This Saturday, take the fifty minute trip down I-20 to Columbia for the Jam Room Music Festival.
The Jam Room Music Festival is a free festival and all-around street party that takes place at Main and Hampton Streets in downtown Columbia this Saturday.
This weekend marks the 8th year for the one day outdoor event, which started as the brainchild of Jay Matheson, owner of Columbia’s Jam Room Recording Studio. Since its humble beginnings, the event has evolved into a 501C-3 with the full support of the city, a board of directors, many volunteers and sponsors.
The JRMF features 12 bands spread over two stages, food trucks and (drumroll please!) $4 pints of craft beer!
According to Matheson, the Jam Room is more about the music than other festivals who are more pigeon-holed into a certain thing. “It’s all original music, it’s cutting edge and relevant stuff, and kind of all over the place. We have indie rock, rock and roll, punk, we’ve had African percussion based stuff, we’ve had hip hop, we’ve had bands like Sun Volt that are more alt-country, kind of all over the place.”
“But it’s basically stuff that you aren’t seeing anywhere else at these other festivals. These other festivals aren’t really music festivals per se. They have a lot of music, but they’re trying to entertain a bunch of college kids. All the festivals have a kind of demographic. Ours is different. It is more for the creatives of the city. People who are interested in more unusual music, somewhat.”
This year’s line-up: Flower Shopping, Boomtown Trio, Mustache Brothers, Babe Club, George Fetner and the Strays, Cayla Fralick, Garrow, John Moreland, ARTHUR, Ex Hex, Waxahatchee and Stagbriar.
Details and full line-up at jamroommusicfestival.com
The Jam Room Music Festival is free to the public and is family friendly.
Intersection of Main and Hampton Streets
Columbia, South Carolina