Monument-al Hootie!

 

Multi-platinum selling Hootie and the Blowfish receive
honors and statue in Columbia,
SC yesterday.

 

Text/Photos
by Michael G. Plumides

 

The
question that was raised was, musically speaking, “Does Hootie define Columbia, SC?”
Let’s just say that “Famously Hot”, the city’s latest tagline, makes more sense. One would argue Hootie sells Columbia a little better, considering the S.C.
capitol is a steaming, respiteless hellhole in the summertime.

 

My argument
is if the Flaming Lips’ song “Do You Realize” can become Oklahoma’s state song,
for chrissakes, then nay-sayers can get over the goo, and their golf-player-hater attitudes and
give a little permanent fanfare for the local boys who made good. Hootie and
the Blowfish have sold 20 million albums worldwide, and put Columbia on the map way before Steve Spurrier
arrived.  Not sure Wayne Coyne can sling that kind of figure
around. Give love where love is due.

 

 

 

 

After
speeches by Mayor of Columbia Steve Benjamin and a number of local officials, plus a performance of “Hold My Hand” by the Benedict Gospel Choir (see
video here
), the statue was unveiled; a thirty foot high stainless steel arc
monument in the heart of Five Points.  And they even renamed Santee Avenue,
“Hootie and the Blowfish
Boulevard.”

 

Following
the ceremony, there were live performances by: Cravin’ Melon, The Blue
Dogs, Tootie and the Jones, Danielle Howle, Soul Mites – and of course Hootie
and the Blowfish. 

 

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