Curious about what kind of acts you might expect to see at The Soundry when it opens? We chatted with Clyde’s President (and die-hard music fan) Tom Meyer about the genres he’s planning to book for The Soundry’s stage. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to get the latest updates on our upcoming acts.
Columbia has been home to an annual jazz festival for more than 25 years, so it’s only fitting that The Soundry will get in on the action. Meyer loves the sound of bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding (head to our Q&A with him to see more of his dream bands to book).
Expect to see plenty of indie-style bands that are on their way up. “It’s the people who are in the little type on the music festival poster,” says Meyer. “That’s the most exciting part for me. We’ve done some of that at The Hamilton, and now four or five of those bands are selling out big venues.”
Meyer envisions booking established classic artists, such as English blues musician John Mayall, who played with the likes of Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor and Harvey Mandel in his heyday. “They don’t command giant audiences now, but they are still very relevant—and it’s the perfect size room for them,” says Meyer.
Bands who play a catalogue of hit covers from top bands such as the Beatles or Talking Heads are hugely popular with his customers, says Meyer. “They’re just really fun.”
Bands that take a modern approach to an Americana sound—typically acoustic and tinged with bluegrass—are a definite go for The Soundry. Think bands such as the Felice Brothers, Lake Street Dive, and Shovels & Rope—all acts that have taken the stage at The Hamilton with great fanfare.