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previous shows of 2014:

2015 shows
2013 shows
2012 shows
2011 shows
here's the link to even older (pre-Conundrian) shows
here's the link to the google calendar


Winter Solstice transformance convention celebrating the immense ecosphere rejuvenation sleep zenith point that is the longest night of the year FEATURING:::

  • DUBB NORMAL {Birmingham AlaBAMA}
  • SECRET BOYFRIEND { Carrboro North Carolina}
  • ROTTENMILK {New Orleans Louisiana}
  • CUBE {Oakland California} featuring
  • KOZMO RANKS {Portland Oregon Trail}
  • LABANNA BABALON {Detroit Michigan}
  • HEADCASE {Oakland California}
  • BLANKET {Carrboro North Carolina}
  • RON SPOONES {Oakland California}
  • FLESHLIGHT {Oakland California}
  • JEFFERSON MAYDAY MAYDAY {Sydney Australia}
  • PLUNDERSHOP {Hartsville SC} KARM MESSIAH {Columbia SC}
  • BAGGAGE KLAIM {Columbia SC}
  • BAD MOTTO {Columbia SC}
  • PLANK EWING {Columbia SC}
  • GOLDEN HOSTAGE {Columbia SC}
  • WOLF 359 {IMMAGINARIUM Old State Rd}
{happyness bomb of Columbia SC}

ABSORB THE LIGHT AND ILLUMINATE OUTWARD FROM WITHIN > $5 entry $7 minimum wage suggested good festy angel entry $10 suggested baller donation $20 and up comes with your choice of high five, secret handshake, or classic long hug, $100 and up gets you 5 minutes of funk on the microphone at peak hours

Sunday, December 21 2015
2pm to 2am

Autocorrect / Moxie Friend / Tribe One & Mikal kHill / the good witch
Moxie Friend
Tribe One & Mikal KHill
the good witch & her familiars

pre-solstice winter jam. come do the things with the fun.

Saturday, December 20 2014

A Carolina All Star Showcase

Adelfi Music Group presents...
A Carolina All Star Showcase
Hosted By: Marko Hurtt

Artists must email all of their tracks to R2DJ before 12/6/14:

I. Ten: 8PM
II. Vicious Coleone: 8:10PM

---First Half Performing Acts---
I. Archao Aggression: 8:20PM
II. Armani OD 8:40PM
III. Jay-OH: 9PM

---Half Time Performances---
I. Otto The Drummer: 9:20 PM
II. R2DJ: 9:40PM

---Second Half Performing Acts---
I. DhD: 10:15PM
II. Ramo Nation: 10:35PM
III. K Flum: 10:55PM

I. Matt Morgan (Ciroc Boyz South): 11:30PM

Friday, December 12 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
21+: $5 / <21: $10 / Students: $8

Cactus Truck w/ Ava Mendoza ~~~ Occupants

Cactus Truck: Based in Amsterdam, this fire-breathing improvisational trio is comprised of bassist/guitarist Jasper Stadhouders, drummer Onno Govaert, and American-born saxophonist John Dikeman. The band plays a take-no-prisoners, high-energy brand of free jazz strongly influenced by the likes of Albert Ayler and Peter Brötzmann at their most intense (they also claim that their music includes elements of Delta blues, Japanese noise, and no wave). Cactus Truck self-released an eponymous CD-R in 2011 and followed that up with a 2012 cassette release (featuring Terrie Ex from the Ex) entitled Macho Sex; their first "official" album, Brand New for China!, arrived in March of 2012 on the Public Eyesore label. In late October through mid-December of that year, Cactus Truck stormed the United States with a massive 37-date tour that saw the trio tearing it up across the country, up the East Coast from Atlanta [to Conundrum!] to Boston, across the Midwest and West, down the West Coast from Seattle to Los Angeles, and finally wending their way back east for three final dates in New York City. Selections from the tour (recorded at Squidco Records in Wilmington, Delaware with guest trombonist Jeb Bishop; Astro Black Records in Louisville, Kentucky; and the final show at JACK in N.Y.C. with guest trumpeter Roy Campbell) were featured on the Live in USA album, released in March 2013 by the band's Tractata Records imprint in collaboration with the eh? label.

Ava sez: 'My name is Ava Mendoza. I play guitars and stompboxes and write music. Currently I'm based out of Brooklyn, NY, having recently relocated here from Oakland, CA. I have played guitar for most of my life and been active for the last decade playing my own music and in many different groups. In any context I try to bring expressivity, energy and a wide sonic range to the music I play. I've toured throughout the U.S. and Europe and recorded or performed with a broad spectrum of musicians including pop-folk band Tune-Yards, Fred Frith (Henry Cow, Art Bears, Massacre), singer Carla Bozulich (The Geraldine Fibbers, Evangelista), Nels Cline (guitar hero of Wilco), members of ROVA saxophone quartet, and more. I like writing for dance, theater and film. I've played on recordings released by labels Weird Forest, Tzadik, Clean Feed, NotTwo, ugEXPLODE, Resipiscent, Tompkins Square, Bridge Records, Edgetone, Table and Chairs, and others.' She's been preparing for her first ever Southeastern tour by watching 'Deliverance'.

Occupants is an improv/noise/jazz trio consisting of Gabe Madden (guitar/trumpet), Michael Crawford (drums), and Tom Law (live manipulations, synth).

Thursday, December 11 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Post Apocalyptic Café 2000

an evening of video art performances and installations

Wednesday, December 10 2014
8pm (doors at 7pm)

AF THE NAYSAYER ~~~ Holm. ~~~ Ahomari ~~~ Coppice Halifax ~~~
Buzzed Aldrin

Conundrum Music Hall & Happy Nomad Booking presents an evening of mind-altering electronic music featuring:

Holm. (Boston)

with special guests (Columbia):
Coppice Halifax
Buzzed Aldrin

Tuesday, December 9 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Daniel Bachman ~~~
Dan Voss + Nic Jenkins

Daniel Bachman is a 6 string and lap steel guitar player from Virginia currently living in North Carolina.

Dan Voss + Nic Jenkins will be playing a sort of free verse melodic spazzing with angular to minimal song structures. Happy, uncertain.

Sunday, December 7 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Know Your Rights: Benefit Party for SC Equality

The battle for same-sex marriage rights has just been won for South Carolina! To celebrate, we are throwing a multi-arts party to honor South Carolina Equality, who helped lead the fight, at Conundrum Music Hall on Saturday, December 6th.

Door proceeds will benefit the organization.
All Ages
Food from Crepes & croissants

The Howling Man
Glowing Screens

Ed Madden
Al Black

Jenn "Jinx" Snyder

That Godzilla Guy
J. Beads
Lorna Festa
The Kitsch Mobile
Alicia Hope

Misty Daze
Ritual Abjects

Saturday, December 6 2014
7:30pm (doors at 7pm)

Bombadil ~~~ Stefanie Santana ~~~
Kappa Alpha

Bombadil's last album was almost its swan song. The quartet of singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists -- Stuart Robinson, Daniel Michalak, Bryan Rahija and James Phillips -- recorded All That the Rain Promises in ten days, while living in a barn in Oregon. The barn was so cold, they had to warm their hands by a wood-burning stove between takes. The album's sparkling blend of folk, rock and gentle psychedlia earned rave reviews, but Michalak's continuing hand problems made the future look grim. He'd developed a case of neural tension that made playing and driving painful. They toured sporadically and were't sure about the future of the band.

Happily, a regimen of relaxation and stretching exercises has Michalak's pain under control, and the band is rebuilding its momentum. They spent most of 2012 touring and recording the songs that became Metrics of Affection. The album is their most melodic and adventurous outing yet, a cornucopia of styles marked by mischievously surrealistic lyrics and their familiar lush harmonies. Their inventive arrangements add funk, country, boogie woogie, rap, early rock and hints classic pop songwriting, circa 1940, to their already eclectic sound.

Stefanie Santana recorded "I Admit I am Glad" with Harper Marchman-Jones in Charleston during the summer and fall of 2013. Her Bandcamp says that the album includes "almost every song I've ever written". Santana's voice is silky smooth paired with a baritone ukulele that she completely owns playing several different ways throughout. Lyrically the album is cathartic staying close to home and relatable like an open book to her youth and coming of age experiences. Stylistically the songs sway from track to track with a different vibe, each song accented by changes of pace like a front porch conversation. Sometimes fast and excited and the next laid back and reminiscent.
- SC Scene

Kappa Alpha is a project of Mr. William Busbee and Mr. Adam Cullum.

Thursday, December 4 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5 at the door or RIGHT HERE

17th Native American Indian Film & Video Festival of the Southeast Community

Sunday, November 23 2014
Noon to 9pm

The Makeshifts ~~~ The Tommy Gunn ~~~ Semicasual

Friday, November 21 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$5 21+ / $8 <21

She Returns from War ~~~ Post-Timey String Band ~~~ Falling Off A Building

She Returns From War will release their Self-Titled EP on 10 Foot Woody Records and are celebrating at the Conundrum Music Hall in Columbia.

Joining them are local bands falling off a building and The Post-Timey String Band

Thursday, November 20 2014
8:30 (doors at 8:00)

Columbia Drum Mafia #15!

The Columbia Drum Mafia is all about drums and drummers. We discuss the art of playing and technique. We talk about equipment and gigs. We share our ideas and dreams, big and small. The Drum Mafia is now brothers to Carolina Drummers, Upstate Drummers and Drummers United. We are sponsored enough to give away a good bit of free stuff each month--Brian Geiger.

The Clinics scheduled for this month are:

  • Sims music is giving away tickets to see Keith Carlock. Keith will be at Sims Music Tuesday Dec 2, 2014. (drummer for John Mayer, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Faith Hill, Harry Belafonte to name a few)
  • Todd Dipner from Rocket Boom Drums is bringing custom hand crafted stave shell drum, for all us to try out.
  • James Kyle Smith has 37 years of experience in drumming and in the day to day music business. He will be discussing his role in the Root Doctors (28 years) as a recording drummer and as a co-manager in the band. Be on the lookout for the Root Doctors fourth album. (
  • Tony Lee is giving us a clinic on triplets, triplet groove and uses in fills. With some examples from John Bonham and other great drummers. After traveling the world with bands like Treadmill Trackstar, Tony now owns one of the three Freeway Music Schools ( Check out the Tony Lee Group (
Following these three clinics is an open jam until midnight. Anyone is welcome to participate. Kits will be supplied for all to play. We'll play with a click track and with original backing tracks recorded by Paul Hale. Please bring your own sticks and headphones.

Wednesday, November 19 2014
7pm to midnight

Songwriters Showcase

The Musician and Songwriters Guild of South Carolina is pleased to kick-off a new quarterly tradition in Columbia to celebrate the talent of the Guild and support the growing culture of local music aficianados by hosting a "Songwriter Showcase" event. This showcase will feature three exceptionally talented Guild members "in the round": Chris Compton, Jeff Liberty and Justin Tweito.

Releasing his first self-recorded album in 2009 (Field Tech), Chris Compton played all the instruments himself (including flute, saxophone, banjo, mandolin, keyboard and drum programming). This versatility and unique talent pervades his solo work as well as the recently released debut EP (Woodshed Sessions: Volume 1) of his "Americana Exotica" band, The Ruby Brunettes. His voice has a timeless and distinct delivery with heavy blues influences, while his songs are driven by the stories of his Carolina homeland and his enigmaic, creative alt-folk songwriting style.

A native of Irmo, SC, Justin Tweito has been making music his whole life. He wrote his first song at 8 and started recording in his home at 14. From recording his own songs and leading the church youth band in high school, Justin grew significantly in his knowledge of music. Now in college, he fronts the indie rock band Tweito. They are releasing their first full-length album October 2014 entitled The Great Story.

Jeff Liberty earned his blues chops on the sidewalks of New Orleans' French Quarter, the back streets of St. Louis, and Beale Street in Memphis. He has long been a mainstay of the South Carolina Blues scene, establishing himself as an electric guitarist primarily fronting his three-piece, Texas style Blues band. As a solo artist and songwriter, he incorporates a folky, rootsy acoustic guitar, improvised foot percussion and tongue-in-cheek lyrics. Voted "Best Local Solo Artist" in Columbia's Free Times 2000 Reader's Poll, he has also extensively toured the southestern United States bringing his gravelly voice and unique musical approach to audiences at both the club and festival circuits.

Monday, November 17 2014
7pm to 9:30pm (doors at 6:30pm)

presented by The Musician and Songwriters Guild of South Carolina


Chris Bell ~~~ Craig Butterfield

Cellist and multi-instrumentalist Chris Bell blends the classical and pop worlds. Clarinet, acoustic guitar, beat boxing and cello recorded live into dense soundscapes. Hip hop beats, gentle fugues, jazz and blues all wrapped up into his own brand of Quirky Pop. For fans of Paul Simon and Andrew Bird.

Christopher Bell is not your average cellist. Using various pedals he layers and distorts his electric cello creating quirky, catchy indie pop music. Christopher is known both for his use of technology -- which he uses to sample his cello live -- and for his unique methods of touring --- via canoe, bike and on foot.

Starting music at age 10, Christopher obtained a degree in audio endineering, spending his early 20's recording bands with a mix of homebuilt and modified equipment. He eventually combined the cello and his recording expertise developing his signature style of layered live music.

Christopher's DIY unique approach has earned him much public attention and press. He has taught seminars on songwriting, and music business. Earned national attention from NPR, the NY Times and CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.

During 2004 and 2005, Craig Butterfield toured with the legendary jazz trumpet player Maynard Ferguson. As a member of Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau band, he performed in some of the most famous venues in the world, including the Blue Note in New York, Ronnie Scott's in London, and the Bangkok Cultural Arts center as a special guest of the King of Thailand. A week at Ronnie Scott's in London was recorded and released as Maynard Ferguson's final live CD entitled MF Horn 6. He has been a guest artist at the San Miguel International jazz festival in Mexico as well as the Ollin Kan world music festival in Mexico City. Dr. Butterfield has been active in the studio as well, appearing on several jazz CDs as both a performer and as a producer with artists such as Steve Weist, Chip McNeill, and David Braid. Most recently, he performed as an artist and clinician in South Korea and Japan.

Sunday, November 16 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

The Oobie Boobies ~~~ The Garageman ~~~ The Great Khans ~~~ Cicero

- The Oobie Boobies (Castisyn) (Columbia,SC) -
-The Garageman (Columbia,SC) -
-The Great Khans (Charleston, SC) -
-Cicero (Elgin, SC) -

Saturday, November 15 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5 21+ / $8 <21

Frode Gjersted Trio with Steve Swell

The Frode Gjersted Trio has its roots in the free-jazz tradition, the way it was defined by Coleman, Mingus, Dolphy and Coltrane. Although, the trio also takes inspiration from the European free scene.

Frode Gjerstad has for many years declared his enthusiasm towards small line-ups, and especially the trio which gives space for the musicians, but is at the same time very depending on the musician's physics and musicality. With close to 100 recordings as a leader/co-leader he has established himself as a major saxophonist on the international scene. His trio's have included Johnny Dyani, Kent Carter and John Stevens, William Parker and Rashied Bakr, and; William Parker and Hamid Drake, whom he toured in Europe with in 2010.

Jon Rune Strøm has emerged the Norwegian scene as a bassplayer with extremely high energy and stamina. Taking inspiration from William Parker, Johnny Dyani and Harry Miller, he represents a new generation of Norwegian bassplayers.

Paal Nilssen-Love is Norway's most active drummer and has established himself as a powerful and a most dynamic musician through regular groups with Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark, Peter Brötzmann and Terrie Ex amongst others.

Steve Swell is well known for his many collaborations with Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon, Alan Silva, William Parker, and his many projects including "Slammin' The Infinite" with Sabir Mateen, The Ullmann/Swell 4tet featuring Barry Altschul, "Fire Into Music" with Hamid Drake and his large ensemble, Nation Of We.

Friday, November 14 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

an Arnold Taylor situation

ebb:flow music collective

Join us on Nov. 13th for an evening of music for instruments with electronics! Musicians taking part are:
Travis Baird, Dani Emory, Jacquelene Falcon, Jung Chieh Hsu, John Kammerer, Dorian Neuendorf, Nyamka Odsuren, Maria Ortiz-Laboy, Philip Snyder, Jeff Vaughn

Thursday, November 13 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)
$5 General Admission / $3 Students

We'll be performing 5 great pieces:

"Handcrafted Ale" for beer and computer - Eric Honour
"Etude 1" for viola and pre-recorded electronics - Nico Muhly
"Fathoms" for horn and live processing - Steven Snowden
"Ground Round" for trombone and live processing - Steven Snowden
"longing for peace in the garden of lost children" for ensemble and live processing- Evan Chambers


The ebb:flow music collective is excited to present:


"After my family, my three great loves in the world are music technology, experimental music, and high-quality beer...This work extends the sound world that exists around the enjoyment of a great beer through live granular and spectral audio processing in Max." - Honour


"These Etudes...are designed as performance pieces as well as practice etudes for dealing with the messy fifth-based string crossings my harmonic language sometimes outlines." -Muhly


1. a unit of length equal to six feet (approximately 1.8 meters) chiefly used in reference to the depth of water; originally derived from the length of outstretched arms.

