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previous shows of 2013:

2012 shows
2011 shows
here's the link to even older (pre-Conundrian) shows
here's the link to the google calendar

Jason Lescalleet ~~~ Greg Stuart ~~~ Plank Ewing

Jason Lescalleet (b. 1968, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA) explores a sound world that occupies a space between noise, contemporary composition , and minimal electronics. Using decidedly primitive tactics and equipment his work focuses on microscopic audio detail set awash in exaggerated and exploited site-specific acoustics.
Through the past two decades, Lescalleet has grad ually and painstakingly compiled a compelling discography on notable labels such as Erstwhile, RRR, Intransitive Recordings, Kye, Celebrate Psi-Phenomenon, Hanson Records, Chondritic Sound, and most recently via his own Glistening Exampl es imprint.
Lescalleet has collaborated with Kevin Drumm, Graham Lambkin, Phill Niblock, Joe Colley, John Hudak, Rafael Toral, Thomas Ankersmit, Ron Lessard (as Due Process), and CM Von Hausswolff among others, and during this time he has built a solid reputation for delivering a visceral live experience in his concert performances.
He currently lives in Maine, where he works and operates the Glistening Examples publishing label and the Glistening Labs studio for audio recording and mastering services.

Greg Stuart is a percussionist from St. Paul, Minn., currently residing in Columbia, S.C. His work explores various alternative percussion techniques, including sustained friction, gravity-based sounds via small grains, sympathetic vibration and electronic instruments.

Plank Ewing: space idea co conspirator
one with wood, tape, sounds, other etc.

Sunday, July 20 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

a bigSphinx Productions production

North Elementary ~~~ Release the Dog ~~~ Ghost Mall ~~~ Rogue Band of Youth

North Elementary sounds like a big and ballsy hard rock band trying to sound like pop geniuses, or maybe pop geniuses trying to sound like a big and ballsy hard rock band; either way, the result is magical.

Release the Dog was formed in July 2012 by Ross Swinson and Charley Potter. Ross Steppling stepped in to play bass. Their first full length, "Out For Justice" was re leased on December 6th, 2013.

Ghost Mall is four lewd dudes who love food. And Music. They're here to make you feel.

Rogue Band of Youth hails from Carrboro, NC.

Saturday, July 19 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)



8:30 SHOW




Friday, July 18 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)

Resonant Rogues ~~~ The Restoration

Join us for an evening of old fashioned originals, featuring The Resonant Rogues on tour from Asheville, North Carolina, and local favorites The Resto ration.

With a plethora of diverse influences, the Resonant Rogues write songs that tra nscend genres. Their meaningful lyrics and infectious melodies will catch your ear and move your feet. Gypsy jazz and traditional eastern European mus ic blend seamlessly with American folk traditions like old-time, blues, and vintage hot jazz.

The R estoration's members grew up performing in orchestras, church choirs, fiddle groups and rock bands in the small town of Lexington, South Carol ina. Formed in 2007, the band have used their varied backgrounds as a lens for exploring the music and culture of their native soil, channeling storyt elling and regional history through instrumentation associated with traditional and post-rock America alike. At the core of this exploration is a desi re to preserve and enjoy the rich cultural heritage of the South while taking responsibility to acknowledge the problematic history that created it. M usically, the band wishes to take part in the evolution of traditional and regional music, providing a living, contemporary voice that embraces overla pping genre boundaries while remaining aware and respectful of music history.

Saturday, July 12 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)
$10 Suggested Donation

The Grand Opening w/ FatRat Da Czar, BLVCK , Matt Monday, J. Carter

Friday, July 11 2014
10pm (doors at 9pm)

Bluffing ~~~ MyBrother MySister ~~~ Fishwives ~~~ Big Neck Police

New York friends come to visit a quaint southern town and play tunes alongside talented southern gents/ladies.

Bluffing (NYC) "The band that won't waste yr time" AKA BLUFFING was formed in March 2012 by its core songwriters J Boxer (drums/vocals) & Olivia Drusin (guitar/vocals ) with a focus towards creating concise earworms no longer than 2 minutes.

MyBrother MySister (Columbia) Cola city grunge pop.

Fishwives (extraordinary pescatarian band from Columbia SC)

Big Neck Police (NYC)

Monday, July 7 2014
9pm (doors at 8pm)

Jari Piper

Classically trained, Jari Piper is part of the new wave of young musicians who are showing the world that art music belongs both in and outside the concert hall, performing New Mu sic that will bend your ears in ways that you did not think possible (and you'll like it). His music takes inspiration from a global range of genres and influences: Classical, Jazz, Minimalism, and folk music from the Balkans and the Ame ricas all feature within his programs.
Jari is touring with a hand-picked program of 20th and 21st Century modern classics. In addition, he is honored to be performing three World Premieres of new works by written especially for him by up-and-coming composers Reiko Yamada, Chris Kinkaid, and Ryan Brouwer.
After the success of his 2013 tour, where he performed in over 20 cities across the country in anywhere from churches to bars, Jari is now touring to promote his new CD release with an all new program of solo works. Jari holds a Master's Degree in Music from McGill University and a B. Mus from University of Manitoba.

Sunday, July 6 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$10 ($5 for students)

Cheer-Accident ~~~ Jeb Bishop ~~~ Modal Coda

CHEER-ACCIDENT is clearly the underdog of Chicago. Always unpredictable, always entertaining, but darn hard to pigeonhole. Imagine an indie prog band, an emo band that ca n laugh at itself, or a band that might get compared to Trans Am or the Champs (but has probably never heard either), or maybe the best bet is to set that blender on "10" and dream about Steely Dan, Chicago (the band) and U.S Maple. CHEE R-ACCIDENT thrills in dissonance and odd chord changes, yet are undeniably A POP BAND. Chicago has had its share of indie giants, like Tortoise, Joan Of Arc, Shellac, The Sea And Cake, Seam, and Don Cab to name a few. Cheer-Accident fits right in among the crevices. But they sneak in the back door, taking things to another level, with songwriting that will make you cry, musicianship that will make you tremble, and the hooks and the looks needed to go down in musical his tory. CHEER-ACCIDENT has an eccentric sense of humor that combines a lush pop style with bursts of bizarre changes; at just about the point where you become convinced that any given song could make it on commercial radio, they "blow it" with some left-field turn straight off a cliff.

Well-known to Columbia audiences, North Carolina-based trombonist Jeb Bishop has performed, toured and recorded with groups including the Vandermark Five, the Peter Br&oum l;tzmann Chicago Tentet, Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls, Terminal Four,School Days, Ken Vandermark's Territory Band, Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra, Globe Unity Orchestra, and his own Jeb Bishop Trio. He also co-led the Lucky 7s projec t with New Orleans-based trombonist Jeff Albert, and is a member of cooperative quartet The Engines.
Jeb also performed and recorded with CHEER-ACCIDENT in the 1990's, when he lived in Chicago!

Modal Coda envisions a world party where the Dog Faced Hermans, Can, Miles Davis, Lalo Schifrin, and Black Sabbath exchange recipes for Clamato cocktails and take turns d eejaying.

Saturday, June 28 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30)

Fayssoux McClean and Angela Easterling with Brandon Turner

Angela Easterling was raised in the South Carolina foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She lives on the Greer, SC farm that has been in her family since 179 1, seven generations. She embraced her heritage in a big way as a writer and an artist on her debut album, "Earning Her Wings", chosen as "Americana Pick of the Year" by Smart Choice Music. Her second album, "BlackTop Road", produced by Will Kimbrough, landed in the top 5 for adds to the Americana radio charts and remained on the Americana top 40 airplay chart for 7 weeks. It has been highly praised in the press and was chosen as a top pick in both Oxford American and C ountry Weekly. The title song tells of her family's struggle to hold onto their farmland in the face of widespread development and represents a bold new step in her singing and songwriting. Roger McGuinn, founder of the Byrds, called he r "a bright shining star on the horizon!" and went on to say, "Her gift is so special. Her CD BlackTop Road brought me back to the time the Byrds recorded "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" - tradition meets youthful exuberance." For more info on Angela, including bio, tour dates and more, please visit

Fayssoux McClean's beguiling voice was an integral element in some of the finest country music recordings of our time on Emmylou Harris' legendary "Luxury Liner, " "Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town," "Elite Hotel," and "Pieces of the Sky," and duets with Emmylou on "Spanish is a Loving Tongue" and Green Rolling Hills."
Fayssoux sings her own compositions as well as traditional folk songs, old-time gospel, contemporary country-rock and love ballads. "Charm, elegance, whippoorwills and Magnolia dewdrops: these are the things that come to mind when I hear Fayssoux sing," says Rodney Crowell, who first sang with Emmylou Harris in Fayssoux's living room.
Fayssoux's singing has drawn the admiration of collaborators like Crowell, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton and Buddy Miller. For decades , that singing was a secret known only to esteemed musicians and astute liner note readers.
"I've always loved Fayssoux's voice. She's one of my favorite singers," says Emmylou.

