To-Do Record: Columbia arts and leisure picks (June 23-30) | Arts


“Summer of the Soul”

“Rewrite history”? No. “To the right story.” That is the mission of the trailer for “Summer of Soul”, the new documentary film directed by Questlove, roots drummer and all-round music expert. The theme is the Harlem Cultural Festival, the festival of black culture and music, at which Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, BB King, Sly and the Family Stone and many others performed and which is often frustratingly reduced to the “Black Woodstock” because it also took place in the summer of ’69. That corrective intent and focus on black creativity make it a perfect match for The Luminal Theater, a nomadic cinema project based in Colombia that seeks to highlight films and other media out of the black African diaspora. This week Luminal is hosting a free preview of the documentary coming to Hulu on July 2nd. The screening on June 25th will take place at 7pm in the Spotlight Cinemas Capital 8. More information at JORDAN LAWRENCE

NiA nomadic theater company presents first public events at North Main Arts Coop


Trampled by turtles, Tedeschi Trucks

Right now there are only two Cola concerts on the Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center before September, but they are significant. Future Trampled by Turtles front man Dave Simonetti was a rock ‘n’ roller until someone stole all of his electrical equipment. He switched to acoustic instruments and founded the bluegrass juggernaut Trampled by Turtles, which put his team together from other newcomers in the genre. The result is a crack acoustic crew that plays with the frenetic speed and firepower of a hard rock crew. Led by married guitarists Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, the Tedeschi Trucks Band mixes southern soul, gospel, funk and rock and is reminiscent of the roots rockers Delaney and Bonnie of the 60s. On the Tedeschi Trucks Fireside Live Tour, the duo of the same name closes this year’s COVID spring in a reduced way. Trampled by Turtles will be accompanied by Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country Club for a concert on June 24th starting at 7pm. The Tedeschi Trucks show on June 26th also starts at 7 p.m. at least four due to the socially distant seating bays of the venue. Learn more at PAT MORAN


“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”

Long-time Free Times theater critic August Krickel loved Katrina Garvin as jazz legend Billie Holiday in the Trustus Theater’s first live production since the COVID-19 shutdown. “‘Lady Day’ is first and foremost an opportunity for a star performance by a talented singer who recreates a club appearance of a long-forgotten icon for a modern audience,” he announced in his review. Fortunately for you, this week presents unexpected chances to see the show as Trustus has extended it to June 26th. Tickets cost between $ 30 and $ 35. Go to For more information. JORDAN LAWRENCE

Meet the new director of the Arts Center of Kershaw County


A midsummer night swing

Columbia is a city of embarrassing fortunes when it comes to its jazz scene, and one of its real treasures is composer and musician Dick Goodwin. The longtime University of South Carolina music professor with a diverse and eclectic experience brings his longtime Carolina Jazz Society outfit to the Koger Center for a (late) “summer solstice jazz event” that brings the best and brightest of traditional swing melodies in the lobby of the performance hall on June 27th. Tickets are $ 18. Doors open from 7 p.m. For more information see KYLE PETERSEN


Darby & Saul in the round

What we have here is kind of the best of both worlds. Greenville singer-songwriter Darby Wilcox teams up with Saul Seibert of Columbia swamp punk band Boo Hag for an acoustic gig at the Curiosity Coffee Bar. Wilcox started out folk style but has added some country twang and serious attitude over the years, and Seibert has shown that he is a versatile writer who can sculpt his songs into any style. It should be fascinating to see the similarities and contrasts between the two performers, especially in the song trading format promised here. All of this makes it a good first concert for Curiosity as the COVID-19 pandemic continues its slow exit. The June 24 show starts at 7 p.m. and costs $ 10. More information is available at curious coffee VINCENT HARRIS


Deray Davis

Comedian Deray Davis has starred in movies and television, voiced his voice on Kanye West albums, and is also the older brother of R&B singer Steph Jones. He’s perhaps more known for his sideline occupations than his comedies, and that’s a crime. His stand-up weaves deeply personal routines about race, poverty, growing up on Chicago’s Southside projects, and speaking the truth to power. He’s at the Comedy House June 25-27. Tickets are $ 30. Learn more at PAT MORAN



Cracker frontman David Lowery previously founded old rocker Camper Van Beethoven and lectures on music business at the University of Georgia in Athens. In this final guise, he rattled the music industry’s cages and used streaming services to pay pathetic royalties to musicians. He’s still going strong with Cracker’s tenth studio album, Berkeley to Bakersfield, a collision between The Flamin ‘Groovies and Merle Haggard. The band will be in the Senate on June 25th. The show starts at 8 p.m. and costs between $ 25 and $ 29. More information at PAT MORAN


Rose Hotel, Rex darling

So you screwed up and ran out of tickets to the sold out SUSTO Rogue Acoustic show at the New Brookland Tavern on the 26th core of the quirky Charleston folk-rock band while clad in Castro-esque military attire? Well, you can at least see the opening act – Rose Hotel, the lo-fi and leisurely-emotional songwriting project of Jordan Reynolds from Atlanta. She plays the same day at 3 p.m. in Scratch N ‘Spin, along with local band Rex Darling, who turn indie rock upside down by basing it on the classic guitar-studded lounge stylings of the core duo Catherine Hunsinger and John Vail. The in-store concert is free to attend – and if you’re lucky, you can even win the free SUSTO tickets, which are among the prizes offered by Scratch N ‘Spin. For more information, see JORDAN LAWRENCE


Let’s Talk Race: A conversation with GB Tran

The Richland Library continues to present itself as a living response to culture at the national and local level, with its events amid the current (ongoing?) Strained racial dynamics of America. The latest is a conversation with acclaimed author GB Tran, who was born in South Carolina in 1976, a year after his parents fled Vietnam. His best-known book, the graphic memoir “Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey”, takes up this story. His virtual visit to the Richland Library will be on June 27th at 3pm. Further information and registration at JORDAN LAWRENCE

Artist in the foreground of the protest after the imprisonment of John Sims by Columbia Police


Violent life Violent death

With each of their four EPs, Charlotte’s Violent Life Violent Death have further refined their atmospheric metalcore with a strong impact. VLVD make comparisons with acts like Converge and Integrity, using atmosphere and structural nuances to fuel their tense riffs and guttural howls. “Roseblade” from 2020’s “The Color of Bone” has a driving mid-tempo throbbing, while it alternates between chugging hardcore riffs and a devastating atmosphere. The band hit the headlines at New Brookland Tavern on June 27th, with support from Backslide, Circle Back and Severed by Dawn. The show starts at 7 p.m. and costs between $ 8 and $ 12. For more information, see BRYAN C. REED


Nashville nights

This first edition of the Nashville Nights summer series at Steel Hands Brewing, hosted by Michael Haney, features singer-songwriters Chris Canterbury and Zack Logan. Canterbury is a troubadour in the folk song tradition, a performer whose songs feature lonely hearts, liquor stores, truck stops, low rent motels, and the crooks and passers-by who visit them. Logan is more ironic, cynical, based on Townes Van Zandt and John Prine and adds snappy humor to his music. Showtime on June 25th is 6:30 PM and is free. visit For more information. VINCENT HARRIS