Columbia and Lexington have no shortage of big name music acts performing live this week. Edwin McCain, The Isley Brothers, Jake Owens, and Trombone Shorty are all coming through town.
Also in no short supply are quality regional touring acts like Blunt Bangs and Winston Ramble as well as local favorites such as The Root Doctors and Prettier Than Matt.
The State caught up with Greg Slattery of Curiosity Coffee Bar in Columbia, which has Blunt Bangs of Athens, Georgia on Sept. 14, to give some insight on being in a band and running a local venue.
See below for a list of live shows and concert in the Midlands. Check with venues for details about show times and cost.
A chat with Greg Slattery of Curiosity Coffee Bar
You used to be in a band but now you book bands at your spot Curiosity Coffee Bar. What’s the lesson you’ve learned in the transition?
Being familiar with both sides of the equation helps us be as transparent as possible with artists. Knowing our own limitations as a venue space and the needs of acts of various sizes keeps us from putting on events we can’t handle.
You said you knew Blunt Bangs, which play Sept. 14 at Curiosity Coffee Bar, from having played in Athens, Georgia. Do you book most of Curiosity’s shows through connections? Or has it reached a point where touring acts are reaching out and needing a place to play?
We have no shortage of touring acts looking an opportunity to play. We prefer to curate most of our events while combing through submissions looking for acts that grab us.
What’s the most fun night you’ve had in Curiosity?
The Jenn Snyder sold out shows we did outside toward the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. We all needed a laugh, and it was a lot of work getting safe, isolated tent spaces set up to make it all happen – but it brought joyful tears to so many people at a time when we needed it most.
David Travis Bland won the SC Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. He joined The State in 2018. He writes about crime, law enforcement and the criminal justice system. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2010. Support my work with a digital subscription