Mardi Gras in the Soda City - Columbia SC - Photography

February 15, 2013  •  846 Comments

I would compare Columbia's third annual Mardi Gras Festival held at City Roots, to the long running St. Partick's Day Festival in Five Points but without all the assholes. In my opinion the 20+ mainly local band bill had more substance than most St. Patrick's Day lineups that typically feature almost forgotten acts from the nineties.

Summoning his inner Rob Zombie, Say Brother's Tripp LaFrance welcomed the setting sun to the party. "Tripp found that hat inside the City Roots building," joked fellow bandmate Josh Anderson after serving up a few hundred tacos this past Taco Tuesday at The Whig.

 

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Josh Anderson and Rachel Kate. "I watched my friend Rachel Kate play. Her songs are really wonderful and watching her play with Antoine on drums was an added bonus." -Jessica Oliver of Can't Kids.  

 

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The Mazloom Empire. Steve Sancho played in four bands on Saturday. He was supposed to play in five but scheduling conflicts wouldn't allow for the icing on the cake on his ultra marathon. "Between [playing in] those bands I co-managed and ran sound with Henry Thomas on one of the stages. I also provided all the audio equipment for one of the stages and three drumsets for three different stages. It was a long day but a total blast." 

 

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After some microphone issues, MacGyver showed up onstage midway through Reggie Sullivan's set with a roll of duct tape. 

 

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Jessica Oliver of Can't Kids: "Honestly, GCSPS (Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul) was one of my favorite parts. They kept the jams coming and all these five year-olds were dancing to the Archies and stuff. I was raised on a steady diet of oldies radio, so the music they play caters to this really special part of my childhood. My interests have more breadth now, but I still love listening to, like, The Crystals and Buddy Holly and stuff so much. And they always play something that I've never heard before and I fall in love with it. Amy (who plays cello in Can't Kids) and I shared a few dances to their sets. I love hanging out with Amy, she's so awesome."  

 

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I asked those interviewed for this piece the question, "If you were in a New Orleans based Mardi Gras party band, what would its name be?"

 

Josh Anderson (referring to a band name his current band came up with): "Boogie 'til You Puke."

 

Steve Sancho: "If I were in a New Orleans based band, the name of that band would be Galactic because Stanton Moore could no longer play  with them and I was asked to take his place. Just Lemme dream!"

 

Jessica Oliver: "I'm in a party band of all ladies called Hauswerk. I think that's the only party band for me. I'm not a skilled enough musician to play that complicated zydeco stuff. Just give me power chords."

 

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The Mobros pass time in the building where Tripp LaFrance stole his Rob Zombie hat from. It's been a long day hanging out around Joe Turkaly's giant vat of Frogmore Stew (Low Country Boil). I snuck in and tried some for journalistic purposes and it was pretty awesome. Everyone I spoke with agreed including Jessica, "Eating food out of a giant vat pretty much always rules."

 

About the author: Sean Rayford is a Columbia, SC photographer working in the photojournalism and commercial fields while pursuing personal documentary projects. Rayford is a 2001 graduate of the University off South Carolina. 


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