The Harbison Theater at Midlands Technical College is turning a local music series into a festival in its own right on May 7.
The inaugural Carolina Shout Festival builds on site Irmo’s Carolina Shout series, which was curated by acclaimed local jazz/rock bassist Reggie Sullivan and incorporated into the theater’s regular season lineup since 2018.
Four local musical acts will perform on an outdoor stage near the theater, and guests will be invited to “show off their artistic side” with sidewalk chalk, according to a press release.
There will be food in the Hippie Chicks truck, drinks available for purchase at a cash bar, and there will also be cornhole boards for people to play on.
Since its inception, the Carolina Shout series has expanded its scope from jazz to other styles while focusing on local artists, and this continues with the next festival.
The show will feature longtime Columbia rapper Fat Rat da Czar, folk-pop duo (and frequent Lexington County Brewery performers) Prettier Than Matt, brass band Party Cloudy and jazz band / omnivorous rock from the organizer, The Reggie Sullivan Band.
“We all know how lovely spring is in Colombia, so we invite music lovers of all ages to bring lawn chairs and blankets so they can relax and enjoy live shows on our outdoor stage,” said Kristin Cobb, the theater’s executive director. in the press release. “It’s exciting to have so much musical talent with all of us in one day.”
The festival starts at 3 p.m. Passes valued at $15 for the whole day are available for purchase. Children 10 and under enter free.