Niecy Blues (4:30pm)
Landing in Charleston first by way of Oklahoma and more recently Columbia, Niecy Blues is a vocalists vocalist. Her work maintains a unique balance of influence from the R&B canon and an individual voice that falls just left of center. Her dedication to the instrument that is her voice is the the ground on which her resonant songs and performances lift off from, and her poignant lyrics only serve to further elevate that experience. She will play accompanied by Columbia outfit ET Anderson to put a vivid wall of sound behind her.
Tom Hall and The Plowboys (3:00pm)
Tom Hall is back at Tasty Tomato Festival — After playing the first five years, he took a break, but now he’s back for the 10th Annual event.
We like this piece written by Janet Kendell — “Musician, filmmaker, activist and community organizer Tom Hall is known for starting things.
He is co-founder of the Mardi Gras Columbia Parade & Music Festival at City Roots Farm, set this year for Saturday, Feb. 25. He also leads the Americana band The Plowboys.
Hall recently renovated a historic manor house in Ridgeway, transforming it into Magnolia Farm, a working farm, music venue and home to the Barclay School for kids with special needs.
After filming legislators for four years to create the documentary film “Compromised,” about the history of the Confederate battle flag in South Carolina, Hall co-organized the 2015 rallies at the capitol to call for its removal. During the historic flood of 2015, Hall and his wife, Julie, made national news for saving a traveler stranded in floodwaters near their home. Soon after, Hall co-produced the Big Dam Jam flood relief benefit.” — The State Newspaper, Feb 27, 2017
Dear Blanca (1:30pm)
Combining anecdotal musings and concise arrangements, Dear Blanca retrofits post-punk grit with wide ranging rhythmic feel. Led by Dylan Dickerson’s introspective warble and multi-voiced guitar lines, drummer Marc Coty and bassist Cam Powell sync to bridge obtuse folk ambling with taut grooves. The trio’s resilient musical energy lends a sense of cautious optimism, acting as an emotional life preserver that guides the listener through somber undertones. Read More from their site: http://post-echomedia.com/portfolio/dear_blanca/
Admiral Radio (1 to 4pm on the community forum stage)
Admiral Radio was created after the discovery of an old wooden radio, tucked away in the back of a dusty, South Carolina antique shop. Becca Smith and Coty Hoover had been going steady for nearly 5 years before that, but felt inspired thereafter to create a sound people could gather ’round to – one that is deeply rooted in a traditional style, but also has the ability to touch the heartstrings of modern-day listeners. With sweeping harmonies often compared to The Everly Brothers, this pair of songbirds are making waves in the Carolina music community as their Johnny-and-June charm continues to turn heads. Occasionally joined onstage by a merry band of gentlemen, each suited with their own list of accolades, Admiral Radio is sure to woo audience members across the spectrum.