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I’m wearing trial hearing aids. Dr. Clark has been patient and kind while I questioned her about a lot of things. I’m very pleased with the special treatment she is giving me. — Ginger Peace, Simpsonville, SC


The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir



OCT. 13

First Baptist Church, 847 Cleveland St. | 7 p.m. | Free (donations encouraged) The first-ever performance by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus took place in 1978, in the shadow of a terrible tragedy; they sang on the steps of City Hall after the murder of the first openly gay elected official in California, Harvey Milk. So they’re familiar with the idea of using music as not just a balm but also a tool of social activism. That’s why, within 24 hours of last November’s presidential election, the SFGMC’s executive director, Chris Verdugo, met with other executive members of the chorus to plan a tour designed to support various LGBT causes around South, both financially and morally. “We decided to forgo international touring and focus our energies on the South, because we already knew that the South was going through a difficult time even with the gains of the LGBT community over the last 10 years,” Verdugo says. “There were religious freedom bills being passed into law. Mississippi had a gay adoption ban, and we knew that under the new administration things would be more difficult.” The Lavender Pen tour, as it came to be called, was initially planned for Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, and Tennessee, with no shows in South Carolina until Verdugo says the chorus got a very unexpected message.


“We heard from the First Baptist Church of Greenville, asking why we weren’t coming there,” he says. “That first message opened up a whole conversation where they said they’d love to host us. It was an invitation we couldn’t turn down. There was something really powerful about being able to say one of our performances was at the First Baptist Church in Greenville. It was very impactful on all of us to receive the invitation.”

Kristin Davis, Au.D. Doctor of Audiology

The 300-strong SFGMC will be performing with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and their material ranges from spiritual standards like “Amazing Grace” and “Nearer My God To Thee” to equality-themed material written specifically for the chorus. The event is free, but donations are encouraged, with all proceeds going to AID Upstate, the First Baptist Church Tragedy Relief Fund, PFLAG Oak Ridge, and United Ministries. “This is a moment that takes all of us pulling together to send a message that we’re here, we’re ready to fight for what it just and right and what is ours through the Constitution,” Verdugo says. “And we want to bring that message in song.” —Vincent Harris

Alexandra Tarvin, Au.D. Doctor of Audiology

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Maggie Robertson, Au.D.

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Trae Pierce and the T-Stones

The Firmament | 5 Market Pointe Drive | 6 p.m. Grammy Award-winning bassist Trae Pierce is leading a wild new musical experience known as Trae Pierce & the T-Stones (TPTS). Defined by hard-edged funk and hip-hop mixed with rock and blues, TPTS has developed a high-energy live show with a modern feel that also recalls the unstoppable grooves of Bootsy Collins: they “wants to funk you up!” Trae is a world-class bassist and four-time Grammy Award-winner (with the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama) who cut his bass chops as a member of The Ohio Players.


Dress Like a Local

Greer Development Corporation Grace Hall 108 Trade St., Greer 6 p.m. $35 The evening will feature a bourbon and spirits tasting with Six & Twenty Distillery, hors d’oeuvres provided by ACE Catering and Events, and a fashion show featuring locally owned boutiques showcasing the season’s latest styles for men and women.

October 6, 2017 GJ  
October 6, 2017 GJ  

Weekly newspaper with, for, and about Greenville, South Carolina. Published by Community Journals.