There’s a certain rhythm to the workweek in Greenville, a pulsating tempo that builds from the Monday morning blues to the Friday evening crescendo. It’s a symphony of sorts, a workweek sonata, and the finale is one of the city’s most beloved traditions – the Greenville Heritage FCU Main Street Fridays, presented by none other than Pepsi.
This is no ordinary affair of clocking out and heading home. Instead, the good folks of Greenville replace their desk chairs with the far more appealing NOMA Square chairs, and their spreadsheets with the melodies of live bands. Main Street hums with life, transforming into an open-air concert hall where the city’s heart beats in time with the rhythm of the music.
The musical magic commences at a very precise 5:30 p.m. – just enough time to pack away the laptop and loosen the tie. And it extends until 9:30 p.m., a respectable hour that ensures even those with a proclivity for the snooze button can make it to their Saturday morning errands.
Oh, and let’s not forget the cherry on top of this musical sundae – the evening of May 19th sees the arrival of a local legend to our makeshift concert hall. The Fortunate Sons, a band as steeped in Greenville heritage as the event itself, will be rocking the stage with their eclectic mix of tunes.
Hailing from the heartland of upstate South Carolina, The Fortunate Sons are no strangers to the tastes and toe-tapping tendencies of the Greenville crowd. Their set list is like a musical time machine, whisking you back and forth through the golden ages of rock and roll. From the heart-pounding anthems of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to the soulful serenades of Stevie Wonder, they’ve got it all.
And then there’s their rendition of Credence Clearwater Revival and The Beatles, as well as a delightful sprinkling of Motown, enough to get even the most reserved concert-goer singing along. But just when you think you’ve got them pegged, they throw in a curveball – a contemporary radio hit delivered with the same raw energy and passion as their classic covers.
It’s this balancing act, this seamless weaving of the old and new, that makes The Fortunate Sons such a hit with audiences of all ages. Expect a performance that doesn’t just please the crowd, but captivates them, uniting everyone in a shared love for the timeless power of music.
So, mark your calendars and prepare to be serenaded by The Fortunate Sons. Main Street Fridays, it seems, are about to get even more fortunate.
A word to the wise: those NOMA Square chairs are as coveted as front row seats at a Broadway premiere. They’re snatched up faster than free donuts in the break room, so if you’re not one for sprinting from the office, do consider bringing along a tailgating chair. It may not have the prestige of a NOMA Square perch, but it will guarantee an uninterrupted view of the evening’s entertainment.
So, there it is – Main Street Fridays, the perfect antidote to the rigors of the workweek. In Greenville, we don’t just clock out, we dance out, fueled by the rhythm of our city, and of course, the refreshing taste of Pepsi.