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The band Smash Mouth, most famous for 90's hits "All Star," "Walkin' on the Sun" and "Then the Morning Comes" will perform at this year's PirateFest.

By Rebekah Todd


PirateFest’s 10th annual celebration will be taking place during April 8 and 9. Carnival rides will fill the streets of downtown with lights and movement on opening night. Equally, The Barefoot Movement, an up-and-coming bluegrass band from Nashville, Tenn. will provide musical entertainment on Friday at 4 p.m. on the Roses Main Stage as well as 6:30 p.m. at the Evans Street Stage. The festival is making a valiant effort to support the local music scene by including showstoppers David Lee Jones, The Southerners Band and other area singer-songwriters.

Also included on the line-up, and one to keep an eye on, is teenage singer-songwriter, Noelle Smith. Noelle’s rich, full voice draws listeners in. Her lyrics come from an old-soul perspective that keeps the audience listening. Noelle has now been performing for more than four years. After winning a regional (all ages) talent competition at age 12, the lead judge said, “I was so mesmerized by your performance, I didn’t write down a single note.” She was also a semifinalist in the national American Country Star competition in Nashville. From more than 4,000 entries from the US and Canada, Noelle made it to the top 30. With her talent show winnings, Noelle created an EP with five original songs. Noelle performs regionally at open mics, charity events and small family venues. 

“PirateFest brings all different parts of the community together so I’m really excited to be a part of it again,” said Smith, who will sing a 30-minute set at 1:30 p.m. on the Rose’s stage. “Some of the songs will be on my brand new EP. I can’t wait to release my new music and one of the only places you can buy a physical copy is at my live performances. PirateFest will be one of my first gigs after the EP comes out so it’s a great opportunity for people who want to hear more.” 

In addition to supporting Greenville’s vibrant music scene by hiring musicians from the community, PirateFest, with support from Minges Bottling Group, Potashcorp, Uptown Greenville and Emerge Gallery and Art Center will be funding the 90-minute appearance of the internationally renowned band, Smash Mouth, who will perform on April 9 at the Roses Main Stage from 5:30-7 p.m. The band is known mostly for their song “I’m A Believer,” which made its way to the chart-topping movie, “Shrek,” in 2001. Other well-known tracks include “All Star,” which has made its way into countless movies, TV shows and radio commercials.

Smash Mouth formed in 1994 as a garage band compiled of various players from cover bands in their area. They proudly admit to milking their band for whatever they can and don’t allow the idea of “selling out” to keep them down. Over the years, the group has taken more opportunities than they have turned down, always hip to the scene, these guys work hard. Two of the band members work 9-to-5 each weekday at the Smash Mouth office, when they aren’t on the road, keeping track of licensing, booking, finances and all of the other tasks that come with being international superstars. In 2015, the band once again gained attention as the lead singer went viral on Youtube for threatening to beat fans for throwing bread at him. Members kept their cool and continue to play gigs around the world despite their unfortunate display. 

The kiddos are sure to have a blast as their favorite “Shrek” song is played live by the original band of family-friendly rockers. 


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