1. to measure the depth of by means of a sounding line; to sound.
2. to penetrate to the truth of; comprehend; understand.


"For the past couple of years, I have had a bit of a fascination with the unique sound of cattle auctioneers in the United States. Their chant presents specific rhythms, pitches and cadences that serve to intensify the auction process and encourage rapid bidding. The end result is a uniquely musical and mesmerizing form of communication. After listening to and watching several auctions, I decided that this could be successfully explored by utilizing the unique voice-like characteristics of the trombone in conjunction with live electronics.
After working on this piece for a while, I couldn't help but think of how strange the auction process must be for the cows themselves. Ultimately, this dictated the form of the piece and caused me to produce something more darkly humorous than I had originally intended." -Snowden


"The piece draws on the semi-improvisational instrumental form from Albania called kaba, or "music with tears". Although it is not specifically about Albania, I was inspired by the great sadness and the sighing pull of the lines in kaba; it seemed an especially good carrier for the content of the piece, composed as it was during yet another war. Longing for peace in the garden of lost children was written for eighth blackbird" -Chambers

Spottiswoode and His Enemies ~~~
Danielle Howle

Spottiswoode and His Enemies: Although his songs travel the gamut from raw rock and roll anthems, confessional jazz ballads and gospel-inflected hymns to vaudevillian ditties and although His Enemies seamlessly switch gears and instruments, there is a distinct signature to Spottiswoode's work and a compelling emotional unity to the band's shows. WXPN's Dan Reed concurs: "They do something that few bands can do: evoke real emotions, sometimes several different ones in a single song". Paste Magazine describes the live show as "nothing short of transportive!"

Considered by many to be South Carolina's best kept musical secret, Danielle Howle is a punk rock girl with the voice of a honkeytonk angel. Opening for such diverse acts as Bob Dylan, Ani Difranco, Fugazi, and Indigo Girls, she has garnered worldwide acclaim while somehow remaining under the radar of mainstream America. Now is the time for South Carolina to share it's secret with the rest of America.

Tuesday, November 11 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)


Tim Kaiser ~~~
Paul Metzger ~~~
Spider Bags

Tim Kaiser is a sonic wizard exerting prowess over his hand-crafted instruments. A rig of Frankenstein objects create a wall of sound as they react to light, the flip of a switch, a shifted knob or the plucking of a steel rod. Growing out of this array are audible undulations, sheets of reverb and unknown timbre -- all mutable, amorphous and evolving. Kaiser's tableau of instruments resemble a scientific laboratory, a steampunk console, entertaining our imagination and questioning our definition of music...

Minneapolis guitarist Paul Metzger showcases a maximalist aesthetic and a tinkerer's sense of adventure in his rambling, percussive solo works. Over the course of 30 years, playing modified banjo and acoustic guitar, he's honed a style that's austere and verbose, elegant and rustic.

Spider Bags: Rollicking garage punk band with roots in Chapel Hill and Brooklyn.

Monday, November 10 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)

Ahomari ~~~ Fratmouth ~~~ Ritual Abjects





Ritual Abjects


Saturday, November 8 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Thrifted Sisters Party!

We are having a pop-up shop! A chance to see our things in person, try them on, and talk over snacks and a cup of coffee! We would really love to see you there!

**After almost a decade of sisters-in-law-collective-awesomeness, the Thrifted Sisters decided to share with the masses our maniacal passion for vintage goods. What began as a hobby quickly became a conviction. The Thrifted Sisters are committed to bringing you the coolest stuff at even cooler prices.**

To see more about what we're all about:

Saturday, November 8 2014
Noon to 4pm)

Word of Mouth Productions and bigSphinx Productions
Walter Parks
w/ Whiskey Bears

Walter Parks, the longtime guitarist and sideman to Woodstock legend Richie Havens and leader of Swamp Cabbage, is returning to Columbia where he last played the Columbia Blues fest. Currently based in the New York City area, Parks is ga ining national and European momentum for his southern fingerpicked tremolo guitar style and raspy vocals which both conspire in tribute to his native Jacksonville, Florida upbringing. At 56, writer of theme songs for HBO, Discovery Chann el and film, Walter Parks has played The Glastonbury Festival in the UK, Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden. This past July, Walter performed a duet with Judy Collins at Lincoln Center in Manhattan for the Pete Seeger Tribute. Fans of Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits would be well advised to attend.

Friday, November 7 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Nightmare Police ~~~ Antidrive ~~~ Oneforall

Nightmare Police": acoustic pop/punk all the way from Long Island!"

Thursday, November 6 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5 21+, $10 under 21

[ W o r d s e x p e r i m e n t a l l w e h a v e i s n o w . ]
[ W o r d s e x p e r i m e n t a l l w e h a v e i s n o w . ]

// Bring your ears and minds to the table and we will feast on suppositions and sonic forgeries. We see what we want to hear.

_for lovers of: words, silent films, romance, science fiction
_file under: experimental, happenings, acousmatic sound

- - -

Max Smith // Columbia, SC
_oratorical prose with gestures

Storm & Chess // Charleston, SC
_minimalist multimedia performance art

Golden Hostage // Columbia, SC
_high fidelity electronic house music

Wednesday, November 5 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)
[Show up before 8:30 & receive a personalized custom illustrated postcard & haiku.]
Suggested: $5

Meridian ~~~ RM/232 ~~~
Abraxas Saxophone Quartet
New Music Workshop

Meridian is an experimental percussion trio comprised of Tim Feeney, Nick Hennies and Greg Stuart. Their work focuses on setting percussion instruments and objects into chaotic vibration with mallets, scraping implements, fingers and/or bows.

RM/232 is a quartet of improvisors Rachel Whelan, Alex Wise, Jeff Vaughn, and Cameron Swett. They will be performing set of acoustic improvisation.

Abraxas Saxophone Quartet (Gabe Fadale/Sheldon Johnson/Andrew Wassum/Po-Fang Chang) will give the American premiere of Jürg Frey's Mémoire, horizon (2013/2014)

The New Music Workshop will perform Greg Stuart's "Waveform Subtraction for Florian Hecker (2014)"

Thursday, October 30 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Breakdancing Ronald Reagan ~~~ Aunt's Analog ~~~ Baggage KLAIM ~~~ Roomdance ~~~ Plank Ewing

~ space idea tapes presents ~

Breakdancing Ronald Reagan: Harsh Noise meets cut-up dynamics and absurdist Performance (F)Art; often with a minor degree in Power less Electronics. Lots of fat. Stupid, belligerent alcoholic. #420holocaust Records label owner.

Aunt's Analog: Texas' king of pedal smashing Japanoise worship. Often flips tables and freaks out, but still has a psychedelic edge and doesn't rely on macho brutality to get his point across; just real human instability. Bearded, stoned-as-fuck. Instincto Records label owner.

with local support from
Baggage KLAIM
Plank Ewing

bring somebody
buy a brew
buy a merch

Wednesday, Oct 29 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)

Walter Mitty and His Makeshift Orchestra ~~~
The Ruby Brunettes ~~~ Shy Lions

Tuesday, October 28 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Gringo Star ~~~ Keath Mead ~~~ Adam Corbett Band

Gringo Star is releasing a new 7" entitled Long Time Gone, and will be playing at Conundrum Music Hall on Friday, October 24th as a part of their 7" Release Tour.

Joining the bill are local artists Keath Mead and Adam Corbett Band.

Friday, October 24 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Jealousy Mountain Duo ~~~ Don Vito ~~~ Occupants

Two-man German band Jealousy Mountain Duo's self-titled longplayer was released by experimental German label Blunoise, a perfect portmanteau of Jealousy Mountain Duo's disparate '60s jazz and noisy, math-rock influences. Jealousy Mountain Duo takes a deconstructivist approach to its experimental blend of post-modern jazz and mathy indie rock, its guitars looping looping and conflicting melodies, its drums working in and out of rhythms, eschewing any semblance of straightforward timekeeping for an abstract counterbalance to the swirl of notes and tones. The result is tightly controlled chaos, a sonic maelstrom where form doesn't necessarily follow function. This, truly, is radical stuff. In both senses of the word.
- P. Wall

Don Vito: There is no other band that can make such loud noise with such creativity and step away from using rock instruments "traditionally". The sudden changes of rhythm, playful drum rolls and passionate shrieks leave you thrilled and out of breath. They're a teaser to the ears, offering complexity, speed and metal-based rollercoasters in 50-secondsong brilliance.

Occupants is a newborn improv/noise/jazz trio, consisting of Gabe Madden (guitar/trumpet), Michael Crawford (drums), and Tom Law (live manipulations, synth).

Wednesday, October 22 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)

The Pen Test ~~~ Boy Harsher ~~~ Roamer X ~~~
Executive Retreat ~~~ about.theWindow

a night of bubblin, featuring various acts n styles from near an far

The Pen Test The Pen Test (Moniker Records) Minneapolis, MN / hardware-centric Usonian minimal synth
Boy Harsher (Soft Science Records) Savannah, GA / synth,drum exotica duo
Roamer X Roamer X (Gainesville, FL > Asheville nc)

and local support from:
Executive Retreat

Tuesday, October 21 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)



AGES 21+




Monday, October 20 2014
Doors at 9pm

Tetherball ~~~ Callosum ~~~ Glowing Screens ~~~ Academia

Tetherball's smart pop sensibility ranges from terse, high-stepping Spoon-informed riffs to swimmy introversion that would be quite at home on a Beck record. "It's really fun and interesting the combination that words and ideas can have with a soundscape... like the score of a film." Indeed, other disciplines are on Steve Voss's horizon - in the footsteps of multi-faceted creators like Paul McCartney, he hopes to expand his projects to film, print, and performance in the near future. As might be expected, literature and philosophy figure heavily in the Tetherball plot. While some of his lyrical characters are born from real-life friends and experiences, others enter the songs from the realm of fiction. Of note is Philip K. Dick's dystopian sci-fi, which forms the basis for more than one Tetherball narrative.

Callosum is an electronica and instrumental hip-hop project out of Columbia, SC.

Glowing Screens is electro-pop from Columbia!

Sunday, October 19 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)

Listen Local presents
Funk You ~~~ Jackaroe ~~~ Bossman

Saturday, October 18 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)

Salvo ~~~ We Roll Like Madmen ~~~ Lazy A ~~~ Ahomari

001_//Ahomari el-youth

010_//Lazy A lbum/a-b-are-so-far-apart

011_//We Roll Like Madmen


Friday, October 17 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Unwed Teenage Mothers ~~~ Ryan Morris ~~~ Don't Tell Elton

Unwed Teenage Mothers manage to seek the front porch of Southern rock, take it out back to the shed for some buzz saw riffing, place it on the mantle all shiny and new, and be on their way down the gravel road with a wave goodbye. - Impose Magazine

Ryan Morris is also known to you all as a member of fk mt.

Don't Tell Elton is a project of Mr. Adam Cullum of Can't Kids and Falling Off A Building, wherein he sings all Elton John son gs.

Tuesday, October 14 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)

Garald Farnham "Passing By: My Life As A Minstrel"

Both touching and humorous, "Passing By..." describes the journeys of a modern day troubadour. Garald Farnham has entertained children and adults on five continents with his Renaissance spirit and song. Drawing from these experiences, he has created this spontaneous evening of stories and songs. The performance features Renaissance lute songs, songs from Shakespeare, traditional folk ballads and classics from the 1960s, plus words from Shakespeare and contemporary. This performance of "Passing By..." is a program of Good Pennyworths' October concert tour traveling from NYC to Florida and back. In June Garald made his fourth appearance at the Lute Society of America's Biennial Lute Festival at Case Western in Cleveland and his third performance with Early Music in Columbus.

Monday, October 13 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$8 general public / $5 students, seniors, & children

Peter Case ~~~
Brodie Porterfield

Three time Grammy nominee Peter Case's work sets the bar for authenticity, passion and imagination and spans a number of genres, including folk, blues, and rock. Raised in Buffal o, NY, Case came to the Bay area in 1973 and worked as a street musician and played in the seminal power pop group The Nerves, before moving to Los Angeles to form the Plimsouls, landing a deal with Geffen Records.

The Plimsouls achie ved success with the hit single, "A Million Miles Away," which landed them a role in the movie Valley Girl, as the band performing during the club scenes. Case's 1986 solo Geffen Record debut revealed deep roots in folk and blues, and ea rned him his first Grammy nomination for the song "Old Blue Car" as well as the Number 1 spot on the NY Time's 1986 Best CDs list. Six CDs later, Case earned another nomination for Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John, a remarkable collection o f songs that features Case's voice and a single guitar. It's clear that Case is a major talent n the Americana troubadour landscape. Case's 2010 CD, Wig emphasized the rock and blues side of Case's repertoire, while 2007's Let Us Now Pra ise Sleepy John demonstrates what Case can do with just his voice and a guitar. With or without a backing band, Case delivers his songs with both intense passion and introspective nuance.

Sunday, October 12 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$12 in advance / $15 at the door RIGHT HERE

Rule #9 ~~~ Nepotism ~~~
The Apnea Effect ~~~
Corbett Alexander

After more than two years, Charleston heavy hitters Rule #9 are making their return to the Columbia. We will be joined by our new friends, Columbia's own Nepotism along with The Apnea Effect and Corbett Alexander! The event is ONLY $5 at the door! Come out for an awesome night of ROCK!!

Friday, October 10 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

George Fetner ~~~ Nathan Halverson ~~~
New Music Workshop

George Fetner has composed pieces for orchestra, chamber groups, soloists, computers , installations, and rock band. Tonight's concert will include his "And to the Sea We Shall Return" (2014), featuring performers Lauren Elizabeth Watkins (flute), Jeff Vaughn (percussion), Andy Jurik (electric guitar), and George Fetner (electric guitar, voice); and "Beneath the Ice of Europa" (2010, revised 2013), with Andy Jurik on electric guitar.

Nathan Halverson is a digital media artist whose work, often in sound and video, uses elements of field recording, appropriation, and live performance to investigate the intersection of sound and image and the acts of hearing and seeing. Nathan received his MFA in Kinetic Imaging from Virginia Commonwealth University and is an instructor in the Media Arts department at the University of South Carolina. A CD of his music is available via Peapod Recordings.

New Music Workshop will be performing Alvin Lucier's "Opera with Objects" (1997) and James Tenney's "For percussion perhaps, Or...(night)" (1971).

Tuesday, October 7 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)

256-ToGo presents
The Filthy Six
The Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul

The Filthy Six are the most exciting, authentic Soul Jazz outfit in the UK today and have established themselves as one of the most electric live acts around. Their so aring horns, blistering guitar and gut-wrenching Hammond are fuelled by one of the hardest-grooving rhythm sections around producing a hip-shakingly powerful mixture of jazz, funk and boogaloo totally in keeping with the finest tradition s of the Blue Note sound. Led by trumpeter Nick Etwell (Tom Jones, Beck, Mumford & Sons) this crack unit of erudite musical gunslingers have graced the bands of some of the hottest names in music including Amy Winehouse, Jack White, Dion ne Warwick, Jill Scott, David Axelrod, Duran Duran, Pee Wee Ellis, Ronnie Spector, The Allman Brothers, Mark Ronson, The Atomic Bomb Band, Madness and the James Taylor Quartet to name a few.

After the fun and frolics of their debut US Tour - a 10 date run of the South - in the Spring, followed by a short hit of the New York area in July, The Filthy Six are heading back down below the Mason-Dixon line to visit their newfound friends once more. This time they are sprea ding wings a little farther afield to tempt a few South Easterners into some Filthy dancefloor manoeuvres whilst encountering new, as yet unchartered, places and people along the way. The Texas Turnaround Tour, with the support of Stetso n USA, starts and finishes in Texas with the boys heading out East all the way to Florida and back taking in Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, the Carolinas and Georgia for a 20 date run that'll eat up more miles than Lance Arm strong on EPO.

