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West Columbia’s Meeting Street Music Fest is Sept. 16, businesses looking forward to it

The Meeting Street Music Fest is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, on Meeting Street, in West Columbia. It’s FREE. Free parking and a trolley service will be provided, too.

Hosted by the City of West Columbia, It’s a celebration of music, featuring six bands, food, beverages, and a representation of West Columbia’s community spirit.

Where did the idea for the Meeting Street Music Fest come from? 

Chaye Alexander is the owner of Chayze Lounge at 607 Meeting Street.  She features some of the best singers and musicians at her club on a weekly basis. “The shows sell out,” Chaye said. For a long time, Chaye thought it would be “cool” to bring bands to the front door of all the Meeting Street businesses. She is on the City of West Columbia committee that is planning the Meeting Street Music Fest.  

“Music brings people together,” Chaye said. “I wanted to bring that to West Columbia.

Another West Columbia venue that attracts top talent from up and down the East Coast, is Bill’s Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor. It’s at 710 Meeting Street. Bill’s will be in the middle of the Meeting Street Music Fest celebration. 

“We’ll have classic country music on the evening of the Music Fest,” said Willie Wells, owner of Bill’s  Pickin’ Parlor. “We have dancing every Saturday night on our 1,200-sq-ft. dance floor.”

Wells also said he hopes the crowd coming to the Meeting Street Music Fest from other locales will come in and see his music hall for the first time will make it a point to come back and visit. 

Music-oriented businesses are not the only ones planning for the Meeting Street Music Fest. 

George Grogan, co-owner of Always Original Bakery, is highly anticipating the event. 

“The city will close Meeting Street at 10 a.m. to set up the stages and allow the vendors to get in place,” George said. “We will have special hours that day. We will open at 2 p.m. and close after the last band finishes at 8 p.m. We are excited that one of the two music stages will be right outside our front door.”

Always Original Bakery is making special treats just for the Meeting Street Music Fest.

“Our focus for the day will be on bite-sized treats that the festival-goers can easily consume during the concerts,” George said. “We are also creating a specialty cookie especially for the Meeting Street Music Fest. It is a large, hand-decorated cookie of Treble, The River Maestro – with the river and bridge in the background.”

Always Original Bakery is taking pre-orders for that cookie and we will also be selling them on the day of the festival for as long as our supply lasts.

The excitement is building. The Meeting Street Music Fest is a CAN’T MISS event. So make plans now to be there. 
River District Businesses invite you to visit on the day of the Meeting Street Music Fest:

  • Always Original Bakery – 501 Meeting Street
  • Beckett Financial – 825 Meeting Street
  • Best Mattress Company – 713 Meeting Street
  • Brickhouse Coffee – 725 Meeting Street
  • Brookland Realty – Shull Street
  • Cafe Strudel – 300 State Street
  • Cherry’s Delight – 432 Center Street
  • City of West Columbia – 200 North 12th Street
  • Eds Editions – 406 Meeting Street
  • Fox Shoe Repair – 108 Shuler Street
  • Attic Fanatic – 251 Charleston Highway
  • Homeconcepts- 805 Meeting Street
  • McGee Real Estate – 560 Meeting Street
  • Meeting Street Interiors – 614 Meeting Street
  • Mooneyhans Auto – 1224 B Avenue
  • Old Mill Antique Mall – 310 State Street
  • Outdoor Wood – 718 Meeting Street
  • Palmetto Outdoor – Alexander Road
  • Paper Pro – 1039 Meeting Street
  • Rob Shaw Gallery – 324 State Street
  • Savage Craft Brewery – 430 Center Street
  • Sightlers Florist – 716 Meeting Street
  • Spa 131 – 131 State Street
  • St. Ann’s Alley- 146 State Street
  • State Street Trading – 134 State Street
  • The Warehouse – 312 State Street
  • McAlister-Smith Funeral – 200 State Street
  • Three Rivers Antiques – 615 Meeting Street
  • Westend Interiors – 830 Meeting Street

Meeting Street Music Fest Stage and Schedule

Main Stage
Meeting and Lucas. 626 Meeting Street.

  • The Reggie Sullivan Band
    4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Meeting and Lucas
  • Turnstiles (Billy Joel Tribute
    5:15 PM – 6:15 PM | Meeting and Lucas
  • Meli’sa Morgan
    6:30 PM – 8:00 PM | Meeting and Lucas

Sunset Stage
Meeting and Shuler. 500 Meeting Street.

  • E.Z. Shakes
    4:15 PM – 5:15 PM | Meeting and Shuler
  • ChaVonne Campbell and TreSounds
    5:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Meeting and Shuler
  • Civil Remedy
    6:40 PM – 8:00 PM | Meeting and Shuler
    430 CENTER ST.
    Knights of Flannel – 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Classic Country Music and Dancing
    607 MEETING ST.
    Meli’sa Morgan Meet and Greet Experience (Ticket Required)
    8:00 PM – 11:30 PM

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