A native of the small town of Pacolet, South Carolina, Brandon Turner has been garnering attention and praise for his skilled guitar work since he was a tee nager. Growing up in a house where his father always had instruments lying around, Brandon got his first electric guitar at age 9 and began absorbing the musical traditions of the Piedmont and Delta Blues, as well as studying the styles of guitar legends such as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Jeff Beck. By age 11 he was playing in open jams hosted by his instructors, Gene and Wes Wyatt, and could always hold his own with pickers many years his senior. In his later teen s, Brandon began playing with SC music treasures such as Fayssoux McLean (Emmylou Harris's harmony singer) and Freddie Vanderford (Piedmont Blues Harp Master) and continues to appear regularly with both artists. Brandon recently co-produ ced Vanderford's first solo album, "Greasy Greens".
Peter Cooper, music writer for the Nashville Tennessean said, "Brandon Turner plays guitar with ease, tone and invention, whether trading bluegrass licks with Ricky Skaggs, dueling on searing electric guitar with Will Kimbrough or creat ing plaintive acoustic parts for songs featuring Emmylou Harris, Fayssoux McLean or Angela Easterling. Hailing from a region that has given us country-jazz master Hank Garland, blues great Pink Anderson and country-rock kingpin Toy Caldw ell, Turner synthesizes his native influences into something unique, fresh and pleasing.

Friday, June 27 2014
8:00pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$12 advance RIGHT HERE / $15 at the door

Drum Mafia #10


The Clinics scheduled for this month are:

  • 7:30 p.m. with Ryan Millians
  • 8:00 p.m. Marvel Hammer Sticks
more info to come

Following these two clinics is an open jam 8:45 p.m. until midn ight. Anyone is welcome to participate. Kits will be supplied for all to play on. We'll use headphones to play to and use a click along with original backing tracks recorded by Paul Hale. Please bring your own sticks and headphones.

Wednesday, June 25 2014
(doors at 7:00-11:45pm)

Long Live The Queens

Sunday, June 22 2014
9pm (doors at 6pm)
$12 General Admission / $15 VIP

Wreckless Eric ~ Josh Roberts

Fresh from his tour of England and the European continent, the Donovan of Trash himself will return to Conundrum with a "couple of guitars and some feedback." If you missed him last time, now is your chance! If you were lucky enough to b e there, you know you want to come back for round two! Josh Roberts will open with a rare solo acoustic set!

Saturday, June 21 2014
8:00pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Jason Ajemian's Highlife

Working in the architectural drafting program AutoCAD, Ajemian creates scores that guide musicians through musical hallways. At times maze-like, they act as musical road maps of Ajemian's impressionistic burst of inspiration and musical thoughts that parallel his own travels. Mining music's availability (we can hear music from anywhere on the planet at this moment) and the idea that genres are more often simply a state of mind or feeling than a form. Contrary to definin g boundaries, in Ajemian's blueprints the line work links musical worlds. Constellations of sound change in an instant, like passing thoughts or a shooting star that burns out in the sky. Ajemian innovates while embracing multiple genres without prejudice, representing the digital mechanisms and the information super-highway that teleport us from all over the world in a blink.

Friday, June 20 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Nat Baldwin (of Dirty Projectors) ~~~ William Starr Busbee ~~~ Stagbriar

After studying avant-garde jazz and improvisation with jazz legend Anthony Braxton, Nat Baldwin started writing songs featuring double bass and vocals. In 2 005 he joined Dirty Projectors. In addition to his work with Dirty Projectors, he has performed on Grizzly Bear's Shields, Vampire Weekend's Contra, and Department of Eagles' In Ear Park. In between touring and recor ding with Dirty Projectors, Nat made time to record his 2011 album People Changes, an album that led Pitchfork to say "... whether Baldwin is singing with his throat or his bow, there's a thrilling felling of freedom to it all." < br>In April Nat released his followup album In the Hollows.

"The newest addition to the Orchid Tapes dream team is Columbia, South Carolina singer-songwriter William Starr Busbee , whose new f ull-length College Rock II is pretty perfectly aligned with the New York label's lovable vibe. "Forever" is my favorite type of pop song, taking that sulky lo-fi sound and adding a sort of Southern soulfulness to the formula. When he sin gs If only I could hold you forever/ if only I could hope to make you see/ if only I could finish my endeavors --- all wounded, doubled-up vocals and hazy production --- I imagine this is how a Bruce Springsteen song might sound t o someone with an unhinged psyche. Busbee's virtual presence doesn't seem to exist beyond a couple hyperlinks to his old band's scuzzy material, but thankfully College Rock II will be out soon, IRL, via Orchid and pressed to vinyl by For k and Spoon."
- Patrick D. McDermott,

Stagbriar is brother/sister space/folk duo Alex & Emily McCollum; from soda city.
Backed by Jared Pyritz, Brett Kent, and Steve Sancho.

Wednesday, June 18 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$10 in advance RIGHT HERE / $12 at the door

MasonJar Menagerie's CD Release!
with Dumb Doctors, Adam Corbett, and Pillage & Plunder

Saturday, June 14 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Tiki Time II

The original Tiki Time involved a flatbed trailer, a biker bar, and some of the Upstate's hottest acts barbecuing under a sultry summer sky. This time many of the acts are drawn from the Pee Dee, home to a burgeoning ukulele industry! Re sort attire suggested.

5:00 p.m. Prettier Than Matt
6:00 p.m. We Three
7:00 p.m. Steve-O & John Pickett
8:00 p.m. Tyler James Cook
9:00 p.m. Freddy Beretania
10:00 p.m. White Willie

Friday, June 13 2014
5pm (doors at 4:30pm)

Hey Lightning, Cepheus, St. Jupiter, Silver Screen Orchestra

Cepheus ~~~ Hey, Lightning ~~~ St. Jupiter ~~~ Silver Screen Orchestra

Cepheus: A four piece instrumental post-rock band.

Hey, Lightning: A three piece indie rock band.

St. Jupiter: A one man ambient band.

Silver Screen Orchestra: A duet of soundscapes.

Thursday, June 12 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Women With Knives
Handcrafted Cinematic Works by Kelly Gallagher, Lauren Cook, and Charlotte Taylor

Experimental animators Kelly Gallagher, Lauren Cook, and Charlotte Taylor take to the road with their handcrafted films, bringing their award winning works across the east coast summer 2014.

The lineup features short experimental anima tion on 16mm & video, and includes no less that TWO films in 3D!!! Yay for film!!!

Featuring live music accompaniment by members of Girls Rock Columbia.

Wednesday, June 11 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5 suggested donation

Cosmic Bluegrass DANCE EXPLOSION !!!


=3= Musical Acts(for only $5~!)

The Great Watuzzi
River Baby Bathwater Revival

Saturday, June 7 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Corbett Alexander

Come check out two awesome Columbia-based bands that play spacey jams and songs that make you want to nod your head and maybe even drink a few cold ones!

Go check out Corbett Alexander at

Wednesday, June 4 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)


A joint project of Flutist Lauren Watkins and percussionist Jeffery Vaughn that features innovative performances of traditional, non-traditional and adapted music for flute and percussion, missing classical flute repertoire, Latin groove , jazz standards, world music and more. Innovative, edgy, haunting, breathtaking...not to miss!

Tuesday, June 3 2014
7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
FREE! (Donations accepted)

Fugue State, Pocket Buddha, & Slim Pickens

Come get weird with us. Jamming at its finest with Fugue State, space Americana with Pocket Buddha, and the fingerpickin goodness of Slim Pickens for one low, low price.

Saturday, May 31 2014
8:00pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Form and Function

Veteran Columbia musicians David Robbins (From the Land, Rockefeller Horsecollar, Shirley Temple of Doom) and Brett Lee (Cat arm, From the Land, Erectorset) combine post-punk, thrash, ambient electronics, and programmed drums to create F orm and Function.

Special Sunday afternoon show.

Sunday, May 25 2014
4:00pm (doors at 3:30pm)

Columbia Drum Mafia #9

The Columbia Drum Mafia was started by Brian Geiger nine months ago, in order that Columbia-area drummers could come together to have fun playing and learning new ideas on the drums. These Drum Jams have become instructional-clinic type sessions with clinics from some of the best drummers around.