The band for this tour features a UK/US alliance of reputed bad-assery including Nick Etwell on Trumpet, Frank Walden (Amy Winehouse/Tom Jones) on Sax, Jerry Haglund (James Taylor Quartet/Claes Jansson) on Guitar, Kevin Scott (Bernard Purdie/Grant Green Jnr) on Bass, Nate Basinger (The Lost Counts/Diplomats of Solid Sound) on Organ and Duane Trucks (Hard Working Americans/Col. Bruce Hampton) on drums. A line up that's as sexy live as it sounds on paper , these instrumental groove merchants fuse boundless energy and incredible musicianship to create tight, funky music that moves the mind, body and soul whilst simultaneously blowing the roof off every venue they play. An absolute must-se e for fans of the Soul Jazz/Groove genre and indeed, any fans of good Soul music full stop.

Monday, October 6 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Analog Moon ~~~ Timshel ~~~ Mario McClean

Friday, October 3 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

256-ToGo presents
An Evening With The Mike Dillon Band

How many artists can claim being praised a "punk rock provocateur," "jazz vibraphone visionary" and "percussion virtuoso" in the same sentence? There's only one: Mike Dillon. Whether through his affiliation with artists like Les Claypool , Brave Combo and Ani DiFranco, collaborations such as Garage A Trois, The Dead Kenny Gs and Critters Buggin or bands he's fronted, including Billy Goat and Hairy Apes BMX, the Texas-native has set his own standard for 25 years now.

Mike Dillon - Vibraphone/Percussion
Claude Coleman (Ween) - Drums
André Cholmondeley (Project Object) - Guitar
JJ Jungle (Hairy Apes BMX / Billy Goat) - Bass

Monday, September 29 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$10 at the doors or RIGHT HERE

Projexorcism ~~~ Occupants

Spawned in 1999, Projexorcism was begun when Ed Cooper acquired two Bell & Howell 2592 auto-shred projectors and 200 educational films. By 2003 Projexorcism had defined a un ique flavor of experimental hyperactive expanded cinema & has since been pushing the boundaries of weirdness. Currently Projexorcism is using a quad 16mm projector array suspended from a lighting pole - the projectors are synchronized wi th a 4- channel sound-actuated variable speed lighting controller. The projected images are split, inverted and bent using silver reflective CD-R's and Fresnel lenses. In May 2005 the Catawba Council for the Arts awarded Projexorcism an Innovative Project Grant to add a Film-to-Video Regurgitation Array to their quad 16mm setup. Unbound from the linearity of film, the 16mm setup is now augmented with real-time video capture, manipulation & projection devices.

The fi lm is manipulated using various techniques to create new contradictory action sequences and dialogue. Films are chosen to reflect relevant, irreverent or nonsensical themes --- black history, presidents, Gila monsters. Film often breaks or passes through the projection gate in a manner inconsistent with film preservation, much to the dismay of Jedi film preservationists. The kinetic swinging and shaking of the film tree will warp reels and melt film - CDs fall to the gr ound - the shriek of optical sound feedback as dust clogs the sound bulb - the randomly choreographed accidents of brilliance & stupidity --- a space armada of keyboards scoring a photonic overture. Projexorcism is joined by a rotating c ast of musicians which have included Jacob Lunow, Tom Devlin, Faze Exile, Richard Jeffries, Chad Davis, Ben Teeter, Steve Burnette, Joe Sample and Rick Gallagher. Projexorcism has projected in collaboration with US Christmas, Acid Mother s Temple, Rommanis Motte, The Steve Mackay Ensemble, Feralcatscan, Temple of Bon Matin, Khate, Hellblinki, Weedeater, Sikhara & more.

Occupants is a newborn free improv noise/jazz combo consisting of Gabe Madden (trumpet, guitar), Michael Crawford (drums), and Tom Law (analog synth, sound manipulations).

Saturday, September 27 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

a bigSphinx Productions production


What is Beauty Slap?

It is electronic music.
It is five horns, a saxophone, and a guitar.
It is beautiful. And it slaps.

Friday, September 26 2014
10pm (doors at 9:30pm)
$10 at the door or RIGHT HERE

presented by the USC School of Music and bigSphinx Productions

Stereofly Presents...John The Revelator + Brian Timmons + Danny Joe Machado + Greg Slattery

Come to Conundrum Music Hall to see hear some good times. Featuring solo sets from Greg Slattery of Shallow Palace, Danny Joe Machado (solo), Brian Timmons of fk mt. and John the Revelator (solo project of Jake Garrett).

An alien abdu ction follows.

Thursday, September 25 2014
8:30pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Columbia Drum Mafia #13 anniversary party/Jam

Well guys, its been one year since our very first Drum jam. This is our 13th meeting. very excited to have a party 7-9 then drum jam 9-12.Sponsored by Columbia Arts Academy and the Lexington School of Music.

Wednesday, September 24 2014

Alex's Magical Birthday Music Party

Tuesday, September 23 2014

Miles to Go
Passing Worth

A Day of Peace: Songs, Prose, and Prayers

In conjunction with the United Nations' annual International Day of Peace -- September 21 -- there will be music, songs, poetry, readings, and silent and spoken prayers for peace.

Come to share in the love and fellowship, with new and old friends, as we sing and speak and pray for peace among a ll peoples. Not only between nations, but in our homes, at work, in our schools and on our streets .... throughout our daily lives.

Musicians, po ets, writers, clerics, people of all cultures and ethnicities and religious persuasions, are invited to participate.

A donation of $3.00 or more, from all, including those who share their talent, is requested, to help pay for the facility and its staff. Collections after that will be donated t o the United Nations-affiliated non-profit organization, Pathways to Peace. Musicians/Poets/Readers wanted -- please contact Jean Ray Williams, via P M, to be added to the program.

Sunday, September 21 2014
5pm (doors at 4:30pm)

TURKU In Concert for Two Nights!

Performing "300 Year Old Rock & Roll from the Cradle of Civilization" TURKU's saz, bass and layered percussion are the raw energy in their music. Farzad Farhangi's soaring, yet contemplative violin is the burning nuance swirling above th at sea of churning rhythm.

TURKU formed in Columbia, SC in 1996, released its first album, "Alleys of Istanbul" in 1998, followed by "Nomads of the Silk Road" in 2000, and "Ozlem" in 2004." TURKU is working on its fourth album. TURKU has performed for audiences as large as 25,000 from San Francisco to New York City to Samarkand, Uzbekistan in Central Asia.

TURKU, Nomads of the Silk Road will perform vibrant selections from their past and upcoming recordings, fe aturing music from Turkish, Persian, Kurdish, Azeri, and neighboring cultures in a 2-night engagement at Conundrum Music Hall in West Columbia, South Carolina on September 19 & 20.

Friday & Saturday, September 19 & 20, 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)
$10 in advance RIGHT HERE / $12 at the door


The music of Le Rex reveals a spectacular kaleidoscope of crispy popgrooves, balkanese horn riffs, intoxicating and frisky rhythm'n'blues parts and the sweet bitterness of leaden ballads. Even though the five musicians play without any electricity, they definitely are electrifying at all times. After recording two CDs with transportable equipment at different locations, the first capturing the French summer at t he beaches of the island Corsica, in cow fields and forest with cicades, the second recorded all over Switzerland, playing street music and clubs, scrap yards, on farms, rest stops etc., they will record their new material in Chicago on this occasion. Le Rex' breath-taking soloists and adventurous music fascinates not only on their road trips, but also brought them to festivals and club tours all over Europe and the States.

Wednesday, September 17 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Mammoth Indigo ~~~
Post Timey String Band ~~~
Barnwell ~~~
Operation Transformation

Tuesday, September 16 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)


James Falzone, Clarinet ~~~ Distemper (Jeb Bishop, trombone / David Menestres, bass / Dan Ruccia, viola)

James Falzone, Clarinet has dedicated a large part of his work, especially since 2011, to solo playing and the development of a long-form work he calls Sighs Too Deep For Words. His solo work is a synthesis of the improvised and the composed and often incorporates multiple clarinets (Bb, Eb, prepared), ritual and singing bowls/bells, shruti box, and other ambient sound makers. He has toured with his solo project extensively, often in conjunction with workshops and masterclasses on improvisation at universities, colleges, and music schools.

Distemper: Well-known to Columbia audiences, North Carolina-based musician Jeb Bishop has performed, toured and recorded with groups including the Vandermark Five, the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls, Terminal Four,School Days, Ken Vandermark's Territory Band, Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra, Globe Unity Orchestra, and his own Jeb Bishop Trio. He also co-led the Lucky 7s project with New Orleans-based trombonist Jeff Albert, and is a member of cooperative quartet The Engines.
Tonight he brings his NC friends David Menestres on bass and Dan Ruccia on viola.

Friday, September 12 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Workshop in Free Improv Music

Jeb Bishop, James Falzone, Dan Ruccia, and David Menestres will conduct a workshop in free improv music before Friday night's concert, from 7:00pm to 8:30. All instruments and all levels of proficiency are welcome! The workshop will cost $10, and all participants will get free admission to the 9pm concert.

Jeb Bishop (trombone) is of course well known to Columbia audiences, having played here on many occasions, in various improv situations; while James Falzone (clarinet) has appeared here before with Tim Daisy's Vox Arcana. The two have worked together extensively in Chicago over the years, and both have long careers performing internationally. Dan Ruccia (viola) and David Menestres (bass) are members of Distemper along with Jeb.

For more info, contact or call (803) 250-1295.

Friday, September 12 2014
7pm (doors at 6:30pm)

Salvo / Height With Friends / Karmessiah / Eze Jackson / Tribe One

08:30 - Tribe One with Malibu Shark Attack!
09:15 - Eze Jackson
09:45 - Karmessiah.
10:30 - Height With Friends
11:15 - Salvo

Tribe One with Malibu Shark Attack (yolocore)

Eze Jackson (futurecore)

Karmessiah (lushcore)

Height With Friends (radcore)

Salvo (noisecore)

Thursday, September 11 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)

The New Edition feat. H3RO, Mark Carson, Jigg Nevermind, and Jawan LIVE!!!

Saturday, September 6 2014
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$6 / $4 w/ Student ID


Friday, September 5 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Wooden Wand ~~~ Stefanie Bannister

Wooden Wand: Says Swans frontman and head of Young God Records Michael Gira, James Jackson Toth's "got that picaresque quality that Dylan had in his heyday, wherein the shambolic narrator undergoes various travails and epiphanies -- harrowing, bleak and darkly comical -- in the course of a narrative, then leaves you mystified, both smiling and sad."

Wooden Wand, a.k.a. singer-songwriter James Jackson Toth, has released a vast amount material under such collectives as Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice, Wooden Wand & the Sky High Band, and Wooden Wand & the Briarwood Virgins. Toth's style has drawn on a variety of both conventional and experimental folk, country and rock influences, including psych folk, acid folk, free folk, and indie. The heavily Neil Young and Crazy Horse-influenced "Briarwood", released in November 2011, is perhaps Toth's most lyrically accessible record to date.

"Briarwood" finds the New York native mining the remarkably fertile music scene in Birmingham, Alabama, including two members of the now-defunct Verbena -- Les Nuby, also the producer of "Briarwood", and Duquette Johnston -- members of Plate Six, Through the Sparks, and Delicate Cutters. Recent Wooden Wand tours have featured a stripped-down version of the full band, including Janet Simpson-Templin, who has also recorded with Jeffrey Lewis.

Stefanie Bannister recorded "I Admit I am Glad" with Harper Marchman-Jones in Charleston during the summer and fall of 2013. Her Bandcamp says that the album includes "almost every song I've ever written". Bannister's voice is silky smooth paired with a baritone ukulele that she completely owns playing several different ways throughout. Lyrically the album is cathartic staying close to home and relatable like an open book to her youth and coming of age experiences. Stylistically the songs sway from track to track with a different vibe, each song accented by changes of pace like a front porch conversation. Sometimes fast and excited and the next laid back and reminiscent.
- SC Scene

Sunday, August 31 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)

FAIS-ONe presents the Culture Shock Tour

Join us as Labor Day weekend as Qwintis Sential, Zadok, and Dyzne By God bless the stage in the first stop of the Culture Shock Tour. $10 at the door, doors open at 8pm. The event is open to the general public and ALL ages are welcome. Help us start the tour off right. If you already have plans, then change them. If you don't have plans- we just made them for you. You know we are gonna TURN UP so you need to come TURN UP with us. See you in the building!

Saturday, August 30 2014
Doors at 8pm

Pharaohs in Space, The Juniors, and Dr. R oundhouse

August 29th come out to Conundrum for some folksy three part harmonies in a rock sandwich. Admission is $5 but I can pretty much guarantee a good time with a 90% chance of tomfoolery and the possibility of shenanigans.

Friday, August 29 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

STEREOFLY presents Rachel Kate, Adam Cullen, and Calamity Cubes

Rachel Kate ~~~ Adam Cullen ~~~ Calamity Cubes

The one-and-only Rachel Kate returns to Columbia after her move to Nashville to soothe our souls with her captivating tunes. Joining her will be The Calamity Cubes! and Hope Clayton Cullum + 1 TBA

Tuesday, August 26 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)

Moonday Tranformation Ritual

Monday, August 25 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

High and Lonesome
Jason Ajemian ~~~ Conad Freiberg

Performing solo pieces plus duo improvised songs about the audience to give them a first-hand unrepeatable experience.

Jason Ajemian: Acoustic bassist Jason Ajemian is one of the members of the underground music scene in Chicago, playing a variety of creative improvised, noise, and experimental musics based in rock and jazz. He is a graduate of the William Patterson College in New Jersey, where he studied with bassist Rufus Reid and percussionist Kevin Norton. Arriving in Chicago in the fall of 2000, Ajemian embraced the then burgeoning progressive music community. Ajemian also vocalizes and utilizes electronics. His dizzying number of credits include work with Rob Mazurek, the Exploding Star Orchestra, Dragons 1976, Lay All Over It, Born Heller, Matt Bauder, Ken Vandermark's Crisis Ensemble, Who Cares How Long You Sink, Triage, Mandarin Movie, the Chicago Underground Trio, and countless others.

Conad Freiberg: American, born 1978. Raised in Quincy, Illinois on the Mississippi river in Mark Twain territory. Currently Conrad lives and works in America, and tours the back-roads from the Misty Mountaintop to the Dismal Swamp singing songs with his ukulele, and the Pod of Absence, occasionally fixing people's homes with his toolkit.

Sunday, August 24 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Benefit for Aaron ft. The Fishing Journal, Casio Mio, MyBrother MySister

Saturday, August 23 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Dreiberg ~~~ Apnea Effect ~~~ Miles To Go

Strap in friends, 'cause it's time to rock some faces once again at Conundrum Music Hall! Join us as we take the stage with our pals (and fellow locals) The Apnea Effect and Miles To Go as we welcome back the college crowd with a night of awesome tunes and even better times! #SeeYouOutThere

Friday, August 22 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)

Ultrafaux ~~~ The Ruby Brunettes

Baltimore band Ultrafaux performs original music composed by guitarist Michael Joseph Harris in the style of Jazz Manouche or Gypsy Jazz. The band is an acoustic powerhouse of two guitars and upright bass. Sami Arefin and Harris trade dazzling leads and harmonize together on rich gypsy-inspired melodies. The dynamic Eddie Hrybyk on upright bass holds down the steady swinging pulse and brings his passion for improvisation to the group.

Columbia, South Carolina's The Ruby Brunettes are a four piece band whose sound is largely defined by the intertwining of the male and female voices of Chris Compton (guitar) and Catherine Allgrim (trombone) and the three and four part harmonies created by the rhythm section of Chris Paget (bass) and Ken Mixon (percussion). The group released their debut album in early 2013, before the addition of a rhythm section, and received tremendous reviews with Jasper magazine saying "this self-titled sticks out in a major way among music released in Columbia this year."

