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Press for the Dec. 31, 2016 Celebration


Trombone Shorty, Sister Hazel to Perform at Famously Hot New Year

WLTX

This year's lineup of performing acts for Columbia's Famously Hot New Year celebration has been announced, and it features Trombone Shorty as the headliner. Read more>


With Trombone Shorty, Famously Hot New Year Grabs Broad Appeal

Free Times

Finding musicians with a wide enough appeal to truly serve a large swath of those interested in an event like Famously Hot New Year, Columbia’s free annual Main Street celebration and concert, is no easy trick. In its first five years, Famously Hot has struggled to hit the mark. Read more>


Headliner, lineup for Famously Hot New Year announced

The State

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will headline the 2016 Famously Hot New Year in downtown Columbia, organizers announced Monday. Read more>


Trombone Shorty, Sister Hazel to headline Famously Hot New Year party

WACH Fox

Columbia residents heading to the Famously Hot New Year celebration now know who they'll see perform. Read more>


Trombone Shorty to Perform at Famously Hot New Year

Millennium Magazine

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, the funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band known internationally as New Orleans musical royalty, will perform a free, full-length outdoor concert – followed by the most colossal NYE fireworks show in the two Carolinas – for tens of thousands of guests at Famously Hot New Year on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in downtown Columbia, S.C. Read more>


World-famous New Orleans jazz band to headline Famously Hot NYE

WIS

A New Orleans funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band will headline the City of Columbia's yearly Famously Hot New Year's Eve Celebration, city officials announced Monday afternoon. Read more>


Mayor Benjamin talks Famously Hot New Year, calls Columbia 'New Southern hot spot'

The State

Mayor Steve Benjamin talks about Columbia's annual Famously Hot New Year celebration and this year's acts. Read more>


PHOTOS: Famously Hot New Year in Columbia

WLTX

Tens of thousands of people filled the streets of downtown Columbia for the city's Famously Hot New Year celebration. Read more>


So, who IS Trombone Shorty?

Cola Daily

In a video posted online Monday, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin announced the headliner for this year’s Famously Hot New Year’s Eve event will be Trombone Shorty & New Orleans Avenue, with support from 90’s hit-makers Sister Hazel and local rockabilly-punk band Capital City Playboys. Read more>


Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (with Sister Hazel) to Play for Free on NYE in Columbia at Famously Hot New Year

Metro Columbia CEO

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, the funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band known internationally as New Orleans musical royalty, will perform a free, full-length outdoor concert – followed by the most colossal NYE fireworks show in the two Carolinas – for tens of thousands of guests at Famously Hot New Year on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in downtown Columbia, S.C. Read more>


Press for the Dec. 31, 2015 Celebration


Lauryn Hill Will Ring in the New Year in Columbia, SC

Huffington Post Travel Blog

Columbia, S.C. is the place to be on New Year's Eve 2015 if you're a fan of singer/songwriter Lauryn Hill. After taking time from the world stage to raise her children and attend to personal and political affairs, Hill has embarked on a new international tour and will headline Columbia's New Year's Eve celebration. Read more>


Famously Hot Fashion for the New Year

Southern Living's The Daily South

It happens every year. I get so busy preparing appetizers, seeking out the perfect hostess gifts and rushing from one holiday party to the next. Then all of a sudden, it’s December 30 and I realize I don’t have anything to wear for New Year’s Eve that hasn’t already made an appearance (or two) this holiday season. Read more>


Best Free Holiday Activities in the Southeast

Travelocity

Famously Hot New Year in Columbia, SC is truly #FamouslyHot this year even in the usually chilly weather of New Year’s Eve. Ms. Lauryn Hill, the music world icon and five time GRAMMY-winning recording artist, will headline the free Famously Hot New Year celebration in downtown Columbia, SC on December 31, 2015, playing a full set for revelers leading up to the midnight countdown and fireworks at the S.C. State Capitol. Read more>


50 states in 52 weeks: New Year’s Eve in Wisconsin, Idaho, Connecticut and South Carolina 

British Airways High Life

At the stroke of midnight, so many of us across the world are bound through common rituals on the last night of the year. The countdown from ten, clinking glasses, grabbing the nearest warm body for a tipsy hug at the waist and cheeky midnight kiss before belting out the first verse of ‘Auld Lang Syne’. Read more>


4 Great Columbia Events

Delta Sky Magazine 

Columbians will ring in 2016 at the Famously Hot New Year, South Carolina's largest free New Year's Eve party. Read more>


Lauryn Hill performs at FHNY

Uptown Magazine

Columbia, S.C. brought in the New Year with the music of Grammy Award winner Lauryn Hill, who headlined the fifth annual Famously Hot New Year Celebration (#FHNY). Read more>


