The year On the Scene

In case you missed it, here's what On the Scene was talking - and reporting - about this year. As always, you can get listings anywhere, but you only got the story here.


Andrew Stewart bought Five Points Pub and changed the name to Sudworks Taphouse. When it opened in 2007, Five Points Pub immediately filled a void. Local, regional and national bands performed there, giving Five Points its first rock club since Elbow Room closed in 2002. I asked if Columbians would warm to Sudworks. Four months later, in May, Jimmy Phillips stepped in to partner with Stewart and changed the Sudworks name to Elbow Room. Apparently drinks with suds doesn't catch on.

Fayaz Kabani, the guy who won a guitar at the New Pornographers show at Headliners in September 2008, was on "Jeopardy!" He lost his lead in the college nickname category, which didn't have the answer to the question, "What are Tigers and Gamecocks?"

Chuck Mims, a scrappy songwriter, scrapped the name The Stelle Group for a new one: The Jaded Rakes.

Harmony Grove reunited - for one show.


Sounds Familiar closed on Feb. 15. The music-buying love affair has moved online.

A photo of Michael Phelps smoking from a bong leaked. My colleague Adam Beam and I spent a week putting the pieces together of the night that photo was taken. I still want to know who took the photo.


Bonnie Raitt postponed her concert at The Township. The makeup date, moved to the Koger Center, was canceled.

Lunch Money, which released the kids album, "Dizzy," in January was featured on NPR's "All Things Considered." The band played Kidzapalooza, the Lollapalooza kids stage and Austin City Limits this year.

Aaron Fisher debuted Dearanna, a hard-edge alt-rock band. Whatever this guy sings in front of seems to work.

Jeremy Finesse Roberson quit Villanova - only to return a week later. In June, Roberson had testicular cancer surgery. He's still on the drums, making a least three bands better because of his skills.


"The Hootie & The Blowfish Ballet" debuted. I missed the performance because I was at Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell's wedding in Charleston.

MTV's "Real World" held a casting call at Jillian's. We've already had one Columbia native on the show: Kimberly Alexander was the ditz of "Real World: Hollywood."

Daniel Machado's new band, The Restoration, began restoring hope in local songwriting. So did Dan John's fantastic hip-hop album, "The Hype Machine."

For the second year in a row, Bohumila Augustinova put Runaway Runway in the bag. This time it was literal. The magnificent white wedding gown she created was made out of plastic grocery store bags.

Former WHXT-FM Hot 103.9 DJ Charlamagne the God was hired as the morning host of Philly station The Beat 100.3. He was fired in October for airing an interview with rapper Beanie Sigel.


Four former members of I Nine - Matt Heath, Brian Whitman, Bryan Gibson and Benji Lee - revived their music careers with a new band fronted by Owen Beverly: Tent Revival.

Justin Smith & The Folk Hop Band opened four shows for Snoop Dogg and his live band.

John Wampler, Cole Krietemeyer and Casey White won the "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" dance challenge. The Ridge View High School students got to strut their stuff on the show.

The Township, which turns 80 in 2010, began its facelift.


Booking agents Dave Britt and Travis Maynard joined forces to open The White Mule. How much was this spot needed?

Michael Jackson died June 25, the day after Gov. Mark Sanford's affair went public. Which drama did you think would play out longer in the news? I was wrong, too.

JULY turned one.

LFO - The Abercrombie & Fitch guys - performed at New Brookland Tavern.

Lyrikal Buddah, a ferocious MC, returned to the mic. Since the 2005 release of "In Metrospek," he hadn't had much to say.

Chicago-based drummer Tim Daisy debuts a composition, "Gray Scale," at the Columbia Museum of Art to mark the opening of the museum's exhibition, "Cleve Gray: Man and Nature."

Hardy Childers' SuperBudget Columbia finds the cheapest deals. We hear there will be a print version.


B Paiz, the influential program director of WXBT-FM The Beat 100.1, didn't renew his contract. A local hip-hop voice and promoter was lost.

"Plowboys and Indians: Visions of Black Elk," Tom Hall's vision opera, debuted at the Columbia Museum of Art.

Lorrie Rivers said goodbye to Columbia with a carnival - Maya's Wonderland - at 701 Whaley. I can't wait until she comes back home.

Haley Dreis emerged as a local singer-songwriter to watch. And hear.

This Machine is Me performs its last show with only two members, Jayna Doyle and Blake Arambula. Doyle addressed insensitive comments left about her on the Free Times' Web site. She's simply a radiant and confident performer.


"Tyler & Ken," formerly the morning show on country station WWNU-FM 92.1, disappeared - there was what we called the unfortunate Carrie Underwood incident - only to reappear on alternative station WXRY-FM 99.3. Their replacement on WWNU? Charlie James, the former host of WCOS-FM 97.5's morning show that's now hosted by Jonathon Rush.

TLC's "King of the Crown," which chronicled Cy Frakes and his Columbia pageant business, Gowns and Crowns, debuted. The debut episode featured Caitlin Upton, the former Miss Teen USA South Carolina who infamously answered a question incoherently at the Miss Teen USA pageant. A few Internet sites have reported Upton will appear on the new season of CBS' "The Amazing Race."


Carpark Records released the first two singles - "Blessa" and "109" - by Toro Y Moi, the solo electro-pop band of Chaz Bundick. In February, the label will release the debut album, "Causers of This." It will blow up.

The Mercy Shot, a punk rock band featuring Thomas Crouch and Reno Gooch, debuts with Chris Powell on drums. Powell left Death Becomes Even the Maiden.

"World of Hurt" strikes the Internet. Don't recall? Visit for more.

Chelsea Bush, a 22-year-old Chapin High School graduate and a former contestant on ABC's "True Beauty," was named one of Nashville's most beautiful people by Nashville Lifestyles.

The Sheds had the plug pulled.

The doors at Headliners and Element Nightlife, the clubs that shared wall space in an entertainment complex in the Vista, closed. Former NFL running back Stephen Davis, who owns two clubs in Columbia, plans to develop the space. One of Davis' nightspots, Tabu, is in the complex.


Miley Cyrus gave me a headache.

John Satterfield (formerly?) of Woodwork Roadshow has a coming-out show with new band members Herbie Jeffcoat and Reggie Sullivan at The White Mule.


Jack Beasley opens The Mill, a new practice space for local bands off St. Andrews Road.

Treadmill Trackstar's "I Belong to Me," the band's first album since 1997's "Only This," is released.