COLUMBIA, SC – September 30, 2021 –The Five Points Association, Loose Lucy’s and Mind Harvest Press are hosting the return of JerryFest—live and in-person—this Sunday, October 3, 2021. A FREE outdoor concert held at the main Five Points fountain on Saluda Avenue, JerryFest runs from 2pm-10pm and features multiple bands all performing Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead music.
Since 2014, the event has welcomed around 1,200 to the Five Points village for a family- and pet-friendly afternoon of fellowship and music along with artisan crafts, food, beverage and merchandise vendors. JerryFest was started to commemorate the life and art of Jerry Garcia. Rock guitarist and musical icon, Garcia was best known as the lead guitarist for the Grateful Dead that inspired legions of followers known as “Deadheads.”
“One of our signature neighborhood events returns with its tie-dyed sea of happy faces all enjoying 'rainbows full of sound,' as the song goes,” states Don McCallister, co-owner of Loose Lucy’s along with his wife Jenn. “And since Five Points has always been the most unique and welcoming community in Columbia, nothing makes more sense than staging a yearly neighborhood festival dedicated to creativity, inclusiveness, harmony and hope right here on Saluda Avenue,” added McCallister, a Grateful Dead scholar with a number of
publications and appearances at academic conferences to his credit, who will emcee the festival.
The music for the 2021 edition kicks off with the Columbia Community Drum Circle, followed by a regional headliner, the cleverly-named JGBCB (Jerry Garcia Band Cover Band). Local acts Big Sky Revival, Stillhouse and Gentle Jack round out the main stage bill, with the Red Shack Pickers performing at The Hubbell art installation across from Loose Lucy’s located at 709 Saluda Avenue.
Fox 102.3 will be broadcasting live from 5pm-7pm at Greene and Harden Streets, and you’ll also get a glimpse of our JerryFest Dancing Bear parading throughout the festival footprint. There will also be an opportunity at the Columbia Fireflies booth for a photo op with Mason and our Dancing Bear.
Music Line Up:
• Columbia Community Drum Circle - 2pm-3pm
• Gentle Jack - 3pm-4pm
• Big Sky Revival - 4:30pm-5:30pm
• Stillhouse - 6pm-7pm
• JGBCB - 7:30pm-10pm
• Bang Back Pinball Lounge
• Blue Pizza
• Booze Pops Columbia
• Columbia Fireflies
• Crowntown Cannabis (formerly Charlotte CBD Five Points)
• Grizzly Belle
• High Life Smoke Shop
• Kombi Keg
• Nessy's Naturals
• Pelican's SnoBalls
• Philly Flava II
• Revyved Records
• Something Special
• Stolon Superfoods
There will be street closures that day from 10am-11:59pm. The 2000 Block of Greene Street starting at the stage in front of CJ’s down to Harden Street will be closed and blocked off. The main fountain plaza at 747 Saluda Avenue, Saluda Avenue in front of Starbucks and Saluda’s and the Saluda Avenue loading zone between the fountain and the Harden Street parking lot will be closed and blocked off as well.
COVID-19 protocols will be encouraged for all festival participants and vendors due to the City of Columbia’s Mask Ordinance. Please see full details of the ordinance at columbiasc.gov. Cash will be accepted, but please bring credit/debit cards for your primary form of payment. Per SC Code of Laws Section 23-31-235, NO CONCEALABLE WEAPONS ALLOWED.
For more information on JerryFest, please visit FivePointsColumbia.com/JerryFest. You can also follow the festival on Facebook @FivePointsSC, Twitter @FivePointsSC and Instagram @FivePointsSC.
About Loose Lucy’s
Loose Lucy’s, located at 709 Saluda Avenue in Five Points, is celebrating their 29th year in business as Columbia’s original “mom-and-pop hippie shop.” They offer the best quality tie-dyes, rock tees, incense, tapestries, decals, posters and funky, festive fashions, jewelry and home décor at kind prices.
About Mind Harvest Press
Mind Harvest Press is a small, independent press located in Columbia, SC, founded by James D. McCallister.
About the Five Points Association
As an advocate for the district’s businesses, the Five Points Association strives to guide development and improvements that will enhance the vitality of Five Points. The FPA also works diligently to promote Five Points to Columbia and beyond while cultivating inclusivity internally as a neighborhood. Evident by over 100 years of history, viability and recognition as an iconic locale, the success of Five Points would not be possible without the reciprocating support between the neighboring businesses, support staff, partners and companionship of the City of Columbia and Richland County.
While fostering those relationships, supporting the businesses, and continuously showcasing Five Points and its treasures, the Five Points Association and its Board of Directors continue the beautification, collaboration and development efforts to empower growth, upholding the historic legacy of Columbia’s original village neighborhood. For over 100 years, Five Points has grown, evolved and been an icon in Columbia and beyond! For nearly forty years, the Five Points Association has led remarkable endeavors and continues the legacy of priceless accomplishments.
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