To-Do List (July 7-14): Carolina Summer Music Festival, Southeast Crab Party | Local arts, entertainment and events news for Columbia, SC


Carolina Summer Music and Art Festival

Founded by Charlotte-born musician and songwriter Joe Firstman, the Nashville Cordovas weave influences from the past and present, touching The Band, The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers to create their powerful blend of country rock and American classic. . They are headlining a festival that also includes Howl in the Valley, Dear Blanca, Rex Darling, and Olympia Press on An Eclectic Bill. Tickets for the July 9 festival start at $ 12. Music begins at 4 p.m. at the Icehouse Amphitheater in Lexington. Learn more about PAT MORAN


7th Anniversary Party of Crafts and Draft

Craft and Draft, which has two locations for you to explore a huge range of beers from South Carolina and beyond, is celebrating its seventh anniversary in the same way as its other non-COVID-affected milestones. The party will feature beers flowing in and out of the original Devine Street venue, with music lineup featuring rugged, curvy indie rock mainstay Dear Blanca, and food from Chubby’s Burgers and a Low Country Boil put together by Irmo Craft and Draft chef Ros Graverson. The festivities take place from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 10. Learn more about JORDAN LAWRENCE


We make the world work

This benefit for Sistercare, the Columbia nonprofit that provides advocacy and service to survivors of domestic violence, seeks to underscore Beyoncé’s take on who runs the world with programming that highlights great local female artists. At the top of the short nine-act poster are Paisley and the Birdwalkers (who blend a variety of classic and indie rock lore behind a powerful singer), Milah (a rapper and singer whose evocative words are matched with an eminently vocal vocals. adaptable talents) and A La Mids (the low-key yet powerful vocal trio of Cayla Fralick and members of Stagbriar and Rex Darling). To learn more about the July 8 concert, which costs $ 10 to attend, visit JORDAN LAWRENCE


Behind the Scenes Tour: Gadsden Place

Built in 1920, two identical buildings side by side on Gadsden Street housed tenants, including a bottling and fountain drink company and an auto parts distributor. The tour of the property includes the quaint complex, which is currently divided into 12 working / living spaces that will retain historic elements such as thick bevelled posts, hardwood floors, and early 20th century elevators. The July 8 event takes place at 6 p.m. and costs $ 35. Learn more about PAT MORAN

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Punking in the tents II

Prepare to listen to loud, fast and energetic music, outside in the summer heat; clouds of dust rose in mosh pits and the slippery sting of sweaty sunburns. For some, it is a picture of paradise. For them, Punking in Tents II, which will take place on July 10 and 11 at Florence Motor Speedway, is a summer dream. Pop-punk veterans The Queers, whose mix of sophomoric humor, Ramones-y riffs and Beach Boys pop sounds well over 30 years later, title. But don’t sleep on the undercard, which features a slew of upbeat highlights, such as Columbia’s Brandy and the Butcher, Soda City Riot, and The Merry Knights, plus over a dozen more. The music starts at noon. One-day passes cost $ 15 and two-day passes, including camping, are $ 30. For tickets and information, search for the festival on BRYAN C. REED


Southeast Crab Feast

Look, it’s not our prerogative to tell you what to do, but when you hear the phrase “blue crabs at will” you have to get in motion. That’s right, the Southeast Crab Feast is back at Saluda Shoals Park this Saturday, with the aforementioned blue crab and a side of fish and chips, to boot. This family-friendly, COVID-conscious event is meant to fill your stomach and make you smile. It’s also the only time you can say “I want crabs” with a straight face. The feast begins at 1 p.m. on July 10 and admission is $ 29 ($ 15 for children). Visit for more information. VINCENT HARRIS


The NoMa chip

With a wave of events as COVID-19 begins to wane, this would be a good time to check out a growing weekly tradition. The NoMa Flea is an opportunity to visit the new NoMa Warehouse art cooperative, browse and buy from local artists and artisans. Typically, there’s live local music next door at Indah Coffee, although it’s unclear who might be playing as Free Times goes to press. There will certainly be food and drink, if you care about consuming. The weekly Friday happening takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Learn more about JORDAN LAWRENCE

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The features of Columbia’s event landscape are reappearing everywhere. And The Comedy House Cabaret is one of them. The Vegas-style drag impersonator show features former “America’s Got Talent” contestant Dorae Saunders and a selection of other performers, and promises “big hair, dresses, heels, jewelry and clothing. make-up ”. Tickets for the July 11 performances at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. are $ 10. Learn more about JORDAN LAWRENCE


Money unleashed

As it resumes operations, Columbia’s biggest rock club, the Senate, is largely getting away with covers and tributes. One of them this week is Cash Unchained, who plays the music of Johnny Cash. And while the band takes its name from the gritty, serious collection that the Man in Black wiped out in the years before his death, they play music from his entire career – “from the early days with Sam Philips at Sun Records until years later with Rick Rubin and American Recordings, “according to the band’s website. Cash Unchained plays July 10. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets range from $ 15 to $ 100. More info are available on JORDAN LAWRENCE


Tube the river

You float lazily on the river. Beer in hand. Not a problem in the world. Yes, a tube and a six pack and transportation is all you need to relax on the Columbia Rivers. You can rent a tube (or buy your own, if you prefer). Just park a car at the West Columbia Riverwalk Park Amphitheater, where there’s an easy spot to exit. Then hop on and off your tubes from the Candy Lane access, near the entrance to the newly opened Saluda Riverwalk. The trip takes you on the Saluda River through the confluence on the Congaree. You can use the shuttle service offered by Palmetto Outdoor. For more information on this subject, visit JORDAN LAWRENCE

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