Thursday, August 21 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$8 online RIGHT HERE or at the door

Drum Mafia #12

Wednesday, August 20 2014
7pm to midnight

Megfest II

Saturday, August 16 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)

Up All Nite Vol. 2

**LIVE Hip-Hop, R&B, Jazz, Soul, Electronic, Rock**

Everybody come to have a great time in a comfortable environment!! Leave everything else at home

BLZ mayne, Bowtye, Ts Streetz, Leon Leonard (Fontane), 2GreaT, WorstBreedNation & BassLine +++ MORE with DJ King Bee SPINNING ALL NIGHT LONG!!! COME TO THE PARTY....and.....YES.....of course alcohol will be served!!! ENJOY GREAT MUSIC with a few surprises!!!! gonna be a show!! Rapping, Singing, Beatz, dancing, instruments...etc Up allll nite volume 2. $10

ANY QUESTIONS OR DIRECTIONS contact: BLZ @ 803-420-2439 (text/call)

Friday, August 15 2014
9pm to 1am

Daryl Hance Trio ~~~ Albatross

"Seated onstage all those years in Mofro, one might have missed what a six-string monster Daryl Hance is, but there's no mistaking how he's right in line with contemporaries lik e The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and North Mississippi Allstars/Black Crowes man Luther Dickinson on his welcome solo debut, Hallowed Ground (released January 25 on Pine Tar Recordings). The album reveals what a goddamn sexy player Hance t ruly is, as well as showing off his ear-catching songwriting and singing skills -- there's something of John Fogerty to the whole package actually. It's Southern rock with a psychedelic lover man's twist, and anyone who likes it humid an d right in the pocket is likely to plotz over Hallowed Ground."
- Hey Shredder, Dirty Impound

Albatross is a high energy, rock and roll band who plays blues rock, classic rock, country rock, and rock 'n' soul, specifically late '60s/early '70s style clas sic rock including British blues rock and Woodstock era music. They love to jam and improvise and to perform their takes on awesome old songs they like, as well as the raw, powerful, vintage sounding original material they come up with.

Thursday, August 14 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Steve Marquette Quintet

A group capable of producing moments of frightening power and striking sensitivity, the Steve Marquette Quintet (formed 2012) features the talents of New Orleans musicians Jeff Albert (trombone), Brad Walker (saxophone), Jesse Morrow (ba ss), Steve Marquette (guitar) and Marcello Benetti (drums). Though primarily showcasing Marquette's compositions, their democratic nature provide a vehicle for all the musicians to express their unique voices and conceptions. Drawing upo n the leaders eclectic spirit, the quintet brings together elements of free jazz, collective improvisation, noise/rock, and other strains of the jazz tradition. Their debut recording, 'I Knew It Then' (2013), also marks the first release of Two Cities records - Marquette's record label dedicated to documenting Chicago and New Orleans improvising musicians.

Sunday, August 10 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Soda City Songwriter Spectacle

So many songwriters! Julia Englund & Gill Strait, Chris Compton, Alderman Douglas, Kelley McLachlan Douglas, Mario McClean, Ken Mixon, Billy Ray with Charlie McLinden, Joe Pearson & Stephen Stokes, and Darren Woodlief!So many songwriters! Julia Englund & Gill Strait, Chris Compton, Alderman Douglas, Kelley McLachlan Douglas, Mario McClean, Ken Mixon, Billy Ray with Charlie McLinden, Joe Pearson & Stephen Stokes, and Darren Woodlief!

Thursday, August 7 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Marbin ~~~ eBlue

Marbin first started in 2007 as a duo consisting of Israeli guitarist Dani Rabin and Israeli s axophonist Danny Markovitch Slor. Markovitch and Rabin met shortly after Markovitch had completed his military service as an infantry sergeant and Rab in had graduated from Berklee College of Music. Since 2008, Marbin has been living in Chicago and performing all over the United States, playing over 250 shows a year with the accompaniment of drummer Justyn Lawrence and bassist Jae Gentile . They have released three albums: Marbin (2009), Breaking the Cycle (2011) , and Last Chapter of Dreaming (2013). Marbin is currently signed to Moonjune Records and Management.

In the deep south, neighboring Columbia SC, three musicians collaborated to form the band known as eBlue. The fusion of jazz and dream rock is immediately evident once one enters the realm of this melodic playground of sound. The ja rgon of each individual is skillfully transmuted through their chosen musical medium. Drums initiate the lead with an effervescent, smooth and subtle technique, parting the veil, tempting the grooving thump of the bass while teasing seemingly effortless solos from the guitar. Unique modal phrasing, odd meter, and signature tone further blend and fuse twisting to create texture, depth, and an eclectic sound, conjuring the very soul of this trio.

Tuesday, August 5 2014
7:30pm (doors at 7pm)

Marbin ~~~ eBlue

Marbin first started in 2007 as a duo consisting of Israeli guitarist Dani Rabin and Israeli s axophonist Danny Markovitch Slor. Markovitch and Rabin met shortly after Markovitch had completed his military service as an infantry sergeant and Rab in had graduated from Berklee College of Music. Since 2008, Marbin has been living in Chicago and performing all over the United States, playing over 250 shows a year with the accompaniment of drummer Justyn Lawrence and bassist Jae Gentile . They have released three albums: Marbin (2009), Breaking the Cycle (2011) , and Last Chapter of Dreaming (2013). Marbin is currently signed to Moonjune Records and Management.

In the deep south, neighboring Columbia SC, three musicians collaborated to form the band known as eBlue. The fusion of jazz and dream rock is immediately evident once one enters the realm of this melodic playground of sound. The ja rgon of each individual is skillfully transmuted through their chosen musical medium. Drums initiate the lead with an effervescent, smooth and subtle technique, parting the veil, tempting the grooving thump of the bass while teasing seemingly effortless solos from the guitar. Unique modal phrasing, odd meter, and signature tone further blend and fuse twisting to create texture, depth, and an eclectic sound, conjuring the very soul of this trio.

Tuesday, August 5 2014
7:30pm (doors at 7pm)

"That Show", hosted by Caleb(justCaleb)

"That Show" will be my last full set in the city, for the moment. Dope lineup, be there or be that shape that nobody likes.

Live performances by:< ul>

  • Caleb(justCaleb)
  • BC Villanova
  • H3RO
  • Plans /There Will Be Crumbs
  • Cole Connor
  • Chuma Tha Mayor
  • Cassy Renee
  • Lyrical Lo
  • Ganja Goons W/ StarSeed Krigga
  • Kevin Flu m DJ: Matty Matt
    Host: Caleb(justCaleb)

    Friday, August 1 2014
    6:30 to midnight
    $5 21+ / $8 18+

  • "That Show", hosted by Caleb(justCaleb)

    "That Show" will be my last full set in the city, for the moment. Dope lineup, be there or be that shape that nobody likes.

    Live performances by:< ul>

  • Caleb(justCaleb)
  • BC Villanova
  • H3RO
  • Plans /There Will Be Crumbs
  • Cole Connor
  • Chuma Tha Mayor
  • Cassy Renee
  • Lyrical Lo
  • Ganja Goons W/ StarSeed Krigga
  • Kevin Flu m DJ: Matty Matt
    Host: Caleb(justCaleb)

    Friday, August 1 2014
    6:30 to midnight
    $5 21+ / $8 18+

  • Hiroya Tsukamoto

    Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one of a kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and to ok up the guitar shortly after. In 1994, Hiroya entered The Osaka University and while at college in Japan, Hiroya was introduced to a musical and social movement in South America called Nueva Cancion headed by musical legends such as Vi ctor Jara and Violeta Parra.

    In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He is also the recipient of the Professional Music Achievement Award. Hiroya completed a debut album entiti led "The Other Side of the World" with his band INTEROCEANICO and released in 2004. His composition entitled "El Otro Lado del Mundo" was nominated as the finalist of The USA Songwriting Competition 2004 and "Samba de Siempre" in 2005, a lso "Seventh Night" is the finalist of International Acoustic Music Award in 2006. Hiroya released his second album entitled "Confluencia" in 2006 and the third album"Where the River Shines" in 2008.

    Hiroya has been leading concerts w ith his group including several appearances at Blue Note in New York and he performed with Esperanza Spalding, Marta Gomez, Kendrick Scott(The Crusadors), Pete Kennedy(The Kennedys) and Dave Maxwell(Muddy Waters Band).

    Hiroya's recent album is "Heartland" which was released in August 2012 from 333discs. In October 2012, Hiroya did four days live performances on Japan Public TV(NHK) program "El Mundo".

    Wednesday, July 30 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

    a bigSphinx Productions production

    Karl 2000 ~~~ Satan and Boys ~~~ Occupants

    Karl 2000: "When you have three American musicians -- two from Greenville, SC -- interpreting Russian folk music, you might expect it to get a little wild and full of pastich e. This new band and their new, self-titled debut album, play up the Soviet-ness of their act... from the name to the red CD jacket to the pseudo-Cyrillic spelling of the song title names. The music itself is sometimes playful with the w hole Russian theme, but filtered through the boundless energy of outside jazz, it becomes clear that, ultimately, the band does mean business."
    - SOMETHING ELS E! REVIEWS (December 2012)

    Satan and Boys is solo guitarist Zach Pruitt.

    Occupants is a newborn free improv noise/jazz combo consisting of Gabe Madden (trumpet, guitar), Michael Crawford (drums), and Tom Law (analog synth, sound manipulations).

    Sunday, July 27 2014
    9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

    a bigSphinx Productions production

    An Evening with Grind, An Alice in Chains Tribute

    "South Carolina's Grind: An Alice in Chains Tribute isn't just going through the motions. Their reverence for the departed Layne Staley and Mike Starr runs deeper tha n Starr's penetrative bass grooves. Frontman Gary Allen's intense performances, which have been seen at House of Blues locations, Las Vegas, and the Sunset Strip, are intentionally haunting to those who caught Staley and Starr in their p rime. Exhuming the spirit of '90s grunge down to every howled note and plaid facial whisker, the tribute band loads their spot-on sets with greatest hits such as "Rooster," "Them Bones," and "Man in a Box," alongside b-sides for hardcore fans."
    - St. Andrews Hall, Detroit.

    Saturday, July 26 2014
    9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
    $10 at the door or RIGHT HERE



    Touring from San Francisco, Marla Fibish and Bruce Victor are Noctambule , French for 'night-owl.' Their unique presentation encompasses poetry about the night, set to thei r original music, Irish traditional music and original tunes. Their music is rendered with lush beauty, sensitivity and humor on an unusual array of strings - various guitars in varied tunings, mandola, mandolin, tenor guitar, and their blended voices.

    In performance, Bruce and Marla take all comers on a fun and varied musical ramble, blending their diverse backgrounds in sometimes surprising ways. You'll hear lilting and sometimes driving Irish tunes, whiffs of Moto wn, beautiful airs, poignant and funny songs, and be invited to join them on their musical explorations into the night. More at

    Marla and Bruce take the name Noctambu le from a Robert Service poem about a nocturnal ramble through the back alleys of Paris, which they have set to music and included on their CD Travel in the Shadows. The album's theme is the 'night journey' - the opportunity to see and e xperience things differently once the usual sources of light have been extinguished. All the songs are original settings of poetry from a variety of poets-- Tennyson, Neruda, Roethke, St. Vincent Millay, and several from Robert Service. There are two original instrumental pieces as well -- a reel and a waltz -- as well as one traditional Irish song.

    'The irregular phrases, unpredictable meters and strangely beautiful harmonies...overlapping voices, guitars, and m andolins conjure a nocturnal world in which the words of some of our finest poets take shape and snap together magically like recently discovered pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Travel in the Shadows is folk music at its best--hand made, with out a template.' - Alex DeGrassi

    Friday, July 25 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
    $12 advance RIGHT HERE / $15 at the door

    Drum Mafia #11

    The Columbia Drum Mafia was started by Brian Geiger and friends eleven months ago. The Drum Mafia is a monthly meeting for all drummers and spectators to come together to have fun playing and learning new ideas from each other. These Dru m Jams have become instructional-clinic type sessions. The mafia has had some of the best clinics and getting bigger and better each month.

    The Clinics scheduled for this month are:

    • 7:00 Todd Ellis- Todd will discuss Entertai nment law 101, importance of Partnership agreements and other musician contracts.
    • 7:45 Jim "Soni" Sonefeld, is coming in to talk about drummers crossing over from drummer to front man. His new album is out now.
    • 8:45 Jacobi Gunter , Zildjian's Drummer-Love winner is discussing "making a tedious task fun with the metronome"
    Following these two clinics is an open jam 9:00 p.m. until midnight. Anyone is welcome to participate. Kits will be supplied for all to p lay. We'll play with a click track and with original backing tracks recorded by Paul Hale. Please bring your own sticks and headphones.

    Wednesday, July 23 2014
    7pm to midnight
    $8 (tickets available in advance RIGHT HERE)

    Brian Geiger Music presents

    Jason Lescalleet ~~~ Greg Stuart ~~~ Plank Ewing

    Jason Lescalleet (b. 1968, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA) explores a sound world that occupies a space between noise, contemporary composition , and minimal electronics. Using decidedly primitive tactics and equipment his work focuses on microscopic audio detail set awash in exaggerated and exploited site-specific acoustics.
    Through the past two decades, Lescalleet has grad ually and painstakingly compiled a compelling discography on notable labels such as Erstwhile, RRR, Intransitive Recordings, Kye, Celebrate Psi-Phenomenon, Hanson Records, Chondritic Sound, and most recently via his own Glistening Exampl es imprint.
    Lescalleet has collaborated with Kevin Drumm, Graham Lambkin, Phill Niblock, Joe Colley, John Hudak, Rafael Toral, Thomas Ankersmit, Ron Lessard (as Due Process), and CM Von Hausswolff among others, and during this time he has built a solid reputation for delivering a visceral live experience in his concert performances.
    He currently lives in Maine, where he works and operates the Glistening Examples publishing label and the Glistening Labs studio for audio recording and mastering services.

    Greg Stuart is a percussionist from St. Paul, Minn., currently residing in Columbia, S.C. His work explores various alternative percussion techniques, including sustained friction, gravity-based sounds via small grains, sympathetic vibration and electronic instruments.

    Plank Ewing: space idea co conspirator
    one with wood, tape, sounds, other etc.

    Sunday, July 20 2014
    9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

    a bigSphinx Productions production

    North Elementary ~~~ Release the Dog ~~~ Ghost Mall ~~~ Rogue Band of Youth

    North Elementary sounds like a big and ballsy hard rock band trying to sound like pop geniuses, or maybe pop geniuses trying to sound like a big and ballsy hard rock band; either way, the result is magical.

    Release the Dog was formed in July 2012 by Ross Swinson and Charley Potter. Ross Steppling stepped in to play bass. Their first full length, "Out For Justice" was re leased on December 6th, 2013.

    Ghost Mall is four lewd dudes who love food. And Music. They're here to make you feel.

    Rogue Band of Youth hails from Carrboro, NC.

    Saturday, July 19 2014
    8:30pm (doors at 8pm)



    8 PM DOORS
    8:30 SHOW
    11:30 AFTERPARTY




    Friday, July 18 2014
    8:30pm (doors at 8pm)

    Resonant Rogues ~~~ The Restoration

    Join us for an evening of old fashioned originals, featuring The Resonant Rogues on tour from Asheville, North Carolina, and local favorites The Resto ration.

    With a plethora of diverse influences, the Resonant Rogues write songs that tra nscend genres. Their meaningful lyrics and infectious melodies will catch your ear and move your feet. Gypsy jazz and traditional eastern European mus ic blend seamlessly with American folk traditions like old-time, blues, and vintage hot jazz.

    The R estoration's members grew up performing in orchestras, church choirs, fiddle groups and rock bands in the small town of Lexington, South Carol ina. Formed in 2007, the band have used their varied backgrounds as a lens for exploring the music and culture of their native soil, channeling storyt elling and regional history through instrumentation associated with traditional and post-rock America alike. At the core of this exploration is a desi re to preserve and enjoy the rich cultural heritage of the South while taking responsibility to acknowledge the problematic history that created it. M usically, the band wishes to take part in the evolution of traditional and regional music, providing a living, contemporary voice that embraces overla pping genre boundaries while remaining aware and respectful of music history.

    Saturday, July 12 2014
    8:30pm (doors at 8pm)
    $10 Suggested Donation

    The Grand Opening w/ FatRat Da Czar, BLVCK , Matt Monday, J. Carter

    Friday, July 11 2014
    10pm (doors at 9pm)

    Bluffing ~~~ MyBrother MySister ~~~ Fishwives ~~~ Big Neck Police

    New York friends come to visit a quaint southern town and play tunes alongside talented southern gents/ladies.

    Bluffing (NYC) "The band that won't waste yr time" AKA BLUFFING was formed in March 2012 by its core songwriters J Boxer (drums/vocals) & Olivia Drusin (guitar/vocals ) with a focus towards creating concise earworms no longer than 2 minutes.

    MyBrother MySister (Columbia) Cola city grunge pop.