The Clinics scheduled for this month are:

  • 7:15 p.m. with Jason Moore, a teacher, recording artist and a national touring drummer. Jayson plays with Tokyo Joe and Sta rdog. Jason is giving a lesson on grip/technique and efficiency.
  • 8:00 p.m. Reggie Sullivan is speaking to the mafia about drumming from a bass players perspective. Playing in the pocket, the importance of locking in and bass and drum as the back bone!
  • 8:30 with Brian Geiger, Brian is a drum instructor and national touring drummer. He performed on the multi-platinum Crossfade album, the Outshine album and performed with Grind (AIC tribute). Brian will be discussi ng song structure, writing and recording drum parts and various drumming for song writing.

Following these three clinics is an open jam 9:30 p.m. until midnight. Anyone is welcome to participate. Kits will be supplied for all to play on. Headphones will be used to play to a click along with original backing tracks recorded by Paul Hale. Please bring your own sticks and headphones.

Wednesday, May 21 2014
(doors at 7pm til midnight)

Space Idea Showcase

This show is an after post savage weekend South Caroliner show to help with folks traveling southward on tour.

Come hang, Buy a Brew
with special guests:

Ironing (FL)

Dromez ( ? ? ?)

Rick Weaver (TN)

Aether Jag (TN)

J. Zagers (GA)

Torschlusspanik (TN)

((((local support from)))))

Plank Ewing
Wolf 357
Hospice Witchery

great tv
shortish sets
5$ door
^Bring some bucks to buy some records/tapes/shirts

Sunday, May 18 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Mother Won't Mind: An Evening with Frederick & Friends

Motherhood may be an idea whose time has come. Hence the success of international hit TV series Call the Midwife, based on the poignant, unflinching memoirs of Jennifer Worth, a nurse in postwar London.

South Carolina-based son gwriter Frederick Ingram, whose own mother was been a midwife in postwar London, is running with the theme with a series of shows loosely inspired by the concept, "Mother Won't Mind".

Fred will have support from local artists, and the re may be a surprise or two. This is, after all, the same chap who whipped out a dazzling Katy Perry cover at Columbia's recent Foxfield Music Festival, a deafening celebration of brutal metal.

One of the Carolinas' most original voic es, Frederick Ingram accompanies wide-ranging vocals and evocative lyrics with a signature brand of fingerstyle guitar. Up-to-the-minute tour dates, as well as musical clips, can be found at http://fre

Sunday, May 11 2014
7:30 (doors at 7pm)

Dex Romweber Duo ~~~ Los Perdidos ~~~ Thee Knee Jerks

For a quarter century, Dex Romweber has trolled the dark corners and back shelves of the haunted thrift store of Americana ephemera and honed an extraordinarily idiomatic sound, a particular and readily identifiable DEXness for those in the know. It's a creepy doll collection of surf, proto-rockabilly, garage, dark and vengeful blues, and nobody, but nobody, plays it like Dex. First with the legendary Flat Duo Jets and now with his Duo, Dex distilled the punk ethos of less-is-more to the essential guitar/drums template. Left in the wake of his lecherous and slithery Silvertone were early acolytes like Jack White, Neko Case, and the Reigning So und as well as a current crop of the indie pack like Ty Segall, No Age, Japandroids, and The Black Keys. All owe an unclaimed pawn ticket of debt to his sublime and spine-tingling sound. He is a live wire back to the murky, sometimes dan gerous and always unpredictable headwaters of real rock and roll.

"Los Perdidos' surf-rock hews closer to early rock instrumentalists like Link Wray, Duane Eddy and The Shadows, leaning more on Morri cone widescreen than rapid-fire Dick Dale tremolo picking, brief vignettes unfolding in cascading melodies predicated on casual insouciance rather than amphetamine-rush energy. There's plenty of reverb coming from Andy Collins' Fender am p, sure, but his hollowbody Gretsch -- a favorite instrument of Eddy's -- lends his tone a hefty, spaghetti-western twang, balancing Byron Chitty's active basslines and Adam Cox's busy, fluid drumming. Like The Shadows -- or Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet -- Los Perdidos' momentum is subtle but strong, and totally enveloping. It still evokes a ride on the Pacific Coast Highway, but it trades top-down summer fun for the ghostly chill of moonlight reflecting off the ocea n."
- Patrick Wall, Free Times

Thee Knee Jerks is just four sore losers from Soda City, SC bashin' out garagepunk.

Saturday, May 10 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$10 in advance RIGHT HERE / $12 at the door

Oh, Deceiver ~~~ Neptotism ~~~ Let Me Fly ~~~ Mario McClean

Friday, May 9 2014
8:30 (doors at 8pm)
$5 >20 / $8 <21

Matthew Smith and Friends

LIVE performance and CD Release Event

Join Matthew as he celebrates the release of his first solo album "Bedtime Stories" and gives a special live performance of his original songs. While the recording features Matthew playing and singing all the parts himself, at the concert he will be supporte d by Austin Gaboriau on bass, Joe Vernon on percussion, and Jason Page on guitars and vocals. Simple but emotional, Matthew's music focuses on melodic guitar/bass interplay, extended song forms, and vocal harmonies. Don't miss this first-ever live performance! You can listen to demo versions of some of Matthew's new songs here:

Check out his newes t recording "Words of A Song", the favorite "Long Lines", as well as a sweet lonely version of "Kentucky" ... among lots of other great songs... see you at the concert!

Sunday, May 4 2014
7pm (doors at 6:30pm)
Adult Admission: $10 (includes a free copy of the CD)
Youth Admission (under 16): $5 (sorry, no free CD but one can be purchased for an additional $5)

Blue Note Jazz Combo

Come join Leland Rayner, Gabriel Bertolini, Gabriel Valentino Bethel, Levi Cull, Jerry Wiles, and Jonathan Lovett for a night of original tunes, arrangements, and jazz standards!

(The show got moved to Wednesday because of double booking on Sunday by the idiot Conundrum management! But now they'll be playing their hour of prepared material, and then they'll open it up to a jam session. So bring your horn and co me play a tune!)

Wednesday, April 30 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5 General Public / $3 Students

Sundress Sandals and Spoken Word

Selah the Poet aka Monifa Lemons Jackson & Bugsy Calhoun and friends present a night of Music and Spoken Word at it best.
The line up includes Upstate poet Starry Lail from Charlotte and Ital Al-Amin music by Lee Hartwell & Cassy Ren ee.

Sunday, April 27 2014
6:30pm (doors at 6pm)
$10 in advance / $15 at the door

Made to Break
(Ken Vandermark, Tim Daisy, Jasper Stadhouder, Christof Kurzmann)

Made to Break is improviser/composer Ken Vandermark's newest ensemble and his most radical. Combining elements of his interest and experience with the music of Ethiop ia and the Ex, alongside the New Music ideas of John Cage and Morton Feldman, and mixing these with his perspective toward jazz and improvised music history, he has devised a compositional framework for the band that can be restructured for every performance and which deals with melody, sound, and rhythm in a completely unique way. This creative system gives the music of MADE TO BREAK an almost unprecedented flexibility and immediacy. The instrumentation of the quartet (drums, electric bass, electronics, and reeds) has given Vandermark an amazing palette of sounds to explore with each composition, but it is the individuals involved (with Tim Daisy, Jasper Stadhouder, Christof Kurzmann), and their diver se approaches to improvisation, that give the ensemble such a dynamic and spontaneous energy.

Saturday, April 26 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$10 in advance RIGHT HERE or
  $12 at the door

an Arnold Taylor situation

Daddy Lion ~~~ Release the Dog ~~~ Hectorina

Only 25 hand-numbered CD copies of Daddy Lion's new EP are being made available to the public. Come to the show to make sure you get a copy! The record will also be available digitally at
This is the first full-band Daddy Lion record and the first studio effort (recorded with Alex Davis at Wentworth Studios).

Daddy Lion
w/ very special guests:
Release The Dog

Friday, April 25 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Coda Duo

The Coda Duo is an award-winning classical guitar duo comprised of Brett Floyd and Christopher Jenkins. The duo has presented concerts, workshops, and masterclasses at venues in South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Indiana, Tennessee, Texa s, Washington DC, Missouri, and also won first place at the Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Festival and Competition in May 2010. The duo has also been featured on the internationally-broadcast 'Classical Guitar Alive' and ETV radio.

They 'll be playing music by Dave Matthews, Ralf Bauer, Miklos Rozsa, Brent McPike, Tom Waits, and Fabrice Pierrat.

Thursday, April 24 2014
7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
$10 (Adults) / $5 (Students and children under 12)


Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello, electric guitar)
Christoph Erb (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet)
Michael Zerang (drums, percussion)

Chicago-based cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm has played and studied music in a variety of situations from the Juilliard School to the gutter. A former student of Anthony Braxton, Morton Feldman, Bunita Marcus and Pauline Oliveros, his primary projects are his Valentine Trio and The Lightbox Orchestra. He is also a member of a number of ongoi ng collective projects (The Boxhead Ensemble, The Friction Brothers with Michaels Zerang and Colligan, The Flatlands Collective, Keefe Jackson's Fast Citizens) as well as participating in numerous one off "ad-hoc" or frequently convening ensembles. He also currently plays in groups led by Joe McPhee (Survival Unit III), Peter Brotzmann (Chicago 10tet), and Ken Vandermark.

