To-Do List (June 30-July 7): July 4 fireworks display, new exhibition at Columbia Museum of Art | Local arts, entertainment and events news for Columbia, SC



Fireworks with the Phil

If you’re looking for the most typical Independence Day experience that isn’t actually July 4th, you’d be hard pressed to do better than attending the South Carolina Philharmonic concert in Segra Park on July 3rd. . The combination of minor-league stadium baseball, fireworks, and a program of patriotism and pop (the Phil will play selections from “Hamilton” and “West Side Story,” among others) should remove any nostalgic itch you have. could have, then you can enjoy the real vacation safely in your backyard. Tickets are $ 10 (free for children 12 and under) and music starts at 8:30 p.m. More information available at KYLE PETERSEN


“The ironic curtain: the art of the Soviet subway”

The Columbia Museum of Art won’t go long without a cool new main exhibit. “The Imaginative Worlds of MC Escher” closed on June 6, and less than a month later we get “The Ironic Curtain” on July 3. The new exhibition, which remains on view until September 12, “features artists who worked under political repression in the decades just before the fall of the Soviet Union, often making ‘official’ art the day and their own. experimental art in secret ”and explores Sots Art, a Soviet version of Pop Art, on the museum’s website. It presents an opportunity to reflect on the impact of authoritarian boundaries on creative endeavors, while generally examining some really cool art For more information, visit JORDAN LAWRENCE


July 4th party on Murray Lake

What could be the most remarkable celebration of Independence Day in the Midlands takes place on what is arguably the most remarkable lake in the region. The 33 July 4th celebration on Lake Murray takes place on July 3rd, with the famous parade of boats going from Bomb Island to the dam at noon (register at to participate), and what the event claims to be largest fireworks display in the state at 9:15 p.m. Best viewing for fireworks is recommended from Spence Island (by boat) and Dreher Island State Park (by boat or land). JORDAN LAWRENCE


Independence day celebration

There are more Independence Day celebrations at the Icehouse Amphitheater in Lexington on July 2. The 246th Army Band will do the military marching band thing at 7pm to get your “USA!” mounted on the right. And then there will be a 9pm fireworks display which you can see from the amphitheater – or Lexington Square Park, the Lexington Veterans Monument, the restaurants along Main Street or any lighted public parking lot in the city center, according to the site’s website. If you enjoy patriotic music during the fireworks from your remote vantage point, 93.1FM The Lake will play a soundtrack. To learn more, visit JORDAN LAWRENCE

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Blues festival

The “blues” deserves a loose, contemporary definition of this outdoor festival’s post-COVID comeback, and the show only gets better. Headliner Tucka “King of Swing” is a smooth, supple R&B artist who sings grooves reminiscent of Barry White’s heyday. The eclectic bill is filled with Big Pokey Bear, Labrado, Lil Ceaser, Kipp Taylor & Nu Loo and more. The concert, which starts at 4 p.m., is also a return to popular music live in Segra Park (after the SC Philharmonic, which uses the venue). Tickets cost $ 50. For more information, search for PAT MORAN



Be active. Read books. Both long-lasting and often difficult goals for children during their summer away from school. Richland Library has a fun puzzle solution in the form of its Storywalk. Stroll a trail through Doko Meadows Park in Blythewood, stopping at stations that combine a page from Cathryn Falwell’s “Rainbow Stew” book with various activities. The featured book will rotate seasonally, with the library ready to bring two more Storywalk locations online in late summer and fall. For more information, visit JORDAN LAWRENCE


Althea René

A Detroit flutist inspired by R&B and jazz, Renée has an uninhibited approach to her craft and the music industry. The daughter of original funk brother Dezie McCullers, she also worked for 11 years as Wayne County’s Deputy Sheriff. Her 2013 album “In the Flow” topped Billboard’s smooth jazz charts and she wrote “Becoming Chocolate Barbie: A Guide for Professional Women in the Music Business”. His June 3 concert at the Chayz Lounge starts at 6 p.m. and costs $ 45 to attend. More information is available at PAT MORAN

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Gerald Kelly

With a knack for mimicry, an ordinary character and a mastery of slow combustion, Kelly earned the nickname “Black Jackie Gleason”. Honing his radio acting skills, Kelly has created a multitude of characters drawn from childhood observations of friends and family. Kelly has appeared in movies and on television and has taken the stage with her offspring for her Father & Sons tour. He’s at The Comedy House on June 2-3. Tickets are $ 10 (with some dinner purchases required). Learn more at PAT MORAN



Active since 2007, Columbia’s Decadence merges melodic hard rock and modern metal. Heavy, sultry riffs and passionate screams contrast with bold, screaming hooks. Citing bands like Breaking Benjamin and Bullet For My Valentine as formative influences, the group clearly expresses their intention to merge muscular heaviness with the kind of big stage dynamics and melodic choruses that propelled their ancestors to stardom. ReDefind, Sorrow of SIlence and Imprint share the bill at Art Bar. Doors open at 8 p.m. and coverage is to be determined. To learn more, visit BRYAN C. REED


“Musicians of Brementown”

Are things getting so back to normal that even the puppets are coming back on stage? The Columbia Marionette Theater is back in “Brementown Musicians,” a cartoon-style musical about Grimm’s classic fairy tale, its first production since March of last year. Designed for the younger audience, this is a great opportunity to catch some magical artistic talent while keeping the little ones entertained. Screenings continue on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. until September 4. Visit for more information. KYLE PETERSEN

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Tongues of fire, dead spring

Asheville’s quartet, Tongues of Fire, offers a polished fusion of post-punk that borrows the moody melodic of Joy DIvision and the upbeat, jerky attack of Fugazi and their followers. The dark and vibrant vibe is evident on the band’s recent live EP, “Live In A Parking Lot”, itself the forerunner of a new album expected later this year. This show at the Curiosity Coffee Bar also marks the return of Dead Spring, whose catchy indie rock with grunge accents is a worthy addition. The show starts at 7 p.m. and costs between $ 7. For more information, visit curiosité BRYAN C. REED


Mountain road

There’s something odd about the way Mountain Highway, a family-friendly Virginia bluegrass group of young teens and their dad, faithfully renders traditional tunes. Infused with OG Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs, the group rarely deviates from expectations, but their cherubic image and tight harmonies make their performances compelling, if you can shake off the somewhat awkward vibes of school to the House. Either way, they’ll fit right in with Bill’s Pickin ‘Parlor’s Pickin’ with the Pros loyalists on July 2. The open mic starts at 7 p.m., the band continues at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $ 10 at the door. Learn more at KYLE PETERSEN


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