Otis Taylor’s Picks of the Week

April 5, 2013 

From left to right, Rhett Berger John Watkins and James Wallace of The Unawares.

THOMAS HAMMOND

5:30 tonight: Happy Hour History Tour in Five Points. Every Friday in April, Historic Columbia Foundation will lead a guided tour of Five Points. Tour stops will feature cocktails and appetizers. The history and architecture of the shopping and entertainment district will be discussed. $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers. Reservations are encouraged; reservations@historiccolumbia.org or (803) 252-1770, ext. 24


7 tonight: John Tecklenburg Jazz Quartet at Columbia Museum of Art. The John Tecklenburg Jazz Quartet, led by the classical and jazz pianist that it is named after, will play music inspired by the museum’s “Impressionism from Monet to Matisse” exhibition. The concert is part of The Baker & Baker Art of Music Series. The museum is at Main and Hampton streets. $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers; www.columbiamuseum.org


9 tonight: Fayth Hope at Conundrum Music Hall. Fayth Hope’s music could be classified as soul or jazz, as she combines the flavors of both genres to create a delectable sound. With Open Mike Night, King Amin, The Musicated Minor and Cedric Umoja. Conundrum is at 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. $7; conundrum.us


7 tonight, 9 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday: Tartan Day South. The multi-day festival, a Celtic celebration, began Thursday. It also includes tonight’s concert at the Historic Columbia Speedway featuring Seven Nations, Cutthroat Shamrock and Gypsies Ginger; the Highland Games and Celtic festival are Saturday at the speedway; and Kirkin’ of the Tartans is Sunday at West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater. Saturday is the main event with everything from historic games to shopping to a car show to historic re-enactors. The speedway is at 2001 Charleston Highway, Cayce, and the amphitheater is at 121 Alexander Road, West Columbia. $20 for two-day speedway pass or $15 tonight and $10 Saturday. Free Sunday; www.tartandaysouth.com

Watch champ Adriane Wilson at the Tartan Games


Noon Saturday: Carolina Brew and Q on Park Street. The rain-or-shine festival, held on the 1100 block of Park Street in front of Flying Saucer, will honor Jeremy Letton, who died of kidney disease earlier this year. Letton owned Garden Bistro. The festival will have more than 50 beers and live music by The Black Iron Gathering and Josh Roberts and the Hinges. Proceeds will be donated to the American Kidney Foundation. $35 in advance and $45 at the gate, which includes sampling of beers. Pints must be purchased. Designated driver tickets cost $10 in advance, $15 at the gate; (803) 933-9997 or visit www.beerknurd.com/stores/columbia


7:30 p.m. Saturday: “Four Seasons” at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. Members of the South Carolina Philharmonic, directed by Morihiko Nakahara, the orchestra’s music director, will perform Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” by Astor Piazzolla and Leonid Desyatnikov. The theater is at 7300 College St., Irmo. $22; www.harbisontheatre.org


8 p.m. Saturday: Runaway Runway at Township Auditorium. The Columbia Design League’s annual fashion show of garments and outfits – in some cases, works of art – constructed from recycled materials is also one of the entertainment calendar’s best parties. We’ve been assured that the lulls experienced during last year’s show have been eliminated. After the show, the after party will be held downstairs at the venue. The Township is at 1703 Taylor St. $10-$15, but V.I.P. tickets are available; www.columbiadesignleague.org


9:30 p.m. Saturday: The Unawares at New Brookland Tavern. The Unawares, the world’s only boogie-punk-soul band, will release “Absinthe Acres” on vinyl. The band’s fourth full-length release includes new songs on side A and re-recorded songs from the 2007 EP “Tooth Dip” on side B. The songs were recorded live by Chris Wenner, and no computers were used in the production. “Absinthe Acres” further enhances The Unawares’ ability to translate the intensity of its live show to record. With Modern Man, Company and Wage Slaves. NBT is at 122 State St., West Columbia; www.newbrooklandtavern.com


4 p.m. Sunday: The Jam Room Sunday Sessions at Jake’s Bar & Grill. This is the first of three Sunday afternoon music showcases hosted by Jam Room, the Rosewood Drive Recording studio, at Jake’s. Rachel Kate, Ryan Sheffield, Shallow Palace, Baby Baby and The Mazloom Empire will play the first show. The others are April 21 and May 5. The doors open at 2 p.m. Sunday. Jake’s is at 2112 Devine St. $5; (803) 787-6908


7 p.m. Sunday: New Music Workshop at Columbia Museum of Art. Greg Stuart, Chris Johnson and Ari Lindenbaum will perform Michael Pisaro’s “Concentric Rings in Magnetic Levitation,” a conceptual composition that features an 88-note piano “melody.” The building of that melody is for the sonically adventurous. Free


9 p.m. Wednesday: Deleveled at Kelly’s Pub. Deleveled, the trio of Jeff Pitts (guitar, vocals), Matthew Biddle (bass, vocals) and Sammy Roland (Drums), will release its new album, “Midnight Radio.” Deleveled, once known for its riff-heavy modern rock tendencies, has matured into a band that eschews traditional radio format. The classic-rock tinged “Affinity” contains an impressive solo. “Beautiful Girls” is as compassionate a rock song as there can be. Deleveled hasn’t softened. Rather, the band has sanded its rougher edges, evident since Pitts took over lead vocals. On “Midnight Radio,” Jessica Skinner, Pitts’ bandmate in Prettier Than Matt, adds harmony vocals to songs that gives the album more dimension. Kelly’s is at 1001 Washington St.; www.facebook.com/Deleveled


8 p.m. Tuesday: Hip-hop at NBT. Columbia’s hip-hop scene is diverse, but there are only a handful of rappers who perform in the downtown bars. This show will feature rappers that, while popular, are sometimes caught on the outside looking in on the hip-hop that rattles chests and minds in local clubs in Five Points, the Vista and Vista West. The performers: B.J. Cash, Lil Brod, Collard Green, Marvolus, Gemstar Da Golden Child, Primo Star and Jazmine Phoenix, among others. $5 until 11 p.m., $10 after

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