Christoph Erb (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet) was born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1973. He curr ently lives in Lucerne, Switzerland. He performs regularly in Europe and the U.S with many musicians including: Jim Baker, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang, Jason Roebke, Jason Adasciewicz, Josh Berman, Keefe Jackson, Tomeka Reid, Frank Rosaly, Nate Wooley, Jamie Branch, Jeb Bishop, Paul Lovens, Hans Koch, Urs Leimgruber, Martin Schätz, Christy Doran, Daniel Humair, Peter Schärli, Julian Sartorius, Hans-Peter Pfammatter, Christian Weber, Christian Wohlfart an d many others, He played several tours in Europe, USA and South America. In 2007 he has formed his own Label veto-records, and 2011 after a four month residence in Chicago the sub label for improvised musik veto-exchange. 2012 he receive d the Culture Award from the City of Lucerne.

Michael Zerang was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is a first-generation American of Assyrian decent. He has been a professional musician, composer, and producer since 1976, focusing extens ively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms. Michael has collaborated with contemporary theater, dance, and other multidisciplinary forms and has r eceived three Joseph Jefferson Awards for Original Music Composition in Theater. As a percussionist and composer, Michael has over eighty titles in his discography, has toured nationally and internationally to 34 countries since 1981, an d works with and ever-widening pool of collaborators.

Wednesday, April 23 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

an Arnold Taylor situation

Paddy Keenan w/ Davey Mathias

Paddy Keenan is one of Ireland's leading uilleann pipers, and possibly the best of the best performing today. A fellow musician who played with Keenan in the Bothy Band compared his outstanding skill and talent on the pipes to Jimi Hendrix's legendary ability with a guitar.

Keenan was born into a musical family in County Meath, Ireland. Brother Johnny Keenan made a name for himself as a fine banjoist, and his father crafted uilleann pipes. His grandfather and father both played the instrument, and Keenan began playing when he was ten years old. Four years later, barely into his teens, he pe rformed at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre. He went on to join a family band named the Pavees. The togetherness didn't last when Keenan, at the age of 17, dis covered the blues and headed to Europe. The piper started performing there and in England.

Ireland lured him back within several years. With Michae l O Dhomhnaill on guitar and Triona Ni Dhomhnaill on keyboards, Keenan started to perform in the Dublin region. The small group soon expanded to inclu de Matt Mollov on flute, Paddy Glackin on fiddle, Tony MacMahon on accordion, and Donal Lunny on guitar. They dubbed their band Seachtar, which means seven in English, which was the number of players within their group.

With Seachtar, Keenan played concerts in Dublin and across Ireland, but the b and soon unraveled. MacMahon left, followed by Glackin. Tommy Peoples, a fiddler from Donegal, came aboard and the group of musicians renamed themselv es the Bothy Band. Kevin Burke later stepped in to take over on fiddle.

The group grew in stature and influence, drawing attention to Keenan's virt uosity. While Lunny offered the Hendrix comparison, others equated Keenan's unfettered and animated improvisational piping with jazz legend John Coltr ane. Following the Bothy Band's demise in 1979, the piper went solo. He has recorded for Hot Conya Records.
  - Linda Seida, AllMusic. com

Friday, April 18 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$12 in advance / $15 at the door RIGHT HERE

Columbia Drum Mafia #8

The Eighth monthly Columbia Drum Mafia is coming back to Conundrum Music Hall on Wednesday, April 16, 2014!

The Columbia Drum Mafia was started by Brian Geiger, a recording artist, instructor, manager and booking agent, who started th e Drum Mafia to help Columbia-area drummers come together to learn and to have fun playing the drums. These Drum Jams have become instructional-clinic type sessions with clinics from some of the best drummers around.

The Clinics sched uled for this month are:

  • 7:30pm - Seth Boone, an award winning, recording artist and a national touring drummer. Seth is giving a crash course on drum tuning and different tuning variations.
  • 8:30pm - Tony Lee, a teacher /owner at Freeway Music and touring drummer. Tony will cover his teacher/learning philosophy based on his "Four Areas of Constant Improvement": the benefits of Technique, Reading, Coordination, and Styles.
  • 9:30pm - Open Jam until mi dnight. Anyone of any age or experience is welcome to participate. Kits will be supplied for all to play on. Participants will use headphones to play to a click and original backing tracks made by Paul Hale. Please bring your own sticks and headphones.

Wednesday, April 16 2014
7pm (doors at 7pm)

JACT ~~~ Miles To Go ~~~ Chalkline ~~~ The Rale

JACT: A forgery of dense, energized, choral, & velocious elements THAT ROCK. They have shared the stage with bands such as The Misfits, Drowning Pool, Halestorm, Hawthor ne Heights, MAdina Lake, Evans Blue and many others.

Miles To Go is from Columbia, South Carolina. Influenced by rock from Billy Joel and Metallica to Pink Floyd and Radiohead, Miles To Go explores many different style s in its original music. The songs are largely written as keys-driven rock, using strong vocals, and masterfully executed guitar leads. The band moves carefully between crafted lyrical music into heavy driving rock.

Chalkline is alt-rock band from Columbia, SC.

The Rale is horror punk rock from Florence, South Carolina.

Monday, April 14 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

A Taste of Nashville
Daisyhead -
Cove -
Nest -

Sunday, April 13 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Soda City Cirque presents:
The Last Machine

Well, we did it. We broke the world. One big explosion later and we're left, sitting in the ashes, without a clue what to do next. But never fear my friends, circus is here!

Soda City Cirque is pleased to announce it's first full len gth production of "The Last Machine" to be performed April 11th and 12th at Conundrum Music Hall in West Columbia at 7pm.

"The Last Machine" is a post-apocalypic glimpse at circus in the new world. After we put out the fires, and sta rt some new ones, we welcome you to join us in the outdoor space at Conundrum for the biggest fundraising event you've ever seen! Featuring 2+ hours of circusy goodness, with the live music of SkyMonk, drumming, and new feats of daring n ever before witnessed! Two nights only! Be the first to say you helped bring about the end of the boring world and welcomed in a new age of fantastical feats! Fun for the whole family (though we're lightly applying a PG rating), "The Las t Machine" is sure to delight and bemuse many a child at heart!

Outdoor events are subject to the weather. Please dress accordingly. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR OR BLANKET!

Check out Skymonk's sound here:

Information & Questions:

Friday & Saturday, April 11 & 12 2014
7pm (doors at 6:30pm)
Advance tickets available for $15/10 (regular/student) RIGHT HERE
Available at the door for $17/12 (regular/student)
VIP tickets $50

Sun Brother ~~~ The Lovecrafts ~~~ Shadowtag

Thursday, April 10 2014
9pm (doors at 8pm)

The Beats, Rhymes, and Life Concert!

Sunday, April 6 2014
7pm (doors at 6pm)
$10 in advance (text 404-590-3618)
$12 at the door

Dez Cordas in Concert

Dez Cordas is a unique mostly classical duo featuring Matthew Slotkin, guitar and Craig Butterfield, double bass. With performances across the United States and two CDs available on major classical labels, Dez Cordas have become one of t he most critically acclaimed chamber duos on the contemporary music scene. In their first performance in South Carolina in three years, Dez Cordas will present two world premieres from composers Greg Caffrey and James Crowley, in additio n to other works from their recent CD Gone Away. Here is what critics have said about Dez Cordas -

"Craig Butterfield is nothing short of magnificent. I haven't heard such expressive playing and virtuosic command since Gary Karr. His tone is gorgeous, his intonation rock-solid, and his phrasing expressive and flexible." - American Record Guide

"Slotkin plays with musical sensitivity and technical control...he consistently delivers strong readings of this appealing music." - American Record Guide

"Slotkin performed brilliantly...fine sensitivity and facile technique" - Classical Voice of North Carolina

"Butterfield can make his instrument dance and sing with an effortlessness which is hard t o credit. (He must have a bionic left forearm.) Not only can he inhabit the range of a cello, but he can make it light and lyrical when needed. Of course, he can crank out low notes to make your sub-woofer jump for joy as well" - Soundbo ard magazine

For questions or futher information, please contact Craig Butterfield at

Saturday, April 5 2014
7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
$10 at the door, or online RIGHT HERE

Legends of the Celtic Harp
with Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter

"LEGENDS OF THE CELTIC HARP" is a musical journey into the heart of a legendary instrument. Three of the premier Celtic harpers in the world, Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter, have created a dramatic ensemble that takes you deep into the myths, stories, magic and fabled history of this most captivating instrument.

