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Music in the Midlands: All kinds of rock with some funk

My Carolina Young Alumni Council will host Atlas Road Crew at its Fall Band Party on Sept. 7.
My Carolina Young Alumni Council will host Atlas Road Crew at its Fall Band Party on Sept. 7. Submitted

Atlas Road Crew

This Columbia-native band met while they were attending the University of South Carolina. Now, USC’s Young Alumni Council is hosting their album release celebration. The new album, Chasing Fire, was released at the end of August.

They are described as an alternative Southern rock band putting them in the same category as bands like Kings of Leon and Drive-By Truckers. They’ve generated a faithful fan base outside of South Carolina by performing music festival and even have a song featured in an MTV show.

The concert is meant to be a kickoff to the Gamecock vs Georgia game. The next day, The Senate will host a post-game concert by Corey Smith with Drew Dixon. 8:00 p.m. September 7, The Senate, 1022 Senate St. $15.

Other Concerts

Funk You: Their band name speaks for itself. Funk bands that write and perform their own songs and not covers can be somewhat hard to find these days making this band a breath of fresh air. They’ll have the audience on their feet with their captivating stage presence and dancing grooves. Local band, Dead Swells, will open up the night. 8 p.m. Sept. 6, New Brookland Tavern, 122 State St., West Columbia. $10.

RiYeN RoOtS: This Asheville native will be accompanied by local musician THE Dubber. It will be a night full of acoustic guitars and blues classics and originals too. 8 p.m. Sept. 7, Foxfield Bar and Grille, 406 Howard St. Free.

The Poor Decisions: Another album release celebration, the band of Columbia music scene veterans released their anticipated debut EP, The Worst Kind of Fool, in August. Their sound is a fusion of alternative rock and funk. The Sad Sacks and It’s Snakes will open up for the band. 8 p.m. Sept. 7, Art Bar, 1211 Park St. $5.

Leisha J: She and her saxophone bring in a smooth soulful sound with an energetic jazz feel. She’s been compared to icons like Pamela Williams and Candy Dulfer. She’s sure to keep the crowd grooving all night. 8 p.m. Sept. 8, Chayz Lounge at Nonnah’s, 923 Gervais St. $15.

Loading SC: This rap and hip-hop event is presented by Voydd. DJ Trap will lay down the beats for the night. Emperor Timeline, thirty6kealo, Cartier, $WANK, TWN, Ray LeJue, and Rudy Haze will all be performing. 8:30 p.m. Sept. 8, New Brookland Tavern, 122 State St., West Columbia. $10.

Shooter Jennings: Literally born to be a musician, he is the only son to country stars Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter. Once he discovered rock n roll, he chose to take a different path as his parents ending up in the Southern rock genre. He’s on tour right now for his new album, Shooter. The Piedmont Boys will open up for Jennings. 8 p.m. Sept. 9, The Senate, 1022 Senate St. $23.