, composed of Dave Kushubar on lead vocals/bass, Ted Dillard on guitar, Ron “Red Rock” Edwards on drums and Dave Shealy on saxophone/percussion, released its debut album in 2015.

Food trucks and vendors will be on-site during the concert.

For more information, visit www.greenvillesc.gov/1327/ScanSource-Reedy-River-Concerts.