The Hold Steady and Justin Townes Earle to Headline Free Show at The Jam Room Music Festival
October 13, 2012 from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Columbia
COLUMBIA, SC - To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Jam Room Recording Studio is bringing national headlining bands The Hold Steady and Justin Townes Earle to Columbia, SC for a free show at the Jam Room Music Festival on Saturday, October 13, 2012. In its first year, the festival will run from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Columbia and will feature a lineup of 7 other local and regional bands on two stages, as well as food trucks, performing arts groups, a gallery exhibition, a bicycle rally, and the screening of a documentary film about the legendary studio. A full schedule is viewable at http://www.jamroommusicfestival.com.For 25 years, The Jam Room Recording Studio has contributed to and influenced Columbia’s rich musical heritage. With the Jam Room Music Festival, owner Jay Matheson and his team at the Jam Room Foundation hope to shine a light on the vibrant Midlands music scene, which has long been known as one of the best in the Southeast.
JAM ROOM MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUP:
- The Hold Steady – Brooklyn, NY
- Justin Townes Earle - Nashville, TN
- Dead Confederate – Augusta, GA
- The Woggles – Atlanta, GA
- Cusses - Savannah, GA
- Bachelors of Art (B.O.A.) – Columbia, SC
- Say Brother – Columbia, SC
- Can't Kids – Columbia, SC
- Those Lavender Whales – Columbia, SC
About The Hold Steady
The Hold Steady's body of music has been highly revered by Rolling Stone Magazine, The A.V. Club, and Pitchfork Media for the past ten years. Their albums have been shooting up the Billboard charts annually, most recently 2008's Stay Positive (U.S. No. 30, U.K. No. 15), and 2010's Heaven Is Whenever (U.S. No. 26, U.K. No. 45), with a new album in the works. The five-piece outfit's CV includes gigs at indie rock meccas like the Isle of Wight Festival and Coachella, sharing the stage with national acts like Kings of Leon and the legendary Rolling Stones. The Brooklyn, NY-based band is a must-see headliner for all rock and roll enthusiasts.
About Justin Townes Earle
Justin Townes Earle, son of musician Steve Earle, is based in Nashville, Tennessee. He is on an extensive national tour, hitting hip festivals like Forecastle Fest and the End of the Road Festival. He was just nominated for an Americana Music Association Artist of the Year Award.
Opening acts like Savannah, Georgia's Cusses – and their engaging female lead – have college radio aficionados buzzing; the three-piece outfit delivers a blend of raw, forceful rock music and performance energy that has caught the ear of our region's most influential music gurus.
About Dead Confederate
Athens-based band Dead Confederate has drawn comparisons to Nirvana and My Morning Jacket, and they’ve shared the stage with rock and roll gods A Place to Bury Strangers and Dinosaur Jr. After their national tour this year, including South By Southwest, it’s great to see this band stick to their roots and play a free show for their friends in the Southeast.
About The Woggles
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, The Woggles are jammed with personality and a fistful of soul. With an extensive discography and past shared bills with artists like Johnny Cash, Beck, and The Strokes, it’s exciting to know they’re making their way to Columbia, SC for the festival.
Other Happenings at The Jam Room Music Festival
"Columbia Rides" – Jam Room Music Festival Bicycle Ride The day is not only jam-packed with local heroes and national indie rockers, but in addition, Palmetto Conservation Foundation, the City of Columbia's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), Summit Cycles and the Palmetto Cycling Coalition have organized a Jam Room Music Festival 10-mile Bicycle Ride and will provide a free bike valet service (similar to a coat check) at the festival from 2 to 9pm.
Documentary Film about The Jam Room Recording Studio Down the street, the just-opened "New" Nickelodeon Theatre will be screening a new documentary about the Jam Room's 25-year history. (The film will premiere at The New Nick on October 4, 2012 at 9 p.m. and again on October 13, 2012 at 1 p.m.)
Art and photography from the Columbia music scene
The Main Street gallery Anastasia & FRIENDS will be showing a curated collection of album artwork and photography from local shows and venues that have been deep in the trenches of documenting the Columbia music scene.
Vinyl LP compilation and free 300-song Mp3 comp To commemorate 25 years of The Jam Room, the Jam Room Foundation will be selling an exclusive vinyl LP compilation record with cover artwork by The Half & Half. In addition, 300-song compilation of Mp3s from past and present artists will be free for download, along wtih a limited amount of hard copy CDs.
Local clubs and restaurants, including The Whig, Art Bar, The Rooftop at the Sheraton Downtown Columbia, and the New Brookland Tavern will host Jam Room Music Festival after parties featuring local and regional music.
For complete details on all festival events visit http://www.jamroommusicfestival.com.