Member News | Jan. 30 – Feb. 3



ZAC BROWN BAND will play COLONIAL LIFE ARENA in COLUMBIA, SC on Friday, March 23.  Special guests Trombone Shorty will open the show.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 4 at 10:00 a.m.  Tickets will be available online at, in person at the Lexington Medical Center Box office at Colonial Life Arena, Columbia Play It Again Sports, or charge by phone 1-855-4-LMC-TIX (1-855-456-2849).

About Zac Brown Band
After an eventful year on the charts and on the road, GRAMMY-Award winning Zac Brown Band has proven that “overnight success” can be years in the making.  New fans drawn by the irresistible hit singles, the awe-inspiring musicianship and dynamic live shows might have thought the Zac Brown Band emerged from nowhere.  In fact, the band has paid its dues for years and put in its time for just this moment, it may have happened quickly, but it’s definitely built to last. Zac Brown Band’s second major label studio album ‘You Get What You Give’ (Atlantic/Southern Ground Artists, Inc.) was released on September 21st, 2010 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.  The album features guest appearances by Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett and as Zac explained to Associated Press, “It’s a defining record…Every step of it’s done the right way and I expect people are really going to love this record and see the depth of our musicianship, we’re always growing.  Not that we’ve arrived at any grand finale or anything, but the progress from this last record to this one, it’s tremendous and I’m proud of it.”

About Trombone Shorty
Since the release of their Grammy-nominated 2010 debut album, Backatown, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue have grown creatively while winning hordes of new fans performing nonstop on five continents. Their new album, ‘For True’ (Sept. 13 on Verve Forecast) offers substantive proof of their explosive growth, further refining the signature sound Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has dubbed “Supafunkrock.” The band stirs together old-school New Orleans jazz, funk and soul, laced with hard-rock power chords and hip-hop beats, and they’ve added some tangy new ingredients on ‘For True’ as they keep pushing the envelope, exploring new musical territory.

About Global Spectrum
Global Spectrum ( manages the Colonial Life Arena, as well as more than 100 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 20-million people attended more than 11,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks.



a public market celebrating crafters and artisans June 1-2, 2012

The Columbia Museum of Art announces a CALL FOR ENTRIES for its inaugural Craft Bar Happy Weekend inspired by the monthly program, Craft Bar Happy Hour. Craft Bar Happy Weekend is a public market on June 1 and June 2 that brings together artists and their handmade goods from across the Southeast. All crafters and artisans are encouraged to submit their artwork for consideration.

Accepted categories include: 2D Fine Art (prints and originals), 3D Fine Art (ceramic, glass, wood, metal), Fiber Art (felted, knitted, crocheted, woven), Wearable (jewelry, clothing, purses, hair accessories), Paper Art (stationary, handmade books, paper crafts), All Else (toys, pet accessories, home goods, garden).

Work will be based on quality, originality and uniqueness, if the items are handmade or made elsewhere, how well the work fits into the given categories and the need to diversify the crafts presented at Craft Bar Happy Weekend.

Deadline to enter is Friday, March 23 at 5:00 p.m. Applicants must complete an online application, photo of the work submitted and a $20 nonrefundable application fee. Entry form and information are available at


McNair’s Liz Crum Named to SC DHEC’s CON Review Panel

McNair Law Firm is pleased to announce that attorney Liz Crum has been selected to serve on the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Certificate of Need (CON) Review Panel.  The Panel  focuses on improving  the agency’s efficiency by working with users and providers to develop recommendations.  Members were selected through a nominations process made by firms and organizations such as the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) who do CON work.

Liz brings experience and knowledge to the panel through her work with the SC DHEC, the State Certificate of Need and Health Facilities Licensure Act (CON Act), the promulgated regulations and the various iterations of the State Health Plan.  She is familiar with several aspects of the CON Program and as part of the CON process, Liz has represented numerous types of health care providers including hospitals, health care systems, physicians, physician groups, joint ventures, nursing homes and other groups applying for a variety of CON’s.

Liz has been on committees for the SCHA regarding the CON Act or regulation issues; has been a representative for health care providers at meetings at the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce regarding responses to CON legislation; and has advised clients regarding proposed CON revisions, including drafting suggested amendments to legislation and regulation.  Liz has been actively involved  in advising clients regarding revisions to a number of State Health Plans for numerous different health facilities or services addressed by the Plans.  Liz has an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell® Peer View Ratings™, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America ®  and Super Lawyers® with both listings being for the healthcare law practice.

To learn more about Liz, please visit

To learn more about SC DHEC and about the CON process, please visit



The Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism welcomes Colleen Keenan as the newest member of the team, serving as a sales assistant for the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Keenan, a Boston, Massachusetts native, is a senior at the University of South Carolina and is completing her Bachelor of Arts in Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management with a concentration in meetings and events.

Prior to this position, Keenan was an event supervisor for catered events at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Additionally, she has garnered useful experience working in the hotel industry in both Columbia and Boston.

“The University of South Carolina continues to produce quality students time and time again,” said President and CEO of the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism, Ric Luber. “We are thrilled to have Colleen on our team and know her skill set will be a great benefit to the entire Columbia region.”

In her new role, Keenan will prospect groups that could be a good fit for the Columbia area, assist sales managers in researching new business opportunities and manage all sales activities within the social and family reunion markets.

View this release online

About the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism:
The Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism is a private, not-for-profit corporation funded primarily by revenue generated by visitors through accommodations taxes and is the parent organization of Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, and Columbia Regional Sports Council. The mission of the Midlands Authority is to strengthen the area’s economy by marketing and selling Columbia, its accommodations, restaurants, facilities and attractions as a destination for meetings, conventions, trade shows, special events and leisure travel. For more information, please visit


Columbia Museum of Art honors the late Honorable Matthew Perry  The Life and Times of Judge Matthew Perry:
Captured in Photographs by Cecil J. Williams

A Community Gallery installation on view beginning February 14

The Columbia Museum of Art presents a Community Gallery installation honoring the life of the late Honorable Matthew Perry with photographs by Orangeburg native photographer Cecil J. Williams, beginning February 14 through April 1, 2012.

Judge Matthew Perry, senior U.S. District judge for South Carolina, became a towering civil rights figure who used his intellect, work ethic and courage to help end segregation. In Orangeburg during the 1960s, Perry, represented hundreds of students jailed for civil rights demonstrations and also led the successful court battle for Harvey Gantt to integrate Clemson University in 1963. In 1976, President Gerald Ford appointed Perry, the first African-American lawyer from the Deep South, to the United States Military Court of Appeals.

Williams’ photographs captured the African-American experience throughout the second half of the 20th century.  He is a graduate of Claflin University and is the yearbook photographer for Claflin and South Carolina State University. At 14 years old, Williams began freelancing for JET Magazine and his photographs have appeared in state and national photographic exhibitions, numerous historical books, motion pictures and national publications including Time, Newsweek and Associated Press.

The installation is presented by Nelson Mullins. Additional sponsors include: Smith Family Foundation, American Board of Trial Advocates, Mr. Arthur Primas, Johnson, Toal & Battiste, P.A., Alpha Iota Member Boulé – Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Delta Chi Member Boulé – Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, First Citizens Foundation, South Carolina Black Lawyers Association, Mr. and Mrs. Paul V. Fant, Sr., Lynette and Allard Allston, Susan Thorpe and John Baynes, Claflin University and Dr. and Mrs. Burnett W. Gallman.


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