Local benefit concert Yule Jam features live music and a silent auction to support the Palmetto Project’s Families Helping Families program. This year’s third annual event features Nashville, Tennessee, acts Luthi and Los Colognes.
Yule Jam is the collaborative effort of friends Laine Ligon Jr., Gabe Coggiola, and Jason Morris.
“We all love live music and have a passion for it, and we try to go to as many live music events as we can,” Ligon states.
Three years ago, the event came together as a way to both throw a show for their friend’s band and help raise money for a good cause.
Their friend happens to play in the Charleston-based indie rock group Susto. Knowing that they would be in town around this time, Ligon and the others saw it as a good opportunity to raise funds for Families Helping Families, a charity that organizes holiday giving of clothing, food, essentials and gifts to local families in need.
The first Yule Jam took place at a private venue called The Warehouse and raised roughly $10,000. Susto returned to play the following year’s event at Columbia’s Music Farm and raised around $25,000. Funds are raised through ticket sales, a silent auction at the event, and with the help of corporate sponsorships. Due to its success, the organizers decided to make Yule Jam an annual event.
This year, nine-piece funk band Luthi, as well as jam rock band Los Colognes will co-headline the event. Ligon says he reached out to Los Colognes after seeing them at this year’s St. Pat’s in Five Points, and Luthi was suggested to him after that. Although both bands are Nashville-based, this will be their first time sharing a bill.
Luthi’s lead vocalist Christian Luthi and guitarist Taylor Ivey say they’re excited to play this event and agreed to do it almost immediately.
“We’re finally kind of at this point where we can help make a difference in people’s lives with our music,” Ivey said, “as opposed to just wanting people to dance or have fun with us.”
This will be the band’s first show in South Carolina, and they’re eager to spread their music at a charitable event.
“We’re gonna make it an evening to remember for sure,” said vocalist Luthi.
The band recently released a live EP, “Live at the Basement East,” on Spotify. The accompanying videos on YouTube give views a glimpse of their live shows.
Los Colognes last month finished a tour with famed rock band Blues Traveler. Members of Los Colognes were not available for comment.
Their five-piece rock jams pair well with Luthi’s dancey, big-band funk, and organizer Ligon said he’s excited to bring the band back to The Midlands.
Aside from helping a good cause, Ligon hopes this event can help keep Columbia on the map for more bands to come through. He and the other organizers also wish to continue spreading holiday cheer with Yule Jam.
“With great music, and money going to charity,” he said, “What else can you ask for?”
Tickets are available online and at Music Farm Columbia. All proceeds benefit Families Helping Families.