We’re bringing SxSE Back!
The SxSE (South by Southeast) Springfest 2016 takes place April 22nd and 23rd at The Music Camp in Spartanburg County off I-85, exit 80. Hosted by the non-profit, all volunteer organization, CARMA, Inc.(Chicks Advocating Regional Music & Artists), this event celebrates local and regional talent– music, art and food! SxSE Springfest is family-friendly with children 12 and under admitted free. There will be no beer sold on site but coolers are welcome. Camping is encouraged and it’s free, as is parking! Sorry, but no pets or glass bottles are allowed.
17 performers including TJ Lazer, Dirty Soul Revival, The Marcus King Band, Bella Dance Studio, Darby Wilcox and the Peep Show and Moody Black will perform on the large wooden stage (sponsored by Carolina Vapor Mill) built by long-time supporters of local music. SxSE 2016 bands feature guitars, banjos, plenty of percussion, saxophones, vocals, an accordion, keyboards, a pedal steel guitar and much more! A large screen on the stage comes to life after the sun goes down, along with a light and graphics show to accompany the bands. The silent disco happens Friday and Saturday nights from midnight to 3am. Don’t know what a silent disco is? Come on out and see for yourself!
The camp has plenty of open space and several hiking trails that meander along the Pacolet River. The event will be wonderful rain or shine! Tables and chairs are available in front of the stage under a large covered area that doubles as an airplane hangar.
Artisan vendors offer handmade jewelry, clothing, art, accessories, candles, gemstones, essential oils and more.
Food offerings include Willy Taco, Bud’s BBQ, Moroccan Cookbook, seafood, sandwiches, smoothies, vegetarian and frozen treats.
Beginner to skilled musicians are encouraged to bring their acoustic instruments and join in music circles with friends new and old. Many attendees have been coming to events since they were children and now they bring their own. People of all ages attend the event.
The goal of this volunteer-run festival is to showcase a variety of regional talent and artists in a way that is affordable and family-friendly. The music will include new, young, bands as well as proven favorites and is guaranteed to include something for everyone! The stage and light show is unique with video projection tailored to each act.
Venue-owners, talent buyers and booking agents are highly encouraged to attend the festival as they may discover that the talent they’ve been searching for is right here!
~ Your tribe is gathering at The Music Camp April 22-23. Don’t make us miss you! ~
CARMA, a 501(c)(3), is donating a portion of proceeds from SxSE Springfest to scholarships for the Lawson Academy of the Arts at Spartanburg’s historic Converse College. The academy has provided fine arts entertainment, training and development in Spartanburg and surrounding areas for 65 years. These scholarships enable both children and adults to attend summer day camp, receive classes in visual arts, creative writing, music, dance, and theatre or help a special needs child benefit from individual music therapy sessions. Rich in history and known for its tradition in educational excellence in music and dance, Lawson Academy serves more than 1,000 families each year and introduces Converse music students to the vital service of teaching.
Our thanks to SxSE Springfest 2016 sponsors!
Carolina Vapor Mill in Spartanburg, SC
Other sponsors as of 4/5/16:
Capri on Main in Gaffney, SC
NuWay Lounge in Spartanburg, SC
Johnston Law Firm in Spartanburg, SC
Shultz Law Firm in Spartanburg, SC
The Local Hiker in Spartanburg, SC
Willy Taco in Spartanburg, SC
RJ Rockers in Spartanburg, SC
Budweiser in Spartanburg, SC
Coca Cola in Spartanburg, SC
Shotz Sportz Pub in Spartanburg, SC
Borderlands Comics & Games in Greenville, SC
Cribbs Catering in Spartanburg, SC
Pete’s of Gaffney in Gaffney, SC
Fete Greenville in Greenville, SC
WNCW radio in Spindale, NC
iOnGreenville.net in Greenville, SC
SxSE Springfest 2016 Band Line-Up
LIVE music from 6pm – midnight (6 bands, including a spoken word artist)
6:00 Darby Wilcox and the Peep Show. Genre: tight Americana sass, indie-folk rock with a touch of soul and honky tonk. Hometown: Greenville, SC
7:00 The Clay Puppets. Genre: Indie rock/blues/funk.
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC.
8:00 Black River Rebels. Genre: rock
Hometown: Greenville, SC
9:00 Moody Black. Genre: Spoken-Word, Visual, and Hip-Hop artist, actor, story teller, and photographer
Hometown: Spartanburg SC
9:45 The Cat Herders. Genre: rock
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
10:45 The Dirty Soul Revival. Genre: Rock, Southern boogie. Hometown: Asheville, NC
~Silent Disco ~ Midnight to 3 am~
LIVE music from 12pm – midnight (10 bands and a dance troupe)
12:00 The Marcus King Band. Genre: Psychedelic Southern Rock Blues/jam/rock/funk
Hometown: Greenville, SC
1:00 Stolen Hearts. Genre: Dirty Southern Soul
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
2:00 Off The Wall. Genre: Off the Wall plays covers from a wide range of genres such as Motown and Country, while performing originals that many describe as having an “old school bluesy feel.”
