Thursday Night Live, held at the Starving Artist Cafe in downtown Easley on the first Thursday of every month (except December), is sponsored by the Fine Arts Center of Easley as an opportunity to showcase our Rock Academy bands and other vocal and instrumental students.  Each month an emerging local band or solo musician is our host band, providing music for the first hour of the program.    Student musicians or bands then have an opportunity to perform.  The purpose of this monthly event is to provide emerging bands and student musicians a real-world experience performing in a friendly venue.  We are grateful to Vicki Ciplickas and her staff for partnering with us in this effort.

Russ Chapman - Rock Academy Director

For more information on the Rock Academy and how you can get involved, call our office at 864-442-6027.

The Rock Academy at FACE is a program for developing musicians who want to learn to play in a band.  While it is called "Rock" Academy, the class is not restricted to just rock music.  Alternative, Country, R&B, Indie, Contemporary Christian, etc. are all available. 


Rock Academy is directed by Russ Chapman, who also teaches drum and bass lessons at FACE.  Russ plays, or has played, with bands in a wide variety of styles.  Some of his credits include The Hired Help, Mark Webb Band, Katlin Owens Band, Grove Station, Chris Sligh and many others.  Russ has also been a musician in several local community theatre productions, playing shows at Greenville Little Theatre, Warehouse Theatre and Mill Town Players.