Depending on the night, dinner and a show in Columbia can run you only the price of dinner, thanks to some live music performances at several of the capital city’s favorite restaurants.
So, to mark this Make Music Month in Columbia, tuck into a quiet, romantic corner for an earful of acoustical tunes while eating Italian, or dive into a booth, grab a burger and jam out to a full band experience.
On Monday nights at Forest Acres’ Tombo Grille, $9 gets you a burger, fries and a beer – plus a taste of some local live music. Slap Wore Out performs Monday, June 19 with Don and and Sara Ann Russo on the calendar for Monday, June 26. Tombo also has live music with local guitarist and singer Billy Sloan every Wednesday evening.
Gervais & Vine
At one of the city’s favorite Mediterranean wine and tapas bars, patrons can enjoy live music every Monday and Wednesday night (with an occasional Thursday night added as well). Musicians vary, so check out the Vista restaurant’s website and Facebook page for up-to-date info.
Main Street Public House
Music is on the menu frequently at Main Street Public House. Catch some jazz from 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays at the downtown restaurant, and check the restaurant’s website and Facebook page for announcements on a mix of other live performances on Thursdays, Fridays and every other Saturday. On Saturday, June 24, catch Reggaetronic the Pre-Party from 9:30 p.m. until closing.
At Villa Tronco, you can get your opera fix and your Broadway fix – depending on which Thursday you frequent the city’s longtime Italian eatery. Located in a historic 19th-century firehouse on Blanding Street, Villa Tronco features the Palmetto Opera singers from 6-9 p.m. the first Thursday monthly (with required reservations for dining). The third and fourth Thursdays are Broadway Nights, featuring performers singing old Broadway standards and popular new favorites.
1213 Blanding St. (803) 256-7677, www.villatronco.com, www.facebook.com/Villa-Tronco-Italian-Restaurant-186297028791
Rosso Trattoria Italia
On Wednesday, June 21, diners can enjoy the crooning of The Ross Holmes Duo singing Frank Sinatra and other classic tunes at Rosso Trattoria Italia. On Friday, June 15 and Thursday, June 29, the popular Forest Acres restaurant will feature the Hobart Trotter Project, a Columbia-based band rooted in the tradition of Americana music and featuring Jen Holder Griffit on vocals, Dave Holder on bass and guitar, Worth Lewallen on violin and fiddle and Hobart Trotter on vocals, guitar and keyboard.
More live music
Here’s a sampling of other live music and food venues. Performances at these locations are more sporadic, so watch social media for show postings.
Drip Coffee in Five Points
729 Saluda Ave
Wired Goat Cafe in the Vista
709 Gervais St.
Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Ale House
900 Main St.