    Fishwives (extraordinary pescatarian band from Columbia SC)

    Big Neck Police (NYC)

    Monday, July 7 2014
    9pm (doors at 8pm)

    Jari Piper

    Classically trained, Jari Piper is part of the new wave of young musicians who are showing the world that art music belongs both in and outside the concert hall, performing New Mu sic that will bend your ears in ways that you did not think possible (and you'll like it). His music takes inspiration from a global range of genres and influences: Classical, Jazz, Minimalism, and folk music from the Balkans and the Ame ricas all feature within his programs.
    Jari is touring with a hand-picked program of 20th and 21st Century modern classics. In addition, he is honored to be performing three World Premieres of new works by written especially for him by up-and-coming composers Reiko Yamada, Chris Kinkaid, and Ryan Brouwer.
    After the success of his 2013 tour, where he performed in over 20 cities across the country in anywhere from churches to bars, Jari is now touring to promote his new CD release with an all new program of solo works. Jari holds a Master's Degree in Music from McGill University and a B. Mus from University of Manitoba.

    Sunday, July 6 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
    $10 ($5 for students)

    Cheer-Accident ~~~ Jeb Bishop ~~~ Modal Coda

    CHEER-ACCIDENT is clearly the underdog of Chicago. Always unpredictable, always entertaining, but darn hard to pigeonhole. Imagine an indie prog band, an emo band that ca n laugh at itself, or a band that might get compared to Trans Am or the Champs (but has probably never heard either), or maybe the best bet is to set that blender on "10" and dream about Steely Dan, Chicago (the band) and U.S Maple. CHEE R-ACCIDENT thrills in dissonance and odd chord changes, yet are undeniably A POP BAND. Chicago has had its share of indie giants, like Tortoise, Joan Of Arc, Shellac, The Sea And Cake, Seam, and Don Cab to name a few. Cheer-Accident fits right in among the crevices. But they sneak in the back door, taking things to another level, with songwriting that will make you cry, musicianship that will make you tremble, and the hooks and the looks needed to go down in musical his tory. CHEER-ACCIDENT has an eccentric sense of humor that combines a lush pop style with bursts of bizarre changes; at just about the point where you become convinced that any given song could make it on commercial radio, they "blow it" with some left-field turn straight off a cliff.

    Well-known to Columbia audiences, North Carolina-based trombonist Jeb Bishop has performed, toured and recorded with groups including the Vandermark Five, the Peter Br&oum l;tzmann Chicago Tentet, Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls, Terminal Four,School Days, Ken Vandermark's Territory Band, Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra, Globe Unity Orchestra, and his own Jeb Bishop Trio. He also co-led the Lucky 7s projec t with New Orleans-based trombonist Jeff Albert, and is a member of cooperative quartet The Engines.
    Jeb also performed and recorded with CHEER-ACCIDENT in the 1990's, when he lived in Chicago!

    Modal Coda envisions a world party where the Dog Faced Hermans, Can, Miles Davis, Lalo Schifrin, and Black Sabbath exchange recipes for Clamato cocktails and take turns d eejaying.

    Saturday, June 28 2014
    9pm (doors at 8:30)

    Fayssoux McClean and Angela Easterling with Brandon Turner

    Angela Easterling was raised in the South Carolina foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She lives on the Greer, SC farm that has been in her family since 179 1, seven generations. She embraced her heritage in a big way as a writer and an artist on her debut album, "Earning Her Wings", chosen as "Americana Pick of the Year" by Smart Choice Music. Her second album, "BlackTop Road", produced by Will Kimbrough, landed in the top 5 for adds to the Americana radio charts and remained on the Americana top 40 airplay chart for 7 weeks. It has been highly praised in the press and was chosen as a top pick in both Oxford American and C ountry Weekly. The title song tells of her family's struggle to hold onto their farmland in the face of widespread development and represents a bold new step in her singing and songwriting. Roger McGuinn, founder of the Byrds, called he r "a bright shining star on the horizon!" and went on to say, "Her gift is so special. Her CD BlackTop Road brought me back to the time the Byrds recorded "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" - tradition meets youthful exuberance." For more info on Angela, including bio, tour dates and more, please visit

    Fayssoux McClean's beguiling voice was an integral element in some of the finest country music recordings of our time on Emmylou Harris' legendary "Luxury Liner, " "Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town," "Elite Hotel," and "Pieces of the Sky," and duets with Emmylou on "Spanish is a Loving Tongue" and Green Rolling Hills."
    Fayssoux sings her own compositions as well as traditional folk songs, old-time gospel, contemporary country-rock and love ballads. "Charm, elegance, whippoorwills and Magnolia dewdrops: these are the things that come to mind when I hear Fayssoux sing," says Rodney Crowell, who first sang with Emmylou Harris in Fayssoux's living room.
    Fayssoux's singing has drawn the admiration of collaborators like Crowell, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton and Buddy Miller. For decades , that singing was a secret known only to esteemed musicians and astute liner note readers.
    "I've always loved Fayssoux's voice. She's one of my favorite singers," says Emmylou.

    A native of the small town of Pacolet, South Carolina, Brandon Turner has been garnering attention and praise for his skilled guitar work since he was a tee nager. Growing up in a house where his father always had instruments lying around, Brandon got his first electric guitar at age 9 and began absorbing the musical traditions of the Piedmont and Delta Blues, as well as studying the styles of guitar legends such as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Jeff Beck. By age 11 he was playing in open jams hosted by his instructors, Gene and Wes Wyatt, and could always hold his own with pickers many years his senior. In his later teen s, Brandon began playing with SC music treasures such as Fayssoux McLean (Emmylou Harris's harmony singer) and Freddie Vanderford (Piedmont Blues Harp Master) and continues to appear regularly with both artists. Brandon recently co-produ ced Vanderford's first solo album, "Greasy Greens".
    Peter Cooper, music writer for the Nashville Tennessean said, "Brandon Turner plays guitar with ease, tone and invention, whether trading bluegrass licks with Ricky Skaggs, dueling on searing electric guitar with Will Kimbrough or creat ing plaintive acoustic parts for songs featuring Emmylou Harris, Fayssoux McLean or Angela Easterling. Hailing from a region that has given us country-jazz master Hank Garland, blues great Pink Anderson and country-rock kingpin Toy Caldw ell, Turner synthesizes his native influences into something unique, fresh and pleasing.

    Friday, June 27 2014
    8:00pm (doors at 7:30pm)
    $12 advance RIGHT HERE / $15 at the door

    Drum Mafia #10

    OUR TENTH DRUM JAM!!!!!!!!!

    The Clinics scheduled for this month are:

    • 7:30 p.m. with Ryan Millians
    • 8:00 p.m. Marvel Hammer Sticks
    more info to come

    Following these two clinics is an open jam 8:45 p.m. until midn ight. Anyone is welcome to participate. Kits will be supplied for all to play on. We'll use headphones to play to and use a click along with original backing tracks recorded by Paul Hale. Please bring your own sticks and headphones.

    Wednesday, June 25 2014
    (doors at 7:00-11:45pm)

    Long Live The Queens

    Sunday, June 22 2014
    9pm (doors at 6pm)
    $12 General Admission / $15 VIP

    Wreckless Eric ~ Josh Roberts

    Fresh from his tour of England and the European continent, the Donovan of Trash himself will return to Conundrum with a "couple of guitars and some feedback." If you missed him last time, now is your chance! If you were lucky enough to b e there, you know you want to come back for round two! Josh Roberts will open with a rare solo acoustic set!

    Saturday, June 21 2014
    8:00pm (doors at 7:30pm)

    Jason Ajemian's Highlife

    Working in the architectural drafting program AutoCAD, Ajemian creates scores that guide musicians through musical hallways. At times maze-like, they act as musical road maps of Ajemian's impressionistic burst of inspiration and musical thoughts that parallel his own travels. Mining music's availability (we can hear music from anywhere on the planet at this moment) and the idea that genres are more often simply a state of mind or feeling than a form. Contrary to definin g boundaries, in Ajemian's blueprints the line work links musical worlds. Constellations of sound change in an instant, like passing thoughts or a shooting star that burns out in the sky. Ajemian innovates while embracing multiple genres without prejudice, representing the digital mechanisms and the information super-highway that teleport us from all over the world in a blink.

    Friday, June 20 2014
    9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

    Nat Baldwin (of Dirty Projectors) ~~~ William Starr Busbee ~~~ Stagbriar

    After studying avant-garde jazz and improvisation with jazz legend Anthony Braxton, Nat Baldwin started writing songs featuring double bass and vocals. In 2 005 he joined Dirty Projectors. In addition to his work with Dirty Projectors, he has performed on Grizzly Bear's Shields, Vampire Weekend's Contra, and Department of Eagles' In Ear Park. In between touring and recor ding with Dirty Projectors, Nat made time to record his 2011 album People Changes, an album that led Pitchfork to say "... whether Baldwin is singing with his throat or his bow, there's a thrilling felling of freedom to it all." < br>In April Nat released his followup album In the Hollows.

    "The newest addition to the Orchid Tapes dream team is Columbia, South Carolina singer-songwriter William Starr Busbee , whose new f ull-length College Rock II is pretty perfectly aligned with the New York label's lovable vibe. "Forever" is my favorite type of pop song, taking that sulky lo-fi sound and adding a sort of Southern soulfulness to the formula. When he sin gs If only I could hold you forever/ if only I could hope to make you see/ if only I could finish my endeavors --- all wounded, doubled-up vocals and hazy production --- I imagine this is how a Bruce Springsteen song might sound t o someone with an unhinged psyche. Busbee's virtual presence doesn't seem to exist beyond a couple hyperlinks to his old band's scuzzy material, but thankfully College Rock II will be out soon, IRL, via Orchid and pressed to vinyl by For k and Spoon."
    - Patrick D. McDermott,

    Stagbriar is brother/sister space/folk duo Alex & Emily McCollum; from soda city.
    Backed by Jared Pyritz, Brett Kent, and Steve Sancho.

    Wednesday, June 18 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
    $10 in advance RIGHT HERE / $12 at the door

    MasonJar Menagerie's CD Release!
    with Dumb Doctors, Adam Corbett, and Pillage & Plunder

    Saturday, June 14 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

    Tiki Time II

    The original Tiki Time involved a flatbed trailer, a biker bar, and some of the Upstate's hottest acts barbecuing under a sultry summer sky. This time many of the acts are drawn from the Pee Dee, home to a burgeoning ukulele industry! Re sort attire suggested.

    5:00 p.m. Prettier Than Matt
    6:00 p.m. We Three
    7:00 p.m. Steve-O & John Pickett
    8:00 p.m. Tyler James Cook
    9:00 p.m. Freddy Beretania
    10:00 p.m. White Willie

    Friday, June 13 2014
    5pm (doors at 4:30pm)

    Hey Lightning, Cepheus, St. Jupiter, Silver Screen Orchestra

    Cepheus ~~~ Hey, Lightning ~~~ St. Jupiter ~~~ Silver Screen Orchestra

    Cepheus: A four piece instrumental post-rock band.

    Hey, Lightning: A three piece indie rock band.

    St. Jupiter: A one man ambient band.

    Silver Screen Orchestra: A duet of soundscapes.

    Thursday, June 12 2014
    9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

    Women With Knives
    Handcrafted Cinematic Works by Kelly Gallagher, Lauren Cook, and Charlotte Taylor

    Experimental animators Kelly Gallagher, Lauren Cook, and Charlotte Taylor take to the road with their handcrafted films, bringing their award winning works across the east coast summer 2014.

    The lineup features short experimental anima tion on 16mm & video, and includes no less that TWO films in 3D!!! Yay for film!!!

    Featuring live music accompaniment by members of Girls Rock Columbia.

    Wednesday, June 11 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
    $5 suggested donation

    Cosmic Bluegrass DANCE EXPLOSION !!!


    =3= Musical Acts(for only $5~!)

    The Great Watuzzi
    River Baby Bathwater Revival

    Saturday, June 7 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

    Corbett Alexander

    Come check out two awesome Columbia-based bands that play spacey jams and songs that make you want to nod your head and maybe even drink a few cold ones!

    Go check out Corbett Alexander at

    Wednesday, June 4 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)


    A joint project of Flutist Lauren Watkins and percussionist Jeffery Vaughn that features innovative performances of traditional, non-traditional and adapted music for flute and percussion, missing classical flute repertoire, Latin groove , jazz standards, world music and more. Innovative, edgy, haunting, breathtaking...not to miss!

    Tuesday, June 3 2014
    7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
    FREE! (Donations accepted)

    Fugue State, Pocket Buddha, & Slim Pickens

    Come get weird with us. Jamming at its finest with Fugue State, space Americana with Pocket Buddha, and the fingerpickin goodness of Slim Pickens for one low, low price.

    Saturday, May 31 2014
    8:00pm (doors at 7:30pm)

    Form and Function

    Veteran Columbia musicians David Robbins (From the Land, Rockefeller Horsecollar, Shirley Temple of Doom) and Brett Lee (Cat arm, From the Land, Erectorset) combine post-punk, thrash, ambient electronics, and programmed drums to create F orm and Function.

    Special Sunday afternoon show.

    Sunday, May 25 2014
    4:00pm (doors at 3:30pm)

    Columbia Drum Mafia #9

    The Columbia Drum Mafia was started by Brian Geiger nine months ago, in order that Columbia-area drummers could come together to have fun playing and learning new ideas on the drums. These Drum Jams have become instructional-clinic type sessions with clinics from some of the best drummers around.

    The Clinics scheduled for this month are:

    • 7:15 p.m. with Jason Moore, a teacher, recording artist and a national touring drummer. Jayson plays with Tokyo Joe and Sta rdog. Jason is giving a lesson on grip/technique and efficiency.
    • 8:00 p.m. Reggie Sullivan is speaking to the mafia about drumming from a bass players perspective. Playing in the pocket, the importance of locking in and bass and drum as the back bone!
    • 8:30 with Brian Geiger, Brian is a drum instructor and national touring drummer. He performed on the multi-platinum Crossfade album, the Outshine album and performed with Grind (AIC tribute). Brian will be discussi ng song structure, writing and recording drum parts and various drumming for song writing.

    Following these three clinics is an open jam 9:30 p.m. until midnight. Anyone is welcome to participate. Kits will be supplied for all to play on. Headphones will be used to play to a click along with original backing tracks recorded by Paul Hale. Please bring your own sticks and headphones.

    Wednesday, May 21 2014
    (doors at 7pm til midnight)

    Space Idea Showcase

    This show is an after post savage weekend South Caroliner show to help with folks traveling southward on tour.

    Come hang, Buy a Brew
    with special guests:

    Ironing (FL)

    Dromez ( ? ? ?)

    Rick Weaver (TN)

    Aether Jag (TN)

    J. Zagers (GA)

    Torschlusspanik (TN)

    ((((local support from)))))

    Plank Ewing
    Wolf 357
    Hospice Witchery

    great tv
    shortish sets
    5$ door
    ^Bring some bucks to buy some records/tapes/shirts

    Sunday, May 18 2014
    9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

    Mother Won't Mind: An Evening with Frederick & Friends

    Motherhood may be an idea whose time has come. Hence the success of international hit TV series Call the Midwife, based on the poignant, unflinching memoirs of Jennifer Worth, a nurse in postwar London.

    South Carolina-based son gwriter Frederick Ingram, whose own mother was been a midwife in postwar London, is running with the theme with a series of shows loosely inspired by the concept, "Mother Won't Mind".

    Fred will have support from local artists, and the re may be a surprise or two. This is, after all, the same chap who whipped out a dazzling Katy Perry cover at Columbia's recent Foxfield Music Festival, a deafening celebration of brutal metal.

    One of the Carolinas' most original voic es, Frederick Ingram accompanies wide-ranging vocals and evocative lyrics with a signature brand of fingerstyle guitar. Up-to-the-minute tour dates, as well as musical clips, can be found at http://fre

    Sunday, May 11 2014
    7:30 (doors at 7pm)

    Dex Romweber Duo ~~~ Los Perdidos ~~~ Thee Knee Jerks

    For a quarter century, Dex Romweber has trolled the dark corners and back shelves of the haunted thrift store of Americana ephemera and honed an extraordinarily idiomatic sound, a particular and readily identifiable DEXness for those in the know. It's a creepy doll collection of surf, proto-rockabilly, garage, dark and vengeful blues, and nobody, but nobody, plays it like Dex. First with the legendary Flat Duo Jets and now with his Duo, Dex distilled the punk ethos of less-is-more to the essential guitar/drums template. Left in the wake of his lecherous and slithery Silvertone were early acolytes like Jack White, Neko Case, and the Reigning So und as well as a current crop of the indie pack like Ty Segall, No Age, Japandroids, and The Black Keys. All owe an unclaimed pawn ticket of debt to his sublime and spine-tingling sound. He is a live wire back to the murky, sometimes dan gerous and always unpredictable headwaters of real rock and roll.

