Things to do in Lexington County.
Anime and pop culture convention Banzaicon takes place at the DoubleTree by Hilton (2100 Bush River Rd. in Columbia) March 10-12. The event includes panels and other events, Japanese video games, concerts, live acts and more. For more info, head to banzaicon.com.
Cash Money Experience (concert)
Veteran Columbia cover band the Cash Money Experience plays at The Hidden Tavern (240 Wing Hill Dr.). Enjoy an evening of soul, funk and rock favorites. Showtime is 8 p.m., and the show is free to attend. Visit cashmoneyexperience.com for more information.
Sarah Shook & the Disarmers (concert)
Rising alt-country star River Shook and her band perform at New Brookland Tavern (122 State St. in West Columbia). Shook’s critically acclaimed new album is called “Nightroamer,” and it was produced by longtime Dwight Yoakam collaborator Pete Anderson. Sunny War joins Shook for the show. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Go to newbrooklandtavern.com for more info.
Groove Masters (concert)
Join Chayz Lounge (607 Meeting St. in West Columbia) and the Groove Masters for “A Night of Jazzy Rhythms.” Expect to hear hits and classics by George Duke, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, James Brown, Kem, Roy Ayers, The Gap Band and many more. Showtime is 8 p.m., and admission is $25. Dressy attire is required. Visit chayzlounge.com for more information.
The Blue Iguanas (concert)
Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor (710 Meeting St. in West Columbia) hosts an evening of bluegrass, newgrass and Americana courtesy of The Blue Iguanas. Showtime is 8 p.m., and admission is a $10 donation. Visit billsmusicshop.com for more information.
Shuckin’ on the Shoals
Head over to Saluda Shoals Park (5605 Bush River Rd. in Columbia) for the Shuckin’ on the Shoals annual oyster roast. Enjoy all-you-can-eat fresh steamed oysters, chili and chicken bog, craft beer and wine to wash it down, along with live music, a raffle and prize drawings. Space is limited, and all admission tickets must be purchased in advance. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the event. The oyster roast runs from 3 to 6 p.m., and admission is $90 for non-Saluda Shoals Foundation Members, $75 for members, $25 for children ages 7-12, and free for kids 6 and under. Visit icrc.net for more information.
Pet Pics with the Easter Bunny
Bring your furry or feathered friends to PETS Inc. (300 Orchard Dr. in West Columbia) and get their pictures taken with the Easter bunny. Dress them up or bring them au natural for some fun photos. There’s no appointment necessary and the cost is a $10 donation. This event runs from 10am to 1pm. Visit facebook.com/petsinc for more information.
The Scarecrows (concert)
Enjoy an evening of country music with The Scarecrows at the Skyline Club (100 Lee St. in West Columbia) Showtime is 9:30 p.m., the doors open at 6 p.m., and tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Visit facebook.com/skylineclub803 for more information.
The Lexington County Blowfish host the annual Shamrock Parade through downtown Lexington, complete with a kids area at the Icehouse Amphitheater (107 W Main St.). Parade rolls at 2 p.m., and the kids area is open from 12 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Both are free to attend. More info available at blowfishbaseball.com.
Fairytales on Ice
Bring the kids to the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College (7300 College St. in Irmo) for the Fairytales on Ice series performance of “Beauty and the Beast”: “Fairytales on Ice takes original fairytales and spins them with upbeat modern music, theatrical storylines, and out-of-this-world special effects, all mixed with the live sport of figure skating on synthetic ice.” Showtime is 3:30 p.m., and tickets are $40. Visit harbisontheatre.org for more information.
Nashville hardcore band Chamber performs at New Brookland Tavern (122 State St. in West Columbia). The band is joined by local metal bands No Cure, Backslide, Brass Tongue, and Candescent. Showtime is 6 p.m., the show is all ages, and tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Visit newbrooklandtavern.com for more information.
St. Patty’s Day Celebration
Head over to Steel Hands Brewing (2350 Foreman St. in Cayce) for the first day of the brewery’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Enjoy green beer, food specials, shamrocks and live music from If Birds Could Fly from 5 to 9 p.m. This event is free to attend, begins at 4 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. St. Pat’s festivities at the brewery continue for the next two days. Visit facebook.com/steelhandsbrewing for more information.
Reba McEntire (concert)
Country music superstar Reba McEntire performs at Colonial Life Arena (801 Lincoln St. in Columbia) on March 10. Expect to hear classic hits like “Fancy,” “Whoever’s In New England,” “How Was I To Know” and many more. Terri Clark and The Isaacs open, and showtime is 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost between $78 and $250. Visit coloniallifearena.com for more information.
Carolina Classic Home & Garden show
Visit the State Fairgrounds (1200 Rosewood Dr. in Columbia) on March 9-11 for the Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show. There will be live music, a beer garden and more than 100 contractors and businesses on site for all your home and garden needs. It’s the largest show of its kind in the Midlands, and it’s free to attend. Visit homeshowcolumbia.com for more information.
S.C. Philharmonic (concert)
The S.C. Philharmonic performs at the Koger Center for the Arts (1051 Greene St. in Columbia), presenting the program “One Night with Don Juan” on March 11. This concert is set to open with Strauss’ popular tone-poem “Don Juan” and features acclaimed pianist Alessio Bax performing Brahms’ “Piano Concerto No. 2.” Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets cost between $20 and $55. Visit kogercenterforthearts.com for more information.
Chamber Music on Main (concert)
The Columbia Museum of Art (1515 Main St.) hosts an evening of classical music with the CMA Chamber Music on Main series March 13. The museum welcomes a trio of fan-favorite Chamber Music on Main musicians: Amy Schwartz Moretti on violin, Raphael Bell on cello, and Andrew Armstrong on piano. This performance features works by William Grant Still, Arno Babajanian and Felix Mendelssohn. Showtime is 6 p.m., and admission is $42, $35 for members and $5 for students. Visit columbiamuseum.org for more information.
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