Arts and Culture 2011

Amy Holtcamp



Discover a great weekend in Greenwood

Posted 6/21/2012 10:19:00 AM

One of the hottest festivals in the South is returning to Greenwood for its 12th year. The Greenwood Festival of Discovery offers three days of great blues, barbecue and amusement rides, as well as the chance to learn more about the history, stories and culture of the upstate.

The festival begins on July 12 with the Blues Cruise kickoff in Countybank Plaza from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The Blues Cruise is the musical lineup at the festival and includes performances all weekend by more than a dozen artists in nine venues throughout Greenwood. The Thursday night program features Swamp Pop Shelly, Shrimp City Slim, and Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojitos.

The musical programming continues throughout the weekend with performances by the Kansas City-based rocking blues of Levee Town, blues harp player Charlie Sayles, pianist and jazz vocalist Gail Sorm and others. It’s a diverse lineup, offering a wide range of musical styles from down-home blues, to rock to jazz standards.

You also are invited to discover one of South Carolina’ great flavors at the Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned S.C. State Championship cook off, featuring some of the best barbecue in the south. The awards ceremony takes place Saturday at 5 p.m.

The Festival of Discovery takes place in uptown Greenwood on July 12-14. All music events are free.

For a complete schedule of events visit the Festival of Discovery website.