I still don’t care for the post show exit herd but last night it was a small price to pay for an otherwise perfect evening in downtown
Columbia. The weather was
perfect and the sellout performance by the Zac Brown Band was as about as good as it
I have a very long history with Merriweather. The first show I ever attended was The Who in the summer before I went to high school. Later I went on to work at the outdoor theatre every summer until I graduated from college. I was an usher, security guard, groundskeeper and stagehand. Working at Merriweather was the best job(s) I ever had.
It’s changed a good deal since the years I worked there, mostly for the better.
Columbia and HoCo owes a debt of gratitude to Seth Hurwitz and Jean Parker for breathing new life into
Merriweather after the former promoter almost almost ran it into the ground.
Kudos also go out to Ian Kennedy and Justin Carlson who launched the Save Merriweather effort back in 2003. Nowadays Merriweather is poised to play a
starring role in the makeover of Columbia’s
It sure bought life to downtown last night. Before the show, Union Jack’s patio was hopping with concert goers. At 11:00 PM, as we headed back to our cars, it was still going on.