Otis Taylor’s Picks of the Week

May 3, 2013 

Band of Horses performs at Township Auditorium tonight.

CHRISTOPHER WILSON

10 a.m. Friday: Black Cowboy Festival at Greenfield Farm. The Black Cowboy Festival, which began Thursday, continues through Sunday. On Friday there’s a cowboy trail ride at 10 a.m., as well as line dance classes. At night, there’s a western dinner and dance. The fun begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and the entertainment includes a horse competition, live music, hay ride and a petting zoo, among other attractions. Some events require reservations. Bring your lawn chair. The farm is at 4585 Spencer Road, Rembert. (803) 499-9658 or www.blackcowboyfestival.net


7 p.m. Friday: Arts & Draughts at Columbia Museum of Art. Arts & Draughts will feature a Widmer Brothers Brewing beer tasting hosted by The Whig; music by Dead Surf, The Kernal, Diali Cissokho & Kairaba and The Restoration; and food by Earth Fare and Bone-In Artisan Barbecue on Wheels. There’s also a scavenger hunt, interactive Simon Says game, live figure drawing by Dr. Sketchy’s and a unique perspective tour through the collection with MVS Chandrashekhar. The museum is at Main and Hampton streets. $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers; www.columbiamuseum.org/artsanddraughts


8 p.m. Friday: Band of Horses at Township Auditorium. Band of Horses, the indie-rock band that has its boots in Americana music, features Columbia natives Ben Bridwell and Ryan Monroe. That band has played stages around the world, including Coachella last month, but this is its first show in Columbia since 2006. Welcome home, boys. With Josh Roberts & The Hinges and Futurebirds. The Township is at 1703 Taylor St. $30 and $35; www.thetownship.org


8:30 p.m. Friday: PawnShop at New Brookland Tavern. PawnShop will play its first show in a decade. Has it really been that long? “After a 10-year hiatus, we are excited to return to the stage with all the songs you know and love,” the band wrote on its Facebook page. In early 2003, Ryan Beville, the band’s lead singer, was killed in an auto accident. With acoustic sets by Marshall Brown and All-New Badges, and a full-band set by Tyler Boone. NBT is at 122 State St., West Columbia. Free; www.newbrooklandtavern.com


8:30 p.m. Friday: Bevel Summers at Conundrum Music Hall. Bevel Summers, a folkish indie rock band that features Irmo native Jeb Brinkley, a former student of local guitarist and teacher Don Russo, is releasing its news album “The Cards.” This show is part of the band’s East coast tour. With The Post-Timey String Band and The Pussywillows. Conundrum is at 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. $7; www.conundrum.us


10 a.m. Saturday: Free Comic Book Day at Scratch N’ Spin. The record store will celebrate by giving away free comic books, of course, but it will also have a sale on other items in the store at 513 12th St., West Columbia. Free; (803) 794-8888


2 p.m. Saturday: Bluegrass Music Fest at Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor. The all-afternoon festival is a celebration of bluegrass – and the life of Bill Wells, the shop’s founder and a former traditional bluegrass candle holder who died in November 2011. His son, Willie, has kept the door’s open and the music going. The Hinson Girls, Roger Abernathy & Jacob’s Ladder, Sugarloaf Mountain Boys, Amick Junction, Oliver West and Highway 39, Willie Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass and Flatland Express will perform. Bill’s is at 710 Meeting St., West Columbia. $10; (803) 796-6477


6:30 p.m. Saturday: The Runaway Jug Band at The Backyard Cafe. The Runaway Jug Band mixes up its instrumentation – guitar, harmonica, mandolin, bass, banjo and a kick drum – to create a blend of Americana and folk that nods toward the past while looking toward the future. The cafe is at 940 Old Barnwell Road, West Columbia. Free; (803) 951-0405


8 p.m. Saturday: The Legends of Doo Wop at Newberry Opera House. Who are the legends? Tony Passalaqua of The Archies, Tommy Mara of The Crests, Frank Mancuso of The Imaginations and Steve Horn of The Five Sharks. It’s shows like this that will make you wish doo-wop harmonies came back into style. The opera house is at 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. $30; www.newberryoperahouse.com or (803) 276-6264


8 p.m. Saturday: Sid N Nancy’s Yacht Rock Party at NBT. There’s also a costume contest. So...what is yacht rock? “Yacht Rock” was an online series that satirically addressed music of the ’70s. Think Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers and Christopher Cross. Even if you don’t dress up, you can still dance. $2 for over 21, $5 for under


4 p.m. Sunday: The Jam Room Summer Sessions at Jake’s Bar & Grill. This is the third of three Sunday afternoon music showcases hosted by Jam Room, the Rosewood Drive recording studio, at Jake’s. Megan Jean & The KFB, Buck Stanley, Willie Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass and Whiskey Tango Revue will perform. The show is pet friendly. And Jake’s has a really good burger. The doors open at 2 p.m. Jake’s is at 2112 Devine St. $5; (803) 787-6908


7:30 p.m. Wednesday: Bassnectar at Township Auditorium. Bassnectar is the second performer in five days at the Township who played Coachella, the two-weekend festival in California, last month. Bassnectar is an EDM DJ who can manipulate the movement and mood of the crowd with a touch of a button. With Griz and Thriftworks. $32


8 p.m. Tuesday: Prettier than Matt at Tombo Grille. Prettier than Matt, the girl-guy duo of Jessica Skinner and Deleveled’s Jeff Pitts, will release its debut CD, “Play Pretty.” That’s a pretty good title for an even prettier CD. The restaurant is at 4509 Forest Drive; (803) 782-9665


8 p.m. Thursday: B-Money’s graduation party at NBT. B-Money is Bakari Lebby, one half of the salacious and ignorantly crunk hip-hop duo Sweet Vans. Seriously, Sweet Vans – what up Ginger Snap? – has fun with music by taking the music – and not themselves – seriously. We are a bit distressed, though, that Brotis didn’t get a verse on a Sweet Vans record. With Stonewall Stampede and Camp Counselors. $5 for over 21, $8 for under

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