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Artisphere Announces 2015 Performing Artists Lineup


March 9, 2015

Contact: Kerry Murphy  864.271.9398 (o)  [email protected]        

Artisphere Announces 2015 Performing Artists Lineup

Musician Roster Boasts Talented Artists and Unique Singer/Songwriters

[Greenville, SC] Artisphere presented by TD Bank released this year’s performing arts schedule featuring popular regional and national acts as well as highly lauded local favorites. Some of the country’s most promising rising stars and seasoned entertainers will appear at Greenville’s signature visual, performing and culinary arts celebration May 8-10.

On Friday the WYFF-4 Main Stage will host Indie Rock sensation Kopecky (Nashville, TN) whose music has been featured on various television shows including Parenthood (NBC) and College Game Day (ESPN). Kopecky is currently touring major US cities from Charleston, SC to Napa, CA and everywhere in between. On Saturday The WYFF-4 Main Stage features folk, roots, blues talent Parker Millsap (Purcell, OK). Millsap is also slated to perform at Kentucky’s acclaimed Forecastle Festival in the lineup with the likes of Sam Smith, Widespread Panic, and Shovels and Ropes.

After the artist booths close on Main Street the “Artisphere after Hours Concert Series” features alternative rock band Civil Twilight (Nashville, TN) on Friday at 8PM. Three parts South African and one part Nashvillian, the 4-man band is a mystifying blend of atmospheric sounds with swirling guitars and hazy story-telling. “We’re excited to be a part of Artisphere this year,” stated Civil Twilight’s Richard Wouters (drummer). “We’ve spent quite a bit of time in Greenville in the past. It’s actually where we recorded our first record. We’re looking forward to coming back and being a part of this great event”.

Saturday’s 8PM headline show features Indie/Roots performers The Apache Relay (Nashville, TN). While touring in support of their 2011 “American Nomad” album The Apache Relay found themselves opening for Mumford & Sons and hitting such festivals as Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Firefly Music Festival, Voodoo Music Experience, among others. About playing at Artisphere Apache Relay’s Michael Harris (guitar, vocals) said, “As Carolina guys, we are so honored every time we’re asked to play in our home, and this time is no different. Big thanks to Artisphere for the invite!”

“These bands sell out concert venues across the country,” stated Artisphere Executive Director, Kerry Murphy. “At the festival, you can enjoy their unique music, in an amazing venue, free of charge.”

The Broad Street Culinary Arts Café Stage presents local acts Alex Christie, Nathan Angelo, Simple Syrup, Jacob Johnson, and Justin Johnson to name just a few. Additionally, top performers from across the southeast including Underhill Rose (Asheville, NC), Elliott Root (Nashville, TN) HoneySmoke (Charleston, SC), The High Divers (Charleston, SC), The Broadcast (Asheville, NC), two-time Grammy nominated Jeff Sipe Trio (Brevard, NC), and Citizen Mojo (Marion, NC) will grace the stage for free performances.

Back by popular demand is the always entertaining Brian Olsen (Denver, CO) who paints larger than life portraits to high-energy music on the Art in Action Stage sponsored by Wells Fargo and Berkshire Hathaway C Dan Joyner Realtors. And don’t miss performances by some of Greenville’s favorite theatre troupes and dance ensembles at the Fred Collins Foundation Local Performing Arts Showcase on the Main Stage.

For a complete schedule of performances visit:

