|Posted by ed.wilmot on March 24, 2014 at 9:55 AM|
The Handlebar has been a cultural bastion since September of 1994. Early this morning they posted an announcement that the Stone Avenue location will be closing its doors on April 30.
BUT DON'T PANIC.
They will be re-opening in September in another location. Which means, we will have a drier summer for amazing quality music. So you had best get out to The Handlebar over the next month to see at least one band play at their current home. And that's how many of us feel about The Handlebar. It's Greenville's musical home.
The Handlebar has sustained us culturally for almost 20 years. Some of my favorite memories were made in the hallowed halls of the first two locations. I look forward to making many more memories at their third home. And I know I am not the only one to do so.
Let me give you a peek at a couple of my favorite memories. My first great memory was seeing Eddie From Ohio for my first time at the original location in the old textile mill on Mills Avenue. The evening was a total escape into amazing music, filled with joy and an abounding energy that could only have ensued at The Handlebar. No other venue in Greenville could have matched the sense of place for such a band. It was a perfect night.
Then were two more perfect nights (back to back mind you) several years ago at the current location. The first night's band was The Flat Landers. The musicianship was out of this world, a slice of Texas in South Carolina. The next night The Yellowjackets took stage for an over the top jazz filled bombardment of smooth and funky tunes. How many other venues could pull that off?
And probably my most exciting night was winning the raffle at Chase Away the Blues several years ago. You can't imagine the excitement and joy I felt at winning. Of course the evening's fun was really about supporting Compass of Carolina. So my gesture was to give away a couple of the items I won to other people. It seemed the right thing to do. The Handlebar does good, so must I do good! And that's what sustains us socially. Over and over The Handlebar has given back to the community, whether its Compass of Carolina or the Red Cross or the Humane Society or many other local charities.
The Handlebar's commitment to supporting local organizations, businesses and customers is often overshadowed by the level of entertainment brought to the Upstate. This level of service should be emulated by every company. All we can do is sit back and watch as The Handlebar takes us on another adventure in community responsiveness, no matter where they settle down as home.
In the meantime, here's the schedule for the next 37 days:
3/25 - TUESDAY SWING DANCE
3/25 - GENE DILLARD'S BLUEGRASS JAM
3/27 - CAMP OPPORTUNITY'S 8th ANNUAL ADULT SPELLING BEE
3/28 - SEVEN HANDLE CIRCUS with special guests STRUNG LIKE A HORSE
3/29 - True Blues & Friends present ... THE FILLMORE BROTHERS ... Marking the anniversary of Allman Brothers legendary album, "At Fillmore East"
4/04 - WROQ - Classic Rock 101.1 ... HYSTERIA - THE ULTIMATE DEF LEPPARD TRIBUTE BAND
4/10 - An Unpredictable Evening With TODD RUNDGREN
4/23 - G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE with GREENVILLE JAZZ COLLECTIVE
Keep an eye out for additional acts to be announced.