I’ve got a special treat as a post today… my husband Patrick went to a show at Conquest Brewing this weekend and commented on how great the space was for music. So I asked him to do a write up on his experience there since he is a connoisseur of music and small bands.
I would introduce myself, but i’m sure that lovely vile wildebeest nice lady I live with has done that quite a few times before. I’m here to write a post for her on the wonder that is live music at Columbia’s first brewery, Conquest Brewing Company.
My good friend Moses has been booking acts there for a quick minute for live music. I’ll be honest, I don’t go out much, so I had not been. I didn’t know how the acousticswould work in that space. . . Saturday changed my thoughts on that .
Some good friends I know from the music scene were in town, along with a newer act that I’ve been fond of, and an out of town act I have literally heard nothing but the best of, and we’ll get to that in a moment, but let’s just start with the space.
Conquest is situated in what is best described as “a whole mess of garages with a sizeable parking lot” near Williams Brice Stadium. You would not normally think this was a great place to listen to music, but you would be wrong.
The music is set up in the actual brewing room, and they shift a massive bar they keep out there for normal meandering and talking with folks during the week. Fine folks from around the state, and sometimes way out of state, will be playing for you right beside where the beer you are drinking is initially made. It can get crowded, hot, and loud in there, but there are places to sit, places to dance, and even. . . believe it or not, a rather nice bathroom (*side moofax note* if you’re a dude, and a lady needs to tinkle and is in line behind you, don’t be a jerk, let them go first).
The brew room opens up via a bay door into the parking lot. Outside you’ll find a rotating cast of mobile food vendors, some lovely picnic tables to chill at, and a variety of tailgating games to play like cornhole or giant Jenga. It’s nice because you can still hear the music loud and clear out there, but it is muffled enough you can chat, without disturbing the musicians playing the awesome tunes you came to hear. It’s also really great because out there you don’t have the muffled over-sounded areas like many places, so you can chat over it with people you’ve never met and maybe make a new friend.
As far as the music on Saturday, August 15th goes, we had two local acts (Shnoz and Autocorrect), two folks slightly out of town that teamed up on an insane taking that. . . well they’re good at (Two Weeks Notice aka Mikal kHill and Tribe One), and one group from the District of Columbia (Navi and Picnicbus). I could go onto why you should lend your ear to each of these delicate souls, alas, this is a food, events, and locale based blog.
If nothing else, I’m saying check out Conquest on music nights. Good local beer, good friends, and good foods. You really can’t ask for much else.