To-Do Record: Columbia arts and leisure picks (June 9-16) | Arts


Babe Club, A la Mids

At what may be the New Brookland Tavern’s biggest show since COVID-19, three groups show the power of their singers. Charleston’s Babe Club delivers indie pop with a charismatic touch and a mischievous sneer, with singer Jenna Desmond splitting the difference with sovereign verve. Columbia’s Rex Darling brings a similar instrumental clarity to songs that tend more towards chamber music intimacy, a perfect complement to Catherine Hunsinger’s expressive and sonorous voice. In between, the local vocal supergroup A La Mids Hunsinger unites with Cayla Fralick and Stagbriars Emily McCollum and underlines their radiant harmonies. Jody Jackson opens the 7pm concert on June 10th. Admission is $ 12 ($ 8 upfront). Learn more at JORDAN LAWRENCE


Main Street Caribbean Festival

Summer is here and it’s time to feel the heat at the Main Street Caribbean Festival, a three-day event designed to be a feast for the senses. The theme is “Music, Food & Culture” and you get the best of all three, with music by J’ouvert (10pm, June 11th at Dance South), Block Party (midday, June 12th at Main Street Block Party ) and Punch’d (noon on June 13th at Robert Mills House and Gardens). There will also be handicrafts and more food than any reasonable person could ever ask for. The event, hosted by the South Carolina Carnival, was created to pay tribute to Caribbean Heritage Month. Tickets cost between $ 20 and $ 55. The Main Street Party is free. For more information, see VINCENT HARRIS

The SC Jazz Masterworks Ensemble brings dynamic rising star Veronica Swift to the Irmo concert


Doo Doo brown

As a rapper, actor and film producer as well as a comedian, Brown first asserted himself as one of P. Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy. Although a near-death experience at a concert in the 1990s led Brown to religion, he has not dulled his confrontational style. Brown attacks the audience, rocking them on their heels before lightening the mood with keen observations on black manhood. He will perform at Comedy House on June 11th and 12th, with show times at 7pm and 9pm on both evenings. Tickets are $ 10. For more information, see PAT MORAN


1 or 2 sessions LIVE

On June 11th, we invite you to join us for 1 or 2 sessions LIVE outside at the Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens. 12 of the local performers we highlighted in our socially distant performance video series give you the opportunity to play short sets and allow you to see them live and in person. The line-up includes different shades of spoken word (Tammaka Staley), hip-hop (LaLisa, H3RO), jazz (Dante Lewis, Amos Hoffman), pop and R&B (Ara-V, Katera, Brien), folk and country ( THE Dubber.). , Admiral Radio) and Rock (Dear Blanca, Boo Hag). And another artist in the “1 or 2” series, DJ Preach Jacobs, will provide movement between the sets. The concert is free, the gates open at 4 p.m. and music starts at 5 p.m. We would like to thank our partners One Columbia, Richland Library and SceneSC for their help with the implementation of the series – and this live event. For more details, see JORDAN LAWRENCE

USC's Southeastern Piano Festival returns with in-person and streaming options


Story time in the garden

So it’s Saturday afternoon and you have to get the kids out of the house; You need a family friendly activity, pronto. Why not take the little ones to Storytime in the Garden at the Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens? Presented by the Richland Library, the event features fun stories, songs, and activities and is free. The story time starts on June 10th at 2 p.m. and a mask is compulsory from 3 years of age. Registration is also required and you will need a blanket or lounge chairs for outdoor seating. visit For more information. VINCENT HARRIS


Record store day 2021 part 1

West Columbia’s record and comic oasis, Scratch N ‘Spin, is celebrating the latest RSD drop – where Record Store Day broke its list of promotional releases for indie stores to encourage pandemic shopping – by inviting two promising heavy bands from South Carolina for In-Save performances. Columbia instrumental group FireNest adds wet intensity to riff-laden jams that suggest Pelican, and while the arrangements aren’t as invigorating as this eternal powerhouse, the local crew has an foreboding and captivating vibe that could turn into something really special. Splitting membership between the states of Palmetto and Tar Heel, Shun arrives a bit more complete, blending mathematical melodies with pounding rhythms infused with Southern Metal. The free show starts on June 12th at 12:30 pm. Scratch N ‘Spin is open for shopping from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Go to to find out more. JORDAN LAWRENCE


Antiques and more galore

North Main’s vendor-and-art venture NOMA Warehouse features Antiques and More Galore, a steady stream of entertaining programming aimed at providing shoppers with vintage, antiques, collectibles and various curios, while also having live music and a classic car show to offer outdoors. If you haven’t visited the place yet, the adaptable space is well worth a visit and return there. The event lasts on June 13th from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, see KYLE PETERSEN


Concerto for two pianos

Inspired by the sound of a Balinese gamelan, Poulenc’s “Concerto for Two Pianos” challenges the best keyboard players. At the season finale of the South Carolina Philharmonic, Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers play Poulenc’s magnum opus. Jessica Zhang, winner of the first prize at the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition 2019, will play Mendelssohn’s concert no.1. The concert, the prelude to the Southeastern Piano Festival, begins on June 12 at 6 p.m. in the Koger Center. Tickets cost between $ 20 and $ 55. Go to PAT MORAN

New Columbia Music Club in a building owned by a downtown church


Opus and the frequencies

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: there’s a vaguely contentious, undeniably melodic pop-rock quartet of USC alumni ready to take the world by storm, that of a genre-flowing black front man with enviable singing talent. Sure, it would be hard to catch lightning in a bottle twice, but Hootie & the Blowfish never brought Bruno Mars level of pop-funk perfections like Opus and the Frequencies “FAM” to the market at 9pm. Tickets are $ 10. More information is available at KYLE PETERSEN


“Twilight Zone 2020”

Columbia artist Thomas Crouch’s latest exhibit, recently extended to June 26 in Tapp’s Outpost, comes out of quarantine to respond to pressing issues – the American police state and immigration policy, different responses to the (hopefully) lessening Pandemic. His captivating style overlays various colors and symbols – for example, he captures animals in architecture to comment on the environmental impact on humanity. A reception with the artist will take place on June 18 at 6 p.m. More information at JORDAN LAWRENCE