SC Philharmonic presents Philtober Fest on October 8, a free concert event at Koger Center

The SC Philharmonic will host Philtober Fest on October 8, 2022, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. This concert event is free for the community, and will take place on the new outdoor stage on the Assembly St. side of The Koger Center for the Arts. The concert lineup features Boomtown Trio, The Wolfman String Band and the Flying Js. Food and drinks from local vendors will be available for purchase. Philtober Fest is a celebration of the opening of the SC Philharmonic’s 22/23 Masterworks Series, which will begin the same evening at The Koger Center with Beethoven & Blue Jeans, featuring Grammy nominee Tessa Lark, violin.

This season, the SC Philharmonic is celebrating the opening of the 22/23 Masterworks Series with Philtober Fest. “We wanted to create something that we could invite the community to,” said SCP Marketing Director Chad Henderson. “Philtober Fest is going to be a good old-fashioned outdoor concert with food and drink. Though the music performances aren’t classical, they will provide a wonderful primer to our opening night concert later in the evening. Bluegrass, blues and Americana will provide the perfect transition into Tessa Lark’s performance of Michael Torke’s Sky that night inside the Koger Center. The (SC) Phil is dedicated to engaging with our community and providing diverse musical experiences.”

Audiences will be able to purchase food from Thirsty Fellow Concessions which will be offering pizza, hot dogs and other treats. A favorite at the Soda City Market, Brown Sistaz Island Vibz will also be offering their authentic Jamaican cuisine freshly made from Jamaican ingredients. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided by UofSC catering.



Boomtown Trio has a big sound fueled by bigger energy. Combining the talents of renowned upright bass player Craig Butterfield, champion fiddler Kristen Harris, and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Cat Galan, Boomtown Trio create a rare and wonderful combination of chamber music, folk, and Americana. Individually, these 3 musicians draw from diverse influences, and unite with compositions that showcase virtuosic instrumental performances, unique and ethereal string textures, and powerful songwriting.

The Wolfman String Band is a bluegrass jam band working out of Columbia SC. The members consist of Charlie McLinden on Banjo, Jeremy Plemmons on Mandolin, Hays Adams on Guitar and Justin Marshall on Bass Guitar. Their music ranges from traditional bluegrass, original compositions and jam band to an eclectic collection of covers that derive from pop, hair metal and everything in between (albeit in their own style). Their high speed picking and sense of humor makes for a pretty entertaining show.

The Flying Js features Florence, SC natives James Ervin, Jamie Sanders and Jeremy Ray. The three members of the Flying Js have grown up with a wide variety of musical influences. They range from classic country and bluegrass to funk and heavy metal. This trio of Pee Dee natives recently decided to put their talents together as an acoustic blend of all of their influences, and what emerged was a multi-instrumental tapestry that draws on a kaleidoscope of sounds.

Philtober Fest begins at 4:00 PM on October 8th, 2022 at the new outdoor stage at the Koger Center for the Arts. The concert will conclude at 7:00 PM, just in time for Beethoven & Blue Jeans to begin at 7:30 PM inside the Koger Center. Admission is free for Philtober Fest.

The South Carolina Philharmonic is committed to performing live symphonic music and providing dynamic educational opportunities in the Midlands. We carry forward a legacy of passion for the music and embrace our responsibility to be a vibrant part of the cultural fabric of our diverse community.

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