Legends of the Celtic harp is a trio of Celtic harpers who hail from Northern California. They have toured extensively throughout the US to s old out audiences and rave reviews. One recent review states "Legends of the Celtic Harp is a blend of music and oratory, falling somewhere between concert and theater. It spanned nearly the range of human feeling, from humor to tragedy, tenderness to rage, reality to mysticism, and more besides. The effects were powerful and exhilarating." (Presenter Review)

You will hear three Celtic Harps including the rare wire strung, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Cittern and Irish Bouzo uki intertwined with moving stories from historic journals, myths and legend.

Wednesday, April 2 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$12 in advance RIGHT HERE /
or $15 at the door


Ballister, a powerhouse transatlantic trio of improvisers featuring some of the best known players from the Chicago and Oslo scenes, will tour the U.S. in March and April in support of a brand new recording on Bocian Records titled Both Ends. With Dave Rempis on saxophones, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and electronics, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums, this trio's approach combines the attentive sensitivity of seasoned free improvisers with the no holds barred energy of a p unk band, consistently leaving behind utter devastation in their wake.

Monday, March 31 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Tom Hall and the Plowboys ~~~ The Working Effective

The Plowboys are a cacophony of sound and visual arts Expressionism such that the world has never seen such a magical explosion of love chaos and music on the stage since Gallagher exploded first watermelon.

Charlottesville-based singer/songwriter Justin Storer of the Brooklyn americana quintet The Working Effective is on the road again in support of his new record entitled sim ply Dear Brooklyn.
It is the strength of melody and rhythm that keeps fans, friends, and players alike coming back to the band. That combined with an inclusive and often hilarious stage show, Storer draws an audience into his narrati ve, and Dear Brooklyn is really going places. With stops at love and death, fatherhood, family, racial injustice, and environmental responsibility, Storer is your conductor on this rail ride through American life.
Storer, West Coast born but Southern by the grace of god, has been a lifelong musician, but he cut his teeth as a songwriter in the Brooklyn folk scene. A fixture of the Big City Folk and Local Correspondents musical collectives, Storer has toured both nat ionally and internationally, and has appeared on a staggering number of records not least of which is his own solo debut Hot Water Sunday. Though he often appears as a soloist, The Working Effective is still going strong and he looks for ward to many future projects.

Sunday, March 30 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

USC Double Bass Club presents - The Mike Frost Band

Electric Bass virtuoso Mike Frost and his quartet present a concert as part of the USC Bass Conference. Mike is a former student of Jaco Pastorius and has a unique sound and feel on both 4 and 6 string electric basses. Admission is $5 fo r non-conference attendees.

Saturday, March 29 2014
7:30pm (doors at 7:00pm)

Space Idea /// Spitfest 3.5
Friday, March 28 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Netherfriends ~~~
Elvis Depressedly / RL Kelly ~~~ Parrelli Blu

Netherfriends is the never-ending touring and recording one man band machine. A rare loop pedal dude who doesn't just get louder and thicker but opts instead to weave el aborate, beautiful pop songs overflowing with hooks and sentimentality. About 4 minutes into his set, when he starts dancing like James Brown, you'll be hooked for life. Netherfriends (AKA Shawn Rosenblatt) recently finished a year long project where he wrote and recorded a song and performed in all 50 states.

Elvis Depressedly / RL Kelly are from Columbia, SC and also LA.

Parrelli Blu is a highly-anticipated SC rapper, producer and entertainer, who first gained attention after the release of his debut mixtape The Fright in 2010.

Thursday, March 27 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Jack Wright & Andrew Drury

Jack Wright, alto and soprano saxophones, Easton PA
Andrew Drury, percussion, Brooklyn, NY

Jack Wright and Andrew Drury have been musical partners for a dozen years , often joining with others and playing regularly in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and elsewhere in the Eastern U.S. In 2007 they toured the former Yugoslavia together, performing and giving workshops in Zagreb (N.O. Jazz Festival), Ljubljana (Metelkova), Sarajevo (Collegium Musicum), Mostar, and Travnik. In 2012 they toured in Russia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Poland and Germany. Their first tour in the US will be March 2014, the south-eastern states.

The core of this duo is the depth and originality of the individual voices combined with their intense listening and commitment to the present moment. It is intimate music, often raucous and always adventurous. And it is executed with minimal mat erials -- a couple saxophones and usually, instead of a full drum set, just a floor tom and some percussion accoutrements.

Wright is a somewhat underground figure in the U.S., at the same time legendary for giving revelatory performances that reach both experienced listeners and people unaccustomed to free improvisation. He has been crossing the continent si nce the 80s inspiring dozens of musicians to take up improvisation; he tours Europe as well and brings back his favorite players to play with in the states. His lexicon of extended techniques and his odd ways of constructing phrases out of texture and pitch merit a prominent place in a tradition of saxophone innovation. For more information go to

Drury works some kind of promethean magic on a floor tom, using it as a stage for a theater of small objects that he charms into producing amazing sounds. Scraping the drum head, bowing metal on it, blowing directly with his lips on the shell of the floor tom, he turns the drum into an acoustic amplifier and filter, a string or wind instrument, often producing sounds associated more with electronics than percussion. And yet because of his physicality and the everyday ch aracter of the objects -- dustpans, faucet parts, shish kabob skewers, etc. -- and the speed and precision with which introduces and discards objects to his stage there is a theatrical quality (even humorous) to his performances. For mor e information go to

Tuesday, March 25 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

American Kensho: Manifest Destiny

The film:

American Kensho: Manifest Destiny. The first in a series of radical queer Buddhist films. A supernatural thriller where Zen Buddhist Sarah (played by LaTrell Brennan) and her pagan lover Julia (played by Emily Olyarchuk) fig ht off a patriarchal cult attempting to invade their minds. Also starring Shane Silman and Liam MacDougall.

Writer/director: Aaron Wyrd
Cinematographer: O.K. Keyes
Music: Chris Johnson
Sound: Nick Ducko

The performance:
Ritual Abjects. A postmodern witchcraft collective conjuring the repressed and oppressed domain of the abject for the purposes of collective healing. Expect lots of noise and weirdness.

Sunday, March 23 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)



Salvo = noiserap

Toothbrusher = sludge (Happiness Bomb + Adam) inyoteefus

Louis Logic = NY piano rap

Tragic Baby Announcement = plague mask drones (Jordan Wilson+Lee Garrett [Casio Mio])

ECID = Minneapolis rap

Saturday, March 22 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Wham Bam Bowie Band!

David Bowie and his stellar discography need no introduction. His music still influences new generations and genres, and stands alone in the rock canon for it's forward-thinking eclecticism.

Wham Bam Bowie Band is on a mission to fait hfully present Bowie's classic hits live, as well as dig deep into the archives. Be there as Wham Bam Bowie Band continues to work through the David Bowie catalog.

Responding to popular demand, this show will feature not only the com plete performance of the Ziggy Stardust album, but also a second set of Bowie classics and blockbuster hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Songs from Hunky Dory, Alladin Sane as well as Diamond Dogs, Heroes, and more!

Friday, March 21 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Wild Ponies ~~~
w/ Elizabeth Cameron

The dead right, honest songwriting of Doug and Telisha Williams blended with a kick-ass band. Touring in support of their brand new release on Ditch Dog Records, "Things That Used To Shine", Wild Ponies - Doug, Telisha and drummer Jake W inebrenner - bring energy and charisma along as they perform brilliant new songs as well as some of the old Doug & Telisha favorites. Written during a busy year on the road, "Things That Used To Shine" is an album about leaving some thin gs behind ... and meeting others head-on. Released by the newly formed independent label, DitchDog Records, the album finds Telisha opening up about the skeletons that have haunted her closet for years. Grammy-winning producer Ray Kenned y (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams) recorded the 12 songs in three days, running the band's harmonies through the same pre-amps once used by the Beatles. "It's a terrific, raw, robust sound these guys have going on" said Kim Ruelhl in "No Depression".

Thursday, March 20 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$12 in advance RIGHT HERE or $15 at the door

Columbia Drum Mafia

--Mr. Clyde Frazier at 9pm. Clyde said "bring pen and paper"!!!!

--Jason Sommers at 8pm.. Jason is demonstrating Body independence and pattern play.

--Josh at 7:15pm. Josh i s showing us all the stick tricks and how to apply on the kit.

--10pm until midnight its a Open drum jam. PAULY is making some new tracks for us to play too. And if you're gonna bring a kit, please let Brian Geiger know personally... . Dig???