    "Los Perdidos' surf-rock hews closer to early rock instrumentalists like Link Wray, Duane Eddy and The Shadows, leaning more on Morri cone widescreen than rapid-fire Dick Dale tremolo picking, brief vignettes unfolding in cascading melodies predicated on casual insouciance rather than amphetamine-rush energy. There's plenty of reverb coming from Andy Collins' Fender am p, sure, but his hollowbody Gretsch -- a favorite instrument of Eddy's -- lends his tone a hefty, spaghetti-western twang, balancing Byron Chitty's active basslines and Adam Cox's busy, fluid drumming. Like The Shadows -- or Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet -- Los Perdidos' momentum is subtle but strong, and totally enveloping. It still evokes a ride on the Pacific Coast Highway, but it trades top-down summer fun for the ghostly chill of moonlight reflecting off the ocea n."
    - Patrick Wall, Free Times

    Thee Knee Jerks is just four sore losers from Soda City, SC bashin' out garagepunk.

    Saturday, May 10 2014
    9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
    $10 in advance RIGHT HERE / $12 at the door

    Oh, Deceiver ~~~ Neptotism ~~~ Let Me Fly ~~~ Mario McClean

    Friday, May 9 2014
    8:30 (doors at 8pm)
    $5 >20 / $8 <21

    Matthew Smith and Friends

    LIVE performance and CD Release Event

    Join Matthew as he celebrates the release of his first solo album "Bedtime Stories" and gives a special live performance of his original songs. While the recording features Matthew playing and singing all the parts himself, at the concert he will be supporte d by Austin Gaboriau on bass, Joe Vernon on percussion, and Jason Page on guitars and vocals. Simple but emotional, Matthew's music focuses on melodic guitar/bass interplay, extended song forms, and vocal harmonies. Don't miss this first-ever live performance! You can listen to demo versions of some of Matthew's new songs here:

    Check out his newes t recording "Words of A Song", the favorite "Long Lines", as well as a sweet lonely version of "Kentucky" ... among lots of other great songs... see you at the concert!

    Sunday, May 4 2014
    7pm (doors at 6:30pm)
    Adult Admission: $10 (includes a free copy of the CD)
    Youth Admission (under 16): $5 (sorry, no free CD but one can be purchased for an additional $5)

    Blue Note Jazz Combo

    Come join Leland Rayner, Gabriel Bertolini, Gabriel Valentino Bethel, Levi Cull, Jerry Wiles, and Jonathan Lovett for a night of original tunes, arrangements, and jazz standards!

    (The show got moved to Wednesday because of double booking on Sunday by the idiot Conundrum management! But now they'll be playing their hour of prepared material, and then they'll open it up to a jam session. So bring your horn and co me play a tune!)

    Wednesday, April 30 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
    $5 General Public / $3 Students

    Sundress Sandals and Spoken Word

    Selah the Poet aka Monifa Lemons Jackson & Bugsy Calhoun and friends present a night of Music and Spoken Word at it best.
    The line up includes Upstate poet Starry Lail from Charlotte and Ital Al-Amin music by Lee Hartwell & Cassy Ren ee.

    Sunday, April 27 2014
    6:30pm (doors at 6pm)
    $10 in advance / $15 at the door

    Made to Break
    (Ken Vandermark, Tim Daisy, Jasper Stadhouder, Christof Kurzmann)

    Made to Break is improviser/composer Ken Vandermark's newest ensemble and his most radical. Combining elements of his interest and experience with the music of Ethiop ia and the Ex, alongside the New Music ideas of John Cage and Morton Feldman, and mixing these with his perspective toward jazz and improvised music history, he has devised a compositional framework for the band that can be restructured for every performance and which deals with melody, sound, and rhythm in a completely unique way. This creative system gives the music of MADE TO BREAK an almost unprecedented flexibility and immediacy. The instrumentation of the quartet (drums, electric bass, electronics, and reeds) has given Vandermark an amazing palette of sounds to explore with each composition, but it is the individuals involved (with Tim Daisy, Jasper Stadhouder, Christof Kurzmann), and their diver se approaches to improvisation, that give the ensemble such a dynamic and spontaneous energy.

    Saturday, April 26 2014
    9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
    $10 in advance RIGHT HERE or
      $12 at the door

    an Arnold Taylor situation

    Daddy Lion ~~~ Release the Dog ~~~ Hectorina

    Only 25 hand-numbered CD copies of Daddy Lion's new EP are being made available to the public. Come to the show to make sure you get a copy! The record will also be available digitally at
    This is the first full-band Daddy Lion record and the first studio effort (recorded with Alex Davis at Wentworth Studios).

    Daddy Lion
    w/ very special guests:
    Release The Dog

    Friday, April 25 2014
    9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

    Coda Duo

    The Coda Duo is an award-winning classical guitar duo comprised of Brett Floyd and Christopher Jenkins. The duo has presented concerts, workshops, and masterclasses at venues in South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Indiana, Tennessee, Texa s, Washington DC, Missouri, and also won first place at the Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Festival and Competition in May 2010. The duo has also been featured on the internationally-broadcast 'Classical Guitar Alive' and ETV radio.

    They 'll be playing music by Dave Matthews, Ralf Bauer, Miklos Rozsa, Brent McPike, Tom Waits, and Fabrice Pierrat.

    Thursday, April 24 2014
    7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
    $10 (Adults) / $5 (Students and children under 12)


    Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello, electric guitar)
    Christoph Erb (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet)
    Michael Zerang (drums, percussion)

    Chicago-based cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm has played and studied music in a variety of situations from the Juilliard School to the gutter. A former student of Anthony Braxton, Morton Feldman, Bunita Marcus and Pauline Oliveros, his primary projects are his Valentine Trio and The Lightbox Orchestra. He is also a member of a number of ongoi ng collective projects (The Boxhead Ensemble, The Friction Brothers with Michaels Zerang and Colligan, The Flatlands Collective, Keefe Jackson's Fast Citizens) as well as participating in numerous one off "ad-hoc" or frequently convening ensembles. He also currently plays in groups led by Joe McPhee (Survival Unit III), Peter Brotzmann (Chicago 10tet), and Ken Vandermark.

    Christoph Erb (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet) was born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1973. He curr ently lives in Lucerne, Switzerland. He performs regularly in Europe and the U.S with many musicians including: Jim Baker, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang, Jason Roebke, Jason Adasciewicz, Josh Berman, Keefe Jackson, Tomeka Reid, Frank Rosaly, Nate Wooley, Jamie Branch, Jeb Bishop, Paul Lovens, Hans Koch, Urs Leimgruber, Martin Schätz, Christy Doran, Daniel Humair, Peter Schärli, Julian Sartorius, Hans-Peter Pfammatter, Christian Weber, Christian Wohlfart an d many others, He played several tours in Europe, USA and South America. In 2007 he has formed his own Label veto-records, and 2011 after a four month residence in Chicago the sub label for improvised musik veto-exchange. 2012 he receive d the Culture Award from the City of Lucerne.

    Michael Zerang was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is a first-generation American of Assyrian decent. He has been a professional musician, composer, and producer since 1976, focusing extens ively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms. Michael has collaborated with contemporary theater, dance, and other multidisciplinary forms and has r eceived three Joseph Jefferson Awards for Original Music Composition in Theater. As a percussionist and composer, Michael has over eighty titles in his discography, has toured nationally and internationally to 34 countries since 1981, an d works with and ever-widening pool of collaborators.

    Wednesday, April 23 2014
    9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

    an Arnold Taylor situation

    Paddy Keenan w/ Davey Mathias

    Paddy Keenan is one of Ireland's leading uilleann pipers, and possibly the best of the best performing today. A fellow musician who played with Keenan in the Bothy Band compared his outstanding skill and talent on the pipes to Jimi Hendrix's legendary ability with a guitar.

    Keenan was born into a musical family in County Meath, Ireland. Brother Johnny Keenan made a name for himself as a fine banjoist, and his father crafted uilleann pipes. His grandfather and father both played the instrument, and Keenan began playing when he was ten years old. Four years later, barely into his teens, he pe rformed at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre. He went on to join a family band named the Pavees. The togetherness didn't last when Keenan, at the age of 17, dis covered the blues and headed to Europe. The piper started performing there and in England.

    Ireland lured him back within several years. With Michae l O Dhomhnaill on guitar and Triona Ni Dhomhnaill on keyboards, Keenan started to perform in the Dublin region. The small group soon expanded to inclu de Matt Mollov on flute, Paddy Glackin on fiddle, Tony MacMahon on accordion, and Donal Lunny on guitar. They dubbed their band Seachtar, which means seven in English, which was the number of players within their group.

    With Seachtar, Keenan played concerts in Dublin and across Ireland, but the b and soon unraveled. MacMahon left, followed by Glackin. Tommy Peoples, a fiddler from Donegal, came aboard and the group of musicians renamed themselv es the Bothy Band. Kevin Burke later stepped in to take over on fiddle.

    The group grew in stature and influence, drawing attention to Keenan's virt uosity. While Lunny offered the Hendrix comparison, others equated Keenan's unfettered and animated improvisational piping with jazz legend John Coltr ane. Following the Bothy Band's demise in 1979, the piper went solo. He has recorded for Hot Conya Records.
      - Linda Seida, AllMusic. com

    Friday, April 18 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
    $12 in advance / $15 at the door RIGHT HERE

    Columbia Drum Mafia #8

    The Eighth monthly Columbia Drum Mafia is coming back to Conundrum Music Hall on Wednesday, April 16, 2014!

    The Columbia Drum Mafia was started by Brian Geiger, a recording artist, instructor, manager and booking agent, who started th e Drum Mafia to help Columbia-area drummers come together to learn and to have fun playing the drums. These Drum Jams have become instructional-clinic type sessions with clinics from some of the best drummers around.

    The Clinics sched uled for this month are:

    • 7:30pm - Seth Boone, an award winning, recording artist and a national touring drummer. Seth is giving a crash course on drum tuning and different tuning variations.
    • 8:30pm - Tony Lee, a teacher /owner at Freeway Music and touring drummer. Tony will cover his teacher/learning philosophy based on his "Four Areas of Constant Improvement": the benefits of Technique, Reading, Coordination, and Styles.
    • 9:30pm - Open Jam until mi dnight. Anyone of any age or experience is welcome to participate. Kits will be supplied for all to play on. Participants will use headphones to play to a click and original backing tracks made by Paul Hale. Please bring your own sticks and headphones.

    Wednesday, April 16 2014
    7pm (doors at 7pm)

    JACT ~~~ Miles To Go ~~~ Chalkline ~~~ The Rale

    JACT: A forgery of dense, energized, choral, & velocious elements THAT ROCK. They have shared the stage with bands such as The Misfits, Drowning Pool, Halestorm, Hawthor ne Heights, MAdina Lake, Evans Blue and many others.

    Miles To Go is from Columbia, South Carolina. Influenced by rock from Billy Joel and Metallica to Pink Floyd and Radiohead, Miles To Go explores many different style s in its original music. The songs are largely written as keys-driven rock, using strong vocals, and masterfully executed guitar leads. The band moves carefully between crafted lyrical music into heavy driving rock.

    Chalkline is alt-rock band from Columbia, SC.

    The Rale is horror punk rock from Florence, South Carolina.

    Monday, April 14 2014
    9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

    A Taste of Nashville
    Daisyhead -
    Cove -
    Nest -

    Sunday, April 13 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

    Soda City Cirque presents:
    The Last Machine

    Well, we did it. We broke the world. One big explosion later and we're left, sitting in the ashes, without a clue what to do next. But never fear my friends, circus is here!

    Soda City Cirque is pleased to announce it's first full len gth production of "The Last Machine" to be performed April 11th and 12th at Conundrum Music Hall in West Columbia at 7pm.

    "The Last Machine" is a post-apocalypic glimpse at circus in the new world. After we put out the fires, and sta rt some new ones, we welcome you to join us in the outdoor space at Conundrum for the biggest fundraising event you've ever seen! Featuring 2+ hours of circusy goodness, with the live music of SkyMonk, drumming, and new feats of daring n ever before witnessed! Two nights only! Be the first to say you helped bring about the end of the boring world and welcomed in a new age of fantastical feats! Fun for the whole family (though we're lightly applying a PG rating), "The Las t Machine" is sure to delight and bemuse many a child at heart!

    Outdoor events are subject to the weather. Please dress accordingly. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR OR BLANKET!

    Check out Skymonk's sound here:

    Information & Questions:

    Friday & Saturday, April 11 & 12 2014
    7pm (doors at 6:30pm)
    Advance tickets available for $15/10 (regular/student) RIGHT HERE
    Available at the door for $17/12 (regular/student)
    VIP tickets $50

    Sun Brother ~~~ The Lovecrafts ~~~ Shadowtag

    Thursday, April 10 2014
    9pm (doors at 8pm)

    The Beats, Rhymes, and Life Concert!

    Sunday, April 6 2014
    7pm (doors at 6pm)
    $10 in advance (text 404-590-3618)
    $12 at the door

    Dez Cordas in Concert

    Dez Cordas is a unique mostly classical duo featuring Matthew Slotkin, guitar and Craig Butterfield, double bass. With performances across the United States and two CDs available on major classical labels, Dez Cordas have become one of t he most critically acclaimed chamber duos on the contemporary music scene. In their first performance in South Carolina in three years, Dez Cordas will present two world premieres from composers Greg Caffrey and James Crowley, in additio n to other works from their recent CD Gone Away. Here is what critics have said about Dez Cordas -

    "Craig Butterfield is nothing short of magnificent. I haven't heard such expressive playing and virtuosic command since Gary Karr. His tone is gorgeous, his intonation rock-solid, and his phrasing expressive and flexible." - American Record Guide

    "Slotkin plays with musical sensitivity and technical control...he consistently delivers strong readings of this appealing music." - American Record Guide

    "Slotkin performed brilliantly...fine sensitivity and facile technique" - Classical Voice of North Carolina

    "Butterfield can make his instrument dance and sing with an effortlessness which is hard t o credit. (He must have a bionic left forearm.) Not only can he inhabit the range of a cello, but he can make it light and lyrical when needed. Of course, he can crank out low notes to make your sub-woofer jump for joy as well" - Soundbo ard magazine

    For questions or futher information, please contact Craig Butterfield at

    Saturday, April 5 2014
    7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
    $10 at the door, or online RIGHT HERE

    Legends of the Celtic Harp
    with Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter

    "LEGENDS OF THE CELTIC HARP" is a musical journey into the heart of a legendary instrument. Three of the premier Celtic harpers in the world, Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter, have created a dramatic ensemble that takes you deep into the myths, stories, magic and fabled history of this most captivating instrument.

    Legends of the Celtic harp is a trio of Celtic harpers who hail from Northern California. They have toured extensively throughout the US to s old out audiences and rave reviews. One recent review states "Legends of the Celtic Harp is a blend of music and oratory, falling somewhere between concert and theater. It spanned nearly the range of human feeling, from humor to tragedy, tenderness to rage, reality to mysticism, and more besides. The effects were powerful and exhilarating." (Presenter Review)

    You will hear three Celtic Harps including the rare wire strung, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Cittern and Irish Bouzo uki intertwined with moving stories from historic journals, myths and legend.

    Wednesday, April 2 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
    $12 in advance RIGHT HERE /
    or $15 at the door


    Ballister, a powerhouse transatlantic trio of improvisers featuring some of the best known players from the Chicago and Oslo scenes, will tour the U.S. in March and April in support of a brand new recording on Bocian Records titled Both Ends. With Dave Rempis on saxophones, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and electronics, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums, this trio's approach combines the attentive sensitivity of seasoned free improvisers with the no holds barred energy of a p unk band, consistently leaving behind utter devastation in their wake.

    Monday, March 31 2014
    9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

    Tom Hall and the Plowboys ~~~ The Working Effective

    The Plowboys are a cacophony of sound and visual arts Expressionism such that the world has never seen such a magical explosion of love chaos and music on the stage since Gallagher exploded first watermelon.

    Charlottesville-based singer/songwriter Justin Storer of the Brooklyn americana quintet The Working Effective is on the road again in support of his new record entitled sim ply Dear Brooklyn.
    It is the strength of melody and rhythm that keeps fans, friends, and players alike coming back to the band. That combined with an inclusive and often hilarious stage show, Storer draws an audience into his narrati ve, and Dear Brooklyn is really going places. With stops at love and death, fatherhood, family, racial injustice, and environmental responsibility, Storer is your conductor on this rail ride through American life.
    Storer, West Coast born but Southern by the grace of god, has been a lifelong musician, but he cut his teeth as a songwriter in the Brooklyn folk scene. A fixture of the Big City Folk and Local Correspondents musical collectives, Storer has toured both nat ionally and internationally, and has appeared on a staggering number of records not least of which is his own solo debut Hot Water Sunday. Though he often appears as a soloist, The Working Effective is still going strong and he looks for ward to many future projects.

