Otis Taylor’s Picks of the Week

Columbia - The StateApril 12, 2013 

"Dreamgirls," a Broadway in Columbia production, will be performed tonight and Saturday at the Koger Center.


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7:30 tonight and Saturday: “Dreamgirls” at the Koger Center. The Broadway in Columbia production follows the ups and downs of The Dreams, a female singing trio on the way to music stardom. The Tony Award-winning musical, which opened in 1981, was made into the 2006 film that starred Beyonce, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx. But Jennifer Hudson, who won an Academy Award for best supporting actress, stole the show with her stirring rendition of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” The Koger Center is at 1051 Greene St. $47-$58; www.capitoltickets.com or (803) 251-2222

7:30 tonight and Saturday: Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians” at the USC School of Music. Phillip Bush, a celebrated pianist now on the school of music’s faculty, is a former member of Steve Reich and Musicians. Bush will rehearse and coach the piece with USC’s students, and will perform with them in concert. Michael Harley, the Southern Exposure director, will have a pre-concert discussion with Bush. The art of local painter Blake Morgan will be featured. The school of music is at 813 Assembly St. Free; (803) 777-4280

8 tonight-Sunday: Jazz at the Center Music Festival in Camden. The ninth annual festival presented by the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County will be held through Sunday at various venues in Camden. Friday night’s opening concert, at 8 p.m. at the FAC, will feature The Hot Club Quintet and the festival’s headliner, The Scott Giddens Trio. Tickets for the opening night concert are $18-$20.The weekend’s performers include Howard Paul, Mark Peterson and Rolf Heimann and Frank Born, among others. The festival concludes with a jazz mass featuring the Dick Goodwin Quintet and the Grace Episcopal Choir at Grace Episcopal Church. Tickets for events, some of which are outside, varies. For more, visit www.fineartscenter.org or call (803) 425-7676, ext. 300.

8 tonight: Masters of the Celtic Harp at Conundrum Music Hall. Grainne Hambly from County Mayo, Ireland, and William Jackson from Glasgow, Scotland, will play a show titled “Two Sides of Celtic.” The Celtic harp masters will perform two different harp styles, in tandem and solo. They will also play concertina, tin whistle and bouzouki. The show is being presented by the Redbird School of Irish Music and the SC Three Rivers Harp Ring. Conundrum is at 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. $15; http://cornerhousemusic.com/redbirdconcert.html

8 tonight: El Ten Eleven at New Brookland Tavern. El Ten Eleven, an L.A. duo, plays atmospheric post-rock aided by layered effects and looping. With Slow Magic and Nude Pop. NBT is at 122 State St., West Columbia. $12; www.newbrooklandtavern.com

Noon-8 p.m. Saturday: River Rocks Festival at Riverfront Park. The festival, in Riverfront Park, will feature canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and a rock climbing wall. Here’s an outdoor event with outdoor activities that go beyond standing and holding a beer while a band plays. Just being near water is reason enough to go. For kids, there will be bounce houses and balloon art, among other things. There will be music from Toubab Krewe, Town Mountain, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Black Iron Gathering and The Restoration. The park is at 312 Laurel St. $12 in advance, $15 at the gate; www.riverrocksfestival.com

3 and 8 p.m. Saturday: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder at Newberry Opera House. Ricky Skaggs and his working band Kentucky Thunder carry a torch for traditional bluegrass and country music. Here’s what newgrass tips its hat to. The opera house is at 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. $30 and $45; (803) 276-6264 or www.newberryoperahouse.com

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday: Columbia International Festival at the State Fairgrounds. The 18th annual festival will be held in the Cantey Building at the fairgrounds. There will be about 60 nations represented by exhibitors, a food court, international fashion show, a parade of nations, music and shopping. The fairgrounds are at 1200 Rosewood Drive. $1-$4, and those attending Saturday can return Sunday for free; www.cifonline.org or (803) 799-3452

8 p.m. Saturday: The Good Lovelies at Unitarian Universalist Coffeehouse. The Good Lovelies – Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore – is a Canadian folk and country trio. The vocal harmonies are honey-dipped and wholesome. Celia Gary will perform at the open mic at 7 p.m. The coffeehouse is at 2701 Heyward St. $5-$15; (803) 200-2824 or uucoffeehouse.org

3 and 8 p.m. Sunday: The Oak Ridge Boys at Newberry Opera House. The Oak Ridge Boys’ combination of country and gospel is always welcomed in these parts. $40

8 p.m. Sunday: Neptune at Conundrum. Neptune is an artfully pieced together band fronted by Jason Sanford, a multi-dimensional artist and musician. Neptune began as a band with guitars and drums made of scrap metal and found objects. When the band stopped at New Brookland Tavern in March 2003, I was at that show and was mesmerized by the sounds Neptune was able to coax out of what were, essentially, sculptures. The band continues to play with self-built instruments. With Sein zum Tode and St. Jupiter. $6

7:15 p.m. Monday: Parker Quartet at USC School of Music. The first of Parker Quartet’s two 2013 residencies at the USC School of Music, includes two performances (Monday and at 7:30 p.m. April 19) at the school’s recital hall. The quartet specializes in compositions by masterful composers such as Beethoven, Mozart and Dvorak. The school of music is at 813 Assembly St. Free April Monday and $5-$15 April 19; www.music.sc.edu/events

8 p.m. Tuesday: The Engines at Conundrum. The quartet of Chicago improvisers – trombonist Jeb Bishop, saxophonist Dave Rempis, bassist Kent Kessler (filling in for Nate McBride) and drummer Tim Daisy will present high-quality improvisations that feel like well-worn compositions. These musicians know how to read – each other. The band recently released “Other Violets,” a CD that features saxophonist John Tchicai. $8

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