Despite the persistent splash of heavy raindrops, a small crowd gathered Sunday afternoon to hear Italian bluegrass music in the parking lot of Rosewood Market.
This is the second time La Terza Classe has performed at the health food store and deli along Columbia’s Rosewood Drive. The first was in 2014, after the store’s then-owner Basil Garzia came across them on a trip to Italy.
“They were in a closed off street playing and I thought, ‘Here’s an American bluegrass band playing in Italy’ – but it was these Italian guys,” Garzia said.
The group, from Napoli, Italy, was well received and developed something of a following in the area, Garzia said.
This year, the band contacted current owner Bryan Tayara and asked if they could stop by. Tayara said the free concert might end up being the first of many, with different bands playing at the store each year.
“Maybe we’ll keep this going,” Tayara said. “I think it’s a good Easter tradition at Rosewood Market.”