On the road for New Year’s Eve

Winston-Salem Journal

Nothing beats the excitement of ushering in a new year: a whole world of new possibilities. It’s a moment when you want to be in good company and in a memorable place. The good news is that no matter what direction you are traveling in, you are bound to run into a New Year’s Eve celebration. Here are a few that are within driving distance of the Triad that are sure to get your new year off to a festive start. Read more>


Best Free Holiday Activities in the Southeast

Spa Travel Gal

With a little bit of extra time and joyous cheer during this season our days need more holiday activities for everyone to spend precious time with friends and loved ones. The activities below are even sweeter, since they are FREE! All of these free activities are at locations that I frequent myself and highly recommend a visit during the holidays or any day of the year! Read more>


Lauryn Hill To Perform NYE Where Confederate Flag Stood

Uptown Magazine 

We usually look towards New York, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, or Moscow for New Year’s Eve revelry, but Columbia, South Carolina might have the hottest NYE show this year. Lauryn Hillis set to perform at the fifth annual Famously Hot New Year Celebration (#FHNY) — and the concert is FREE! The five-time Grammy winner’s year-long comeback will culminate on Dec. 31st in front of the S.C. State House in Columbia. This is the same location in which the Confederate Flag once stood until this summer. Read more> 


Lauryn Hill to headline Famously Hot New Year

Charlotte Observer

Now its fifth year, Famously Hot New Year is South Carolina’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration. Last year’s event drew a crowd of 28,000. Read more>


Famously Hot New Year

Columbia Living

Famously Hot New Year is South Carolina's largest New Year's Eve celebration, partnering this year with Central Carolina Community Foundation to raise money for the rebuilding of our #SCStrong community. On Thursday, Dec. 31, guests will enjoy a free concert by GRAMMY-winner Ms. Lauryn Hill and three S.C. bands, local food trucks, beer, wine & bubbly; VIP pre-parties and family-friendly activities, and a midnight fireworks display - the largest in the two Carolinas - set in front of the historic State House on Main Street. Plan your #FHNY and donate to #SCFloodRelief at www.famouslyhotnewyear.com.


With Lauryn Hill as its Headliner, Columbia’s Famously Hot New Year Ups the Ante

Free Times

FHNY has a lineup that could recapture that first year’s excitement. Lauryn Hill — the singer and rapper who earned a Grammy for Album of the Year for the influential and beloved 1998 classic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill — will headline. She is joined by a solid set of in-state openers. Charleston’s Dead 27s send Southern rock fastballs straight down the plate; Columbia’s ColorBlind fuses humid hip-hop and laid-back folk, offering potent statements on modern race relations alongside genuine, fun-loving grooves; Charleston’s SUSTO crosses gothic alt-country with wry honky-tonk heartache. Read more>


Famously Hot New Year: What You Need to Know

WLTX

The City of Columbia's Famously Hot New Year, the party that will ring in 2016, is almost here! The event takes place Thursday night in downtown, and will feature a carnival, rides, food, drinks, a series of musical acts including headliner Lauryn Hill, and of course, fireworks! And the best part--admission to the event is absolutely FREE! The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. As we did last year, WLTX be broadcasting from the event, with News19 at 11 and our special coverage starting at 11:30 p.m. Our coverage will also be streamed starting at 11 P.M. Read more>


Honest and Determined, SUSTO Keeps Growing

Free Times

Picture discs, which feature album covers or other art printed onto a record’s playing surface, aren’t frequently utilized by up-and-coming bands. A quick Google image search for the term brings up special editions of Michael Jackson’s Thriller and The Beatles’ From Me to You, among other iconic albums. Such releases are most often handed down by big acts with legions of fans eager to collect rare artifacts. But Charleston’s SUSTO, whose smoldering twang has made quite the regional splash over the past two years, took the gamble, reissuing its 2014 self-titled debut as a vinyl picture disc last month. It was the first long-playing vinyl release for the Charleston-baded imprint Hearts & Plugs, which reports that the album is selling quite well. But for SUSTO, the move was also about sending the right message: This band is serious about its music. Read more>


16 things to know for ringing in 2016

The State//Go Columbia

Still need plans for New Year’s Eve? We’ve got you covered. Famously Hot New Year is the biggest end-of-year party in town, and it’s arguably the best place to be when the clock strikes midnight. So kiss 2015 goodbye by listening to four live music acts, sipping some bubbly and watching fireworks explode over the State House. Did we mention it’s free? Read more>


2016 State by State New Year's Eve Guide

National Party Supplies

Columbia's Famously Hot New Year’s Eve is a great party and best of all it’s free! Enjoy a downtown street celebration with local business sports, such as restaurants, bars, and clubs open late to accommodate the event. You will want to head outside as the clock counts down and enjoy the fireworks. So join us in South Carolina, we’ll be ringing 2016 in with a bang! Read more> 


