Friends Of Sesqui To Kick Off 2019 Concert In The Park Series With Live Music From Mckenzie Butler Band At Sesquicentennial State Park

Columbia, SC (April 22, 2019) – Friends of Sesqui is set to host a family-friendly concert in the park with music from local group, McKenzie Butler Band on Saturday, May 19th. The concert is free to attend with admission to the park ($5 adults; $3.25 SC seniors age 65 & up, $3 children ages 6-15; free for children 5 and under). The event will take place from 2pm - 4pm. Participants will enjoy live music and learn more about Friends of Sesqui’s efforts within Sesquicentennial State Park.

“We are very excited to host McKenzie Butler Band at Sesquicentennial State Park,” said Friends of Sesqui President, Jim Olsen. “The Concert in the Park series was a big success in 2018, and we look forward to bringing even more visitors to the park for live music events this year. The McKenzie Butler Band is an extremely talented group with music every generation will enjoy. We hope you will come out and join us!”

Grab your family, friends, a lawn chair, some snacks (alcohol is prohibited at all state parks) and enjoy amazing live music in the best venue nature has to offer. For more information on the event, visit: or RSVP to the Facebook event page at:

Friends of Sesqui will continue the Concert in the Park series with a performance from Prettier Than Matt on Sunday, September 22nd. Both concerts will take place rain or shine.

Founded in 2011, Friends of Sesqui is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of Sesquicentennial State Park. The organization raises funds and facilitates special projects to enhance the park. Friends of Sesqui offers special events, volunteer opportunities and educational experiences for children and adults.


McKenzie Butler came to South Carolina by way of Tupelo, Mississippi where she found her love of music at a very early age. She learned her first guitar chords while sitting on a friend's back porch, and quickly began writing lyrics and putting them to music. McKenzie would eventually share some of her original material with musicians she had met at open mics and acoustic shows. In 2016, the McKenzie Butler Band began rehearsing, recording, and performing for growing audiences. Drummer Barry Harp and bassist Justin Marshall combine for a tight rhythm section while Whit Jones (guitar) and David Headrick (keys) add precise melodies and striking leads to complement McKenzie's exquisite vocals. Since then, the band has graced stages throughout the southeast including Columbia's Music Farm and The Fifteenth Annual Birdfest in Pinewood, S.C. The band released a 6-song debut EP of original material in October 2018 and the group is already hard at work on a follow up album.

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