How the Soda City Rocked in 2012 - Concert Photography by Sean Rayford - Part 1 of 3
Columbia, South Carolina
By my rough estimate - come New Year's Eve - I will have seen over 600 bands play this year and that will put me somewhere over 5,000 bands over the last 10 years. I work the bar three nights a week at the New Brookland Tavern (Columbia's oldest continuously operating music venue) and I hang out there most nights I have off. If I'm not at the club, there is a good chance I've ridden my bike across town to some other show in the Soda City. Most of my friends play instruments and I feel I've become a character in the Frank Turner song, "The Ballad of Me and My Friends."
I've edited my year of photographing music in Columbia, South Carolina down to 75 images and this is the first of a three part series spanning January through March of 2012. This is just a miniscule glimpse of how the Soda City rocked in 2012.
Balance and Composure at the New Brookland Tavern - January 3, 2012
Rise Against at the Township Auditorium - January 22, 2012
The Menzingers at the Township Auditorium - January 22, 2012
A Day to Remember at the Township Auditorium - January 22, 2012
Caroline Guitar Company party - February 5, 2012
Colour Revolt at New Brookland Tavern - February 10, 2012
Lydia Loveless at the New Brookland Tavern - March 11, 2012
Burnt Books at Art Bar - March 31, 2012
Happiness Bomb at the New Brookland Tavern - April 4, 2012
We Were Promised Jetpacks at the New Brookland Tavern - April 16, 2012
The Whiskey Gentry at the New Brookland Tavern - April 13, 2012
The Wonder Years at the New Brookland Tavern - April 14, 2012
Jason Isbell at The River Rocks Festival - April 14, 2012
Tim Barry at the New Brookland Tavern - April 19, 2012
Olivia Tremor Control at The New Brookland Tavern - April 20, 2012
New Brookland Tavern - April 25, 2012
Bonus! Here's the last band I photographed in 2011: Ye Mighty during soundcheck for their performance as Queen on New Year's Eve at New Brookland. Beth cuts my hair and I saw John Vail, who plays in Wretched (right) last night at a Christmas party. I've photographed Isaac (left) more than any other human being. Stay tuned for "How the Soda City Rocked in 2012 - Part 2"
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