November 2, 2012


Aliens. Terminator 2. The Dark Knight. The Road Warrior. The Empire Strikes Back.

Sometimes, sequels really are better.

The Columbia Museum of Art and Free Times, two of Columbia's coolest institutions, have once again partnered two of their signature events — the Free Times Music Crawl and Arts & Draughts — to create one, mega-huge, ultra-big super event.

Started in 1999, the Music Crawl is Free Times' annual celebration of local and regional music, growing from a small-time shindig into one of Columbia's signature musical events. Last year's Crawl was the first two-day Crawl, a result of its partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art’s flagship Arts and Draughts art party series. This year, they're doing it again. Bigger. Better. Faster. Stronger.

Two's a party, but three's a really awesome time. Be there, or kindly be square.

The Bands

10:00 Floating Action

Floating Action is Seth Kauffman, a red bearded Blue Ridge mountain-biking brother who has made five records on which he writes, records and plays all the instruments himself. Floating Action's fifth, most soothing offering, Fake Blood, is being released September 4th and championed by none other than Jim James of My Morning Jacket via his label, Removador Recordings & Solutions (as a co-release with Harvest Recordings in Asheville, NC).

"Floating Action is the sound of the space between is still sunny out but you can also see the moon." - Jim James, My Morning Jacket

"…gorgeous melodies and scrappily fuzzed out tones that radiate a vinyl warmth that somehow immediately instills a feeling of nostalgic happiness." - Sean Moeller, Daytrotter

7:00 Sea Wolf Mutiny
The Sea Wolf Mutiny is a four piece Indie rock band based out of Columbia, SC. Drawing from a wide range of influences such as Neil Young, U2, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Mewithoutyou, and the literary works of Flannery O' Conner, The Sea Wolf Mutiny has fused a Indie Folk sound to ecstatic rock. From their first house shows to their CD release of "The Last Season" their sound has been characterized by a tumble and swagger infused with a tenacious and belligerent joy that is as contagious as it is catchy.
8:00 Kovacs and the Polar Bear

Kovacs and the Polar Bear, four dudes brought together by music like music is wont to do. They're a conglomeration of disparate influences, of old and new. At base, they're playing folk music -- an acoustic guitar and tales of love, of life, of living. This is the old-fashioned foundation, and built around it is a modern sound constructed of electric guitar and bass and the occasional cropping up of synths, all tied together by catchy hooks and vocal harmonies.

Based on description alone, the simple action here might be to dismiss Kovacs and the Polar Bear as yet another quaint indie rock band, but adjectives are one thing and reality another. There's a sincerity there that never traipses over into self-seriousness and never becomes corny, all the while being played by a group of guys who just enjoy the hell out of playing music. And while all this is going on, they never treat rock 'n' roll like a taboo, never being afraid of adding a little punch (especially live) to their songs, meaning you get a little something to tap your foot along to in the bargain.

- Reverb Nation

9:00 Bombadil

Delivering an odd mishmash of styles with a maniacal twist, Bombadil creates a loose, freewheeling atmosphere at its shows. The band members, who often switch from instrument to instrument between songs, work without a set list on stage, instead opting to vibe off the audience to decide the direction of the evening's music. "We are trying to create our own phenomena and culture about our live shows," Bombadil guitarist Bryan Rahija explains. "We find it is so much more fun to just wing it on stage."

Despite the widely divergent mix incorporated into its sound and the intensity with which the band approaches its live shows, Bombadil has a much simpler focus for its music in general. "We are not trying to create elaborate moods or toy around with the sounds," Rahija says. "At the end of the day, our emphasis is really on the songwriting. It’s just for the love of each song."

- Paste Magazine

The Beer

New Belgium employee-owners work in shifts to brew to life world-class beers. Those efforts are rewarded daily with a shared end-of-shift beer. We’re passing that welcomed occasion onto beer drinkers in this Shift Pale Lager. Think American pale ale meets American lager. It’s easy to drink, crisp and congratulatory. So, clock out and crack open a Nelson Sauvin-hopped Shift Pale Lager to reward your work. Or play. Or, if you’re like us, combine the two and surround yourself with drinking buddies.

Beer tasting and cash bar provided by The Whig

Give the glass that gives. Be a part of New Belgium's "The Glass that Gives Program". Purchase a $1 New Belgium branded glass and the brewing company will match your contribution. $2 will go towards sponsoring CMA's LEAF program (Linking Ecology and Art of Floodplains.) A continuing partnership between the Columbia Museum of Art and the Old-Growth Bottomland Forest Research and Education Center at Congaree National Park.

The LEAF program engages 3rd grade students in connecting the science, art, and experience of the old-growth floodplain forest at Congaree National Park.


The Food

Bone-In Artisan Barbecue Truck on Wheels Earth Fare

DIY Project

Excercise your art skills with a creative do-it-yourself project. A featured artist will instruct and inspire your craftiness.


CMA College CollectiveTrivia hosted by the CMA College Collective

Richland County Public Library Jazz it up with the help of RCPL librarians and their DIY bookmark station. While you're there, check out some funky altered books and find out how you can create one yourself.

Scavenger Hunt MapScavenger hunt through the galleries!