Open to the public!

Wednesday, March 19 2014
7pm to midnight

DOWNTOWN Church Open Mic Night

Hello musicians and music listeners!! DOWNTOWN Church is hosting another open mic- and we'd love for you to come- it's a night filled with incredibly talented musicians sharing their gifts with you!

If you're a musician- please sign up for a 15 minute slot-

If you're a music listener- please come and bring others- it's a free night of beautiful music- what could be better on a Tu esday night?

Find out more here:

Tuesday, March 18 2014
7pm to 10pm

Choro da Manhã

Choro is a festive instrumental genre of music that can be thought of as the Brazilian parallel to ragtime. It is the root of Samba and Bossa Nova, both in style and rhythmic content, and the major influence on the work of the great Braz ilian composers Heitor Villa-Lobos and Antonio Carlos Jobim. It is the very "soul" of Brazilian music, and still continues to expand and develop. Seven-string guitarists Richard Miller and Jason Ennis have been active in the New York Cit y area for several years and combine the virtuosity of choro music with jazz improvisation and exciting arrangements. They began meeting for breakfast and rehearsal and called these meetings "Choro Breakfast." Café da manhã means "breakfast," and this is how Choro da Manhã was born.

Monday, March 17 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$10 ($5 for students)

Tillikame', Foodcomputer, Torschlusspanik, & bigSphinx

"local experimental & electronic music"

Friday, March 14 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Villa Ville Cola

Saturday, March 8 2014
12:30pm-6:00pm (doors at )

