Columbia To-Do List (May 18-24): The Temptations, Columbia International Festival and Charlie Boy | To do list


Temptations and the Four Peaks

As far as Motown artists go, the Temptations are royalty. From their indelible classic hits to their evolution over time, they stand out as a band that has both defined and continued to be a part of history. For their 60th anniversary, they return to Township Auditorium for the second time this year on May 21 at 8 p.m. to celebrate the milestone, bringing with them another beloved group of Motown hitmakers, The Four Tops. Tickets start at $25. More information at STEPHEN PASTIS


Colombia International Festival

If you want to explore diverse cultures in one stop, the Columbia International Festival is the place to go. The South Carolina State Fair Grounds will host the annual event May 21-22, showcasing different cultures, nationalities, races and language groups represented in South Carolina. Over 80 different countries will demonstrate their culture through art, food, music, photos and artifacts. The event starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until 7 p.m. on both days. For more information, visit HALIE HAYES


Charlie Boy

Charlie Boy, fronting Kat Hammond, has only officially released a few singles, but the band are quickly becoming one of the hottest indie rock bands in the state with their hazy indie pop sound and nostalgic hooks. and blurry. The band headline a stacked New Brookland Tavern bill that includes post-blues sibling duo The Mobros, Chicago garage rock band North by North and alt-rock locals Tripping. on Bricks. The show is May 20. Cover is $12, doors at 7 p.m. More info on KYLE PETERSEN


Hot Sauce Comedy

“The tragedy is when I cut my finger,” comedian Mel Brooks once said. “Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.” Curiosity Coffee Bar’s “Hot Sauce Comedy” is billed as “laughter through the suffering of others.” Since headliner Tyler Wood hosts his own incendiary cooking comedy show, “Hot Shots,” cruel pressure comedy is probably closer to hot sauce than falling down a manhole. . Remember that very hot foods and hearty laughter release endorphins. The May 20 show is free and starts at 5:30 p.m. More info on PAT MORAN


Ghazals in the galleries

The Columbia Museum of Art and Baker & Baker are hosting “Ghazals in the Galleries” on May 19. The show includes a unique performance in the galleries of singer Madhuri Jadhav accompanied by harmonium, guitar and tabla amidst the exhibition “Anila Quayyum Agha: Let A Million Flowers Bloom”. Agha’s exhibition is an impressive duo of installation pieces – transparent glass cubes from which light shoots out in elaborate patterns. The event runs from 7-8 p.m. on May 19 and admission is $15 ($10 for CMA members.) Visit for more information. VINCENT HARRIS


Andy Hull

Manchester Orchestra frontman Andy Hull will be without the titanic whine of his bandmates for this Senate show, but his many acoustic bends and solo projects over the years make him well suited to translate his songwriting tunes alt/ emo in a more traditional style. singer/songwriter setting. Tiger Jaw’s Ben Walsh and Creeks (Balance & Composure’s Jon Simmons) open. Tickets are $27, the show is May 22, and doors open at 6 p.m. More info on KYLE PETERSEN


Columbia Conservatory of Dance Annual Showcase

Harbison Theater will host the Columbia Conservatory of Dance’s annual showcase this year on May 21-22. Voted Best Dance School by Free Times in 2018 and 2019, William Starrett’s school gives young dancers the opportunity to learn, practice and perfect various genres of dance. The showcase will present different dances learned by the young dancers of the school. The event starts at 6 p.m. on May 21 and 22. For more information, visit HALIE HAYES


Wombat Junction

There are so many genres and subgenres of music these days that it’s easy to miss a good straight rock band, but that’s what Columbia’s Wombat Junction is. The quartet is all about loud riffs, propelling beats and catchy vocal hooks. Nothing flashy, but nothing exceptional either. Wombat Junction plays the Rhythm On The River concert series at the West Columbia Amphitheater with The Runout. Show time is 6 p.m. on May 21 and admission is free. Visit for more information. VINCENT HARRIS


The Woggles

Although The Woogles, the three-decade retro garage spectacular, are an Atlanta-based band, they must call Columbia home considering how often they’ve played Soda City. Despite the loss of some members and the appearance of a few more gray hairs, there’s no denying the ferocity and showmanship this ’60s-loving, Steve Van Zandt-approved band brings when they take the stage. Locals Brandy & the Butcher will launch their new LP and Flippants backing at New Brookland Tavern. The Jam Room Music Festival will also be teased, at least partially, during the show. Coverage is $10. Doors open at 8 p.m. May 21. More info on KYLE PETERSEN


Quebe Sisters Under the Canopy

What is the difference between a violin and a violin? A violin has no beer stains. I bet the Quebe sisters know that comparison. The Texan siblings studied classical violin before moving on from Paganini to Papa John Creach. Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe combine treble fiddles with brotherly harmonies to create sashaying tunes reminiscent of the gypsy jazz of Stéphane Grappelli, the dancehall swing of Bob Wills and the seductive nostalgia of Asleep at the Wheel. The May 22 concert is free and starts at 3 p.m. More info on PAT MORAN


Live music at the Art Bar

Vista’s Art Bar is a bit offbeat, so it makes sense that it hosts one of the most idiosyncratic lineups in recent Columbia show history. The May 21 lineup, starting at 8 p.m., includes the chaotic side of Soda City Riot. So it’s not a bird; it is not an airplane; these are the Chodes. The eponymous Florida scum punk band will play brash, screamed punk lyrics in the queue with Guardians Warlock – a band with comedic heavy punk-metal music and award-winning Chili to their name – and Scout’s Honor, a punk band of newly reincarnated Charleston. Free entry. More than STEPHEN PASTIS


Tokyo Joe’s “Best of Everything”

If there’s any band from Columbia that knows how to do covers, it’s Tokyo Joe and the Root Doctors, and they picked one hell of a catalog of songwriters to cover at Lexington’s Icehouse Amphitheater. . “The Best Of Everything” will feature the greatest hits from Tom Petty’s long and illustrious career. This tribute incorporates everything from the Rickenbacker guitar to Tom’s signature top hat and aims, according to the band, to leave every Tom Petty fan feeling like they’ve experienced a tribute performance worthy of the original. Show time is 6 p.m. on May 20 and tickets are $22. Visit for more information. VINCENT HARRIS

Darcy J. Skinner