music

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….

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…

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…

New arts-focused charter school planned for Columbia

Information sessions for parents and the community scheduled this coming weekend for the planned Midlands Arts Conservatory

Parents in the Columbia area could soon have a new school option next year. A committee of arts professionals, educators, parents and community members is moving forward with plans to open an arts charter school in Columbia, to be named the Midlands Arts Conservatory (MAC). The school will have a focus on the visual arts, theater, dance and music, according…

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…

Do you have what it takes to Conduct the Phil?

Conduct the Phil is returning for a second season. Will you reach for the baton? (Photos by Randy Jones, Carolina Photographics) The orchestra is assembled but silent, waiting. A conductor’s baton rests on a podium near a sign that says “Conduct us.” If you happened to walk upon this scene, what would you do? The South Carolina Philharmonic is hoping…

Farewell Maestro: Donald Portnoy to retire from USC Symphony Orchestra

The University Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-17 season will be the final one for Maestro Donald Portnoy. The university announced the conductor will be retiring after 31 years leading the Carolina orchestra. Maestro Donald Portnoy will retire after this season with the USC Symphony Orchestra. (Photo provided) Portnoy has received numerous accolades throughout his years conducting the university orchestra, which is among…

Rachel Platten cancels S.C. State Fair concert appearance

The Rachel Platten concert scheduled for Oct. 12 at the South Carolina State Fair has been cancelled. The artist’s management also is canceling her performance at the Mississippi State Fair scheduled for Oct. 10. Rachel Platten (Photo provided) “We were sad to hear Rachel would not be able to make it to the fair this October,” said South Carolina State…

S.C. State Fair organizers announce Grandstand concert lineup

The folks behind the South Carolina State Fair have released the lineup for this year’s Pepsi Grandstand concert series, which includes some familiar names and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. The series opens with pop singer Rachel Platten taking the stage Oct. 12. Other headliners include country group Alabama and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd. The…

Local music teacher pushes to see more diversity in music classes

Longleaf Middle School Orchestra teacher Taniesha Hines is breaking through cultural barriers in the classroom by working with teachers to ensure orchestra programs become more diverse. Taniesha Hines (Image provided) “Playing a string instrument should not be determined by a child’s background or ethnicity,” Hines said. “I’m encouraging teachers to make some real, genuine assessments to discern if they are,…

Musicians of all ages, skill levels … and tallness … gather to ‘Make Music’ in Columbia

Columbia band In The Sky performs at the Five Points fountain during Make Music Columbia. (Photo by Brindy McNair)   Tuesday was the second time Make Music Columbia hit the city, and musicians of all ages and skill levels gathered at spots around the city to make music together. Tyler Watson, of Columbia band Watson Village, performed during a harmonica…

Rock on: ‘Rhythm and Blooms’ comes back to Riverbanks

The “Rhythm and Blooms” series returns to Riverbanks Botanical Garden this month. Each Thursday in May, guests can experience live music and explore Waterfall Junction from 6 to 9 p.m. The Rhythm and Blooms musical lineup is as follows: May 5: Eight Track Parade (classic rock and funk) May 12: Reggie Sullivan (alternative, soul, rock) May 19: Bobby Houck of…

Freeway Music grooming future rock stars, classical musicians at two new locations

Lexington’s Old Mill shopping center is a little more rock ‘n’ roll these days with opening of Freeway Music’s new location. Freeway Music has arrived in Lexington. (photo by Rachel Ham) The locally owned music instruction studio welcomed the first students in late August. Freeway Music Lexington, in Suite A-2 in the Old Mill, is a place of hard work and dedication…

Silent disco comes to USC

Some students and others walking down Greene Street on the University of South Carolina campus Wednesday night were understandably confused. “What is going on over there?” one passer-by asked, watching as several dozen people danced and occasionally burst into song, though there was no music to be heard. Students enjoy the Headphone Disco at USC. (photo by Allen Wallace) The…

South Carolina blues artist Drink Small wins national award

A South Carolina native is being recognized for his soulful grit and raw blues talent with a national award, which is also the highest honor for traditional arts in the United States. Drink Small has been tapped to receive the National Heritage Fellowship. (photo by Ali O’Hara) Drink Small is 82-years-old, but he still had the crowd clapping and dancing along…