Geography of Popular Music
February 9, 2010
E Harmony Shakedown
E Harmony Shakedown is a local band that was started by 4 of the SAE brothers when they were freshmen. I’ve been to about 7 of their shows and it’s always nothing but a good time. When I go see them play it is usually at The Elbow Room, which is in five points.
The Elbow Room is probably my favorite concert venue in Columbia, at least that I have been to so far. When you walk in the door the inside looks like the inside of an old brick warehouse. The bar is made out of hard wood and stretches almost the entire length of the room. In the back are pool tables, which I think gives the bar an older atmosphere. The crowd in Elbow Room is my favorite part. On any given night you are sure to find people from 18-50, no matter who’s playing. E harmony Shakedown really draws a diverse crowd because of its mix of modern and original music combined with the classic covers they play at every show.
Their style of music I’d say would be classified as jam band meets alternative. They always play the same covers such as Wagon wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show, and a lot of Talking Heads. When they play everyone crowds around the stage and just sway with the music. I love the atmosphere in Elbow Room because it is just so calming. The stage lights always highlight the smoke and fog that is hanging in the air which gives the bar a dewy and calm kind of feel. I like going to E Harmony Shakedown because they combine old and young generations with their music. I feel like they somewhat unite the campus in a downplayed way almost because they provide a place for Greek and non-Greek, seniors and freshmen, athletes and band members, everyone comes when they play.
Another great aspect of attending a performance by EHS is the dancing. Everyone is dancing. Up front are usually the shag dancers. Couples who swing each other around in a swirling frenzy to the beat of the upbeat songs. Then...