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There Goes The Neighborhood

Feb 7, 2019 / 7pm - 9:15 pm

Calendar: Event/Performance
Categories: Music
Age Groups: All


The rich history of musicians in Spartanburg, South Carolina, has been celebrated since the Hub City Writer’s Project published Peter Cooper’s Hub City Music Makers in 1997, the same year Michael Buffalo Smith released his book, Carolina Dreams: The Musical Legacy of Upstate SC. Since then, even more, local musicians, like Claire Smith and Ira Tucker, have been rediscovered, and all are celebrated on a walking tour known as the Spartanburg Music Trail.

For several years, many of today’s Spartanburg musicians have been collaborating on a project that celebrates the richness and diversity of the Spartanburg music scene. The culmination of this effort, led by The Grand Strand guitarist Randy Foster, is a soon-to-be-released double CD set of songs written and composed by Foster in a wide range of musical styles representing the diversity of Spartanburg’s musicians. These 24 songs are performed by Foster and different combinations of around 70 musicians and 40 choir members from 2 churches, 2 schools and an ensemble group.

“Spartanburg has such incredible musical talent,” Foster says. “For the size town that it is, it's pretty phenomenal. Even when I was in high school, our bands were going to Greenville, a bigger city that didn't have the groups that Spartanburg had. The musical landscape in Greenville has certainly changed, especially in the blues genre, but that was the situation in the late sixties, early seventies.”

The majority of the songs featured on the double CD will be performed starting at 7 p.m., Thursday, February 7, at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg. The CD will be available for purchase at the event.

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