To welcome Hootie and the Blowfish back to their hometown of Columbia and the University of South Carolina, the Koger Center for the Arts is proud to present Rock the Dock. Join us behind the Koger Center on the Park Street loading dock for a pre-show and post-show party on Thursday, September 12th and Friday, September 13th featuring local rock bands Grand Republic and E.Z. Shakes. Come and park early before or stay late after Hootie and the Blowfish for music, drinks, and entertainment backstage on the Koger Center loading dock!
Rock the Dock will take place at 7:00 pm and 10:45 pm on the Koger Center loading dock on Park Street before and after the Hootie and the Blowfish concert at the Colonial Life Arena. Rock the Dock will feature Grand Republic on September 12th and E.Z. shakes on September 13th. This event is free and open to the public.
Rock the Dock is sponsored in part by Backstage Southern Whiskey.
Thursday, September 12
Regular Columbia music scene members from the 90's and 2000's return with a new band, Grand Republic, fronted by guitarist and songwriter John Furr and joined with his long-time musical partner Troy Tague behind the drum kit. Grand Republic's music focuses on layering dense textures of lush and dissonant guitar tones, pschedelic swirling dreamscapes, simple vocal hooks and mid-tempo rhythms.
The group includes Furr (vocals, guitar), Tague (vocal, drums), Jonathan Bradley (guitar, percussion, electronics), Craig Keeney (bass), and Jay Barry (keyboards and guitar).
Friday, September 13
E.Z. Shakes (A.k.a. Zach Seibert) rests securely among the giants of the singer songwriter genre. Born with the birthright and marinated in the mud of the deep south, Shakes' musical roots inch their way down and deep in the substratum on American music. Joined by family members Todd T. Hicks (pedal steel), John Furr (electric guitars), Stan Gardner (drums/percussion) and Jim Taylor (bass guitar). Who, in their own way, create a soundtrack of our lives. Dark but forgiven, noisey but sweet, always struggling in moving forward and most of all authentic.
Taking cues from the psych country era of the late 60s and early 70s, we shake the dust off and give it a new identity. by layering contemporary rock n roll song structures and stylings while illuminating the grit out of our human condition.