arts and entertainment

Trustus pushes boundaries (again) with ‘Marcus, or the Secret of Sweet’

Final entry in dramatic trilogy from Oscar-nominated 'Moonlight' story writer begins 10-show run this Friday

Columbia’s Trustus Theatre has a reputation for challenging its audiences, both in subject matter and in the manner its plays are produced. “Marcus, Or the Secret of Sweet” (opening this Friday and running through February 18) is the latest installment in a series of three plays Trustus has presented over the last three seasons. Actor John Floyd (Photo provided) They’re…

St. Pat’s in Five Points organizers unveil music lineup

A range of musical styles will fill the air at the state's largest St. Patrick's Day festival

It’s going to be a soulful day at the 2017 edition of St. Pat’s in Five Points. Organizers unveiled the musical lineup for the annual festival Tuesday evening at Delaney’s Music Pub & Eatery, with local musicians providing entertainment before the announcement. St. Paul and the Broken Bones (Photo provided) Travis Robinson, Columbia said he likes the variety. “I’m excited….

A thousand-plus take part in Capital City Clogging Classic

Columbia’s Jamil Temple echoed with the sounds of music and dancing feet from Saturday morning until late Saturday night, as more than 1,000 competitors took part in the Capital City Clogging Classic. “It’s just so awesome to see so many good dancers and people who love clogging,” said 9-year-old clogger Amy Payne. “You get to meet new friends and we…

Local Music Spotlight: Our Brother George

Former Jam Band Musician from Columbia, Now in Nashville, Learning To Fly Solo

When is a band not a band? When it’s a mostly solo project from former Walk With Porpoise member Henry Long dubbed “Our Brother George.” The easygoing Americana of 2016’s Delight: Live In A Hotel proved he could expand his songwriting past the loose experimental jams of that local high school band; but he still performs under a band name…

Local Music Spotlight: Atlas Road Crew

Charleston-based band with Columbia roots gearing up for a big year

This time last year, the guys in Atlas Road Crew were getting ready to fly to Europe for their first international shows, a short tour of the continent that saw the band play in countries such as Germany, France, and Spain. A year later, they are still not quite believing that it happened. (Story continues below) Atlas Road Crew (Photo…

Soda City Rock Show: Building a music scene one show at a time

Showcase of five hard-hitting bands hits New Brookland Tavern Saturday night

If you’re in a local rock band and you perceive something is lacking in the opportunities afforded to you and your like-minded peers, what do you do? StarDog (Photos povided) If you’re StarDog, you put a series of shows together featuring various local and regional rock acts and dub it “Soda City Rock Show.” On Saturday night, they’ll host the…

Donna The Buffalo: 25 years of community through music

Renowned road warriors bring their infectious musical blend to New Brookland Tavern on Thursday

Donna The Buffalo is a band that has made its reputation on the road, playing the festival circuit and the bars alike with an infectious blend of rock, folk, cajun, country, and more for the past 25 years. One indication of the level of appreciation the band’s fans have for them came in 2016 when they had to retire the…

Capital City Playboys bring local spark to Famously Hot New Year celebration

This year’s Famously Hot New Year celebration in downtown Columbia will feature New Orleans musical legend Trombone Shorty in the headlining slot and 90’s pop-rock favorites Sister Hazel, but the undercard features a pair of local acts in the R&B sounds of Mike Stone and the garage rock of Capital City Playboys. The latter group includes a trio of Columbia…

For ‘Queen of Bluegrass,’ it feels like coming home

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage play New Year's Day at Bill's Music Shop in West Cola

For lauded bluegrass artist Rhonda Vincent, playing in Columbia always evokes a little bit of nostalgia. She originally met Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor founder Bill Wells when she was just a child prodigy in Minnesota with her family’s band, The Sally Mountain Show, and Wells was touring the Midwestern bluegrass music circuit. Many trips to the West Columbia…

Carolina musician forges new path in old-time music

The story of musician Mike Collins Jr. is one of constant motion – moving from town to town, and from genre to genre, in search of his own musical identity. While in his home state of South Carolina, Collins played in the bands Mercy Mercy Me and Say Brother, both swampy, boozy garage-rock outfits with attitude. A move to San…