Saturday night’s concert by the Austin, Texas, based band Shinyribs will be a first on several levels.
The free concert, which is part of the Bennettsville Bicentennial Celebration, will be a test run at a new venue - the Marlboro County Historical Museum Complex grounds. The stage will be set up on the side of the Jennings-Brown House, facing the back of the Marian Wright Edelman Public Library.
“The county has been a partner in bringing this concert and this location to reality. They have graciously allowed us to use the space and have been instrumental in getting it set up,” said Elisabeth McNiel, chairman of the Bicentennial Committee and the City of Bennettsville’s Director of Tourism, Parks and Recreation.
“The Bennettsville Community Center is an excellent facility for many events but it isn’t a great concert venue due to acoustical issues. If everything goes as planned, the museum grounds will be a great asset for future performances,” she said.
If the weather does not allow an outdoor concert, which at press time seems likely, Shinyribs will take the stage at Murchison Auditorium. This venue, which has been out of use for some time, is in the process of getting a face-lift. Although renovations are still ongoing, the county has gotten the auditorium ready for use just in case.
Everyone is encouraged to bring a lawn chair, regardless of which venue is used.
Along with trying a new location, the event will also provide concert goers with a new offering - adult beverages. Along with numerous food trucks, there will be a beer and wine serving truck.
“We will be offering several common domestic beers for $2 and some craft beers at $5. White wine will be available for $4 a glass,” said McNiel.
This is a service that the city recreation department has considered before but decided this was the right time to give it a try. Those attending who are interested in sampling the adult libations are encouraged to leave their cooler at home and support the vendor at the concert.
There will be ample security and IDs will be inspected before anyone is served.
Food offerings range from barbeque to fruit smoothies, including one vendor who specializes in vegan offerings.
Finally, the band itself will be new to most people. Shinyribs, however, is one of the hottest acts on the Austin music scene.
Band leader and frontman Kevin Russell was one of the principal members of the ground breaking alt-country band The Gourds.
While he has completely abandoned his roots, Shinyribs has allowed Russell to explore many other musical avenues. The band is characterized as playing “American country-soul, swamp-funk music.”
The band’s performances and music have drawn comparisons to Delbert McClinton.
“It will be an energetic show, that is for sure,” said McNiel. “I think that everyone will enjoy the night and Shinyribs’ performance regardless of what type of music they listen to regularly.”