Free Philharmonic Concert, Drink Deals, and More!

By Trinessa Dubas
Summer isn’t even in full effect and this has got to be one of the hottest weeks in Columbia to get up and get out this year! Get yourself in gear and prepare to have one hell of time in Famously Hot Columbia.  Slow week?  Money Short?  Keep your head up as you read on.  You already know that I’ve got places for you to go without having much money to blow.
Wednesday Night (June 4th )

Mike Stone and the Kritikal Band

Mike Stone and the Kritikal Band will be live at Brickhouse. 7001 Parklane Rd. This brother is electric. Playing a mix of Jazz, Pop, Rhythm and Blues. The band is hot and building a strong following with the sweet vocals of lead Mike Stone (talk about making a grown woman blush). Show starts at 9p and cover is $10.
Get ready! This THURSDAY (June 5th) is FIRST THURSDAY ON MAIN!!!!

You don’t have to miss this. There should be no reason to miss this FREE gathering of artists and entertainment. First Thursday has expanded and now goes from the 1200 block of Main to the 1700 block. On the 1200 block it has just been announced the SC philharmonic will be performing an outdoor concert hosted at Certus Bank.  How do you look past a free concert by the Philharmonic? YOU DON’T.
 Moving up a block (1300) enter The Arcade.  It is an open house and there will be live music as you stroll. Visit some of the artist studios and enjoy refreshments. Also, stop into Cantina 76 for a margarita (2 for 1 original house special). I, personally, will skip the 1400 block because the Sheraton rooftop can be pretty expensive.
Head on up to the 1500 block and enjoy the artwork in places like Frame of Mind, Wine Down and Carolina Hair Studios.  Local artist Cassie Renee will also be performing at Carolina Hair Studio.
Palmetto y Luna presents outdoor music by Preach Jacobs “Arts in Motion”.  Make your way up to the Tapp’s building for art and fun. Trustus Theatre will be doing a snippet from the upcoming production Evil Dead, The Musical.  As with each and all of our past First Thursday’s there will be plenty to eat and drink.  Stop by one of the many food vendors and trucks.  All this in one night without spending more than 20 bucks (so I say!).  It all starts right after work. 6p until 10p.
Friday Night (June 6th)

 I and a host of artists in and around Columbia, will gather for One Last Hurrah Before the Curtain Falls at Workshop Theatre.  This will be a celebration of one of Columbia’s finest community theatres.  If you’ve loved the shows you’ve seen, been a part of the theatre scene or just want to gather with like minds, join us in celebrating Workshop’s history and the closing of its chapter in its current location.   Bittersweet, if I do say so myself. The celebration starts at 7.   Workshop Theatre. 1136 Bull St.
Later in the evening I am heading over to PT’s 1109 to cheer on Brock Henderson as he vies for Pride Talent All-Stars. Tickets at the door are $10 and money raised will go to Pride 25. There will be drink specials and Ms. Veronica la Blank will perform. Yaaaassss, Honey! PT’s. 1109 Assembly street. Doors will open early and the show will be promptly at 9p.
If you are daring enough this is also First Friday Lowbrow Cinema Explosion at The Nickelodeon.  Christopher Bickel hosts.  Hard Ticket To Hawaii. Show starts at 11p. Tickets are $10
Saturday evening (June 7th)

I am absolutely looking forward to catching Columbia City Jazz Dance Company Presents A Night At The Museum. This is one performance only and you don’t want to miss this group of young performers. They are beyond superb! (yes, I am biased, my sister teaches at the studio). Show starts at 7p and tickets are $10.
This is going to be such a fun week in Columbia! I hope that you are able to enjoy these fun outings and save. I won’t steer you wrong. And as always, you know that I am going to be out and about ( I don’t just write this stuff, I show up). So if you happen to see me stop and say hello.
Honey, I’ll see ya!

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