Famously Hot New Year: South Carolina's Ultimate New Year's Eve Celebration

Resorts and Lodges

In South Carolina’s Capital city of Columbia, you’ll find a unique southern charm and a long spanning living history that exudes from every brick. This is the one of the premier Southeastern United States vacation destinations. Lush surroundings, 300 days of sunshine, a vibrant culture and the resident’s southern hospitality, make for a unique location. Read more>


Famously Hot Fashion for the New Year

Everything Country

This year, I’m making my New Year’s resolution early and vowing to have the perfect outfit on hand for Columbia’s free and family-friendly Famously Hot New Year, which will headline Ms. Lauryn Hill. Read more>


As Colorblind, Fat Rat da Czar and Justin Smith Lead by Example

Free Times

It’s just after 8 p.m. on a recent Tuesday evening, and ColorBlind is running through its set in a clean, modern storage facility in North Columbia. Through a key-code liftgate and up three flights in a spacious freight elevator, the folk-meets-hip-hop duo of rapper Fat Rat da Czar and eclectic singer-songwriter Justin Smith lean on the limber propulsion of their live backers — undulating rhythms from bassist Reno Gooch and drummer Cliff Myers, perky scratches and booming banter from DJ Shekeese tha Beast. Read more>


Opening Thursday: Main Street Ice brings a bit of winter fun to Columbia

The State Newspaper

Columbia’s popular Main Street ICE returns for a third year, bringing its nostalgic brand of family fun and razor sharp excitement back to the Midlands. Constructed in Boyd Plaza, in front of the Columbia Museum of Art at Main and Hampton streets, the man-made outdoor ice skating rink was something the capital city was missing during the holidays. Read more>


Lauryn Hill to Headline Columbia’s Famously Hot New Year: The Legend of Modern Hip-Hop and Soul Will Perform on Dec. 31

Free Times

The album’s quintessential singles “Doo Wop (That Thing),” with its strutting piano-and-brass beat and indelible chorus, and “Everything is Everything,” with its strident string rhythms and lush multi-layered vocals, sound as fresh today as they did 17 years ago. Indeed, the album’s impact on modern music stretches far and wide. It would be hard to imagine the classroom frame of Kanye West’s initial trilogy without Miseducation’s interstitial teacher-and-student interactions. The way Hill plays fast and loose with the divide between rapping and singing is indicative of the stance held by many of today’s most successful hitmakers. Read more>


Join S.C. neighbors for Famously Hot New Year Dec. 31 with Ms. Lauryn Hill

Millennium Magazine

In its fifth year, Famously Hot New Year (#FHNY) is free and open to all ages, encompassing a free, full-length concert by Ms. Lauryn Hill and three S.C. bands, a midnight countdown with Columbia, S.C., Mayor Steve Benjamin, the most colossal NYE fireworks display in the Carolinas, and a range of family-friendly events, attractions, and hospitality offerings within blocks FHNY. Read more>


Another strong economic impact projected for Columbia’s Famously Hot New Year

Columbia Regional Business Report

Steve Benjamin remembers what Main Street used to be like on New Year’s Eve. It’s not a fond memory for the Columbia mayor. “If you think about just six or seven years ago,” he said, “people would go to Charlotte, Atlanta, Charleston or anywhere else on New Year’s Eve. The hotel rooms laid bare.” Read more>


Lauryn Hill to headline 2015 Famously Hot New Year

Cola Daily

With the flick of a switch, speakers set up at the corner of Main Street blared the song “Doo Wop (That Thing)” as organizers announced five-time Grammy award winner Lauryn Hill would headline 2015’s Famously Hot New Year. Read more>


Lauryn Hill is coming to the Metro!

The Beat Columbia

Hip-hop star Lauryn Hill will ring in 2016 with Columbia at the annual Famously Hot New Year celebration. Hill will be the headlining act for the event. She'll be joined by some South Carolina talent such as "The Dead 27s" and "Susto," two bands from Charleston, and "Colorblind" from right here in Columbia.By the way...the concert is free. Read more>


Lauryn Hill to Headline Famously Hot New Year 

WLTX

Hip-hop star Lauryn Hill will help Columbia ring in 2016 at the city's annual Famously Hot New Year celebration. Read more>


Lauryn Hill will headline the Famously Hot New Year

WIS

Multi Grammy award-winning recording artist Lauryn Hill will headline the annual Famously Hot New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Columbia, city officials confirmed Thursday. Read more>


Lauryn Hill to headline 'Famously Hot New Year'

