While John is on tour through the Fall (including date at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte on September 4th), he’s been busy prepping the release of his new CD Paradise Valley which will also drop in September.
Until he gets a break in his schedule to film a video, we get the lyric video for the first single “Paper Doll” featuring the somewhat painful to look at Joanna Rohrback of Prancercise fame in a somewhat veiled slam at Taylor Swift.
For folks that have been longtime fans of the local/regional music scene, Jason Isbell is familiar. Not only has he played in Capital City quite a bit, he was one of the driving creative forces for the Drive-by Truckers. In 2007, he went out on his own and alternately performs as Jason Isbell and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.
The Muscle Shoals, Alabama native just released his new CD Southeastern this week. We present to you two standout tracks from that release.
Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails announced their North American Tour today, with an October 21st stop in Raleigh at the PNC Arena. It is the only Carolina’s stop for the band. Tickets will go on sale to the public beginning Friday, June 14, at www.livenation.com. See below for itinerary and specific on sale dates. Fans who register at www.nin.com will receive exclusive first access to tickets before they go on sale to the general public.
The band will release Hestitation Marks the beginning of September. The first single from the full-length release is available today (6/6) on iTunes.
The complete listing of Tour Dates is at the bottom of this post.
Good news for Passion Pit fans: the concert is moving indoors to the Fillmore at the Music Factory complex. Given the iffy weather lately, this will ensure that you’ll have a dry and cool time and have a more intimate experience, since the Fillmore is a tad smaller than the Uptown Amphitheatre at the complex.
All tickets will be honored. Check with LiveNation or the venue if you have reserved seats.
Date City/State/Province Venue On Sale Date
(all times local)
9/28* St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center 6/14, 10 AM
9/30* Kansas City, MO Sprint Center 6/21, 10 AM
10/1* St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena 6/21, 10 AM
10/3* Montréal, QC Centre Bell 6/14, 10 AM
10/4* Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre 6/14, 10 AM
10/5* Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center 6/14, 10 AM
10/7* Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 6/14, 10 AM
10/8* Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center 6/21, 10 AM
10/11** Boston, MA TD Garden 6/14, 10 AM
10/14** Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center 6/14, 10 AM
10/15** Newark, NJ Prudential Center 6/14, 10 AM
10/18** Washington, DC Verizon Center 6/14, 10 AM
10/19** University Park, PA Bryce Jordan Center 6/21, 10 AM
10/21** Raleigh, NC PNC Arena 6/21, 10 AM
10/22** Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena 6/21, 12 PM
10/24** Atlanta, GA Philips Arena 6/21, 10 AM
10/30+ Sunrise, FL BB&T Center 6/28, 10 AM
10/31+ Orlando, FL Amway Center 6/28, 10 AM
11/5* San Antonio, TX AT&T Center 6/28, 10 AM
11/8* Los Angeles, CA Staples Center 6/28, 10 AM
11/9* Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center 6/28, 10 AM
11/11* El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center 6/28, 10 AM
11/13* Broomfield, CO 1stBank Center 6/14, 10 AM
11/15* Las Vegas, NV The Joint 6/14, 10 AM
11/16* Las Vegas, NV The Joint 6/14, 10 AM
11/18* Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena 6/21, 10 AM
11/19* Spokane, WA Spokane Arena 6/21, 10 AM
11/21* Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena 6/21, 10 AM
11/22* Seattle, WA KeyArena 6/21, 10 AM
11/24+ Edmonton, AB Rexall Place 6/21, 10 AM
11/25+ Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome /21, 10 AM
* Explosions in the Sky supporting
**Godspeed You! Black Emperorsupporting
+ Support TBA
From arts to crafts and alternative circus performances, take in a bit of what the Capital City has to offer.
Five Points hosts it’s annual blood drive from 11:00 until 4:00 at the Fountain at the corner of Greene and Harden Streets. All presenting donors get a voucher for a free chicken sandwich from the Five Points Chic-fil-a.
Donate blood this summer and help other live to make and share summer memories and stories. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code fivepoints or call1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-722-2767). Walk-ins are always welcome and appreciated
Our neighborhood here on South Carolina’s Main Street is coming alive and stays alive after work on the first Thursday of every month. From live performances to gallery openings. It goes from Main and Gervais (wave at Eric & Alicia) to the Tapp’s Arts Center. Don’t forget to stop in to all the galleries in the Equitable Arcade right next door to our home in the Historic Barringer Building. Learn more here.
This month: the winning groups from the SC Chamber Music Competition will perform at Tapp’s Art Center (1644 Main St Columbia, SC 29201)/
Clocks in Motion at 7:30 p.m.
Quintet Sciroco at 8:30 p.m.
C Street Brass at 9:15 p.m.
Don’t go home after work, the Columbia Museum of Art kicks off it’s Craft.Bar.Happy.Weekend. a two-day expansion of the popular Friday evening beer and DIY crafting event.
Friday night starting at 6:00, its live music, local food and art…and crafty camaraderie!
Beat the crowds with exclusive first access to handmade crafts from artists across the Southeast before Saturday’s open craft market!
You’ll also get to check out both the new exhibit Lost in Translation, but also the newly opened crowd-sourced exhibit ONEx100 with 1 foot by 1 foot pieces submitted by 100 local and regional artists.
Of course, beer and food will be available.
Saturday, the indoor craft fair opens with FREE admission for the crafting area and there will be workshops and hands-on-activities for all ages to enjoy.
Learn more here.
