The new year will be rung in in Columbia with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the O’Jays. The R&B group is known for hits in the ’70s and ’80s that include “Love Train” and “Use ta Be My Girl.”
The trio, which has seven Billboard Top 20 singles and eight Billboard Top 20 albums, will boogie on Main Street until 11:55, helping guests boogie toward midnight.
Earlier in the night, partygoers can enjoy the music of indie pop band MisterWives. The band is looking forward to returning to Columbia; they played in the Capital City twice earlier in 2014. South Carolina’s famed hospitality extends to concert crowds, said bassist William Hehir.
“Everyone in South Carolina seems so friendly. It’s really fun to play in front of you guys and interact,” Hehir said.
The band typically plays smaller club venues, so the scale of the Famously Hot New Year is an exciting prospect, Hehir said.
“Usually when we’re playing shows it’s a little more intimate,” Hehir said. “I don’t think we’ve done anything of this magnitude.”
Their single “Reflections,” a fun, upbeat song that sounds like a pop-infused Fleetwood Mac, has been gaining popularity, setting the band up well for the release of their first full-length album in February and their first headlining tour following the release. Hehir described the album as “MisterWives 2.0,” a similar sound with improvements in the production quality compared to their debut EP, which was recorded in drummer Etienne Bowler’s bedroom.
“The vocal booth was just a closet with a lot of mattresses,” Hehir said. “A lot of our neighbors” were not amused. “Apparently it’s not OK to rock out at 1 a.m.”
Hehir is excited for the band to play at the Famously Hot New Year and said guests “should bring their dancing shoes.”
“It will be a fun dance party. New Year’s is always a lot of fun, so it’s great we will be able to be down there and playing with you guys,” Hehir said. “We’re glad we can share it with you in South Carolina.”
Local favorite Lefty at the Washout will kicking off the musical part of the night at 7:30 with their fun reggae tunes.