Is Columbia, SC Becoming a Major Entertainment Market Again?
|(On May 13, Alice Cooper will be performing in Columbia, SC for the first time since 1978)|
With hip hop sensation J Cole announcing that he's opening his upcoming tour at Columbia’s Music Farm, a lot of attention is being brought to the area. It got me thinking, is Columbia, SC becoming a major entertainment market again? While it won't rival our neighbors in Charlotte and Atlanta, we may no longer be considered a dead zone in national artist’s eyes.
I've noticed lately that a lot more national acts are coming to Columbia and surrounding areas. In the past decade or so, it seems that we'd get maybe a handful of marquee names coming through. Now, we're getting big artists of all genres and sizes visiting our famously hot city.
In addition to J Cole, we're getting acts as varied as Drive-By Truckers, Jerry Seinfeld, Earth Wind and Fire, Ron White, Rick Springfield, R Kelly, Newsboys, Chicago, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Chainsmokers, Ryan Adams, Local H and even Alice Cooper’s first time in town since 1978. Whether it’s your style or not, these are all big name artists who are coming to the area within the next few months. What's interesting is that the shows are taking place all over town and in nearby cities like Florence and Newberry. It's not just one venue. It's Colonial Life Arena, Music Farm, Township Auditorium, Koger Center, New Brookland Tavern and more.
Within the last year or so, we've also seen acts like Jason Isbell, Luke Bryan, Katt Williams, Weird Al Yankovic, Pearl Jam, Dave Chappelle and more. It's interesting to see this sudden uptick in nationally known artists. Back in the 80’s/90’s, it seemed like there were big shows every month. Around the turn of the Millennium, these seemed to only trickle in. You'd get a huge name every 6 months or so. Now, we're getting huge names as well as some of the mid tier acts that always seemed to skip us. What's caused this change?
|"Weird Al" played in Columbia on September 7, 2016|