UPSTATE — Patrons enjoyed two days of art and music as the Shoeless Jam-West Greenville Music and Arts Festival went off without a hitch despite storms blowing through the area.
The free event was developed to highlight the artists, artisans and musicians of the area and brought out fairly large crowds despite the threat of rain Aug. 19 and Aug. 20.
Over the two days, 10 bands performed and brought music to the streets in West End Village. Groups such as Darby Wilcox Birthday Jam, Stop Light Observations, New Wave Sound Company, and Bibleway Gospel Choir brought an eclectic mix to the stage.
“I was worried the rain would really put a damper on the show but it looks like we got lucky,” Lisa Tillotson said. “I had been planning for weeks to be here and we’ve had a really good time. It doesn’t matter what kind of music you like they seemed to have it here.”
Natural and herbal medicines, food trucks, games, art, clothing, and exhibitions were all part of the weekend celebration allowing visitors to sample new ideas and artistic styles.
“The West End has been needing to do something like this all along,” said Jimmy Davis, a long-time resident of the area. “There’s been so much revitalization all over and it’s about time we had some attention in this area. There’s a lot to offer here.”
The Shoeless Jam-West Greenville Arts and Music Festival is named after the baseball immortal and Greenville resident Shoeless Joe Jackson, banned from baseball following the 1919 Chicago “Blacksox” Scandal.
Reach D. C. Moody at 864-855-0355.