“Where We All Belong” won’t be a full-scale tribute to the Marshall Tucker Band as it’s been the last two years, but that doesn’t mean the spirit of Spartanburg’s most famous rock band won’t be felt in some way.
The annual concert, which was first held two years ago at The Showroom, will be presented for the second straight year at the Chapman Cultural Center with music starting at 7 p.m. Saturday.
“The idea is to give local bands the opportunity to perform on a real stage and force them to be at the height of their creativity, playing their original songs in a room where the focus is solely on the music,” said concert organizer Joe Power. “A lot of these local bands really only get the opportunity to showcase their material packed in with 20 or 30 other cover songs at a bar.”
The “Where We All Belong” concert, which takes its name from the title of a 1975 Marshall Tucker Band album, will feature four bands — the Justin McCorkle Band, Silver Travis, St. Maurice and The Workhorse — each playing a 45-minute set.
“When you think about it, doing a local music showcase is still connected to the Marshall Tucker Band,” Power said. “I mean, Marshall Tucker and (its precursor) the Toy Factory, those guys were a local band at one point. too.”
While the focus is on original music, the bands are free to play a cover song or two. And it’s certain that some Marshall Tucker Band songs will be included.
The Justin McCorkle Band, whose namesake is the son of the late Marshall Tucker Band co-founder George McCorkle, regularly performs a few MTB songs as does Silver Travis, a veteran Spartanburg Southern rock outfit.
“It’s so much fun when we play some Marshall Tucker stuff,” said Silver Travis guitarist and lead vocalist Daniel Jackson. “Our lead guitar player, Randall Calvert, and I play a lot of twins together, which is more like the Allman Brothers, but when we do Marshall Tucker, it’s just such a feel, man. There ain’t nothing like it. We love doing that stuff.”
The other bands on the bill, St. Maurice and The Workhorse, might not be as directly influenced by the Marshall Tucker Band as the others but elements of the legendary group’s music do seep into their respective modern rock sounds.
“Just being from here, I’m a big Marshall Tucker fan,” said St. Maurice guitarist and vocalist Geordon Tullis. “You can’t help put pay homage to Marshall Tucker and the whole thing that they became.”
Drew Story, guitarist and vocalist for The Workhorse, expressed similar thoughts. His other band, Diamond Bullet, played the “Where We All Belong” after party at the Hub City Tap House following last year’s event.
“Growing up in this area, you can’t not be influenced by Marshall Tucker in some way,” Story said. “I’ve always been a huge fan and I like being able to take that influence but give it a little more funk and just a little something different.”
Anyone who has attended previous “Where We All Belong” concerts won’t be surprised if members from each of the participating bands get together at the end of festivities for a final collaborative jam that could very well feature a Marshall Tucker Band classic.
All proceeds from Saturday’s concert will go to support the Chapman Cultural Center and its mission of providing a home for the local arts community.
“If I wasn’t playing on the bill, I’d definitely go see (the concert) because I’m really into everybody else that’s playing,” Tullis said. “And, of course, I respect Marshall Tucker and the arts in our town.”