Artisphere is presented by TD Bank.
Opening Night Gala sponsors: Coldwell Banker Caine, Rick Erwin’s Nantucket Seafood, and Synnex
Artists Row sponsor: GE
Artists Demonstration Row sponsor: Michelin
STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts & Mathematics) Exhibit sponsor: Clemson University
Art in Action Stage sponsors: Wells Fargo and Berkshire Hathaway C. Dan Joyner Realtors
The Main Stage and Artisphere After Hours sponsor: WYFF-4
Local Performing Arts Showcase sponsor: The Fred Collins Foundation
Wine and Craft Beer Experience sponsor: SunTrust Bank
The Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition sponsor: Greenville Health System and Greenville Journal
Greenville County High School Juried Exhibition sponsor: Current Tools
Kidsphere sponsor: ScanSource
Silent Auction Gallery sponsor: Courtyard Marriott Downtown, Hampton Inn & Suites Riverplace, and Windsor Aughtry
Aerial Arts Amphitheatre sponsor: Trane
People’s Choice Award sponsor: Cherry Bekaert
Mayor’s Choice Award sponsor: Haynsworth, Sinkler, Boyd, P.A.
VIP Hospitality sponsor: McKinney Dodge Ram Chrysler Jeep and Rick Erwin’s West End Grille
“Sneak Peak” Commemorative Poster Unveil Reception sponsor: TALK Magazine
Bike Valet sponsor: Elliott Davis Decosimo
Aficionado Sponsors: Engenius, iHEARTMedia, The Greenville Journal & TOWN, The Greenville News & TALK, Indexx, The Peace Center for the Performing Arts, VisitGreenvilleSC, WYFF-4, and ZWO.
Connoisseur Sponsors: Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, The Capital Corporation, Duke Energy, Gallivan White & Boyd P.A., Garfield Signs and Graphics, Metromont, Professional Party Rentals, Triangle Construction, Whole Foods Market, Yeargin Potter Shackelford and Wynit
Collector Sponsors: Ben Arnold Beverage, Co., BlueCross BlueShield of SC, BMW Manufacturing Co, Brown Mackie College, Budweiser of Greenville, Canal Insurance, Crawford Strategy, Entegra, Fete, Furman University, Godsey & Gibb Wealth Management, Henry & Jamie Horowitz, The Hughes Agency, Larkin’s on the River, Page 1 Branding, Pepsi, Roylco, Table 301 Restaurant Group, Tower East Apartments, TPM, United Community Bank, Windstream Communications, and World Acceptance Corporation.
Artisphere is funded by grants from The City of Greenville, Greenville County, Fred Collins Foundation, Daniel-Mickel Foundation, Graham Foundation, Jolley Foundation, Metropolitan Arts Council, and South Carolina Arts Commission.
Artisphere Benefactors: Aerodyne Alloys, LLC, Jerry & Tammy Barber, BNC Bank, C-III Capital Partners, CertusBank, Clemson University, First Citizens Bank, Earle & Margaret Hungerford, Shannon Caldwell Kubu, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architects, The Priester Foundation, and Minor & Hal Shaw
Artisphere Chairman’s Circle: Al & Helen Hagood, Brad & Cathy Campbell, Eastern Trading Company, Mr. & Mrs. Nathan A. Einstein, Ted & Anne Ellefson, Col. & Mrs. Fran C. Foster, Peter & Jean Helwing, John & Chelle Kelaher, Erwin & Nancy Maddrey, Smyth & Martha McKissick, Michael & Susan Riordan, Sidney Pearce, Piedmont Arthritis Clinic, Tim & Susan Reed, Greg Rudell, Carl Stecker, Bryson & Melissa Thomason, and The Westin Poinsett
Friends of Artisphere 10-X Group, Todd Baldree, Craig & Peggy Carver, Community Foundation of Greenville, Scott & Beth Daniels, Tom & Eva Marie Fox, Chris & Virginia Hayes, Howard & Angi Einstien, Jim & Lynn Gilreath, Jackie D. Highly, Fletcher & Garland Mattox, MetalChem, Inc., Clark Mickel, The Palmetto Bank, Tripp & Suzanne Renfro, Porter & Ann Rose, Jo & Caroline Ryan, Dr. & Mrs. Mathew Smith, and The Spinx Company

About Artisphere

Artisphere is a highlight of Greenville’s cultural calendar and a Top 10 Fine Arts festival.  The event features a juried Visual Artist Row; Artists of the Upstate, a juried exhibition of local artists; Outdoor Stages with performances by local and national artists; hands-on Kidsphere children’s art activities; the Culinary Arts Café that highlights local restaurants; and Special Festival Art Projects that enliven the streets of Greenville with street musicians, acrobats, sidewalk artists, and more. Artisphere is attended by approximately 75,000 patrons annually and has an estimated economic impact of $5.5 million on the Greenville community.  Artisphere is a 501(c) (3) not for profit organization. For information visit

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