Nationally acclaimed, cult indie-rock favs Guided by Voices will headline the free Jam Room Music Festival along with Durham-based talent Hiss Golden Messenger on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the corner of Main and Hampton St. in downtown Columbia, S.C. In its sixth year, the festival and street party will provide guests with a full day of live performances; food and drink by local vendors; free bike valet and more. More information atwww.jamroommusicfestival.com.
Always eager to provide Columbia with the best in local, regional, and national indie acts, this year’s festival will once again feature 12 bands on two stages. The event showcases hip-hop, indie folk, futurist/punk, and heavy metal talent. In addition to Guided by Voices and Hiss Golden Messenger, featured artists include Elf Power of Athens, G.A.; Valley Maker of Seattle, W.A.; Bombadil of Durham, N.C.; and Bask of Asheville, N.C. Jam Room Music Festival is proud to offer strong South Carolina acts each year, as well. Local artists include, Barnwell, The Lovely Few, King Vulture, NUMBTONGUE FatRat Da Czar, and Hearts on Fire.
The Whig Stage, Main St.
1:30 Hearts on Fire
3:00 The Lovely Few
4:30 Valley Maker
7:45 Elf Power
Palmetto Brewing Stage, Hampton St.
12:45 King Vulture
3:45 FatRat Da Czar
6:45 Hiss Golden Messenger
8:45 Guided by Voices
Bring the kids for free goodies at the Columbia Art Museum, which is providing free admission the day of the event, and support budding musicians on the Columbia Arts Academy student stage on Boyd Plaza. The event is rain or shine.
Keeping a local edge is important to event organizers. Enjoy food and beverages provided by local food vendors and enjoy craft beer while supporting the local music scene. Offerings include local beers from Palmetto Brewing, Catawba Brewing Company, and Hi-Wire Brewing, as well as a beer garden with Wicked Weed, Goose Island, Stella Artois, and more!
Event organizers encourage no driving and/or responsible driving with the Colatown Bike Cooperative bike valet and on-site access to cab service by Checker Yellow Cab. If you have to drive, parking is available downtown.
Jam Room Music Festival has consistently brought some of the best free concerts in Columbia. Past events have featured Mountain Goats, Superchunk, Blonde Redhead, and Son Volt. Now an independent non-profit organization, this event is poised to take on even bigger challenges.
Jam Room Music Festival wouldn’t be possible without the support of major sponsors including City of Columbia, Richland County, Jam Room Foundation, S.C. Education Lottery, Doctors Care, Free Times, WXRY, Spectra, and Palmetto Brewing.