Monday, April 26, 2010

Crawfish Festival This Saturday

By Shelby Sachs

The fifth annual Rosewood Crawfish Festival is right around the corner, featuring more vendors, a 5 K run, and even bigger and better live music.
Aside from the crawfish, one of the most appealing parts of this event is, of course, the live music. This year, there will be over ten bands performing on two separate stages. When checking out the line-up, you may expect the acts to be on the same caliber as that of the St. Pat’s Festival in Five Points and that assumption would be pretty accurate. Headlining this year are national bands Tonic and Marcy Playground, and Columbia favorite, Hot Lava Monster. Haley Dreis and Treadmill Trackstar are definitely a couple of other sets to put on your itinerary for the day.

Tonic- Holly Street Stage (6:00-7:30)
Known for their six Top 10 singles, over four million records sold, Grammy nominations, and the number one most-played rock song of 1998, Tonic will be performing days before releasing their long awaited new album. It’s been eight years since the release their last album, so Columbia fans will likely be some of the first in the country to hear some of the new stuff live. Definitely worth checking out.

Marcy Playground- Holly Street Stage (4:30-5:30)
One of the staple songs of the late 90’s is Marcy Playground’s “Sex and Candy.” This song also brought them fifteen consecutive weeks at number on Billboard’s U.S. Modern Rock chart. As if this was not a large enough accomplishment in itself, their self-titled album sold over 1.7 million copies. Spending most of last year recording a new album, Marcy Playground released their fourth album, Leaving Wonderland… in a fit of rage last summer. This album has gotten rave reviews and proves that although they took quite a long hiatus, they still haven’t lost their touch.

Hot Lava Monster- Woodrow Street Stage (5:00-6:00)
Hot Lava Monster are no strangers to Columbia as they have been staples of our local music scene for several years now. They instantly stood out as one of Columbia’s top rock bands, and with a large fan base, they band seems to be going in the right direction. Recently spending most of their free time in the studio, fans can expect a new album sometime this year. If their album is anything like their recent single, “Some Call It Hell,” fans can expect yet another great album that is certain to not disappoint.

Haley Dreis- Woodrow Street Stage (2:50-3:30)
If you have yet to hear about this 20-year-old singer songwriter, you undoubtedly will soon. Current USC music performance student, Haley Dreis, has been creating a buzz around Columbia since her first performance. Effortless and pure, her performances evoke a certain emotion that can only be explained as magical. Currently touring most of the Southeast with former Jump Little Children lead singer, Jay Clifford, the horizons are continuing to get broader for this young and talented musician.

Treadmill Trackstar- Holly Street Stage (2:30-3:10)
A band that has a story as unique and distinct as their sound. After being dropped from a major record label, taking a ten year break, and almost giving up on making music ever again, Treadmill, one of Columbia’s former powerhouse bands, decided to give this whole music industry thing one more go around. With no money to record an album, the members decided to ask for donations from their family, friends, and fans to help record, I Belong To Me. And $12,000 later, the album was recorded and released. Now with a whole new perspective on life, these four experienced and talented musicians are ready to start touring again and sharing their music with those people that gave them another shot.

Other bands you have to check out:

Holly Street Stage
Danielle Howle – (3:30 – 4:10)
Danielle certainly needs no introduction. Opening for the main headliners.
The Tinbenders – (1:30 – 2:10)
S-Tribe – (12:20 – 1:10)

Woodrow Street Stage
John Wesley Satterfield Band – (3:50 – 4:30)
American Gun – (1:50 – 2:30)
Hott Boxx - (12:50 – 1:30)
Tom Hall and The Plowboys - (11:50 – 12:30)
Silver Lining – 11:00 – 11:30

In addition to the great bands, this year the festival will be hosting its first ever Crawdaddy Dash 5k Run. Participants will start at 10 a.m. and will receive free entry into the festival. You can expect to see some familiar events as well such as the street vault competition, a kids area, crawfish races and more.
The festival will be held on May 1 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. between Woodrow and Holly Streets on Rosewood Drive.

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