Swank Sinatra ~~~ You Me and Us ~~~ The Harlem Downtrotters ~~~ The Joy Kills

Saturday, March 8 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Nepotism ~~~
The Apnea Effect
My Better Half
~~~ Dreiberg

Friday, March 7, 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)


Four velvety voices blended with fiddles, banjos and bodhran
Folk music of Ireland with twinges of the American South
Beeswing is four talented women, who together create a unique sound with Irish traditional tunes and songs. Swirling together voices and instruments, each offers her own gifts and experience to their special blend of music.

The ladies, although from different musical backgrounds, are each strongly influenced by Irish traditional music and culture. Beeswing keeps the music sweet and simple, spirited and hearty, while always respecting its origins and traditions.

Mai Hernon voice, bodhran, dance
Sprung from a great well of traditional music - Gurteen in County Sligo - Mai's talent is steeped in a rich musical experience. Since her debut as a featured singer at the 1998 Tubbercurry festival, she has been teaching and performing all over Ireland, England, Spain and the US. Mai's three critically acclaimed CD's have established h er as one of Ireland's finest traditional singers.

Andi Hearn fiddle, voice
For the last twenty years, Andi has played Irish traditional music on the fiddle and was taught by the best traditional music exponents. During tha t time, she also collected and studied songs from the vast unaccompanied ballad tradition of Ireland. From her home in South Carolina, she teaches fiddle and organizes the South Carolina Irish A rts Weekend to share traditional Irish music with her community.

Jeanne Chirdon tenor banjo, voice
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio amongst a family of Irish musicians, Jeanne learned her eloquent and spritely touch on the banjo from t he playing of Sligo flute player Tom Byrne. For three years she resided in Ireland where she soaked up lots of great music from festivals and sessions in County Cork. Now in the mountains of Nor th Carolina, Jeanne is an anchor presence and regular performer.

Roxanna Whittington banjola, fiddle, voice
Hailing from Tennessee, Rocky taught herself to play piano as a child and in her teens took up Bluegrass music: singing, playing guitar, and banjo. Over 15 years ago, she fell in love with Irish music and has since devoted her time to learning and mastering the tunes on fiddle and accompanying songs on banjola.

Saturday, March 1 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Josh Roberts and the Hinges ~~~ The Royal Tinfoil

Josh Roberts & the Hinges formed in early 2005 in Columbia, SC and immediately began touring and recording. Embedded in t heir style of rock and roll are blues, country, punk and soul influences that link elegant harmonies with the raunchy guitar work of Josh Roberts. Their powerful sound is raw and uncompromising, creating new rock and roll anthems that leave their dedicated fans speechless... and sometimes exhausted, yet always wanting more.

"I want to cross folk mystery with country and blues emotio n and AC/DC power," said Josh Roberts. "We want to make melting pot American music, real rock and roll music with the roots showing."

The Royal Tinfoil know all about irony and contrast. An unlikely pair of poetic swindlers from Charleston SC, Lily Slay and Lamont "M ackie" Boles put snappy rhythm and witty melody on a sleazy tale with their debut studio release, Well Water Communion. From nearly dead lovers and bourbon-soaked scamps to pesky little devils a nd toenail-collecting stalkers, the two storytellers romanticize the follies and blunders of themselves and their friends, both imaginary and real. Recorded in Wichita, KS during a haphazard tou r pit stop, Well Water Communion is a refreshing collection of tall tales and true confessions, offering an unabashed glimpse into the bantering minds of a few spitfire gypsy rockers.

Since t he release of their debut album, the band has been rounded out with the additions of Brad Edwardson on stand-up bass, Marshall Hudson on drums, and Tim Edgar on harmonica. Over the last 18 month s or so, the Royal Tinfoil have proven themselves to be one of the absolute best live bands in Charleston, with fantastic energy and creativity and the chops to back it up.

Friday, February 28 2014
9:30pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$10 in advance RIGHT HERE / $12 at the door

Jason Ajemian's Highlife

Ajemian's poems serve as signposts; the scores, created in the architectural drafting program AutoCAD, guide the musicians through musical hallways to unexpected locales. His blueprints dictate the flow and direction of the set, opening the performers up to visual and descriptive influences, leading them through a unique musical landscape of American folk forms, Native American chants, Canadian sea shanties, jazz expressive motion and balladry. The end result is this al bum, fearless and thoughtful, with free improvisations that follow a unique dreamlike logic.

Thursday, February 27 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Syrian Refugee Relief Benefit

Middle Eastern Food
Photography Presentation by Thomas Hammond Photography, Columbia, SC based photojournalist who traveled to Lebanon, Turkey and Syria in the Fall of 2013
An Update on Syria
and More... To Be Announced!

Suggested donation $10-20 at door.
Please RSVP: Via a post in the Facebook event or email David, david@car
Please include the number in your party, and a phone/email address to contact you in your email.

Proceeds benefit a basket of reputable charities doing some of the best work with Syrian Refugees For more inform ation:

CONTACT David, 803-215-3263 /

Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center

6pm to 8pm
Suggested donation of $10-20 at the door

Nakatani Gong Orchestra at The Columbia Museum of Art

NGO is a non-traditional music orchestra, directed by Tatsuya Nakatani, an acoustic sound artist and percussionist.
Originally from Japan, he has been residing in the USA for 18 years. He is now based in Easton, PA and New York city.
His original idea of NGO was create a rich harmony of multiple gongs, by sharing simple techniques to players and audiences. For each show, he giv es specialized training to locally selected gong players. Each player is able to quickly learn about the gong instruments, playing techniques and sign conducting from the conductor Tatsuya Nakat ani. This is an ongoing, successful growing project and the only bowing based Gong orchestra exist in the world. The Gong sound is simply magic to anyone. NGO has performed over 50 shows all ove r the USA since April 2011. Each performance has inspired spirit of all attendees. Many audience members say "I have never experienced this before", in addition they describe having pure cleansi ng feeling after the event.

Please note! This event will be at The Columbia Museum of Art!

Tuesday, February 25 2014
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$10 / $8 for Museum members / $5 for students

in collaboration with The Columbia Museum of Art

The Haves ~~~ 619 ~~~ Cigar Box Opera ~~~ Young Blaze ~~~ Clay Puppets

Come out and party with us!

Set times:
8-8:35 Clay Puppets

Cigar Box Opera:


The Haves:

11:40-12: 15
Young Blaze:

February 22, 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Joe Panzner, Greg Stuart, and Nathan Halverson
New Music Workshop

Joe Panzner, electricity
Greg Stuart, friction, electricity, gravity

(From a review of their duo album):
"Panzner is an electronic musician and mastering engineer based in Columbus, Ohio; he's worked a lot with Mike Shiflet, and photographic evidence suggests that the much-maligned laptop computer is his main axe, at least on stage. Greg Stuart is a percussionist, a music professor on the faculty of the University of South Carolina, and the most sympathetic inte rpreter I've heard so far of Michael Pisaro's text-based scores. Given where each man lives, they missed a real opportunity by failing to name either themselves or their record after the man who introduced homeland insecurity to the Amer icas.
In that capacity, Stuart often uses aggregations of small instruments (including one piece performed entirely with grains of rice) to generate a large but ultra-detailed sound; you'll also hear some of the sine waves that Pisar o uses as focusing devices in his own pieces. But even though those elements play parts on Dystonia Duos, its three pieces sound nothing like any Pisaro record I've ever heard, nor much like Panzner's brusque noise-scapes. They don't fee l played so much as constructed, painstakingly, from work that took place over time in each man's home as well as in two Brazilian cities that the duo toured in 2012. The first piece, "Organ b/w tympani solo," belies its title by opening with a snarl of tabletop and radio activity skewered by high tones; if I had to imagine the source, I'd imagine contact mics, brillo pads, and a shovel. As the piece progresses, these elements seem to slowly combust, as though submitted to electrolysis. It's like hearing noise atomized, then rearranged on a sub-atomic level. That level of detail persists on the next track, "Dissection Puzzle," even at the moments that it explodes into blasts as brutal as Merzbow. And l ike Merzbow, this music takes its time; "Casa de Pedras," the final track, takes over twenty minutes to slowly fade from face-stripping fury to serene, outer space orbit. This is noise realized with the rigor of science, texture measured in microns, pitch pixilated - as finite as a knock-out punch, yet infinitely varied in its details."
- By Bill Meyer

Thursday, February 20 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Columbia Area Drum Kit Mafia

Brian sez: "We all meet together and discuss drums and play drums. Usually have a few guys give some lessons on different topics. We have four kits set in the room with a click track and take turns doing solos. It's an awesome event for beginners or pros. We have teaches , platinum record sellers, HS drum line coaches. You name it. It is a unity of brothers as drummers."

Their motto "we are more than men, we are drummers."

Wednesday, February 19 2014
7pm (doors at 7pm)
Free and open to the public

SC Broadcasters ~~~ Michael Shull

"Southern children going forward at top volume" is truly what this little mission band born at a Bar-B-Que joint on the side of the road is. T he SC Broadcasters are not to be missed. From heart stompin' love songs to rowdy gospel numbers that'll make you shout hallelujah there is a rare beauty and honesty in the trio's music. Ivy, Sarah, and David share a common passion that creates a sound that often amazes even them. "It's not old-time, it's not bluegrass, it's The South Carolina Broadcasters!" Be it an old standar d out of the hymnal or a song from their own pen, their music is alive. The trio has shared the stage with Ralph Stanley, Taj Mahal, Ricky Skaggs, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops and can be fou nd touring the country and bringing their distinctive sound to a venue near you.

Michael Shull is an independent recording artist that was introduced to the dulcimer in 1995. Since then, he has used his musical ab ilities to expose people to one of the oldest folk instruments in America. Michael plays a variety of instruments and many musical styles, but he specializes in mountain gospel, Appalachian base d music, and hymns. Each year he performs throughout the southeast, and has won numerous awards with his captivating playing and arranging of old-time favorites.
In concert, Michael is known and admired for his humor, charisma, and faith. His music is bound to entertain you. In addition to producing numerous albums, Michael has also written tablature books for those who want to lea rn how to play the dulcimer.

Saturday, February 15 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Irish Music Legends Kevin Burke & John Carty

Kevin Burke's fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music for over 30 years. Whether solo or accompanied, on record or in concert, Burke is an immensely engaging performer. He has been established as a first class musician ever since his work in the early 1970's (with such renowned performers as Arlo Guthrie, Christy Moore and the Bothy Band and with his far-reaching solo album, If the Cap Fits). During his long musical career Kevin has earned international acclaim in both Europe and America as a solo performer, a teacher and as a member of some of folk musi c's foremost groups including Celtic Fiddle Festival, and Patrick Street. He is also a featured member of Grammy winner Tim O'Brien's wonderful crossover band, The Crossing. Kevin is a National Endowment for the Arts 2002 National Heritage Fellowship recipient, the USA's highest honor for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. Previous National Heritage Fellows include B.B. King, Doc Watson, and Bill Monroe. 2010 saw Kevin's induction to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. He was very honored to receive such a tribute from his adopted home state.

"Lyric, fluid and precisely as tricky as he needs to be…probably the greatest Irish fiddler living."
- The Village Voice

"A lyrical play er of emotional electricity."
- The Washington Post

"Burke imparts a rhythmic intensity that is remarkably powerful...a superior instrumentalist in any idiom...impressively virtuos ic."
- The New York Times

John Carty is one of Ireland's finest traditional musicians having been awarded the Irish Television station, TG4's Traditional Musician of the Year in 2003. Carty has three solo fiddle albums, two banjo albums, two group albums and a sprinkling of recorded tenor guitar and flute music recordings under his belt. Born in London, John has established himself among the elite in Irish traditional music and as a staunch supporter of its preservation. Carty developed his love for fiddle, banjo, and flute, all of which he has mastered, through hi s multi-instrumentalist father who was a member of the Glenside Ceili Band in London in the 1960's. With a firm foundation of both talent and knowledge of the tradition, John has been a welcome addition to many of the great bands of today, including Patrick Street, The Chieftains, and DeDanaan, as well as his remarkable solo career. www.joh

