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2024 STAGE SCHEDULE 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

Planet Fitness Stage

West Columbia
Riverwalk Amphitheater

109 Alexander Road, West Columbia, SC 29169

FRIDAY NIGHT 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM | 109 Alexander Rd.

After releasing four Top Ten Billboard albums, North Carolina based Nu-Blu has quickly established themselves as one of the top Acoustic acts in the music industry, delivering a set of songs that range from the melancholy to the exuberant, and at every step they prove they’ve got a knack for finding their way into the deeper parts of you.

 

Nu-Blu is poised to make 2024 one of their biggest years yet. With new music on the horizon, they’re looking to carry on that momentum after recently partnering with MC1 Nashville and Turnberry Records on an upcoming dual-label release. They’re also carrying on their hosting duties of “Bluegrass Ridge,” plus have a jam-packed tour schedule. Needless to say, Nu-Blu is more focused and determined than ever to bring their music to more and more fans throughout the world. Who knows, they might even have a major surprise or two that’s announced unexpectedly.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Main Stage

Meeting and Lucas. 626 Meeting Street, West Columbia, SC 29169.

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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Meeting and Lucas

Seventy Six and Sunny first debuted in the fall of 2012, claiming Columbia, South Carolina, as their home. The band was formed by lifelong best friends A.J. Lang (vocals/guitar) and David Kesling (drums). Tim Byrd (keys/guitar) was brought on, growing up in the same area of South Carolina and playing in other groups with A.J. and David. Jawann Stuckey (bass) rounded out the group and the foursome had an undeniable effect on audiences throughout the Midlands.

Prior to playing any shows, Seventy Six and Sunny released a 3-song self-titled EP in August of 2012. Led by "Don't You Dare," the band honored its 90's pop rock influences with upbeat rhythms and melodic choruses. Turning the calendar to 2013 brought a wave of evolution as the group built a following in the college nightlife district of Columbia. Early into Spring the band could be found frequenting popular bars and hangouts amongst the students at the University of South Carolina. This following continued to grow over time and strengthened the band's standing in Columbia's music scene and ultimately led to the group being thrice nominated by independent paper The Free Time's as Columbia's Best Band. An 11-track studio effort titled "Italian Night Club" was released in January 2014 and has since been pulled from iTunes.

Over the years the band had members come and go, including Michael Atwater (guitar) and Matt Buck (bass/keys/brass) and now features Lang, Kesling along with Charles Riley (bass).

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM | Meeting and Lucas

Who’s Bad’s power-packed tribute to Michael Jackson has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see. As the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band, and the only one to predate his untimely passing, Who’s Bad has sold out nearly 50 venues in the United Kingdom including London’s O2 where the King of Pop was slated to end his career. Over 100 years of collective professional experience and sold-out shows at every major House of Blues, Colorado’s Bluebird Theatre, LA’s Gibson Amphitheatre as well as international pavilions such as Ningbo Grand Theatre (China), Romania’s Sala Palatalui to Teatro do Bourbon Country (Porto Alegre, Brazil) tell the story: no corner of the earth is safe from this infectious party production.

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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM | Meeting and Lucas

WAR, one of music’s defining and most enduring soul/funk groups, was founded in Long Beach, California, in 1962. In 1970, producer Jerry Goldstein united the seven-piece band with former Animals lead singer Eric Burdon; the alliance produced the No. 1 worldwide hit “Spill the Wine.” Stepping out on their own in 1971, they launched a fruitful career with a dynamic sound that fused R&B, rock, Latin music, jazz, and blues. In 1973, their smash album The World is a Ghetto vaulted to No. 1 on Billboard’s pop and R&B charts behind the crossover success of two top-10 singles, the album’s socially conscious title song and its rollicking follow-up “The Cisco Kid.” Over a long and glittering career, WAR has rung up more than 20 multi-platinum, platinum and gold albums and singles. This year, fronted by co-founding member Lonnie Jordan, the group will celebrate 50 years of 1973’s #1 Billboard top-selling album, The World is a Ghetto, with a 50-date summer tour, remixes, new releases and more.

Sunset Stage

Meeting and Shuler. 500 Meeting Street, West Columbia SC 29169

3:15 PM - 4:40 PM | Meeting and Shuler

The Mustache Brothers rely on lively acoustic instrumentation and tight vocal harmonies to deliver their unique blend of bluegrass, classic country and rock and roll. Armed with acoustic guitars, a mandolin, and an upright bass, the Columbia-native Brothers build upon influences such as Tony Rice, ShawnCamp, and Ryan Adams for a sound that is both as fresh and exciting as it is classic.

Since forming in 2012, the Brothers have gained a devoted following through their energetic live performances all across the great state of South Carolina. Look for the Brothers to continue honing their sound with regular performances throughout the southeast.

