1 or 2

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.

THE Dubber

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.”

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Next up in the series is Milah, a rapper and singer. She performs “Hey Love” and “Late Nights” in front of the “I Love You” sculpture in the Vista.

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Valley Maker

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.

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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.

The duo performed beside the cafe mural at Cafe Streudel by Pam Collins and Sergio Braga in West Columbia.

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Amos Hoffman

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.”

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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.

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Aim High

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.

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Ara-Viktoria (Ara-V)

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.

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Episode 10 of 1 or 2 features Autocorrect, comprised of Cecil Decker and Moses Andrews. They perform “Generation 1099” taking on the gig economy and racial inequality.

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Two-thirds of IndigoSOUL – Terrance Henderson and Katrina Blanding – perform “I Am Light” by India.Arie in an empty performance space at Trustus Theatre.

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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

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.”

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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.

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(All 1 or 2 performances are shot and edited by David Stringer and Leslie Leonard)