The city of Columbia is a lively metropolis of artistic talent. From live music entertainment to participating in community theater, the city offers an array of ways to experience diverse art forms. All ages can enjoy Columbia’s unique selection of activities, making this a prime locale for young couples, retired individuals, or families.
Bill’s Music Shop
Friday nights are bluegrass and acoustic open stage night. Whether you’re a musician or just a bluegrass enthusiast, Bill’s is a community favorite for their traditional country jam sessions and dance floor. In addition to being a great place to catch a gig, Bill’s Music Shop also repairs and sells acoustic and electric instruments.
Venues such as the Colonial Life Arena bring in numerous big name concerts each year. This year, don’t miss country tours like Luke Bryan, pop concerts such as Taylor Swift, classics like Tony Bennett, Billy Joel, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and more.
Broadway in Columbia
You don’t need to be in the Big Apple to catch a hit from the Great White Way. Columbia is home to the Koger Center for the Arts, a venue that bring in national Broadway tours of musicals such as 42nd Street, Once, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (all part of the 15/16 season).
From Shakespeare to symphonies, the renowned Carolina Ballet performs an array of ballet productions that bring stories and music to life through dance. Though a Columbia gem, many of the company’s productions have toured internationally to places like Hungary and China.
Always wanted to be an artist? Classy Canvas caters to kids and adults alike with various art classes. Children can participate in summer camps or have their birthday parties hosted. Adults can use the space for events and parties. Classy Canvas also offers a selection of painted artwork for sale--perfect for decorating your new home!
Columbia locals take the stage with two community theater companies. Columbia Children’s Theater allows kids to experience the limelight, putting on shows like Seussical. Chapin Theatre Company puts on shows, musicals, and acting workshops for kids.
Local singers can audition each August for the Columbia Choral Society. The community choir puts on recitals ranging from classical music to jazz. If singing isn’t quite your tune, Columbia Baroque Soloists, the city’s professional chamber ensemble, is the perfect place to watch classical music for an upscale night out.
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