The South Carolina Music Guide

Our 12 Music Event Happenings for the Holidays in South Carolina

As December looms I am reminded just how fast the year has gone.  In thirty days 2013 will begin and thus, the cycle begins again.  Rather than get sentimentalabout the fleeting passage of time, we suggest folks slow down during the holiday.  Spend some quality time with friends and family and take in some good musical entertainment.  In that spirit we’re not going to focus on a single act for December.  Instead, we’ve decided to pay homage to the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and present  “The Twelve Events of Music in South Carolina”.  We think everyone will find something under this hypothetical tree to enjoy.

Saturday Dec. 1st

Young Jeezy – 8:00 pm – BiLo Center – Greenville, SC

Kicking things off on December 1st is the Soul Survivor himself, Young Jeezy.  Billed as “Jeezy and Friends”, this lyrical artist brings his talents to the BiLo Center for Winter Bash 2012.  A little known fact is that Jeezy (who began life as Jay Wayne Jenkins) was born in Columbia, SC.

Sunday Dec. 2nd

South Carolina Philharmonic  “Holiday Pops at Harbison Theatre”– 3:00pm – Midlands Tech College – Irmo, SC

Join Morihiko Nakahara and the talented musicians of the South Carolina Philharmonic welcome the holidays with everyone’s favorite symphonic classics, along with a sing-along of familiar carols.

Thursday Dec. 6th

Olivia Newton John – 8:00 pm – Newberry Opera House – Newberry, SC

Admit it.  There has most likely been a time in your life when you have either listened to, owned, or still have in your possession, the Grease soundtrack.  The Australian song-bird brings her talents to the Newberry Opera house, and if you are lucky, she just may sing a few bars of Xanadu.

Friday Dec. 7th

Keb Mo – 8:00pm – Charleston Music Hall – Charleston, SC

Three time contemporary blues Grammy winner Keb Mo will be in Charleston for a one night show.  His latest achievement, “The Reflection”, represents a two year journey in capturing his music virtuosity and spirit at its highest peak.

Saturday Dec. 8th

Blackberry Smoke – 8:30pm – House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC

This is a rescheduled show from November 9th.   Touting American country and southern rock as their mainstay sound, this band pulls into the House of Blues with featured guests, A Thousand Horses.  Coming off their most recent release, “The Whipporwhil”, back in August of this year, these talented musicians have the ability to lull you into carefree existence and then tear the roof off the joint.  In any case, this will be a great show to catch.

Willie Nelson – 8:00pm -Township Auditorium – Columbia, SC

The Legendary “Red-Headed Stranger” makes a visit to the Capital City with special guest Lukas Nelson.  With his latest single, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, Nelson reflects on his greatest influences and the things that are most important to him.  Catching Willie live will be a once in a lifetime experience for some.

Christmas in Carolina – 7:30pm – Florence Little Theatre – Florence, SC

Billed as “A Hometown Music Show”, this event features over 20 local musicians and performers in scenes and songs of the season.  This show in the Pee Dee promises to be a great community event with some strong talent onboard.

Sunday Dec 9th

Christmas at Redbank – 6:30pm – Redbank United Methodist Church – Lexington, SC

Organized and hosted by music aficionado and freelance music writer, Kevin Oliver, this holiday music event enters its 6th year and will be featuring some of the Midlands best local talent.  The event will boast traditional and contemporary favorites and is free but it always nice to bring along some “good will” to help families in need.

Wednesday Dec 12th

Daryl Hall & John Oates – 8:00 pm – North Charleston Coliseum – Charleston, SC

These guys have some serious “street cred” among the musical populace.  Their impact can be heard from boy band harmonies to rap-rock fusion and they have sold more albums than any other duo in music history.  I DARE you to go and NOT sing along.

Friday Dec. 21st

Drivin’ n Cryin’– 8:00 pm – 5 Pts. Pub – Columbia, SC

It is hard to believe these guys have been crunching the rock for over 25 years.  If you like your music solid with doses of blues and southern inflection, then this Atlanta band is for you.  Needless to say, this group is a staple in our region (kinda like grits are to breakfast) and I for one hope that they continue to soldier on until the cows come home.

Saturday Dec. 22nd

Jupiter Coyote – 8:00 pm – The Handlebar – Greenville, SC

Morphed out of a frat party band, Jupiter Coyote has been turning out favorites for the past 23 years.  Independent, friendly, and down to earth, these guys have become a southern institution, blending together a fusion of blues, bluegrass and down home guitar based rock.  Their music possesses strong writing and musicianship.  This would be a great gift for the resident music lover in your life.

Monday Dec 31st

The Wallflowers – 7:00 pm – Famously Hot New Years – City of Columbia

To close out the year, the city of Columbia is playing host to the Wallflowers for their “Famously Hot New Year’s Eve Celebration”.   Known for hits such as “One Headlight”, and led by frontman Jakob Dylan, this year’s event has the makings of a great end of the year bash.

So, there you have it…our list of 12 South Carolina music events that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

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