Friday and Saturday nights, Columbia’s professional circus company presents the first of two weekend runs on their new prodiction 1001 Arabian Nights in the Earlewood Park Amphitheater.
The performance of acrobatics, fire and story telling is based on middle eastern fairy tales. It’s a paid-admission event.
Learn more here.
Of course, we are just skimming the surface of what is happening. Discover more and subscribe to a free weekly newsletter here.
It’s live music after work tonight at the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden botanical garden when Rhythm and Blooms wraps up. From 6:00 until 9:00 tonight, Jackaroe performs.
Admission is $5 for non-members. It’s FREE for zoo members, so doesn’t a membership make sense? Learn more here.
EdVenture Children’s Museum hosts the first South Carolina Mini Maker’s Faire. Maker’s Faires in other cities have become large multi-day events where folks that create something (yes, its really that broad) exhibit, demonstrate and perhaps even do a little hands-on for ever-increasing audiences.
This is the first event in South Carolina for Maker’s Faire, which includes a broad selection of tinkerers, inventors and creators. You’ll meet artisans, technicians, programmers, coders, crafters, DIYers, cinematic explorers, and performers as they share their talents with the world. From 3-D printing and light graffiti to frisbee throwing robots and zombie dolls, this is something that you don’t want to miss.
It’s 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturday and its geared to all ages. Learn more here.
The tiny hometown of Darla Moore, Lake City, South Carolina, hosted it’s first arts exhibition called Artfields which pretty much put the town on the map of the art scene. If you missed it, you can see a selection of the exhibited works at Gallery 8080 on Lady Street in the Vista in Artfields Extended, which closes on Sunday. Admission is FREE. Learn more here.
This weekend is the first Civic Day of Hacking. “Public information” is often the most difficult data to use, although it includes things we want, need, and have a right to know. Learn what what’s available, and how to unlock it. Hang out with others who want to share information to improve our communities. If you’re up to a challenge, you might actually do something to help in just 30 hours.
More than just a bunch of computer geeks, there will be presentations, lectures and demonstrations (the exhibit kind) at locations throughout the South Carolina Main Street area. It concludes from a block party Saturday night from 6:00 until 9:00 on the plaza behind the IT-ology building at the corner of Sumter and Gervais Streets. Learn more here. Not the computer type but still want to be involved? Find out how you can be a volunteer with COR.
You may have caught the broadcast on Sunday nights. If you haven’t WXRY Unsigned presents the best of local and regional unsigned music every Sunday night live from The British Bulldog Pub.
This Sunday’s nights guests are The Morrison Brothers, a D.C. based band that is starting to turn heads in the Southeast. They are making a stop to talk with Brent and Randy and play a couple songs for you. So, grab a pint and a seat. No cover charge.
You’re obviously interested in being part of what makes Columbia great: participating and doing interesting things. Learn how you can be involved in any number of events going on year round in your City. Show up to Tuesday night’s COR Action Team meetup. We all have something we are really good at: learn how you can put your talents to use and help and meet other young, active adults.. Anyone is welcome to attend a meetup, so you are encouraged to bring a friend! After work, 5:300 to 6:30 at 930 Richland Street. Learn more here.
Of course, we are just skimming the surface of what is happening in the Capital City. Find out more about what’s happening in town and subscribe to a free weekly email here.
It might be unfair to label Dublin’s Kodaline as a Mumford and Sons follow on, since they’ve been around for just as long and in fact had an Irish #1 in 2007. “Love Like This” was released in Europe and is meeting the same success as Mumford and Sons, with “Love Like This” currently in the Top 15 on BBC Radio One.
Currently unavailable in the US, the “Love Like This” EP was released in the UK at the end of April.
While the focus on a music show by a solo artist is usually on the artist, in many cases the backing band is just as spectacular and talents. Such is the case for Nashville-based The Leagues, which is 2/3rd’s of Mat Kearney’s backing band.
From their CD You Belong Here this video is for “Spotlight” the lead off single.
We’re not a sleepy Southern town anymore. Except for this less than two week period where Columbia takes a break from school, work and the hustle and bustle of the social calendar.
There aren’t any big festivals going on. Independence Day is still a month away.
Nonetheless, take a moment to catch your breath, remember those that died to ensure that our representative democracy continues to thrive, and perhaps be a tourist in our own hometown.
The USC Department of Theatre and Dance presents a play written by two USC professors entitled Flight. A self-described “theatrical poem,” it explores the thrill and daring of the first women aviators. The play’s narrative follows two French actresses who are preparing to make a history-making flight from Paris to Moscow in 1913. Curtain is at 8:00 Thursday and Friday night in Longstreet Theatre (Sumter and Greene Streets, USC Campus) and the admission is a really affordable $5. Learn more here.
The USC Dance Conservatory presents something for the whole family: Hansel and Gretel. There are two performances Friday night (6:00 and 8:00) and two matinees on Saturday (2:00 and 4:00) in the Drayton Hall Theatre at the corner of College and Sumter Streets (opposite the Horseshoe on the USC Campus). Admission prices vary. Learn more here.
The Palmetto Concert Band hosts their annual Memorial Day Concert at the Koger Center for the Arts on Assembly Street in the Vista. The program is free and filled with patriotic favorites played by your neighbors in the band. It starts at 4:00 and lasts approximately 90 minutes.
Artist Phillip Mullen gives a gallery talk about his exhibit at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art. It’s a 2:00 and it is free, although 701 CCA is a small non-profit so they won’t turn down a small donation. Hint, hint. 701 Whaley Street, Second floor.
Check the theater’s website for showtimes and ticket information.