St. Pat's Fest

Happy (late) St. Patty’s Day! This year, the Five Points Association held an amazing music festival for the Columbia area with big names in the alternative rock and country scene. People from all across South Carolina–and even Jacksonville, Florida according to one of the radio station hosts–came to see acts such as J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, and headliner Judah and the Lion. 

76 & Sunny started off the main stage acts. Ironic, however, because the weather was 60 & Raining. They’re a very talented local band that covered hits from across many eras in music with songs by the Cranberries, Young the Giant, and Blink 182. Soon after, soul singer/songwriter Jonny P took the stage and blew the crowd away with his amazing vocals. He was an addition to a perfectly diverse mainstage and kept the crowd active and snapping their fingers throughout his hour-long set. 

Not long after Jonny P took the Greene Street stage, Nashville based band LUTHI captivated the crowd at the Green’s Beverage stage with their nine-man band. With funky vibes highlighted by their horns duo, LUTHI brought the dance to those just entering the festival gates right on Saluda and Blossom. 

In between acts at the Green’s Beverage stage, I managed to take some time at the Silent Disco on Harden Street. With a mixture of house, trap, and party hits, those outside without headphones could only hear the party we had inside with our headphones on. Songs being mixed only went through headphones connected to the soundboard and without them, it’s simply the reactions of those inside and distant music from the Greene Street stage. Local DJ’s played from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and brought the energy to those who needed that little extra boost before headlining acts. 

Back at main stage on Greene Street, Southern California rock band Moose Kick brought the excitement to the newly forming crowd with their six-person group. From my little time between acts, their guitar and horn solos brought the crowd to a roar and the band members on their feet as we approached the last few hours of the festival. 

Back at Green’s Beverage stage, highly anticipated group J. Roddy Walston & The Business brought the Americana vibes to a growing crowd. People from all over the southeast came to see this band perform and were most definitely not disappointed after leaving their set. 

Finally back at main stage, my personal two favorite acts were ready to give the crowd a show they would never forget. After eagerly waiting backstage for their arrival, I was extremely excited to see Rainbow Kitten Surprise getting mic’d up for their set. The last time I saw them was at the 2017 installment of Okeechobee Music Festival, and even though they were playing on a much smaller festival stage, they brought the same energy and even more to the crowd. They brought on the start of a continuously growing crowd just seconds after they opened with their hit “Cocaine Jesus.” Being my personal favorite song by them, it was very hard not to sing along as the opening vocals came through the speakers.  

After a long day of waiting, concert goers were screaming as loud as they could when the ambient intro of Judah and the Lion faded into the speakers. As their photographer hopped off the bus, the energetic members of Judah and the Lion were soon to follow. Seeing them two weeks prior at Okeechobee Music Festival, I knew just what to expect and they absolutely delivered their best. Opening with their cover of “Booty Wurk,” fans went wild to see Judah Akers drop it on stage accompanied by the rest of his band. With the festival being in the college party scene, attendees were not disappointed to hear the opening melody to their cover of “Mr. Brightside” and Bob Dylan and Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel.” After an hour long set of sing-alongs, fans kept their last ounce of energy to sing and dance to the band’s hit “Take it All Back” accompanied by their dance party remix. This was my third time seeing Judah and the Lion this year and they have not disappointed me once. 

Photos from throughout the festival can be found in the photo gallery or on my socials! You can find me on Instagram (@colerojahnphoto_) or Twitter (@cole5399) posting about local events or festivals. You can also stay up to date with everything concert photography based on my website

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