    Sunday, March 30 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

    USC Double Bass Club presents - The Mike Frost Band

    Electric Bass virtuoso Mike Frost and his quartet present a concert as part of the USC Bass Conference. Mike is a former student of Jaco Pastorius and has a unique sound and feel on both 4 and 6 string electric basses. Admission is $5 fo r non-conference attendees.

    Saturday, March 29 2014
    7:30pm (doors at 7:00pm)

    Space Idea /// Spitfest 3.5
    Friday, March 28 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

    Netherfriends ~~~
    Elvis Depressedly / RL Kelly ~~~ Parrelli Blu

    Netherfriends is the never-ending touring and recording one man band machine. A rare loop pedal dude who doesn't just get louder and thicker but opts instead to weave el aborate, beautiful pop songs overflowing with hooks and sentimentality. About 4 minutes into his set, when he starts dancing like James Brown, you'll be hooked for life. Netherfriends (AKA Shawn Rosenblatt) recently finished a year long project where he wrote and recorded a song and performed in all 50 states.

    Elvis Depressedly / RL Kelly are from Columbia, SC and also LA.

    Parrelli Blu is a highly-anticipated SC rapper, producer and entertainer, who first gained attention after the release of his debut mixtape The Fright in 2010.

    Thursday, March 27 2014
    9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

    Jack Wright & Andrew Drury

    Jack Wright, alto and soprano saxophones, Easton PA
    Andrew Drury, percussion, Brooklyn, NY

    Jack Wright and Andrew Drury have been musical partners for a dozen years , often joining with others and playing regularly in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and elsewhere in the Eastern U.S. In 2007 they toured the former Yugoslavia together, performing and giving workshops in Zagreb (N.O. Jazz Festival), Ljubljana (Metelkova), Sarajevo (Collegium Musicum), Mostar, and Travnik. In 2012 they toured in Russia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Poland and Germany. Their first tour in the US will be March 2014, the south-eastern states.

    The core of this duo is the depth and originality of the individual voices combined with their intense listening and commitment to the present moment. It is intimate music, often raucous and always adventurous. And it is executed with minimal mat erials -- a couple saxophones and usually, instead of a full drum set, just a floor tom and some percussion accoutrements.

    Wright is a somewhat underground figure in the U.S., at the same time legendary for giving revelatory performances that reach both experienced listeners and people unaccustomed to free improvisation. He has been crossing the continent si nce the 80s inspiring dozens of musicians to take up improvisation; he tours Europe as well and brings back his favorite players to play with in the states. His lexicon of extended techniques and his odd ways of constructing phrases out of texture and pitch merit a prominent place in a tradition of saxophone innovation. For more information go to

    Drury works some kind of promethean magic on a floor tom, using it as a stage for a theater of small objects that he charms into producing amazing sounds. Scraping the drum head, bowing metal on it, blowing directly with his lips on the shell of the floor tom, he turns the drum into an acoustic amplifier and filter, a string or wind instrument, often producing sounds associated more with electronics than percussion. And yet because of his physicality and the everyday ch aracter of the objects -- dustpans, faucet parts, shish kabob skewers, etc. -- and the speed and precision with which introduces and discards objects to his stage there is a theatrical quality (even humorous) to his performances. For mor e information go to

    Tuesday, March 25 2014
    9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

    American Kensho: Manifest Destiny

    The film:

    American Kensho: Manifest Destiny. The first in a series of radical queer Buddhist films. A supernatural thriller where Zen Buddhist Sarah (played by LaTrell Brennan) and her pagan lover Julia (played by Emily Olyarchuk) fig ht off a patriarchal cult attempting to invade their minds. Also starring Shane Silman and Liam MacDougall.

    Writer/director: Aaron Wyrd
    Cinematographer: O.K. Keyes
    Music: Chris Johnson
    Sound: Nick Ducko

    The performance:
    Ritual Abjects. A postmodern witchcraft collective conjuring the repressed and oppressed domain of the abject for the purposes of collective healing. Expect lots of noise and weirdness.

    Sunday, March 23 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)



    Salvo = noiserap

    Toothbrusher = sludge (Happiness Bomb + Adam) inyoteefus

    Louis Logic = NY piano rap

    Tragic Baby Announcement = plague mask drones (Jordan Wilson+Lee Garrett [Casio Mio])

    ECID = Minneapolis rap

    Saturday, March 22 2014
    9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

    Wham Bam Bowie Band!

    David Bowie and his stellar discography need no introduction. His music still influences new generations and genres, and stands alone in the rock canon for it's forward-thinking eclecticism.

    Wham Bam Bowie Band is on a mission to fait hfully present Bowie's classic hits live, as well as dig deep into the archives. Be there as Wham Bam Bowie Band continues to work through the David Bowie catalog.

    Responding to popular demand, this show will feature not only the com plete performance of the Ziggy Stardust album, but also a second set of Bowie classics and blockbuster hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Songs from Hunky Dory, Alladin Sane as well as Diamond Dogs, Heroes, and more!

    Friday, March 21 2014
    9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

    Wild Ponies ~~~
    w/ Elizabeth Cameron

    The dead right, honest songwriting of Doug and Telisha Williams blended with a kick-ass band. Touring in support of their brand new release on Ditch Dog Records, "Things That Used To Shine", Wild Ponies - Doug, Telisha and drummer Jake W inebrenner - bring energy and charisma along as they perform brilliant new songs as well as some of the old Doug & Telisha favorites. Written during a busy year on the road, "Things That Used To Shine" is an album about leaving some thin gs behind ... and meeting others head-on. Released by the newly formed independent label, DitchDog Records, the album finds Telisha opening up about the skeletons that have haunted her closet for years. Grammy-winning producer Ray Kenned y (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams) recorded the 12 songs in three days, running the band's harmonies through the same pre-amps once used by the Beatles. "It's a terrific, raw, robust sound these guys have going on" said Kim Ruelhl in "No Depression".

    Thursday, March 20 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
    $12 in advance RIGHT HERE or $15 at the door

    Columbia Drum Mafia

    --Mr. Clyde Frazier at 9pm. Clyde said "bring pen and paper"!!!!

    --Jason Sommers at 8pm.. Jason is demonstrating Body independence and pattern play.

    --Josh at 7:15pm. Josh i s showing us all the stick tricks and how to apply on the kit.

    --10pm until midnight its a Open drum jam. PAULY is making some new tracks for us to play too. And if you're gonna bring a kit, please let Brian Geiger know personally... . Dig???

    Open to the public!

    Wednesday, March 19 2014
    7pm to midnight

    DOWNTOWN Church Open Mic Night

    Hello musicians and music listeners!! DOWNTOWN Church is hosting another open mic- and we'd love for you to come- it's a night filled with incredibly talented musicians sharing their gifts with you!

    If you're a musician- please sign up for a 15 minute slot-

    If you're a music listener- please come and bring others- it's a free night of beautiful music- what could be better on a Tu esday night?

    Find out more here:

    Tuesday, March 18 2014
    7pm to 10pm

    Choro da Manhã

    Choro is a festive instrumental genre of music that can be thought of as the Brazilian parallel to ragtime. It is the root of Samba and Bossa Nova, both in style and rhythmic content, and the major influence on the work of the great Braz ilian composers Heitor Villa-Lobos and Antonio Carlos Jobim. It is the very "soul" of Brazilian music, and still continues to expand and develop. Seven-string guitarists Richard Miller and Jason Ennis have been active in the New York Cit y area for several years and combine the virtuosity of choro music with jazz improvisation and exciting arrangements. They began meeting for breakfast and rehearsal and called these meetings "Choro Breakfast." Café da manhã means "breakfast," and this is how Choro da Manhã was born.

    Monday, March 17 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
    $10 ($5 for students)

    Tillikame', Foodcomputer, Torschlusspanik, & bigSphinx

    "local experimental & electronic music"

    Friday, March 14 2014
    9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

    Villa Ville Cola

    Saturday, March 8 2014
    12:30pm-6:00pm (doors at )

    Swank Sinatra ~~~ You Me and Us ~~~ The Harlem Downtrotters ~~~ The Joy Kills

    Saturday, March 8 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

    Nepotism ~~~
    The Apnea Effect
    My Better Half
    ~~~ Dreiberg

    Friday, March 7, 2014
    9pm (doors at 8:30pm)


    Four velvety voices blended with fiddles, banjos and bodhran
    Folk music of Ireland with twinges of the American South
    Beeswing is four talented women, who together create a unique sound with Irish traditional tunes and songs. Swirling together voices and instruments, each offers her own gifts and experience to their special blend of music.

    The ladies, although from different musical backgrounds, are each strongly influenced by Irish traditional music and culture. Beeswing keeps the music sweet and simple, spirited and hearty, while always respecting its origins and traditions.

    Mai Hernon voice, bodhran, dance
    Sprung from a great well of traditional music - Gurteen in County Sligo - Mai's talent is steeped in a rich musical experience. Since her debut as a featured singer at the 1998 Tubbercurry festival, she has been teaching and performing all over Ireland, England, Spain and the US. Mai's three critically acclaimed CD's have established h er as one of Ireland's finest traditional singers.

    Andi Hearn fiddle, voice
    For the last twenty years, Andi has played Irish traditional music on the fiddle and was taught by the best traditional music exponents. During tha t time, she also collected and studied songs from the vast unaccompanied ballad tradition of Ireland. From her home in South Carolina, she teaches fiddle and organizes the South Carolina Irish A rts Weekend to share traditional Irish music with her community.

    Jeanne Chirdon tenor banjo, voice
    Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio amongst a family of Irish musicians, Jeanne learned her eloquent and spritely touch on the banjo from t he playing of Sligo flute player Tom Byrne. For three years she resided in Ireland where she soaked up lots of great music from festivals and sessions in County Cork. Now in the mountains of Nor th Carolina, Jeanne is an anchor presence and regular performer.

    Roxanna Whittington banjola, fiddle, voice
    Hailing from Tennessee, Rocky taught herself to play piano as a child and in her teens took up Bluegrass music: singing, playing guitar, and banjo. Over 15 years ago, she fell in love with Irish music and has since devoted her time to learning and mastering the tunes on fiddle and accompanying songs on banjola.

    Saturday, March 1 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

    Josh Roberts and the Hinges ~~~ The Royal Tinfoil

    Josh Roberts & the Hinges formed in early 2005 in Columbia, SC and immediately began touring and recording. Embedded in t heir style of rock and roll are blues, country, punk and soul influences that link elegant harmonies with the raunchy guitar work of Josh Roberts. Their powerful sound is raw and uncompromising, creating new rock and roll anthems that leave their dedicated fans speechless... and sometimes exhausted, yet always wanting more.

    "I want to cross folk mystery with country and blues emotio n and AC/DC power," said Josh Roberts. "We want to make melting pot American music, real rock and roll music with the roots showing."

    The Royal Tinfoil know all about irony and contrast. An unlikely pair of poetic swindlers from Charleston SC, Lily Slay and Lamont "M ackie" Boles put snappy rhythm and witty melody on a sleazy tale with their debut studio release, Well Water Communion. From nearly dead lovers and bourbon-soaked scamps to pesky little devils a nd toenail-collecting stalkers, the two storytellers romanticize the follies and blunders of themselves and their friends, both imaginary and real. Recorded in Wichita, KS during a haphazard tou r pit stop, Well Water Communion is a refreshing collection of tall tales and true confessions, offering an unabashed glimpse into the bantering minds of a few spitfire gypsy rockers.

    Since t he release of their debut album, the band has been rounded out with the additions of Brad Edwardson on stand-up bass, Marshall Hudson on drums, and Tim Edgar on harmonica. Over the last 18 month s or so, the Royal Tinfoil have proven themselves to be one of the absolute best live bands in Charleston, with fantastic energy and creativity and the chops to back it up.

    Friday, February 28 2014
    9:30pm (doors at 8:30pm)
    $10 in advance RIGHT HERE / $12 at the door

    Jason Ajemian's Highlife

    Ajemian's poems serve as signposts; the scores, created in the architectural drafting program AutoCAD, guide the musicians through musical hallways to unexpected locales. His blueprints dictate the flow and direction of the set, opening the performers up to visual and descriptive influences, leading them through a unique musical landscape of American folk forms, Native American chants, Canadian sea shanties, jazz expressive motion and balladry. The end result is this al bum, fearless and thoughtful, with free improvisations that follow a unique dreamlike logic.

    Thursday, February 27 2014
    9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

    Syrian Refugee Relief Benefit

    Middle Eastern Food
    Photography Presentation by Thomas Hammond Photography, Columbia, SC based photojournalist who traveled to Lebanon, Turkey and Syria in the Fall of 2013
    An Update on Syria
    and More... To Be Announced!

    Suggested donation $10-20 at door.
    Please RSVP: Via a post in the Facebook event or email David, david@car
    Please include the number in your party, and a phone/email address to contact you in your email.

    Proceeds benefit a basket of reputable charities doing some of the best work with Syrian Refugees For more inform ation:

    CONTACT David, 803-215-3263 /

    Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center

    6pm to 8pm
    Suggested donation of $10-20 at the door

    Nakatani Gong Orchestra at The Columbia Museum of Art

    NGO is a non-traditional music orchestra, directed by Tatsuya Nakatani, an acoustic sound artist and percussionist.
    Originally from Japan, he has been residing in the USA for 18 years. He is now based in Easton, PA and New York city.
    His original idea of NGO was create a rich harmony of multiple gongs, by sharing simple techniques to players and audiences. For each show, he giv es specialized training to locally selected gong players. Each player is able to quickly learn about the gong instruments, playing techniques and sign conducting from the conductor Tatsuya Nakat ani. This is an ongoing, successful growing project and the only bowing based Gong orchestra exist in the world. The Gong sound is simply magic to anyone. NGO has performed over 50 shows all ove r the USA since April 2011. Each performance has inspired spirit of all attendees. Many audience members say "I have never experienced this before", in addition they describe having pure cleansi ng feeling after the event.

    Please note! This event will be at The Columbia Museum of Art!

    Tuesday, February 25 2014
    8pm (doors at 7pm)
    $10 / $8 for Museum members / $5 for students

    in collaboration with The Columbia Museum of Art

    The Haves ~~~ 619 ~~~ Cigar Box Opera ~~~ Young Blaze ~~~ Clay Puppets

    Come out and party with us!

    Set times:
    8-8:35 Clay Puppets

    Cigar Box Opera:


    The Haves:

    11:40-12: 15
    Young Blaze:

    February 22, 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

    Joe Panzner, Greg Stuart, and Nathan Halverson
    New Music Workshop

    Joe Panzner, electricity
    Greg Stuart, friction, electricity, gravity

    (From a review of their duo album):
    "Panzner is an electronic musician and mastering engineer based in Columbus, Ohio; he's worked a lot with Mike Shiflet, and photographic evidence suggests that the much-maligned laptop computer is his main axe, at least on stage. Greg Stuart is a percussionist, a music professor on the faculty of the University of South Carolina, and the most sympathetic inte rpreter I've heard so far of Michael Pisaro's text-based scores. Given where each man lives, they missed a real opportunity by failing to name either themselves or their record after the man who introduced homeland insecurity to the Amer icas.
    In that capacity, Stuart often uses aggregations of small instruments (including one piece performed entirely with grains of rice) to generate a large but ultra-detailed sound; you'll also hear some of the sine waves that Pisar o uses as focusing devices in his own pieces. But even though those elements play parts on Dystonia Duos, its three pieces sound nothing like any Pisaro record I've ever heard, nor much like Panzner's brusque noise-scapes. They don't fee l played so much as constructed, painstakingly, from work that took place over time in each man's home as well as in two Brazilian cities that the duo toured in 2012. The first piece, "Organ b/w tympani solo," belies its title by opening with a snarl of tabletop and radio activity skewered by high tones; if I had to imagine the source, I'd imagine contact mics, brillo pads, and a shovel. As the piece progresses, these elements seem to slowly combust, as though submitted to electrolysis. It's like hearing noise atomized, then rearranged on a sub-atomic level. That level of detail persists on the next track, "Dissection Puzzle," even at the moments that it explodes into blasts as brutal as Merzbow. And l ike Merzbow, this music takes its time; "Casa de Pedras," the final track, takes over twenty minutes to slowly fade from face-stripping fury to serene, outer space orbit. This is noise realized with the rigor of science, texture measured in microns, pitch pixilated - as finite as a knock-out punch, yet infinitely varied in its details."
    - By Bill Meyer

    Thursday, February 20 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

    Columbia Area Drum Kit Mafia

    Brian sez: "We all meet together and discuss drums and play drums. Usually have a few guys give some lessons on different topics. We have four kits set in the room with a click track and take turns doing solos. It's an awesome event for beginners or pros. We have teaches , platinum record sellers, HS drum line coaches. You name it. It is a unity of brothers as drummers."

