The 19th season of the Five After Five concert series in Columbia’s Five Points is in full swing, and on Sunday more than 500 people gathered near the district’s iconic fountain for the June edition of the free family and pet friendly event.
“Great weather, great music, and lots of dogs: that’s as much as I could ask for,” said Joe Wiggins as he watched The Herbie Jeffcoat Projekt perform while people and pets of all ages enjoyed the festivities.
The local band was followed by South Carolina-based Atlas Road Crew, a band popular locally and up and down the east coast. “This is my favorite band in the entire world, and it’s so awesome to get to see them free and outdoors and I just love this whole atmosphere,” said Abby Sterling.
Food trucks as well as the many nearby restaurants provided dinner options for the crowd, and local vendors set up tents for those who wanted to do a bit of shopping while listening to the musicians perform on the outdoor stage near Saluda’s. Face painting, hula hoops and other activities were available with kids specifically in mind, and
This year’s concert series also features a new addition. “After the headline band stops, we have local DJ Bois Obscur who comes on,” said Five Points Association Executive Director Amy Beth Franks. “It kind of fits when the sun goes down and you’ve had a couple beers.”
Five After Five takes place from 5 until 9 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month from April through August. It is always free and open to the public, including pets. Free parking is available on all streets in Five Points all day on the dates of the concert series.
The band lineup for July’s show will be announced later this week on the Five Points website and social media.