We're proud to partner with Richland Library, the Free Times, and SceneSC to present 1 or 2, a series of performances of 1 or 2 artists that are then shared online. Every artist receives payment for participation in order to help make up for some lost gigs during this difficult time.
First up in the series is singer-songwriter, THE Dubber aka Wendell Culbreath. As the Free Times writes, he "weaves a multicultural fabric of traditions into his soothing acoustic folk." This performance is of “Simple Song,” is "both meditative and propulsive, it explores timely themes of truth and untruth, perception and certainty."
And, we're on to episode 3 of 1 or 2. This week features Valley Maker (Austin Crane and Nic Jenkins) performing "Beautiful Birds Flying" in front of the Aaron Graves Tribute Mural by Lauren Andreu and Claude Gilbert. Like Jordan Lawrence writes in the Free Times, we miss our friends too. Enjoy.
Puppet Time Machine Theatre
It's Episode 4 of 1 or 2, and in this episode, we're treated to a singing roll of toilet paper! Grammy-nominated musician Molly Ledford sings to a roll of toilet paper named Charmin in “I Don’t See Much of You and You Don’t See Much of Me,” with puppeteer Robert Padley, a colleague in the Puppet Time Machine Theatre.
Episode 5 of 1 or 2 features guitarist Amos Hoffman. Amos is a regular presence at various restaurants and bars around town, playing solo and in all configurations of ensembles with other ColaJazz associated musicians. Here, he's playing the jazz standard "I Should Care" in front of the Five Points Postcard Mural by artist Chad Brady (made possible by Drip Coffee and the Five Points Association).
Brian Patrick the Vocalinist
If you've been along Main Street in the last couple of years, then you've almost definitely seen and heard Brian the Vocalinist. Long a staple of Columbia culture, he's one of the most recognizable and omnipresent buskers (street performers) we have in this city. He performs popular music on his electric violin, with altered vocals. Here he performs Sia's "Chandelier" and Sam Smith's "Stay with Me."
Bob Evans and Claudio Olivera
Two musicians affiliated with the SC Philharmonic perform Concerto for Bassoon in Bb major, K. 191 by W.A. Mozart - Andante ma Adagio in the Lincoln Street Tunnel in the heart of the Congaree Vista. It's a beautiful piece, in a beautiful place, made beautiful by the Leadership Columbia class of 2017, of which Bob Evans (the bassoonist) was a member.
Aim High is a self-described alternative metalcore/punk-pop band. Obviously, our requirements for 1 or 2 don't create a perfect atmosphere for a metal or punk performance. But, in this week's edition, Caleb Brown (aka calebjustcaleb) and Steven Howard pare it down into a passionate acoustic performance on the back steps of an alley in West Columbia. Promo photo taken in the Alley on State by Christine Lutfy.
This week's 1 or 2 features singer Ara-Viktoria. She recently served as the Richland Library's artist in residence and her day job involves providing music therapy for correctional facility residents. She performs "Can I Use You" in front of the Ra Obelisk by Richard Lane, located in the Olympia neighborhood.
Aisa Blue #ThoughtsInBlue
Aisa Blue starts this performance of her poem "Strange Fruit" with a sung quotation from Billie Holiday's song "Strange Fruit." Ms. Blue performs on the grounds of the South Carolina State House in the center of the African American Freedom Monument.
Preach Jacobs performs for this 1 or 2 straight from his own home (due to both pandemic and weather). This song is titled "Gifted People" and samples from Nina Simone's "To be Young, Gifted and Black."
This 14th episode of the 1 or 2 series features CammWess and Andrew Wilkerson in front of the letters HOPE at the corner of Main and Lady in downtown Columbia. The duo perform "Save it for Tomorrow," an original song that Camm wrote and performed as part of his time as a contestant on The Voice.
Partly Cloudy is an entertainment group that exists in many forms including the Christi Joy Band, Partly Cloudy (instrumental version of Christi Joy Band), and Partly Cloudy Brass Band. The musicians are from all South Carolina & Georgia. The various iterations of the band are comprised of mostly music majors from HBCU's with backgrounds in many professional musical fields - band directors, music ministers and youth music leaders. In this week's 1 or 2, Clyde Fraizer III and Garrick Rivers perform "Hello," an HBCU band staple, in front of Blue Sky's "Rubble without a Cause" in Five Points.
This 18th 1 or 2 session features Dear Blanca, more specifically Dylan Dickerson and Dayne Lee, performing "Out to Pasture" from their just released record Perched. The duo perform in front of a new mural in Cayce by artist Michael Geddings titled "Paint the Town."
(All 1 or 2 performances are shot and edited by David Stringer and Leslie Leonard)