Date/Time: Wednesday, April 15th, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Place: Columbia Museum of Art’s Boyd Plaza, 1515 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29202
General Admission: Free
Live Music – Games – Food & Drink – Films – Performances
You walk up to Boyd Plaza and are suddenly amongst the gritosphere. In fact, the entire 1500 block of Main St is practically overrun with it. All around you is a frenzy of delight, with helium balloon lights floating over a mishmash of clever and beautiful people all absorbing the feeling of a fresh, just opened, new-car-smellin’ Indie Grits. What better way to blast off for this year than having a party that is an absolute explosion of great things to experience–indicative of the full spectrum of our festival this year? Just like the first bite of a perfectly constructed sandwich, we don’t even know where to start.
Maybe we could start with Grit Man, the life-sized pacman-inspired game, provided by the lovely folks of Indie Bits, accessible to everyone (with 25¢). There’s also a shipping container movie theatre known as the Mini Cine that we’ve shipped directly to smack-dab in the middle of the courtyard, looping otherworldly Future Perfect programming all day and night, provided by MIRC and artist Ben Tiven. There’ll be a cash bar provided by The Whig, and we’ll have food and drink in all its variety, from gracious providers San Jose (the taco truck), Mimie’s International, Sweet Cream, Island Noodles and the Wurst Wagon. There’ll be a section purely devoted to Indie Bits glory, with projected video games made for their competition for you to try out.
Buskers will line the party with their gritty tuneage, and art performers will be afoot, alive in this future perfect world all festival long. And as you walk inside the museum, there will be one exhibit you won’t be able to miss–a wild concert consisting of some of the south east’s most crucial sonic cosmonauts: Michael Parallax with his costume-changing synth powerhouse spiritual revival tent music, Helado Negro with irresponsibly smooth electronic grooves, and Hectorina with their resplendent space rock opera, Collywobble, with all of its adventure, guitar solo-age, enticing medusa women, lost astronauts, cultish cavalcades, and cosmic owls. Oh, and it’s all free. Our opening party promises to be an unforgettable spectacle, and you’re invited.