St. Pat’s in Five Points, one the Southeast’s largest St. Patrick’s Day festivals, announces its 2023 band lineup for the 41st annual event, which returns on Saturday, March 18 in Columbia, South Carolina.
“For more than four decades, St. Pat’s in Five Points has been a pinnacle in our community,” says Heather McDonald, executive director of the Five Points Association. “We work hard throughout the year to make sure the music lineup is eclectic and something everyone can enjoy — from indie rock and alternative, to country and Americana, there’s something for everyone at St. Pat’s.”
St. Pat’s in Five Points will feature 20 bands across four stages — with headlining performances from Moon Taxi, Nate Smith, Drivin N Cryin and Hippo Campus. FatRat da Czar will return to be this year’s festival host.
- Moon Taxi, known for their electric festival appearances, have been praised for their music
style by both Rolling Stone and NPR.
- Nate Smith is known for his huge hit “Wildfire” on TikTok that garnered a publishing and
- With more than 35 years as a band, Drivin N Cryin has made their mark in the music
business as Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductees.
- The childhood friends who make up the indie rock band, Hippo Campus, were selected as
the band for NPR’s Favorite New Artist of 2017.
- Doom Flamingo, founded in 2018 in Charleston, S.C., came together through friendships and
past collaborations. Members, Ryan Stasik and Kannika K Moore, are from Columbia, S.C.
- Stop Light Observation is a four-piece anti-pop/not rock (but also isn’t rock) band born and
raised in Charleston, S.C.
- George Fetner and the Strays, rock/folk group from Columbia, S.C., formed in 2013 as a one-
off performance for JerryFest, the annual Five Points concert that celebrates the life of late
guitarist, Jerry Garcia.
- Ryan Monroe and Josh Roberts will be performing as a duo. Ryan Monroe is the multi-
instrumentalist from Band of Horses, with Josh Roberts known for his raunchy guitar work.
- Opus & the Frequencies was born out of numerous jam sessions hosted by multi-
instrumentalist and lead vocalist Tony Opus.
- The Brook & The Bluff originally started in 2016 as a duo with Alex Bolton and Joseph
Settine. This Nashville-based rock band now consist of two additional members, Josh
Canada and Fred Lankford.
- flipturn, formed in 2015, this group of high school friends from Fernandina Beach, Fla. had
humble beginnings practicing together in their bass player’s garage.
- Sam Burchfield grew up in the foothills of South Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountain. This
University of Georgia graduate auditioned for the 13th season of American Idol and made it to
the Hollywood round.
- Rex Darling, a Columbia-based indie pop rock group, began as an un-named duo with
Catherine Hunsinger and John Vail until 2018.
- Travis Denning started his singing career playing in local bars in his hometown of Warner
Robins, Ga. His debut EP was on the Top 20 of Billboard’s Country Albums chart.
- 49 Winchester started from a group of neighborhood friends from Castlewood, Va., who
simply wanted to play music together.
- Drayton Farley, whose songs are influenced by his own life, brings country folk, roots and
Americana music together.
- A St. Pat’s tradition, Villa*Nova, voted Best Local Band of 2014 by Free Times, returns to the
- Stagbriar, the former brother-sister-duo, named their group after the street they grew up on.
The group has since grown beyond two members.
“We’re excited for the amazing line up of bands that will grace our four festival stages,” says Steve Cook, president of the Five Points Association Board. “Villa*Nova is for the nostalgia-seekers who come back year after year — while Nate Smith will draw the country-music lovers out to enjoy the festival.”
Many past performers at St. Pat’s are known for getting their big break at the festival. Last year’s festival was co-headlined by Grammy-winning artists, Blues Traveler, and TikTok sensations, Surfaces. A few notable artists from previous festivals, include Blake Shelton, Walker Hayes, Hootie & the Blowfish, Morgan Wallen, Judah & The Lion, Atlas Road Crew, Rodney Atkins, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Dashboard Confessional and many more!
In addition to the four stages of music, the events the community has come to know and love will return on March 18, including:
- Get to the Green 5K, 10K and 1-Mile Family Fun Run starts at 7:30 a.m. Registration is now
open for Columbia’s largest road race.
- St. Pat’s Parade, a one-mile stretch starting on Devine Street and ending on Sims Avenue,
starts at 10 a.m.
- Pot O’Gold Playland, a Kids’ Zone featuring balloon artists, magicians, carnival rides,
inflatables and more, will be open from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the 800 block of Harden Street.
General admission tickets to the festival can be purchased online at StPatsColumbia.com for $25 in advance until March 17 or $30 at the gate. The Ultra-Premium VIP Suite will be held at Saluda’s, located at 751 Saluda Avenue. Additionally, the Lucky Leprechaun VIP area will be located near the Postcard Mural in Five Points. Limited quantity VIP Suite tickets for $200/each and VIP area tickets for $100/each are available for purchase at StPatsColumbia.com.
Each year, St. Pat’s in Five Points welcomes approximately 30,000 attendees, ranging from children,
families, college students and senior citizens. The festival brings in $7+ million to the City of Columbia
and Richland County. Last year, more than 35% of St. Pat’s attendees traveled from outside of Columbia, spanning more than 2,000 zip codes and 30+ countries.
St. Pat’s in Five Points allows the Five Points Association the opportunity to give back to the community that has been its biggest supporter. To date, the Five Points Association has donated approximately one million to local Midlands’ charities.
For more information on St. Pat’s in Five Points, please visit StPatsColumbia.com. You can also follow the festival on Facebook @StPatsinFivePoints, Tiktok @StPatsinFivePoints and Instagram @stpatsinfivepoints. To learn more about sponsorships, vendor or parade applications and/or volunteering, please email [email protected].
About St. Pat’s in Five Points
Over 40 years ago, Duncan MacRae of Yesterday’s Restaurant & Tavern, Steve Gibson of Peddler Steak
House, Chuck Pettit of the Columbia Jaycees and Tony Latella of PYA Monarch sat down in a booth at Yesterday’s Restaurant & Tavern, had a few beers and devised a plan to increase the visibility of Five Points’ businesses on St. Patrick’s Day when most people were leaving town for Savannah, Ga. The annual St. Pat’s in Five Points emerged forming a family fun-filled festival benefiting children’s charities in
the Midlands. Visit StPatsColumbia.com to learn more.
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 Five Points Association 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. Visit https://fivepointscolumbia.com to learn more.