Festival Preview

    Cola Concerts Announces Initial Lineup of Shows at Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center

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    (Columbia, SC October 20, 2020) Cola Concerts is bringing music back to Columbia with a star studded lineup to kick off the new series at the Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center. The acts include indie rock duo and Charleston natives Shovels and Rope on November 14, retro-soul band St. Paul & The Broken Bones on November 20, southern rockers The Allman Betts Band with special guest Tab Benoit on November 21, Grammy Award winners Ranky Tanky on November 22, and country music legend Wynonna Judd on December 10. Tickets for these shows go on sale this Friday, October 23 at 10:00 AM, but fans can sign up now at colaconcerts.com for exclusive presale offers. 


    Accomplished musicians in their own right prior to dedicating themselves full time to Shovels & Rope in 2011, Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst have made a career together by seizing opportunities and never resting on their laurels or being complacent in doing something just because. The Charleston, South Carolina natives have been carving out a niche in the music world with strong, roots/indie/folk/rock-inspired efforts like 2012’s O’ Be Joyful, 2014’s Swimmin’ Time, and 2016’s inward-looking Little Seeds, as well as their powerful live show, far-reaching tours, and myriad TV and festival appearances.

    Formed in 2012, Birmingham, Alabama based St. Paul & The Broken Bones released their debut album Half the City in 2014 and its follow up, 2016’s Sea of Noise, to much acclaim. Those strong efforts helped place them on the national scene, and the band worked hard to prove they were no mere retro-soul band—from touring the world relentlessly, including being selected to open for The Rolling Stones and headlining two nights at the Ryman Auditorium, to TV appearances including The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan, Austin City Limits two appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, one being the very first episode.  

    Paul Janeway (lead vocals) and Jesse Phillips (bass and guitar) lead a lineup comprised of some of the best young instrumentalists in the South including Browan Lollar (guitars), Andrew Lee (drums), Al Gamble (keyboards), Allen Branstetter (trumpet), Chad Fisher (trombone) and Amari Ansari (saxophone). Together they have put out three albums including Young Sick Camellia in 2018. The band continues to tour nationally and internationally and is currently playing sold out shows across the south. 

    The sons of Gregg Allman (Devon Allman) and Dickey Betts (Duane Betts) have joined forces to form The Allman Betts Band. The show features new music, songs from their solo projects and classic Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman tunes in honor of the 50th Anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band. Their debut album, released on June 28, 2019, was recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine and Elvis Presley). ABB’s sophomore effort was also recorded at Muscle Shoals with Matt Ross-Spang producing and was released on August 28.

    Grammy Award winning, Charleston, SC-based quintet Ranky Tanky, performs timeless music born from the Gullah culture of the southeastern Sea Islands. Their debut album was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and the TODAY show. It soared to the #1 position on the Billboard, Amazon, and iTunes Jazz Charts. Their latest release, Good Time, won the Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album. 

    South Carolina natives Quentin Baxter, Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton, and Clay Ross first came together in 1998, fresh out of University, to form a seminal Charleston jazz quartet. Now, united by years apart and a deeper understanding of home, these accomplished artists have come together again, joined by one of the low-country’s most celebrated vocalists Quiana Parler, to revive a “Heartland of American Music” born in their own backyards.

    Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and undeniable talent, Wynonna Judd’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30-million albums worldwide spanning her remarkable 34-year career. As one-half of the legendary mother/daughter duo “The Judds,” Wynonna was once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.” This iconic performer has received over 60 industry awards, with countless charting singles, including 20 No.1 hits such as “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not me,” and “Grandpa, (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Ole Days).” Her latest EP, Recollections will be released on October 30. 

    Featuring two massive high definition LED screens flanking a festival-quality stage, the Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center has been designed to seamlessly present live comedy and music along with live broadcast of professional and collegiate sports. The state-of-the-art screens are more than 40-feet wide that can also be viewed during daylight hours. Operating on the site of the Columbia Speedway, the new entertainment center is built to meet the highest COVID standards. The venue features COVE seating, 12’x10’ square seating areas with room for two to four guests and are socially distanced from other COVES.

    The Cola Concerts Lineup Includes:

    • Shovels and Rope                               Saturday, November 14 at 8:00 PM
    • St. Paul and the Broken Bones           Friday, November 20 at 8:00 PM
    • Allman Betts Band                               Saturday, November 21 at 8:00 PM
    • Ranky Tanky                                        Sunday, November 22 at 6:00 PM
    • Wynonna Judd                                    Thursday, December 10 at 8:00 PM

    All tickets go on sale this Friday, October 23, 10:00 AM at ColaConcerts.com. Tickets will also be available the night of show at the gate, subject to availability. Each ticket will admit one guest. Guests will be required to purchase every seat in their COVE. 

    Fans are encouraged to sign up for Cola Concerts Speedway Club at ColaConcerts.com to get all show announcements and early access to ticket presales. The Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center is located at 2001 Charleston Highway, Cayce, SC 29003.

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