2016-12-09 / Arts & Entertainment

The party of the year is about to get even better!

Famously Hot New Year, our city’s sixth annual New Year’s Eve celebration —the largest in South Carolina—will bring New Orleans musical royalty, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and Sister Hazel, beloved Southern folk-rock band, to Columbia, S.C. for NYE this year.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will bring a fresh vibrancy, energy and standard of entertainment excellence to Famously Hot New Year that matches the spirit and vitality we all have as Columbians. Trust me: every Soda Citizen who joins us downtown— from Northeast to Rosewood neighborhoods and Earlewood to Main Street districts—is going to feel downtown buzzing with funk, jazz, and positivity.

Trombone Shorty has taken the world by storm with their overwhelming talent and ability to engage fans, amplifying energy wherever they go. They’ve traveled the world, touring with legendary artists like Lenny Kravtiz and Hall & Oates; performed for President Obama on numerous occasions; held the coveted closing position at New Orleans’ Jazz Fest for years; been nominated for a Grammy; and they just announced they will tour the country with The Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2017.

Now, they will celebrate the New Year in Columbia, with us.

This band truly encompasses the positivity and excitement that we want to carry with us.

Music is what unites us. Despite our differences, we can all come together to ring in a New Year of prosperity and togetherness. Together, let’s create a lively, electric atmosphere of oneness and strength with our fellow South Carolinians to friends from all over the world – welcoming tens of thousands of people from dozens of states and several countries to downtown Columbia to enjoy our city’s genuine charm and Southern hospitality.

So, I urge you to make your plans for Famously Hot New Year now. Make a weekend out of it –– relax in our Midlands hotels, dine in our many topnotch restaurants (enter for a chance to win an all-expense paid hotel room & dinner package before December 11), and explore the tons of outdoor and entertainment activities our thriving Capital City has to offer.

Then, ring in a progressive, prosperous, and positive New Year with us at #FHNY in downtown Columbia. This is a celebration you don’t want to miss.

For more information and to plan your Famously Hot New Year, visit www.famouslyhotnewyear.com.

I’ll see you there,

Steve Benjamin, Mayor City of Columbia, South Carolina

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