Otis Taylor’s Picks of the Week

May 10, 2013 

Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk will perform at New Brookland Tavern Tuesday.


8 tonight: John Anderson at Newberry Opera House. John Anderson will be best remembered for “Swingin’,” the early ’80s country hit that won the CMA for song of the year in 1983. Other memorable songs by Anderson include “Would You Catch a Falling Star,” “1959” and “I Just Came Home to Count the Memories.” The opera house is at 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. $37.50; (803) 276-6264

9 tonight: New York Disco Villains at Conundrum Music Hall. New York Disco Villains, a band that accurately describes itself as a “multimedia carnival rock extravaganza,” will be playing Conundrum for the first time. Get ready for a party. “We’ve never played there before so it will be an exciting adventure,” NYDV’s Clark Watson wrote in an e-mail. With The Flannel Chaps, a band comprised of former members of The Thirsties. Conundrum is at 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. $5; www.conundrum.us

9 tonight: Josh Roberts & The Hinges at The Venue on Broad. Josh Roberts & The Hinges continues its strong run. Since last fall, the band has signed a record deal, released “Mighty Old Distance and Murky Old Time” and it opened for Band of Horses at Township Auditorium last week. The Venue is at 1020 Broad St., Camden. Free; (803) 713-8333

11 a.m. Saturday: Rosewood Crawfish Festival. The festival headliners included Big Head Todd and The Monsters, The Blue Dogs, Hobex, Say Brother, Can’t Kids, FatRat Da Czar, Ben G and The Movement. Tony Goodeux of Quality Crawfish is bringing more than 10,000 pounds of farm-raised Louisiana crawfish to serve with corn and potatoes. There will be other Cajun and non-Cajun food served. The Crawdaddy Dash 5K ($25-$40) begins at 9 a.m. The festival will be held on Rosewood Drive. $9 in advance, $12 at the gate; rosewoodcrawfishfest.com

11 a.m. Saturday: Eau Claire Fest at Eau Claire Town Center. The arts and community festival, formerly known as the Ribs & Renaissance Festival, will feature performances by new-soul singer Collette Blakeney; the reggae of Jahson and the Natty Vibez; circus-arts act Alternacirque; and the ever-spirited folkish blues of The Post-Timey String Band, one of the music scene’s most enjoyable voices. There will a parade through North Columbia’s commercial district to open the festival. It begins at the intersection of North Main Street and Sunset Drive and will travel half a mile to the festival site at North Main Street and Monticello Road. Columbia SC 63, the city’s Columbia’s year-long Civil Rights initiative, will present an interactive archive of film and images from the height of Columbia’s Civil Rights era in the historic Eau Claire Print Building. There will also be a gospel fest stage, arts, a car show, kids zone, drum circles, dance performances and more. Leashed dogs are allowed. Free; eauclairefest.com or facebook.com/eauclairefest

2 p.m. Saturday: Southeastern Family Puppet Slam at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. If you’re looking for puppets to hang out with this weekend, don’t ask for directions to Sesame Street; go to Harbison Theatre for the Southeastern Family Puppet Slam. The slam, produced by Kimi Maeda and Lyon Hill of Belle et Bete, the coordinators of the Spork in Hand Puppet Slam at The Indie Grits Festival, will present colorful family humor. Artists from Columbia, Asheville and Chapel Hill, N.C., will perform. The theater is at 7300 College St., Irmo. $10; www.harbisontheatre.org

8 p.m. Saturday: Rick Alviti at Newberry Opera House. Rick Alviti, an accomplished Elvis impersonator, will turn the opera house into a “Heartbreak Hotel.” $37.50

8 p.m. Satutday: Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt at the Unitarian Universalist Coffeehouse. Elkin and Schmidt, frequent touring partners, are entrenched on the folk and Americana circuit. Columbia has always welcomed them. Steve Bennett performs at the 7 p.m. open mic. The 2701 Heyward St. $5-$15; (803) 200-2824 or www.uucoffeehouse.org

9 p.m. Saturday: Paul Giallorenzo’s GitGO at Conundrum. GitGO, a quintet led by pianist Paul Giallorenzo, places elements of swing into a jazz discourse that is fluid and elastic. For this show, Giallorenzo will be joined by multi-reedist Mars Williams, trombonist Jeb Bishop, bassist Anton Hatwich and drummer Quin Kirchner. $8

7 p.m. Sunday: Cartel at NBT. Cartel, a pop-punk band, might be best known to casual music fans for recording an album in a bubble while MTV’s cameras recorded. The band released its most recent album, “Collider,” in March, so the bubble hasn’t burst on their careers. With State Champs and A Brighter Life. $12 in advance, $15 at the door

8 p.m. Tuesday: Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk at NBT. Lauren Mann is a multi-instrumentalist who writes pop songs that have a folkish tint, which draws listeners closer. Come as you are, whether you’re odd or not. With Luke Winslow-King. $8

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