Cola Town Music Scene

April acoustics

By Abigail Thielke

April 10: Johnny Mathis at the Koger Center for the Arts 

Celebrating his 59th year in the music industry, Johnny Mathis is Columbia Records longest-running artist. A sublime vocalist whose approach to pop music eclipses passing fads and trends, Mathis performs songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories — from music composed for stage and film to golden era jazz standards, contemporary pop hits and holiday music, all of which has assured his reputation as one of the most enduring vocalists in music history.

April 11: River Rocks Festival at Riverfront Park 

Congaree Riverkeeper presents the fourth annual River Rocks Festival featuring live music and paddling opportunities on the Columbia Canal, environmental education, family friendly activities, food and beverages. Proceeds from the festival fund Congaree Riverkeeper’s work protecting the Broad, Saluda and Congaree Rivers.

April 14-15: Widespread Panic at the Township Auditorium 

Since their inception in Athens, Ga. in 1986, Widespread Panic has risen to elite status among American jam bands. Following in the steps of other rock jam bands, they have influences from the Southern rock, blues-rock, progressive rock, funk and hard rock genres. 

April 18: Jason Isbell at Music Farm Columbia 

Alabama native Jason Isbell is both a product of his Northern Alabama roots and an example of how musical influences can help an artist evolve and mature. Isbell is undeniably inspired by the soul-tinged rock, country and blues produced in neighboring Muscle Shoals. His sound continues to evolve but is equal parts loud and thoughtful, Southern and worldly. The Wall Street Journal writes, “A composer of splendidly crafted songs, he performs with an intensity that connects the listener to the deep and genuine emotions that inspire his work.”

April 30: Florida Georgia Line at Colonial Life Arena 

Reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year, Florida Georgia Line will be making its headline debut at Colonial Life Arena with Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard on the Anything Goes Tour 2015.


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