COLUMBIA, SC — Like the day after Christmas, the day after the Fourth of July can be a bit of a letdown. The fireworks are over, you’re out of barbecue, the stores are closed and there’s not a whole lot to look forward to until Labor Day.
This year, go to Irmo, where the holiday will be extended through July 5 with three different kinds of barbecue, hot dogs, free watermelon and all those yummy summer sides. Music and famous peach cobbler come courtesy of Barry “Fatback” Walker and his Fatback and the Groove Band. “We figured folks would cook out at home on Friday, and we wanted to give them something to do on Saturday,” said Walker, who is also a member of the Irmo City Council. “We’re honored to be playing at the first concert to be held at the park.”
Walker and his bandmates are particularly thrilled to be playing outside. “We’re a blues band, so we play a lot of our gigs at night in dark and smoky bars,” he said. “We love that scene, but there’s something special about being outside during the day. Watching the crowd bouncing up and down and getting into the music gives us a burst of energy that we don’t get at night. Plus, we can really crank up the sound!”
The Irmo BBQ and Blues event runs from noon until 6 p.m. at the Irmo Community Park. The park is located along Eastview Road in Irmo, just off Lake Murray Boulevard west of I-26. For more information, visit lakemurraycountry.com
Katie McElveen, Special to The State