The City of Greenville kicks off its Downtown Event Series on March 15 and 16 with the season-opening nights of Piedmont Natural Gas Downtown Alive presented by Clemson MBA and Greenville Heritage Main Street Fridays presented by Pepsi. The free weekly events return to NOMA Square, offering a season filled with live musical entertainment performed by local and regional touring bands, special events and children’s activities.
Piedmont Natural Gas Downtown Alive presented by Clemson MBA opens its 25-week event season on March 15 with a performance from 2017 Gimme the Gig winner, Grayhound Band. The season includes 23 new bands, 14 originating from the Upstate region. Highlighted performances include The High Divers, Tyler Boone, April B. & the Cool, Local Green Family Band and Abbey Elmore on the Harley-Davidson of Greenville Stage. The event series serves as the single largest fundraiser for the Metropolitan Arts Council, a local organization providing support and other vital services to individual artists, arts organizations and arts education programs.
"Piedmont Natural Gas is proud to be among many Upstate businesses who are investing in the present and future of the communities we serve,” said Hank McCullough, Senior Manager of Government Relations of Piedmont Natural Gas. “We have enjoyed an excellent relationship with the City of Greenville and the Metropolitan Arts Council as the title sponsor of Downtown Alive, and I am confident that this season will take us to new heights.”
New this year, Piedmont Natural Gas Downtown Alive will feature Beats and Bites where food trucks will rotate the first Thursday of every month. In addition, the event will once again feature a Gimme the Gig contest. Local bands will have the opportunity to submit links to their music online, allowing fans to cast a vote for their favorite band. The band receiving the largest number of votes will ultimately earn a paid gig at the series on August 30 as well as studio time at Sit-n-Spin Recording Studios. Complete details will be released prior to the contest’s start date in May.
Greenville Heritage Main Street Fridays presented by Pepsi debuts on March 16 featuring local favorite band, Hot as a Pepper. Throughout the season, the event will feature 29 bands, 16 of which are new to the series. Highlighted entertainment on the CPI Security Stage includes The Jamie Wright Band, Wanda Johnson, Power2Party, Retro Vertigo, Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues and True Blues. Greenville Heritage Main Street Fridays will also feature the LGCY Power-Sunrun Kids’ Area with inflatables and fun-filled activities for children. Unlimited children’s ride wristbands will be available to purchase for $12.
“Greenville Heritage FCU is excited to begin our sixth year as the title sponsor of the Main Street Fridays concert series,” said Alan Berry, President/CEO of Greenville Heritage FCU. “We are proud to support the City of Greenville as the title sponsor for the City’s premier live music series. We hope many Upstate residents will join us this year for 29 wonderful evenings of live music and family fun at NOMA Square. Year after year Main Street Fridays delivers the best the City has to offer in family entertainment.”
Additional Downtown Event Series event partners include Roost, Beringer Founders’ Estate Wines, Breakthru Beverage Company, Entercom, Fete, Bud Light, Enclave Paris Mountain Apartment Homes, the Hyatt Regency Greenville, Season’s Café and Catering, Penske, iHeart Media & MY 102.5, WYFF 4, GVLtoday, Link Apartments West End, Community Journals and Signature Apparel.
For a complete entertainment lineup, visit the City’s website at GvilleEvents.com or follow the events on social media.