Sunday August 29th
New Brookland Tavern
Here we are again getting some of our favorite bands together for another Scene SC Showcase. Our back to school special features a couple of bands making their Columbia debut and two other bands that we’ve come to love.
It’s every bands goal to get the audience into a show and have them dancing around and no one pulls that off better than Octopus Jones. We had the opportunity to see them at The Elbow Room a couple of months back with The Dirty White and they quickly won us over with their hip sound. We couldn’t be happier to have them headlining and joining the Scene SC family of bands.
When Marry a Thief called it quits a couple of months back we knew it wouldn’t be long before Erich Skelton had a new project started. Skelton quickly formed Kingslyn adopting a more alt country sound, comparable to Ryan Adams and Tom Petty, with several close friends from Columbia. Catchy melodies are Skelton’s forte, and that’s what Kingslyn will have to offer, along with some of Skelton’s older tunes including “You Ruined Tennessee” and “Flood and Flames.”
What would a Scene SC showcase be without Junior Astronomers? I think they’ve played the last couple of them and every time they come to Columbia they have a few more new faces in the crowd. For a while they were flying under the radar, but that is quickly changing after playing high profile dates with O’Brother and a string of dates with Dignan coming in September. We adopted JA into the Scene SC family seconds after hearing them live. You’ll want to adopt these fellows into your family after you meet them. They’re all sweethearts.
It all started with a tweet and we quickly became fans of Commerce. A few days later I received an EP in the mail from Johnson City, Tennessee. Honestly the best EP I’ve ever received in the mail, and it has been in constant rotation in my car all summer. Since entering our Next Big Thing contest, I’ve had about a dozen people ask me about Commerce. These are all of my responses to their inquiries.
“Yeah, they’re great.”
“I wish they were from South Carolina.”
“I’ll try to book them here as soon as possible.”
“Yes you can burn my copy of their EP.”
“Yep. They sound like Death Cab. It is great.”