My husband and I are HUGE Avett Brothers Fans. We saw them perform live for the first time on May 24, 2014 at the Charleston Tea Plantation in Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina and became overnight fans. Since then we have developed a new hobby of traveling all over to watch them perform at several of their concerts and have a few upcoming concerts that we are excited about.
It was recently my birthday. For my birthday present, my husband took some dear friends of ours, and I to Columbia, South Carolina to see another Avett Brothers’ Concert. The Avett Brothers’ live performances are very different from the sweet melodies you hear when you listen to them on iTunes. In concert, they create a unique blend of rock, mixed with folk, mixed with punk, mixed with bluegrass. I read an article that called them “Grungegrass.” There is no just “listening” in an Avett Brothers concert. The audience becomes part of the concert themselves by singing along the lyrics in sync with the talented musicians. There is a high intensity bond between the connection of the band and the audience. This particular concert took place at the intimate Township Auditorium.
The Avett Brothers sang with their familiar energy and emotion; hypnotizing us with their harmonies, as Joe Kwon, Tania Elizabeth, and Bob Crawford broke it down on the strings, and Mike Marsh let loose on the drums. The collaboration of the entire band’s music talents brings me into a complete swoon and I am “Swept Away.” That evening they played some of my favorites; opening with Down with the Shine, then Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise, Vanity, Kick Drum Heart, I and Love and You, and ending with Life. Any night that ends with the Avett Brothers is the best kind of night. I was a very happy birthday girl indeed!
“One comes of it, love it, love it
Let go of it, love comes from it
We’re not of this world for long
Faith and promise keep me honest
When starvation falls upon us
Daylight told me here I’d be…” Life
Columbia is South Carolina’s capital and home to the University of South Carolina. It’s historic beauty is much to behold as you walk the streets of downtown. Restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, shopping, venues, museums, and parks will keep you busy while you are visiting. We were immediately taken in with the city’s charm. We enjoyed walking the streets admiring the fine detailed architecture of the historic buildings and the beautiful statues and art mingled in the city’s streets and parks. Our stay was short. There was only time for concert, a little bit of shopping, lots of eating, strolling along the streets, and eating… Our top dining experiences: Bourbon and Motor Supply Company Bistro. Be sure to read the reviews on them. I wish we had more time in Columbia. It is definitely a great spot to visit. I can’t wait to return.
* We stayed at the lovely Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel on Main Street. Our stay was very inexpensive and it was walking distance to everything. Previously a bank, the Sheraton did an excellent job preserving the beauty and integrity of it’s past architecture. You will appreciate the preserved original hardwood flooring, ornate tile mosaics, and woodwork. The Sheraton turned the bank’s “Vault” into a small, chic little bar for a perfect cocktail. Rooms were clean and beautiful. Most importantly, the staff were friendly and helpful. I highly recommend your stay at the Sheraton if you are visiting Downtown Columbia.
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* Photographs of the Avett Brothers Concert were taken by Worth Paschal.