Hometown: Gaffney, SC
3:00 April B. and the Cool. Genre: R&B, Soul, Funk. Whatever has a nice groove.
Hometown: Upstate, SC
4:00 The Paper Crowns. Genre: Folk, Blues, Americana, Bluegrass, Indie
Hometown: Asheville, NC
5:00 Diamond Bullet. Genre: Funk/Soul/Fusion
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC & Columbus, NC
6:00 Greenfield Excursion. Genre: Rock
Hometown: Upstate, SC
7:00 Brian Ashley Jones. Genre: Americana, Blues, Folk, Roots, Country
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC/Nashville, TN
8:20 Bella Dance Company. An eclectic school of creative movement. Established in 2014. Specializing in belly dance classes, having fun, and making friends.
8:45 The LOZ Band. Genre: Jam/Rock/Reggae/Soul
Hometown: Greenville/Asheville/Columbia SC
10:30 TJ Lazer. Genre: Southern Funk/Soul/Rock
Hometown: Greenville, S.C.
~Silent Disco ~ Midnight to 3 am~
DISCOUNTED PRESALE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME AT carmarocks.com! Entire weekend only $33! GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!
Children 12 and under FREE
* RAIN OR SHINE! Large covered area with tables and chairs on site.
CARMA’s Festival Resume
– 1st Annual Spartanburg Music & Arts Festival, A Greenfield Excursion Reunion 2011
– Green Earth Party 2012 with The Antibodies
– 2nd Annual Spartanburg Music & Arts Festival, A Greenfield Excursion Reunion 2012
– 3rd Annual Spartanburg Music & Arts Festival, A Greenfield Excursion Reunion 2013
– SXSE – South by Southeast – Springfest 2014
– 4th Annual Spartanburg Music & Arts Festival, A Greenfield Excursion Reunion 2014
-SXSE – South by Southeast – Springfest 2015
– 5th Annual Spartanburg Music & Arts Festival, A Greenfield Excursion Reunion 2015
Additional notes about the festival, The Music Camp, CARMA and Greenfield Excursion:
The sign outside The Music Camp reads, “Greenfield Excursion…The Music Camp!”
Camp owner, John Featherston became a part of the local music scene in his youth along with his friends in the band, Greenfield Excursion. John organized events at the Spartanburg National Guard Armory and other venues around town.
The stage was built by a community of long-time local music supporters who contributed materials, time, blood, sweat and tears—literally! It officially opened in 1998 with John Featherston and (now his wife), Lisa Anderson organizing, hosting and promoting events.
Greenfield Excursion has included the late Myke McKenzie, Horace Petit , Dennis Fox, Blair Ritter, George Roland, Billy Chapman and co-founder, Ralph Jordan who passed away in 1978. Newer members to the band are Christine Woitowitz and Jeff Smith.
The group became popular in the late 1960s. Other bands that were popular at that time: Toy Factory which became Marshall Tucker Band, Washington Subway which became Uncle Walt’s Band, The Kaks which included David Ezell, The New Generation, Liberty Street Blues Band. Venues in which they played included The Ruins, Club Jamarta, Boots Upstairs, The Midnight Sun, The Whipping Post, The Sitar and the armory. John often did lighting and promoted their shows.
The band went on hiatus as many do when adulthood, jobs, family and responsibilities took priority. Greenfield Excursion celebrated their 40 year reunion at The Music Camp in August of 2010. Many of their fans and friends had not seen each other for as many or almost as many years. It was a darn good time! CARMA got involved with that festival less than two weeks before show-time. The festival organizer got sick and could not carry it out. CARMA was only three months old at that time but some of the founders were well connected having been long-term supporters of local music. Everyone involved (including the bands) promoted the show talking to friends, using social media, email, phone calls and posters. 450 people turned out for the event.
Since then, CARMA has hosted the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th reunions, co-hosted The Green Earth Party with The Antibodies and hosted SXSE two previous times. This will be CARMA’s 9th festival at The Music Camp. Attendance at the events has ranged from 450 – 600 people.
CARMA is a 501c3 non-profit, entirely volunteer organization. No one draws a salary or receives compensation for their work. Personal funds have been invested in the organization. All CARMA festivals are organized and executed by volunteers. Gate personnel, parking attendants, stage lighting and graphics engineers, recycling and waste crew, vendor liaisons, & camp store staff are all volunteers. They account for about 1/3 of the event attendance. Local businesses contribute funds by sponsoring the event. Others provide “in-kind” donations of beverages, food and advertising. These are truly community events.