    Their motto "we are more than men, we are drummers."

    Wednesday, February 19 2014
    7pm (doors at 7pm)
    Free and open to the public

    SC Broadcasters ~~~ Michael Shull

    "Southern children going forward at top volume" is truly what this little mission band born at a Bar-B-Que joint on the side of the road is. T he SC Broadcasters are not to be missed. From heart stompin' love songs to rowdy gospel numbers that'll make you shout hallelujah there is a rare beauty and honesty in the trio's music. Ivy, Sarah, and David share a common passion that creates a sound that often amazes even them. "It's not old-time, it's not bluegrass, it's The South Carolina Broadcasters!" Be it an old standar d out of the hymnal or a song from their own pen, their music is alive. The trio has shared the stage with Ralph Stanley, Taj Mahal, Ricky Skaggs, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops and can be fou nd touring the country and bringing their distinctive sound to a venue near you.

    Michael Shull is an independent recording artist that was introduced to the dulcimer in 1995. Since then, he has used his musical ab ilities to expose people to one of the oldest folk instruments in America. Michael plays a variety of instruments and many musical styles, but he specializes in mountain gospel, Appalachian base d music, and hymns. Each year he performs throughout the southeast, and has won numerous awards with his captivating playing and arranging of old-time favorites.
    In concert, Michael is known and admired for his humor, charisma, and faith. His music is bound to entertain you. In addition to producing numerous albums, Michael has also written tablature books for those who want to lea rn how to play the dulcimer.

    Saturday, February 15 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

    Irish Music Legends Kevin Burke & John Carty

    Kevin Burke's fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music for over 30 years. Whether solo or accompanied, on record or in concert, Burke is an immensely engaging performer. He has been established as a first class musician ever since his work in the early 1970's (with such renowned performers as Arlo Guthrie, Christy Moore and the Bothy Band and with his far-reaching solo album, If the Cap Fits). During his long musical career Kevin has earned international acclaim in both Europe and America as a solo performer, a teacher and as a member of some of folk musi c's foremost groups including Celtic Fiddle Festival, and Patrick Street. He is also a featured member of Grammy winner Tim O'Brien's wonderful crossover band, The Crossing. Kevin is a National Endowment for the Arts 2002 National Heritage Fellowship recipient, the USA's highest honor for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. Previous National Heritage Fellows include B.B. King, Doc Watson, and Bill Monroe. 2010 saw Kevin's induction to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. He was very honored to receive such a tribute from his adopted home state.

    "Lyric, fluid and precisely as tricky as he needs to be…probably the greatest Irish fiddler living."
    - The Village Voice

    "A lyrical play er of emotional electricity."
    - The Washington Post

    "Burke imparts a rhythmic intensity that is remarkably powerful...a superior instrumentalist in any idiom...impressively virtuos ic."
    - The New York Times

    John Carty is one of Ireland's finest traditional musicians having been awarded the Irish Television station, TG4's Traditional Musician of the Year in 2003. Carty has three solo fiddle albums, two banjo albums, two group albums and a sprinkling of recorded tenor guitar and flute music recordings under his belt. Born in London, John has established himself among the elite in Irish traditional music and as a staunch supporter of its preservation. Carty developed his love for fiddle, banjo, and flute, all of which he has mastered, through hi s multi-instrumentalist father who was a member of the Glenside Ceili Band in London in the 1960's. With a firm foundation of both talent and knowledge of the tradition, John has been a welcome addition to many of the great bands of today, including Patrick Street, The Chieftains, and DeDanaan, as well as his remarkable solo career. www.joh

    "Carty's playing is fascinating -- an uncanny ability for a seemingly endless spinning out of subtle variations. I Will if I Can is a spectacular production.."
    - Celtic Grooves

    "One of the most accomplished Irish multi-instrumentalists alive. The flourishing diaspora of Irish traditional music had no finer exponent than John Carty …"
    - Ea rle Hitchner, Irish Echo

    Friday, February 14 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
    $15 in advance here / $18 at the door

    Mikolaj Trzaska & Tim Daisy

    Reedsman Mikolaj Trzaska and drummer Tim Daisy are touring in support of their latest release "Roads And Bridges" on Relay Recordings: www.relayrecordin

    Mikolaj and Tim will combine their shared experience and creative energy working in such internationally acclaimed groups including:
    Ken Vandermark's 10 piece Resonan ce Ensemble, the chamberesque Inner Ear Quartet (with New York's Steve Swell on trombone and Stockholm's Per -Ake Holmlander on tuba) and the powerful Trzaska/Thomas/Daisy Trio, creating an inte nse and focused set of duo improvisations.

    Thursday, February 13 2014
    9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

    Duo Cortado

    The concert will showcase music ranging from Latin-inspired dances to keyboard music arranged for two guitars. Also featured on the program will be a new composition written for the duo by local composer George Fetner.

    The night's program will feature two works originally written for two guitars: Maximo Diego Pujol's suite inspired by Latin dances titled Tango, Milonga y Final, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's energetic Fuga Elegiaca. A piece originally composed for the organ by Cesar Franck, Prelude, Fugue and Variation, will show-off the guitar duo's ability to bring life to music outside of the guitar's repertoire. The new composition - 'twas but a dream of thee - by George Fetner based on a poem by John Donne calls for a unique dialog between the two guitars t hat creates a dreamlike atmosphere drawing the audience into the ephemeral images of the poetry.

    Formed in 2012, Duo Cortado consists of guitarists Devin Sherman and Andy Jurik. Graduate stud ents at the University of South Carolina, Devin and Andy share a common interest of pursuing repertoire that highlights the unique qualities of the guitar while also exploring new sonic opportun ities. The Duo has been well-received by the USC community having given successful premieres and inspiring performances to audiences at several of the University's concert series.

    Sunday, February 9 2014
    8:00 (doors at 7:30)


    Friday, February 7 2014
    9:00pm (doors at 8:30pm)

    V-Day 2014: Open-Mic Night!

    Join us for an open mic night hosted by The Vagina Monologues at USC! Come and share your original or borrowed short stories, poetry, jokes, and music.
    There is no cover charge, but we definitely recommend getting some drinks from t he bar and scrounging around for a few bucks to place into our collection jar! All money donated through us will go straight to Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands!

    Sign up will be held on a first-come, first-serve basis that eveni ng.
    We had a great turn out last year, and would love to have all of you back again! One of our requests was to get advertising out earlier, so we're making sure you're all aware of it this time around.

    We hope to see you there! B ring a friend!

    Thursday, February 6 2014
    8:00pm (doors at 7:30pm)
    Free, but donations gladly accepted!

    South Rail ~~~ Mountain Express Acoustic ~~~ Devils In Disguise ~~~ Cigar Box Opera

    Some voices were just meant for each other. Jay Byrd and Lara Supan, backed by Ben Potok, blend to make South Rail's brand of Americana Rock their own.
    Described by Vivian Wang in District Consonance as "part folk, part alt-country - think Neil Young meets Wilco meets Eva Cassidy," South Rail's melding of genres and styles is attributed to the diverse backgrounds and influences of its members.
    "South Rail is the total package. I've had the pleasure of knowing them and hearing them sound fantastic in person and on recordings. The music and performance are a true reflection of their likeable, down-to-earth personalities, poised with t heir stunning talent, and brilliant songs."
    - A. Jones (Ageowns, DC 101 and DC Decibel contributer)

    Mountain Express Acoustic is a project that was formed by some friends to explore some musical ideas that had been developing over the past few years. Born out of a love of Bluegrass and Acoustic Music these guys have put this project together with a desire to "explore and keep things simple". The various members of the band have graced the stage or played the same bill with the likes of: Widespread Panic; Colonel Bruce Hampton; Bruce Hornsby; Ronnie Milsap; Jerry Reed, Edwin McCain; Acoustic Syndicate; Ralph Stanley and others.

    Devils In Disguise While both their name and their history as a Gram Parsons cover band suggest a level of sonic indebtedness to the founder of Cosmic American Music, these local stalwarts are definitely not slouching either. Their original material has the fire of alt-country acts like The Backsliders or Alejandro Escovedo, while the group's adept songwriting talents and powerful close-harmon y vocals one-up so many similar bands exploring the same terrain. So while the city is rife with varying takes on the roots-rock formula, it's worth noting that these guys are sonically more the standard-bearers than anybody else.
    K. Petersen, The Free Times (Aug 03, 2011)

    Out of the ashes of The Dirty Lowdown, a new rock band has risen in Columbia, SC. Blending Americana storytelling with 90's-era boot-stomping riffs, Cigar Box Opera is a band that aims to bring solid rock songs back to prominence.
    The melodies of lead singer/guitarist Josh McGill weave in and out of the rhythm section anchored down by bassist Max Lorick and drummer Levi Walls while the keys an d background vocals of Robbie Braciszewski lend a sense of structured benevolence to Cigar Box Opera's library.

    February 4, 2014
    8:00 (doors at 7:30)

    The Valley Roots ~~~ DELEVELED ~~~ 72nd and Central ~~~ hey,lightning!

    Conundrum Music Hall is hosting an explosion of awesomeness! This is not the show to miss!

    The Valley Roots:


    72nd and Central:


    Monday, January 27 2014
    8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

    Benefit for FOOD NOT BOMBS

    Chris Compton and the Ruby Brunettes:

    The Post-Timey String Band: ingBand

    Dr. Roundhouse:

    Pharaohs in Space:

    All Ages. 8pm. $7

    The Colu mbia Food Not Bombs group gathers on Sunday weekly to feed the hungry and eating begins at 1:00 p.m. Volunteers welcome:
    Finlay Park, Laurel St., Columbia, SC
    Rain location - Finlay Park, Taylor St.

    Food Not Bombs ( is trying to inspire the public to participate in changing society and focus our resources on solving problems like hunger, homelessness and poverty while seeking an end to war and the destruction of the environment. We are also showing by example that we can work cooperatively without leaders through volunteer effort to provide essential needs like, food, housing, education and healthcare. When over a billion people g o hungry each day how can we spend another dollar on war?

    Brian Geiger's Columbia Area Drum Circle

    Brian started the sessions 6 months ago. They all meet to discuss drums and play drums. Usually a few guys will give some lessons on different topics. They set up four kits in the room with a click track and take turns doing solos. It's an awesome event for beginners or pros. We have teachers, platinum record sellers, high school drum line coaches, you name it. It is a unity of brothers as drummers."

    Their motto is "We are more than men, we are drummers."

    Wednesday, January 22 2014
    7pm to 11pm)
    Free and open to the public

    Stereofly Fluid Tour 2014 starring FatRat Da Czar

    Stereofly presents The Fluid Tour 2014 at Conundrum Music Hall starring FatRat Da Czar, Grand Royal, Cole Connor with special guests.
    This is the Hip-Hop tour to kick off 2014 and the road to Stereofly's SXSW Showcases.

    Tickets are available online for $7 in advance. $10 day of show.

    Friday, January 17 2014
    9:00pm (doors at 8:00pm)
    $7 advance / $10 at door


    [redrawblak] is New Orleans saxophonist Brad Walker's project dedicated exclusively to the discipline of true free improvisation. Over the years this project has featured some of the most compelling minds of the New Orleans creative musi c scene, including Simon Lott, Helen Gillet, James Singleton, Jeff Albert, and many others.

    The project is dedicated to the idea that truly free, unstructured, unplanned improvisation leads to compelling music that could not have been created any other way.

    This month we're celebrating the release of a new CD+LP, recorded in June with New Orleans luminaries Aurora Nealand and Paul Thibodeaux, and to be pressed on vinyl and CD by Chicago's Two Cities Records. As a trio, Brad and Aurora and Paul have been working together for over two years, but this is their first chance to document their music. Paul is known as one of the most sensitive and dynamic drummers in a city known for its rhythm, and Aur ora (featured on saxophone, accordion, percussion, piano, vocals, and spoken word) is without a doubt one of the Crescent City's major artistic forces of this generation. The music they make as a trio has been compared to film soundtrack s, meditative exercises, seances, and even (in rare cases) out-of-body experiences.

    2012 also saw the release of two shorter statements from [redrawblak]: a Solo EP, consisting of four lengthy and potent explorations of solo saxophone +electronics soundscapes, and a Duo EP featuring New Orleans drum virtuoso Simon Lott in a series of compelling improvisations arranged in two suites: Light and Dark.

    All music is available via CD or digital download via

    Thursday, January 16 2014
    9:00pm (doors at 8:30pm)

    an Arnold Taylor Situation

    Eyewitness Gaza Documentary & Discussion

    Photographer Skip Schiel travels to Gaza to document life on ground, including after Operation Cast Lead, a massive 22-day long Israeli offensive on Gaza Dec 2009-Jan 2010.
    60min. Followed by discussion. Light refreshments.
    Free/ $5 Suggested Donation

    Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center

    Internet Movie Database description of documentary:
    The aim of this movie is to show an accurate view of current li fe in Gaza, with necessary historical and political context to help an audience understand the unique position Gazans are in: under siege, trapped, constantly threatened by attacks from Israel and their own political factions, with littl e awareness or concern by a larger world. The central theme is youth, from infancy to young adulthood. How do people survive siege while marginalized by the world community? We explore this question in the context of the Arab Spring-the uprisings beginning in Tunisia in late 2010, including events in Palestine such as the Gaza Youth Break Out movement and the most recent manifestations of violent and nonviolent transformation. One central image or story is that of the A merican Friends Service Committee's (AFSC) very successful youth program, Popular Achievement.

    Sunday, January 12 2014
    3pm (doors at 2:30pm)
    Free to the public. $5 suggested donation.

    Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center

    Cryptodira ~~~ INVOKING THE ABSTRACT ~~~ Fall of the Albatross ~~~ Trees on Mars ~~~ Wings Denied ~~~ Sein zum Tode

    Cryptodira - NY Prog-Post Metal for fans of Cynic, Converge, and Isis

    INVOKING THE ABSTRACT - Columbia Tech/Shred for fans of Beneath the Massacre, The Faceless, and The Black Dahlia Murder

    Fall of the Albatross - NY Progressive Metal for fans of Between the Buried and Me, Behold... The Arctopus, and The Dillinger Escape Plan

    Trees on Mars - Columbia Math Rock for fans of Fang Island, Scale the Summit, and Russian Circles

    Wings Denied - DC Progressive Metal for fans of As Oceans, Protest the Hero, and TesseracT

    Sein zum Tode - Columbia Avant-Garde Metal for fans of Mike Patton, Psyopus, and Naked City

    Friday, January 10 2014
    8pm (doors at 7pm)

    The Highway Walkers (A Hitchhiking Documentary)

    In over 30 rides and 2,000 miles, friends Darrell Johnston and Josiah Laubenstein, a local actor and graduate student at USC, set out to discover why hitchhiking has fallen by the wayside and, quite literally, how far you can get on a sm ile. Armed with a ukulele, a road guitar and a healthy sense of optimism, they set out from tiny Leon, Iowa for their final destination: Oregon's highest mountain, Mount Hood. Ride after ride, while eating their dwindling supply of freez e-dried foods and sleeping in tents, on porches, and in iHop booths, they explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest and it's people, for better or worse, always asking: to hitch or not to hitch?

    JJ Kelley of National Geographic calls i t "A journey of heart... The film explores the motivation that lives in all of us to see the unknown. Allow yourself to be inspired."

    Featuring the music of Danny Schmidt, recently named one of the Chicago Tribune's 50 most significan t songwriters in the past 50 years, The Highway Walkers was an official selection for the 2012 Cape May Film Festival, Highway 61 Film Festival, and the 2013 Wild Rose Film Festival where it was recognized with the Distinctive Achievemen t award.

    The showing will also include a sneak peak of upcoming project, Passage, which explores the ambiguous American coming-of-age rites. The web series includes interviews with creator of the "Art of Manliness" website Brett McKay , anthropologist and author of Men in Groups and The Decline of Males Lionel Tiger, and a look at the longstanding ritual of suspension with the Denver Suspension Group.

    Admission is free with a suggested $5 donation. DVDs will be av ailable for purchase.

    Sunday, January 5 2014
    7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
    FREE (suggested $5 donation)