SPARTANBURG, SC - March 26th, 2018 - Chapman Cultural Center is excited to announce that the street music series will be returning to the Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District the first week of April! The City of Spartanburg, with the help of Chapman Cultural Center, was the first city in the upstate to be awarded the designation of a Cultural District in 2015 by the South Carolina Legislature.
The Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District was launched in 2016 with the goals of increasing pedestrian and visitor activity, attracting new creative enterprises, fostering art and performances in public places, and celebrating Spartanburg's evolving cultural identity.
The Street Music Series was launched in August 2017 and ran for 13 weekswith resounding success. In that time, the Cultural District hosted over 145 gigs including 9 genres of music and over 1,800 people stopped to enjoy along Main Street in Spartanburg. Weekly surveys showed that the series attracted a diverse audience and that people were willing to donate to local musicians to keep them performing.
Local musician, April Bennett of April B. & The Cool, said: "The series is important because art is important. Just like the murals, lightbulbs, and all the other cool sculptures in Downtown Spartanburg, the music of street musicians paint sonic pictures that were both welcomed and admired by passersby."
Rachel Williams, Marketing and Communications Director for Chapman Cultural Center, said: "There is so much momentum and excitement happening in downtown Spartanburg right now. Chapman Cultural Center is proud to program music in our downtown because it does two important things that support our mission. First, it showcases and provides financial support for the amazing local talent that we have right here in Spartanburg. And second, it brings a vibe after 5 pm and creates a sustainable experience and ongoing vibrancy to our evolving downtown."
Local musicians will be set up on the sidewalk in four locations along East and West Main Street in downtown Spartanburg starting the first week of April and continuing through October. Performances will be happening every Wednesday - Friday from 5:00 - 7:00 pm and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
Melanie Terry, Special Events Coordinator for Chapman Cultural Center, said: "Street Music, or busking, is meant to be an intimate experience, not a large event. They are like micro, pop-up performances that are meant to enhance your experience downtown and encourage you to stay longer. You will be able to walk from one end of East Main Street at Liberty all the way to The Grain District and hear a variety of musical instruments, genres, and styles."
For more information, and to see the schedule of musicians and their locations each week, visit www.SpartanburgCulturalDistrict.com
About Chapman Cultural Center
Chapman Cultural Center provides cultural leadership for Greater Spartanburg by developing, strengthening, and promoting the scope, excellence and educational role of the arts, humanities and sciences, and to further their significance in the life of our community and all of its citizens.
The Chapman Cultural Center is located in on East Saint John St in downtown Spartanburg, SC. Please visit www.ChapmanCulturalCenter.org for more information.