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This Weekend in Columbia (8/14-8/16)

I’m going to be out of town this weekend, but there is, as usual a great deal of quality live music to be seen if you have the time and are in the mood.

Friday Night

This is a tough decision; I’ve mentioned the Magnetic Flowers a couple of times already here and they have a headlining gig at New Brookland Tavern, with the twangy punk rockers Sons of Young opening. However, the great folk singer/guitarist Jack Williams is playing at The Warehouse, which is suppose to be a cool new venue between Harden and Taylor Street. It’s technically an ” Alien Carnival House Concert,” which means a bit higher ticket price ($15 maybe) and BYOB. Email Bentz Kirby at bocelt@yahoo.com for details on that. It’s hard to imagine regretting your choice for either show though.

Saturday Night

There are other shows in town, but the one that will make the night special is the FREE one at Finlay Park featuring American Gun and is the final show of the Summer Concert Series.
The band is my favorite in the Columbia scene–their original, concise take on the kind of alt country that is derived from Uncle Tupelo and Neil Young footprints is incredibly compelling in a live setting, and the one-two punch of co-frontmen Todd Mathis and Donald Merckle’s songwriting combined with the frenzied guitar shredding of Noel Rodgers truly makes the group something special. Plus there will be fireworks at the end of the night!

Sunday Night

I’m not too familiar with The Charleston-based indie rock band All Get Out, although they seem to have quite a buzz about them, worth checking out at New Brookland Tavern on Sunday. Even if you want to make an early night of it, two of the on-the-rise, super young Columbia acts are on the bill as well–the indie-folk singer/songwriter Austin Crane and the gentle indie pop/rock band Kill Anties.

Bonus: On Tuesday night, Raleigh, NC’s touring heavyweights American Aquarium are in town again at New Brookland Tavern, with Charleston singer/songwriter Mac Leaphart and Columbia’s Ghosts of the Great Highway opening. I highly recommend all three of these acts, making this an extremely exciting line-up for a weekday show…


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