Artisphere Announces 2016 Performing Arts Lineup

By April 22, 2016January 9th, 2018Announcements, Press


Musician Roster Includes Diverse Group of Talented Artists and Unique Singer/Songwriters

Greenville, SC–March 7, 2016–  Artisphere presented by TD Bank released this year’s performing arts schedule featuring popular regional and national acts as well as highly acclaimed local favorites.  Some of the country’s most promising performers and veteran entertainers will appear at Greenville’s signature cultural celebration May 13-15.  Don’t miss the NEW Acoustic Café Stage on South Main Street!

After the artist booths close on Main Street the “Artisphere after Hours Concert Series,” begins Friday night at 8:00 PM when Indie Rock sensation SHEL (Fort Collins, CO) takes the WYFF-4 Main Stage.  SHEL’s (Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza Holbrook) song Hold On featuring Gareth Dunlop was showcased in the 2014 film Best of Me.  Their music has been included in TV shows Eye Candy (MTV) and The Fosters (Freeform) as well as national television commercials. SHEL is currently living in Nashville, TN to record their second LP produced by legendary Dave Stewart (co-founder of the Eurythmics) and multiple Grammy winner Brent Maher.  Opening for SHEL at 6:30 PM, is Rock n’ Roll/ Psychedelic-Soul high-energy band Major & the Monbacks (Norfolk, VA).

Saturday’s 8:00 PM concert on The WYFF-4 Main Stage features Folk/Pop talent Brett Dennen (Oakdale, CA).  Dennen is currently on tour with his fifth release, Smoke and Mirrors, including a stop at Bonnaroo and national concerts with the Avett Brothers.  Itunes editor claims, “Brett Dennen’s fifth album, Smoke and Mirrors makes it clear that the singer/songwriter’s spirit is clearly aligned with the troubadours of the early ’70s.” Dennen’s 6:30 PM opening act is Soul/Pop artist Diane Coffee (Agoura Hills, CA).

“We are very thrilled to bring such a diverse and talented lineup of musical artists to the Artisphere stages this year,” stated Artisphere Executive Director, Kerry Murphy.  “These are talented musicians that sell out venues across the country and they are all here in an fantastic outdoor setting free of charge.  Every band on this list has their own unique sound.”

The Broad Street Culinary Arts Café Stage presents talented local acts Kelly Jo, Emily Lynch, Shannon Hoover, Emerald Road, and The Carousers.  Additionally, top performers from across the southeast including The Harsh Truth (Columbia, SC), Hadley (Charleston, SC, formerly Volcanoes in the Kitchen) WRENN (Athens, GA), Beach Tiger (Charleston, SC), Jeff Thompson Trio (Asheville, NC), Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends (Carrboro, NC), Lyric (Asheville, NC), Justin Fedor (Charlotte, NC), Calvin Get Down (Asheville, NC), Holy Ghost Tent Revival (Asheville, NC) and Jonathon Scales Fourchestra (Asheville, NC) will take the stage for performances during the three day event.

Donna Kay, frontwoman for the popular local Jazz band The Carousers, said, “The Carousers are proud to be a part of Artisphere 2016!  As a local band who focuses on bringing vintage style music back to the future, we’re excited to play for such a diverse audience. It’s always fun to talk to people who, after hearing us for the first time, become fans and friends. Greenville is a great, growing, supportive community we love calling home.”

New in 2016 is The Acoustic Café on South Main Street.  This stage will feature local acts like Sara + Angelo, Charles Hedgepath, Moody Black, Brooks Dixon, Kylie Odetta, Darby Wilcox, Taylor Moore and regional acts The Holland Bros. (Chapel Hill, NC), DayClean (Columbia, SC), Reeve Coobs (Charlotte, NC), Wesley Cook (Atlanta, GA), and The Young and The Elder (Atlanta, GA).  National performers Rachel Troublefield (Brooklyn, NY) and Chaquis Maliq (San Francisco, CA) are also part of the stellar lineup at the Acoustic Café.

For a complete schedule of performances and times visit:

Key Sponsors:
Artisphere is presented by TD Bank

Artists Row sponsor: GE, Artists Demonstration Row sponsor: Michelin, STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts & Mathematics) Exhibit sponsor: Clemson University, Art in Action Stage sponsors: Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/C. Dan Joyner Realtors and Wells Fargo, Art Lab sponsor:  Furman University, Greenville County High School Juried Exhibition sponsor: Current Tools, Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition sponsor: Greenville Health System and The Greenville Journal, The Main Stage sponor: WYFF-4, Local Performing Arts Showcase sponsor: The Fred Collins Foundation, Culinary Arts Café Stage sponsor: Real Op Investments, Wine and Craft Beer Experience sponsor: SunTrust Bank, Social Media Listening Center sponsor: Windstream, VIP Hospitality sponsor:  McKinney Dodge, Artist Hospitality sponsor: Aloft Greenville Hotel, Kidsphere sponsor: ScanSource, Opening Night Gala sponsor: Coldwell Banker Caine and Synnex, Mayor’s Choice Award sponsor: Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., People’s Choice Award sponsor: Cherry Bekaert, Sneak Peek Poster Unveiling Reception sponsor: TALK Magazine.


Aficionado Sponsors: The Capital Corporation, Engenius, iHEARTMedia, TOWN Magazine, The Greenville News, Indexx, Metromont, The Peace Center for the Performing Arts, Triangle Construction, VisitGreenvilleSC, and ZWO. Connoisseur Sponsors: Bank of America, Blue Ridge Electrical Cooperative, Centennial American Properties, Crawford Strategy, Daniel Realty Corporation, Duke Energy, Elliott Davis Decosimo, Gallivan White & Boyd P.A., Garfield Signs & Graphics, Professional Party Rentals, Sealevel Systems Inc., Whole Foods, World Acceptance Corporation, and Yeargin Potter Smith. Collector Sponsors: American Security, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, BNC Bank, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Breakthru Beverage, BMW Manufacturing Co, Canal Insurance, Eastern Trading, Entegra, Fete, First Citizens Bank, Godsey & Gibb Wealth Management, Graphic Cow, Henry & Jamie Horowitz, KW Beverage, Larkin’s on the River, Link Apartments West End, Pacolet Milliken, Pepsi, Resurgent Capital Services, Rosenfeld Einstein, Roylco, Southern First Bank, Table 301, The Hughes Agency, LLC, United Community Bank and Young Office Supply. Artisphere is funded by grants from The City of Greenville, Greenville County, Daniel-Mickel Foundation, Graham Foundation, Jolley Foundation, Mary Alice Ingram Charitable Lead Unitrust, Metropolitan Arts Council, South Carolina Arts Commission, Jean T and Heyward G Pelham Foundation, Roe Foundation, South Carolina Parks Recreation Tourism, and The Community Foundation of Greenville.