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Nick Evangelista Concert and Spartanburg High’s Mary Poppins this Sunday

May 26, 2015 | Press Releases

SPARTANBURG, SC - Singer-songwriter concerts are free every week at Chapman Cultural Center during its Sundays Unplugged program. Musical genres vary each Sunday to provide casual entertainment for all patrons, 2-4 p.m. Art galleries and the history museum are also open with free admission, 1-5 p.m., and often other community programs add to the cultural experience. This Sunday, May 31, rocker Nick Evangelista will perform in Zimmerli Plaza, weather permitting, and Spartanburg School District 7 presents its annual musical at 3 p.m. in the theater.

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. He helped form the band Signals that toured for three years, promoting its EP "In Distress." His remake of "American Woman" made the air and gained the attention of Warner Brothers Records. Though his content is original, Evangelista's work has been influenced by The Beatles, Jim Croce, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, and Jackson Browne.

Indoors, Spartanburg School District 7 will present Mary Poppins for its annual musical, beginning at 3 p.m. in Chapman Cultural Center’s theater. Dr. Terry Pruitt, who will direct the show featuring students from throughout the district, said the production will be “over the top” family fun. Tickets for this final performance of Mary Poppins are $15 per adult, $12 per senior, and $10 per student, with a 10 percent discount for groups of 10 or more.

For more information on Sundays Unplugged at Chapman Cultural Center, call (864) 542-ARTS or visit

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