WACH Fox

Grammy Award winning artist Lauryn Hill will be headling Columbia's Famously Hot New Year this year. Read more> 


Lauryn Hill will headline Famously Hot New Year celebration

ABC Columbia

Hill is a five time GRAMMY-winning recording artist and music world icon, best known for her debut R&B-pop solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and songs "Doo Wop (That Thing)," "Ex Factor" and "Everything is Everything," as well as her popular covers of "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" and "Killing Me Softly." Read more>


Lauryn Hill to help ring in 2016 in Columbia street party

Aiken Standard 

Award-winning and hip-hip artist Lauryn Hill will headline the fifth annual Famously Hot New Year celebration on Thursday in downtown Columbia. The free event will have events beginning at noon, with the concert gates opening at 6:30 p.m. Read more> 


Lauryn Hill will headline the Famously Hot New Year

Live 5 News

Multi Grammy award-winning recording artist Lauryn Hill will headline the annual Famously Hot New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Columbia, city officials confirmed Thursday. Read more>


Lauryn Hill to headline Famously Hot New Year

The State Newspaper

Lauryn Hill will headline Columbia’s Famously Hot New Year on Dec. 31, city officials announced Thursday. Hip-hop singer Hill is a five-time Grammy winner known for her hits “Do Wop (That Thing),” “Ex-Factor,” “Everything is Everything” and “To Zion." Three South Carolina bands will open for Hill – Charleston’s vintage rock group Dead 27s, Columbia’s folk-hop 

band Colorblind and Charleston alt-country band Susto. Read more>


Lauryn Hill to Ring in Famously Hot New Year

Millennium Magazine

Ms. Lauryn Hill, the music world icon and five time GRAMMY-winning recording artist, will headline the free Famously Hot New Year celebration in downtown Columbia, S.C. on December 31, 2015, playing a full set for revelers leading up to the midnight countdown and fireworks at the S.C. State Capitol. Read more>


Lauryn Hill to headline free New Year's Eve concert

Examiner

Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Lauryn Hill will headline a free New Year's Eve celebration inColumbia, S.C. Columbia city officials confirmed Hill's performance in the city's annual Famously Hot New Year celebration in a press release sent to national media outlets on October 22, 2015. Read more>


PRESS FOR THE DEC. 31, 2014 CELEBRATION: 


Famously Hot New Year to Be Broadcast Live on WLTX

WLTX

Famously Hot New Year, South Carolina's largest free New Year's Eve celebration, announced a partnership with WLTX who will broadcast the celebration on Main Street on December 31. Read more>


O’Jays, MisterWives, Lefty at the Washout to Perform at Columbia’s Famously Hot New Year Party

Myrtle Beach Sun

People all over Columbia, join in... The O’Jays, famous for soulful hits in the 1960s and ‘70s such as “Love Train,” are headlining this year’s Famously Hot New Year celebration on downtown’s Main Street. Read more>


O'Jays To Headline Famously Hot New Year's Eve

ABC Columbia

The sounds of Money and Love Train will be echoing through Downtown Columbia this New Year's Eve. Read more>


City Chips in $130,000 for Famously Hot New Year; O’Jays to Headline

Free Times

The city announced Oct. 2 that The O’Jays — that soulful group which had hits with “Love Train,” “Back Stabbers” and “For the Love of Money,” among others — will be the headlining band at Famously Hot New Year 2015. Read more>


O'Jays to Headline Famously Hot New Year

WLTX

This year's lineup for Columbia's Famously Hot New Year 2014 is set. The event will be headlined by The O'Jays. Their 50-year career includes the popular hit "Love Train" and "For the Love of Money." This year's supporting acts are MisterWives and Lefty at the Washout. This will be the 4th year for the event, which takes place on New Year's Eve on Main and Gervais Street. Last year, 26,000 people attended. Read more>


O’Jays, MisterWives, Lefty at the Washout to Perform at Columbia’s Famously Hot New Year Party

The State Newspaper

People all over Columbia, join in... The O’Jays, famous for soulful hits in the 1960s and ‘70s such as “Love Train,” are headlining this year’s Famously Hot New Year celebration on downtown’s Main Street. Opening for the main act will be up-and-coming indie pop band MisterWives, who recently performed on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and local reggae/rock band Lefty at the Washout. Read more>


Famously Hot New Year Brings the O’Jays to Columbia

ColaDaily

Columbia’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration will kick off with a funky Ohio sound. Mayor Steve Benjamin announced Thursday that Famously Hot New Year will be graced with the soulful sounds of the The O’Jays as the city ushers in 2015. Read more>


When it’s time to usher in the new year, do it in style

Charlotte Observer

Even though the summer heat has given in to fall, Columbia is still hot with activities and attractions. Read more>