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Music in the Midlands: Eli Young Band, Cosmic Charlie, Dylan Deekay, Sugar

The Eli Young Band will play The Senate on Jan. 31
The Eli Young Band will play The Senate on Jan. 31 Eli Young Band

Eli Young Band

Anyone who listens to country music knows the Eli Young Band. They have worked with many big names in some capacity, from Miranda Lambert to Lee Brice. Their hit song, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” has basically become a country classic. However, they don’t completely belong to the country genre, as lead singer Mike Eli brings in a more Southern rock sound.

Eli and lead guitarist James Young got their start in 2000 playing acoustic sets for tips at bars. Once they linked up with bass guitarist Jon Jones and drummer Chris Thompson, the rest was history. However, it was not until 2011 with the release of their album, “Life At Best,” which features “Crazy Girl” and “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” before they started getting the popularity they hold today.

Their most recent album, “Fingerprints,” released in 2017, but they dropped a single, “Where Were You,” in December. It is a perfect representation of what their songs are about, their life experiences and relationships. Local musician Sabin Sharpe will open for the band. 8 p.m. Jan. 31, The Senate, 1022 Senate St. $30.

Other Concerts

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Cosmic Charlie will present Dark Side of the Dead, a hybrid show featuring Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd favorites, Feb. 1 at The Senate.

Cosmic Charlie: This high energy Grateful Dead tribute band from Athens, Ga., is not new to Columbia, but they are bringing something new. They are presenting the Dark Side of the Dead, a hybrid show featuring Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd favorites. They will perform Pink Floyd’s celebrated album, “Dark Side of the Moon,” with Grateful Dead before and after. 9 p.m. Feb. 1, The Senate, 1022 Senate St. $18.

Dylan Deekay
Art Bar will host a house music night Feb. 1, featuring DJ, producer and Columbia native Dylan Deekay. Dylan Deekay

Dylan Deekay: Art Bar is hosting one of their infamous house music nights. DJ, producer and Columbia native Dylan Deekay will headline the night with his creative, dubstep-style mixes. He has opened for big names such as Skillex and Run DMT. He will be joined by another local DJ, Vanilla Thrilla. 9 p.m. Feb. 1, Art Bar, 1211 Park St. Free.

System of a Down tribute band Sugar will play New Brookland Tavern on Feb. 2 Sugar

Sugar: Another tribute band is coming to Columbia this week. Sugar tributes one of the most famous heavy metal bands, System of a Down. They are from Charlotte and have been rocking the Southeast for some time now. The group has garnered quite the loyal following due to their ability to give a solid heavy metal performance that manages to keep up with System of a Down’s talent. Jones McShine, Cadaver Creator and Atrail will open the night. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, New Brookland Tavern, 122 State St., West Columbia. $18. Ages 21 and over only.