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4:45 PM - 6:25 PM | Meeting and Shuler

Brittany Turnipseed, affectionately known as the "Southern Songbird," hails from South Carolina, where her musical journey began. With a seamless blend of Southern charm and soulful melodies, Brittany has become a beloved figure both locally and beyond. Her performances include a blend of jazz, soul, funk, and old school R&B. At live shows, expect a fusion of improvised jazz, neo-soul, storytelling, and more-get ready to laugh, cry, and have an absolute ball!

Her frequent performances at Columbia's Chayz Lounge have garnered a dedicated following, while her talent has afforded her opportunities to open for revered artists such as Melba Moore, Eric Roberson, and The Isley Brothers. Brittany's versatility shines whether she's accompanying live performances for the South Carolina Ballet or paying homage to blues icon Drink Smalls on SCETV. Her rising star status was solidified by winning the top prize at the Apollo Theater's Amateur Night in Harlem. Beyond her musical prowess, Brittany is a loving wife and mother, exemplifying the essence of Southern roots charm. With her captivating voice and unyielding passion, she continues to delight audiences, ensuring her lasting presence in the realm of music.

6:40 PM - 8:00 PM | Meeting and Shuler

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George Fetner and the Strays “unleash their leathery loose-limbed approximation of Bacchus with a blowtorch” (Free Times), have been praised as “a herd of magnanimous proportions that turns any stage into a groove-laden party” (Jasper Project), and “since adding a full horn section to their lineup, their stage show has become an all-out swagger fest” (Post and Courier). The band continues to grow its fan base with festival performances and club shows across the Southeast, sharing stages with bands such as Big Something, The Vegabonds, Circles Around the Sun, Doom Flamingo, Moon Taxi, and Blues Traveler.

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754 MEETING ST, WEST COLUMBIA, SC  29169

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3:15 PM - 4:40 PM | 754 Meeting St.

The McKoy Brothers Band, made up of three brothers, Mike, Steve, and Randy McKoy, along with Bob Strickland, is a top-level Classic Country and Southern Music Band. Focusing on top level playing on multiple instruments, this group blends classic genres into a crowd pleasing and exciting performances that won't be matched this side of Nashville. They present the music of Haggard Jones, Cash, Waylon, Hank, CCR, L.S., Jerry Lee and other legends. With decades of experience, they'll hold you spell bound with songs they played since their youth. Make no mistakes about it, they truly are the "Real McKoy's".

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM | 754 Meeting St.

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Willie Wells, the son of the late Bill Wells has always been on the music scene. Since the early 70’s, Willie has played drums, sang lead and harmony vocals. Willie and another musician friend organized a country music group called “CHOYCE" that ran for more than twenty years. Having early country music and bluegrass influence from his father, Willie continued to develop and expand his musical direction toward recording studio production.

The past ten to twelve years is when the Bluegrass influence kicked back in which prompted Willie to dedicate his musical direction to continue the Bluegrass legacy that his father started. Being inspired by his father to play guitar and to be at the helm of the “Blue Ridge Mtn. Grass” (BRMG) that his father started some forty years ago, Willie is keeping his father’s wishes to preserve Bluegrass music alive in South Carolina.

Today the band is a mix of traditional and contemporary Bluegrass with some new arrangements of old songs as well as a mix of original songs. Their high energy stage show and stage presence keeps the audience engaged and into the music.

Currently with the Sun Sound recording label with four albums to their credit, Willie Wells and BRMG are quickly growing in popularity and demand.

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6:40 PM - 8:00 PM | 754 Meeting St.

Nick Chandler and Delivered is a hard driving traditional bluegrass band from Western North Carolina. Over the past few years Nick Chandler and Delivered have captured the attention of bluegrass fans world wide. Nick Chandler was included in the IBMA Songwriter Showcase for 2020 with the band’s hit tune "Big Bill Johnson" and they are an IBMA 2022 Official Showcase Artist. This band has been delighting crowds all over the country with their original songs, tight harmonies, and crowd pleasing shows.

Nick Chandler has traveled the country for many years delighting crowds with his extraordinary mandolin talents. Nick is a master on the mandolin and has won numerous awards stating the same. His talent for writing and arranging songs is evident and his love for bluegrass shows in every note that he plays. Jamie Sparks plays banjo and sings a variety of parts. He is from Bristol, VA and he is one of the most animated and talented banjo players you will be lucky enough to see in action. Gary Trivette plays the bass and sings all parts. Gary brings so much passion and excitement to the stage. He is an amazing bass player and excellent songwriter as well. Together Nick Chandler and Delivered creates a sound that is traditional yet original straight up bluegrass.

Nick Chandler and Delivered. Live it. Love it. Bluegrass.

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