Concerts in Columbia: Fall Ball, Lefty at the Washout, Beats Antique, JerryFest, The Wonder Years | Music


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Thursday 28

Bad Omens — When Richmond metalcore act Bad Omens dropped its self-titled debut last year, the quintet garnered more than a few comparisons to popular British alt-metal outfit Bring Me the Horizon — and even a few accusations of outright plagiarism. (Compare Bring Me the Horizon’s “Shadow Moses” to Bad Omens’s “Reprise (The Sound of the End).”) Hey, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. With Stardog, Decadence, We as a Species. — Patrick Wall

New Brookland Tavern: 7 p.m., $12–$14; 791-4413,

Lefty at the Washout — Are party bands made or are they born? We may never know the answer, but in the case of Lefty at the Washout one detects a conscious dedication to making booties shake and spreading good vibes wherever the band may roam. Lefty mostly sticks to groove-heavy funk and reggae but doesn’t shy away from outright hip-hop stylings when the moment demands it. They play outside for the Vista After 5 series tonight. — Michael Spawn

Music Farm/Tin Roof: 5 p.m., free;

SondorBlue — On its new EP, You Will Find Love On Ashley Avenue, the Charleston quartet SondorBlue looks back at rock ‘n’ roll’s history for inspiration. The EP is rich with rippling guitars, sparkling vocal harmonies and deep-in-the-pocket rhythms, and it resembles the bright sunburst of creativity that bands like The Beatles and The Beach Boys experienced in the `60s. — Vincent Harris

Tin Roof: 7 p.m., free; 803-771-1558,

Friday 29

Noel Freidline Quartet featuring Maria Howell — The Columbia Museum of Art’s Jazz on Main series opens its season with artistic director’s Noel Freidline’s patented approach of bringing wide-ranging jazz music acumen with an accessible approach and a bend towards popular tunes. This concert features frequent collaborator Maria Howell, who is particularly adept at transforming R&B classics into stone-cold jazz numbers. — Kyle Petersen

Columbia Museum of Art: 7 p.m., $35 ($28 for members); 803-799-2810,

Gentri: The Gentlemen Trio — So talented glee singers need something to do after college, right? That seems to be the thought behind Gentri, an uber-talented group of clean-cut all-American-looking white dudes who can definitely sing the hell out of a tune in that particular ingratiating way that professional choir singers do. Here, they’ll mix originals and some popular covers into their set alongside a small group of South Carolina Philharmonic players. — Kyle Petersen

Harbison Theatre: 7:30 p.m., $28; 803-407-5011,

The Piedmont Boys, Kenny George Band — Country music used to come with an edge and an attitude instead of a hairstylist and a bucket of cliches. This show features a perfect pairing of acts that hew closer to that classic era of Waylon, Kristofferson, and Willie in Greg Payne’s road-tested Piedmont Boys and the ragged but righteous Kenny George Band. With Falling for Tuesday. — Kevin Oliver

Main Street Public House: 9 p.m.; 803-834-3409,

The Support The Dream Act Rock Show — Two bands play the State House  steps in support of America’s Dreamers, a generation of immigrants who have essentially lived here all their lives. Kicking things off will be Space Coke, a band whose sound is a sludgy, throwback mix of crawling Sabbath-style hard rock and organ-drenched psychedelia a la Hawkwind. Headliners The Haves are a markedly more eclectic act, proffering rubbery, Primus-style bass lines and a vocalist who channels the unhinged chaos of Mike Patton. — Vincent Harris

South Carolina State House: 6 p.m., free;

Saturday 30

Fall Ball —  The ostensible headliners for this stellar lineup of hip-hop heavyweights are Lil Wayne, the hottest rapper alive in the late 2000s and still capable of dropping a verse that steals a tune every six months, and one of trap music’s most reliable stars in the Atlanta emcee 2 Chainz. But the real draw here will be Cardi B, whose debut single “Bodak Yellow” is currently reigning at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the first solo single by a female rapper to hold that spot since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)“ in 1997. Making money move, indeed. — Kyle Petersen

Colonial Life Arena: 8 p.m., $49-$159;

Ryan Hutchens — What’s more disappointing — that Ryan Hutchens emerged via social media last year as an avid supporter of Donald Trump (who’s pushing our nation closer to global thermonuclear war) but has since scrubbed his accounts clean of anything resembling a political stance, or that he’s traded releasing excellent folk-rock records as Cancellieri for bar-rock gigs? Better question: Does either really matter, if one can separate politics from music and if Hutchens can eke out a living doing what he wants? — Patrick Wall