"Carty's playing is fascinating -- an uncanny ability for a seemingly endless spinning out of subtle variations. I Will if I Can is a spectacular production.."
- Celtic Grooves

"One of the most accomplished Irish multi-instrumentalists alive. The flourishing diaspora of Irish traditional music had no finer exponent than John Carty …"
- Ea rle Hitchner, Irish Echo

Friday, February 14 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$15 in advance here / $18 at the door

Mikolaj Trzaska & Tim Daisy

Reedsman Mikolaj Trzaska and drummer Tim Daisy are touring in support of their latest release "Roads And Bridges" on Relay Recordings: www.relayrecordin

Mikolaj and Tim will combine their shared experience and creative energy working in such internationally acclaimed groups including:
Ken Vandermark's 10 piece Resonan ce Ensemble, the chamberesque Inner Ear Quartet (with New York's Steve Swell on trombone and Stockholm's Per -Ake Holmlander on tuba) and the powerful Trzaska/Thomas/Daisy Trio, creating an inte nse and focused set of duo improvisations.

Thursday, February 13 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Duo Cortado

The concert will showcase music ranging from Latin-inspired dances to keyboard music arranged for two guitars. Also featured on the program will be a new composition written for the duo by local composer George Fetner.

The night's program will feature two works originally written for two guitars: Maximo Diego Pujol's suite inspired by Latin dances titled Tango, Milonga y Final, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's energetic Fuga Elegiaca. A piece originally composed for the organ by Cesar Franck, Prelude, Fugue and Variation, will show-off the guitar duo's ability to bring life to music outside of the guitar's repertoire. The new composition - 'twas but a dream of thee - by George Fetner based on a poem by John Donne calls for a unique dialog between the two guitars t hat creates a dreamlike atmosphere drawing the audience into the ephemeral images of the poetry.

Formed in 2012, Duo Cortado consists of guitarists Devin Sherman and Andy Jurik. Graduate stud ents at the University of South Carolina, Devin and Andy share a common interest of pursuing repertoire that highlights the unique qualities of the guitar while also exploring new sonic opportun ities. The Duo has been well-received by the USC community having given successful premieres and inspiring performances to audiences at several of the University's concert series.

Sunday, February 9 2014
8:00 (doors at 7:30)


Friday, February 7 2014
9:00pm (doors at 8:30pm)

V-Day 2014: Open-Mic Night!

Join us for an open mic night hosted by The Vagina Monologues at USC! Come and share your original or borrowed short stories, poetry, jokes, and music.
There is no cover charge, but we definitely recommend getting some drinks from t he bar and scrounging around for a few bucks to place into our collection jar! All money donated through us will go straight to Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands!

Sign up will be held on a first-come, first-serve basis that eveni ng.
We had a great turn out last year, and would love to have all of you back again! One of our requests was to get advertising out earlier, so we're making sure you're all aware of it this time around.

We hope to see you there! B ring a friend!

Thursday, February 6 2014
8:00pm (doors at 7:30pm)
Free, but donations gladly accepted!

South Rail ~~~ Mountain Express Acoustic ~~~ Devils In Disguise ~~~ Cigar Box Opera

Some voices were just meant for each other. Jay Byrd and Lara Supan, backed by Ben Potok, blend to make South Rail's brand of Americana Rock their own.
Described by Vivian Wang in District Consonance as "part folk, part alt-country - think Neil Young meets Wilco meets Eva Cassidy," South Rail's melding of genres and styles is attributed to the diverse backgrounds and influences of its members.
"South Rail is the total package. I've had the pleasure of knowing them and hearing them sound fantastic in person and on recordings. The music and performance are a true reflection of their likeable, down-to-earth personalities, poised with t heir stunning talent, and brilliant songs."
- A. Jones (Ageowns, DC 101 and DC Decibel contributer)

Mountain Express Acoustic is a project that was formed by some friends to explore some musical ideas that had been developing over the past few years. Born out of a love of Bluegrass and Acoustic Music these guys have put this project together with a desire to "explore and keep things simple". The various members of the band have graced the stage or played the same bill with the likes of: Widespread Panic; Colonel Bruce Hampton; Bruce Hornsby; Ronnie Milsap; Jerry Reed, Edwin McCain; Acoustic Syndicate; Ralph Stanley and others.

Devils In Disguise While both their name and their history as a Gram Parsons cover band suggest a level of sonic indebtedness to the founder of Cosmic American Music, these local stalwarts are definitely not slouching either. Their original material has the fire of alt-country acts like The Backsliders or Alejandro Escovedo, while the group's adept songwriting talents and powerful close-harmon y vocals one-up so many similar bands exploring the same terrain. So while the city is rife with varying takes on the roots-rock formula, it's worth noting that these guys are sonically more the standard-bearers than anybody else.
K. Petersen, The Free Times (Aug 03, 2011)

Out of the ashes of The Dirty Lowdown, a new rock band has risen in Columbia, SC. Blending Americana storytelling with 90's-era boot-stomping riffs, Cigar Box Opera is a band that aims to bring solid rock songs back to prominence.
The melodies of lead singer/guitarist Josh McGill weave in and out of the rhythm section anchored down by bassist Max Lorick and drummer Levi Walls while the keys an d background vocals of Robbie Braciszewski lend a sense of structured benevolence to Cigar Box Opera's library.

February 4, 2014
8:00 (doors at 7:30)

The Valley Roots ~~~ DELEVELED ~~~ 72nd and Central ~~~ hey,lightning!

Conundrum Music Hall is hosting an explosion of awesomeness! This is not the show to miss!

The Valley Roots:


72nd and Central:


Monday, January 27 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Benefit for FOOD NOT BOMBS

Chris Compton and the Ruby Brunettes:

The Post-Timey String Band: ingBand

Dr. Roundhouse:

Pharaohs in Space:

All Ages. 8pm. $7

The Colu mbia Food Not Bombs group gathers on Sunday weekly to feed the hungry and eating begins at 1:00 p.m. Volunteers welcome:
Finlay Park, Laurel St., Columbia, SC
Rain location - Finlay Park, Taylor St.

Food Not Bombs ( is trying to inspire the public to participate in changing society and focus our resources on solving problems like hunger, homelessness and poverty while seeking an end to war and the destruction of the environment. We are also showing by example that we can work cooperatively without leaders through volunteer effort to provide essential needs like, food, housing, education and healthcare. When over a billion people g o hungry each day how can we spend another dollar on war?

Brian Geiger's Columbia Area Drum Circle

Brian started the sessions 6 months ago. They all meet to discuss drums and play drums. Usually a few guys will give some lessons on different topics. They set up four kits in the room with a click track and take turns doing solos. It's an awesome event for beginners or pros. We have teachers, platinum record sellers, high school drum line coaches, you name it. It is a unity of brothers as drummers."

Their motto is "We are more than men, we are drummers."

Wednesday, January 22 2014
7pm to 11pm)
Free and open to the public

Stereofly Fluid Tour 2014 starring FatRat Da Czar

Stereofly presents The Fluid Tour 2014 at Conundrum Music Hall starring FatRat Da Czar, Grand Royal, Cole Connor with special guests.
This is the Hip-Hop tour to kick off 2014 and the road to Stereofly's SXSW Showcases.

Tickets are available online for $7 in advance. $10 day of show.

Friday, January 17 2014
9:00pm (doors at 8:00pm)
$7 advance / $10 at door


[redrawblak] is New Orleans saxophonist Brad Walker's project dedicated exclusively to the discipline of true free improvisation. Over the years this project has featured some of the most compelling minds of the New Orleans creative musi c scene, including Simon Lott, Helen Gillet, James Singleton, Jeff Albert, and many others.

The project is dedicated to the idea that truly free, unstructured, unplanned improvisation leads to compelling music that could not have been created any other way.

This month we're celebrating the release of a new CD+LP, recorded in June with New Orleans luminaries Aurora Nealand and Paul Thibodeaux, and to be pressed on vinyl and CD by Chicago's Two Cities Records. As a trio, Brad and Aurora and Paul have been working together for over two years, but this is their first chance to document their music. Paul is known as one of the most sensitive and dynamic drummers in a city known for its rhythm, and Aur ora (featured on saxophone, accordion, percussion, piano, vocals, and spoken word) is without a doubt one of the Crescent City's major artistic forces of this generation. The music they make as a trio has been compared to film soundtrack s, meditative exercises, seances, and even (in rare cases) out-of-body experiences.

2012 also saw the release of two shorter statements from [redrawblak]: a Solo EP, consisting of four lengthy and potent explorations of solo saxophone +electronics soundscapes, and a Duo EP featuring New Orleans drum virtuoso Simon Lott in a series of compelling improvisations arranged in two suites: Light and Dark.

All music is available via CD or digital download via

Thursday, January 16 2014
9:00pm (doors at 8:30pm)

an Arnold Taylor Situation

Eyewitness Gaza Documentary & Discussion

Photographer Skip Schiel travels to Gaza to document life on ground, including after Operation Cast Lead, a massive 22-day long Israeli offensive on Gaza Dec 2009-Jan 2010.
60min. Followed by discussion. Light refreshments.
Free/ $5 Suggested Donation

Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center

Internet Movie Database description of documentary:
The aim of this movie is to show an accurate view of current li fe in Gaza, with necessary historical and political context to help an audience understand the unique position Gazans are in: under siege, trapped, constantly threatened by attacks from Israel and their own political factions, with littl e awareness or concern by a larger world. The central theme is youth, from infancy to young adulthood. How do people survive siege while marginalized by the world community? We explore this question in the context of the Arab Spring-the uprisings beginning in Tunisia in late 2010, including events in Palestine such as the Gaza Youth Break Out movement and the most recent manifestations of violent and nonviolent transformation. One central image or story is that of the A merican Friends Service Committee's (AFSC) very successful youth program, Popular Achievement.

Sunday, January 12 2014
3pm (doors at 2:30pm)
Free to the public. $5 suggested donation.

Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center

Cryptodira ~~~ INVOKING THE ABSTRACT ~~~ Fall of the Albatross ~~~ Trees on Mars ~~~ Wings Denied ~~~ Sein zum Tode

Cryptodira - NY Prog-Post Metal for fans of Cynic, Converge, and Isis

INVOKING THE ABSTRACT - Columbia Tech/Shred for fans of Beneath the Massacre, The Faceless, and The Black Dahlia Murder

Fall of the Albatross - NY Progressive Metal for fans of Between the Buried and Me, Behold... The Arctopus, and The Dillinger Escape Plan

Trees on Mars - Columbia Math Rock for fans of Fang Island, Scale the Summit, and Russian Circles

Wings Denied - DC Progressive Metal for fans of As Oceans, Protest the Hero, and TesseracT

Sein zum Tode - Columbia Avant-Garde Metal for fans of Mike Patton, Psyopus, and Naked City

Friday, January 10 2014
8pm (doors at 7pm)

The Highway Walkers (A Hitchhiking Documentary)

In over 30 rides and 2,000 miles, friends Darrell Johnston and Josiah Laubenstein, a local actor and graduate student at USC, set out to discover why hitchhiking has fallen by the wayside and, quite literally, how far you can get on a sm ile. Armed with a ukulele, a road guitar and a healthy sense of optimism, they set out from tiny Leon, Iowa for their final destination: Oregon's highest mountain, Mount Hood. Ride after ride, while eating their dwindling supply of freez e-dried foods and sleeping in tents, on porches, and in iHop booths, they explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest and it's people, for better or worse, always asking: to hitch or not to hitch?

JJ Kelley of National Geographic calls i t "A journey of heart... The film explores the motivation that lives in all of us to see the unknown. Allow yourself to be inspired."

Featuring the music of Danny Schmidt, recently named one of the Chicago Tribune's 50 most significan t songwriters in the past 50 years, The Highway Walkers was an official selection for the 2012 Cape May Film Festival, Highway 61 Film Festival, and the 2013 Wild Rose Film Festival where it was recognized with the Distinctive Achievemen t award.

The showing will also include a sneak peak of upcoming project, Passage, which explores the ambiguous American coming-of-age rites. The web series includes interviews with creator of the "Art of Manliness" website Brett McKay , anthropologist and author of Men in Groups and The Decline of Males Lionel Tiger, and a look at the longstanding ritual of suspension with the Denver Suspension Group.

Admission is free with a suggested $5 donation. DVDs will be av ailable for purchase.

Sunday, January 5 2014
7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
FREE (suggested $5 donation)