Here we go again y’all, get that green out and put those game faces on: St Pats in Five Points is here. For the 36th year in a row folks will flock to Five Points for one of the largest St. Patricks Day celebrations in the Southeast. This year over twenty bands will be spread across five stages. Genre-benders Judah and the Lion, Country up-and-comer Chris Lane, and Indie-rock favorites Rainbow Kitten Surprise sit atop a slate of music that will have you sham-rockin’ out all day! “There… the obligatory shamrock/music pun is done and out of the way.”
Let’s be real team, the day can seem daunting. For the fitness-focused, athletically adept among us, Get to the Green races start the day at 7:30 that morning. For those focused less on the run and more on the fun, the St. Pats Parade starts its route down Devine Street into Five Points at 10 a.m. The Pot O’ Gold Playland will be open on the corner of Pavillion and College Street for any wee ones in need of some entertainment. At 11 a.m. the music kicks off, but before we get to that lets run through a few basic suggestions for the day. To put it simply:
- Wear This: Closed toe shoes, something green, hat/sunglasses.
- Bring This: Printed ticket, cash, camera.
- Know this: Stage locations, transportation situation, Your limits.
Now the music. Judah and the Lion play a frenzied blend of folk, hip hop, rock and roll, and probably several other genres I’ve never heard and they do it in an amazing way that gets audiences up and moving and must be heard/seen to fully grasp. Chris Lane is one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists you need to know about” and the newcomers anthem ‘Fix’ is one of the most shared songs on Twitter. Rainbow Kitten Surprise is a festival circuit standout, with energetic sets at Bonnaroo, Shaky Knees, and Hangout showcasing the groups elaborate instrumentation and harmonies,
A strong undercard starts off with J. Roddy. Walston and the Business, southern rockers in every sense of the word. Morgan Wallen combines country and rock to make a sound fitting of the modern south. Jonny P is known as a soul visionary with smooth vocals and an old school sound. SUSTO is a homegrown group of rockers from Charleston who are poised to breakout in a big way soon. LUTHI is known to ‘keep it weird’ with their ‘boogie circus’, and RBTS WIN make their own brand of ‘cerebral body music’ in the Appalachian Mountains. Interested? You should be. Overwhelmed? We all are.
You can’t see everyone. You just can’t. So for the sake of your sanity go ahead and get a gameplan in place. What stage/when/to see who should be predetermined so you aren’t drifting aimlessly in the sea of green. Below you’ll find a map along with a list of stages/set times. Get that list started, and remember to include breaks for food/water and time for moving between stages.
Stage Schedule and Lineups
12:15 p.m.: Seventy Six and Sunny.
1:30 p.m.: Jonny P.
2:40 p.m.: Moose Kick.
4:10 p.m.: Rainbow Kitten Surprise.
5:40 p.m.: Judah & the Lion.
Blossom and Harden streets
1 p.m.: Boo Hag.
2:10 p.m.: Riley Green.
3:40 p.m.: Morgan Wallen.
5:30 p.m.: Chris Lane.
Saluda and Blossom streets
12:45 p.m.: The Travelin’ Kine.
1:45 p.m.: Luthi.
3:30 p.m.: J. Roddy Walston and the Business.
5 p.m.: Susto.
11 a.m.: Columbia Arts Academy Showcase.
1 p.m.: Those Lavender Whales.
2:10 p.m.: SondorBlue.
3:30 p.m.: RBTS WIN.
5 p.m.: Tuatha Dea.
11:20 a.m.: Blocker.
12:20 p.m.: Slim Pickens.
1:20 p.m.: The Post-Timey String Band.
2:20 p.m.: Tim Barry.
3:20 p.m.: The Boomtown Waifs.
4:20 p.m.: Kenny George Band.
2 p.m.: Jason Hunter.
2:45 p.m.: Tony Karma.
3:30 p.m.: Dylan Deekay.
4:15 p.m.: Lucid.
5 p.m.: Jade Frost
Jacob Boland is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications. After graduation, Jacob and his girlfriend embarked on a cross country trip in their Toyota 4Runner and 13 foot Scamp camper. After 10,000 miles and 21 states they returned to South Carolina where Jacob worked for WCSC in Charleston. Jacob and his girlfriend recently relocated home to Newberry, South Carolina to begin their next big adventure, raising their baby boy Nathaniel Hawk Boland. Jacob works at Hy Hope Farms and enjoys hiking, camping, attending any and every concert he can, and watching his baby boy figure out this wide world we live in.