Wild Wing Cafe (Vista): 9:30 p.m., free; 803-252-9464,

The Okra Strut Concert Series — A solid lineup for the second night of the annual Okra Strut festival. Country singer Shelby Raye is still a teenager, but that’s hard to believe given her swaggering, confident delivery. The Blue Pickups also mix twang and muscle into a country/Southern rock hybrid. But the reason to see this bill is Mother’s Finest. The venerable funk-rock crew essentially exists in a genre unto itself — addictively danceable, hard-rocking and funky as hell. — Vincent Harris

Irmo Community Park; 6 p.m., free; 803-781-7050,

Rosewood Art & Music Festival — Now in its seventh year, this festival remains committed to celebrating Southern arts and culture. The free, daylong early-fall shindig offers a wealth of entertainment — poets, artists, face painters and the like — but live music is its cornerstone. Performing this year are the stalwart local rapper Fat Rat da Czar and the ripping rock band Debbie and the Skanks along with Dr. Roundhouse, Skeleton, Alarm Drum, Grace Joyner, Mechanical River, Grand Republic, The Post-Timey String Band, and Mark Rapp, among others. — Patrick Wall

Rockaway Athletic Club: 10 a.m., free;

Watson Village, Soft Focus — Possessing a deep reverence for alt-rock’s time-honored loud-quiet-loud dynamics, Soft Focus combines melodic sophistication with stubborn disinterest in traditional pop structures. But where Soft Focus displays no aversion to mild experimentation, Watson Village goes decidedly more by-the-book, taking a less wild-eyed approach to hard rock, one with a greater emphasis on blues licks and soul-saturated delivery. — Michael Spawn

Art Bar: 8 p.m., $5; 803-929-0198,

Sunday 1

Beats Antique — Beats Antique is as much about the spectacle as anything else. The Oakland crew teeters between mystery and eccentricity, putting on a visually stunning, musically experimental and engaging concert. The group’s world fusion splices Old World and Middle Eastern influences to modern-day hip-hop and electronic music. And it’s not the centerpiece; that’d be Zoe Jakes’ onstage belly dancing. — Patrick Wall

Music Farm: 8:30 p.m., $28 ($24 advance);

Brian Conner and His Amazing Friends — The Villanova frontman is a talented musician in all manner of guises, but he often seems most at home, spiked hair notwithstanding, working his way through some Americana-tinged pop-rock in quieter, more acoustic settings. Sure you lose the alt-rock brawn and shifty genre twists of his main band, but his natural showmanship, flexible voice, and pop-rock chops all shine through. With Prettier Than Matt, Emma Kate McClain. Part of the Rhythm on the River series. — Kyle Petersen

West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater: 3 p.m., free; 803-794-6504,

JerryFest — Celebrating all things Jerry Garcia allows for some freewheeling fun, as the late Grateful Dead leader was an artistic sponge, soaking up everything from the Carter Family to Ornette Coleman and incorporating it into the various spaced-out jams that earned his band legions of fans. This celebration of his life and work features Cletus Baltimore alongside like-minded locals Alien Carnival, George Fetner and the Strays, Stillhouse, and more. — Kevin Oliver

Five Points Fountain: 2 p.m., free; 803-748-7373,

Tuesday 3

The Wonder Years — Maybe it’s the stripped-down approach of the freshly released Burn & Decay (An Acoustic EP) or the heart-wrenched confessional lyrics, but when listening to The Wonder Years, it’s hard not to be immediately taken back to the emo boom of the early 2000s, which, depending on your view, makes the Philadelphia band either blue-ribbon brave or worthy of pity. With Laura Stevenson, The Obsessives, Jetty Bones. — Michael Spawn

New Brookland Tavern: 6 p.m., $25 ($20 advance); 803-791-4413,

Wednesday 4





Ballister — The three tracks on Slag, the latest from powerhouse transatlantic free jazz trio Ballister are each named after medieval weapons — polearms, to be exact. Indeed, Slag finds the unit exceptionally well-honed, the three individual virtuosos — sax man Dave Rempis, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, drummer Paal Nilssen-Love — combining their unique talents to put forth a churning mix of deep, hard-driving grooves and stop-start lurches delivered with well-forged power. — Patrick Wall

if ART Gallery: 8:30 p.m., $10; 803-255-0068.

Emarosa — Emarosa show off a softer side with its latest single “Porcelain”. The ballad utilizes the breathy higher register of Bradley Walden complemented with a string background that will tug at any functioning heart. Expect a minimalistic yet impassioned performance with vocals as the centerpiece. With Jule Vera, A Lot Like Birds, The Second After — Tricia Callahan

New Brookland Tavern: 7 p.m., $15; 803-791-4413,

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