The city of Spartanburg like so many others has an event in the downtown area where they have music on one night of the week in order to allow the downtown merchants to be visited or discovered. Many towns do this as part of a downtown revitalization effort with varying degrees of success. Spartanburg has music on two nights and from what we saw they appeared to be successful.
Thursday nights is scheduled for “Music on the Main” and Friday night’s will features “Jazz on the Square”. So we decided before we left we should visit these two events to see what was shaking in downtown Spartanburg.
So on Thursday we went downtown and got there a bit early with the intent of trying Spartanburg’s claim as having the number one rated cheeseburger in South Carolina according to the food network. As recommended we ordered the “redneck cheeseburger” while visiting the Nu-Way Lounge & Restaurant. The place itself is nothing to write home about as it is a typical “dive bar” with smoke stained walls and bowed ceiling tiles but it did have a interesting mix of people. We met a couple of the regulars who filled us in on the history of the place including the story about food network being there and about Julia Roberts being there while filming a movie in Spartanburg.
The redneck cheeseburger to us was much of the same as the bar… nothing to write home about. But after the cheeseburger and a few cold drinks we headed to “music on the main” which had already started and a lively band was playing some classic Motown hits. The crowd was late arriving but once they were there the dancing in the streets commenced. The band was pretty good and had a good variety of music to appeal to many of the age groups present.
With the severe weather we had last night we headed over to the blue grass festival to check out the field that our RV was to park in tomorrow. It rained most of the night and morning so when we got there we were not surprised to see a field that I was not going to park my RV in… so back to the drawing board on where we will stay for this weekend… sigh….