Five Points Association Announces Line-Up for 30th Annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Points

  September 18, 2017

On Saturday, October 21, 2017, the Five Points Association will be hosting the 30th Annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Points. Patrons will have the chance to watch teams battle it out to see who has the best chili in Columbia. Starting at noon, patrons can taste and enjoy over 30 unique chili varieties and experience live entertainment from six local and regional acts. The Five Points Association is pleased to announce the line-up for this year’s event, as follows:


• Laith Al-Saadi [5pm – 6:30pm]
In 2016, Laith Al-Saadi won America’s hearts and a spot in the finale of NBC’s The Voice. Now he’s poised to bring his authentic blend of blues, soul and classic rock to audiences around the nation and the world. Laith Al-Saadi has always had the perfect combination of Midwestern hustle and incredible musical chops – honed at the University of Michigan school of music in his hometown of Ann Arbor, and on stages across the country working with legends like Taj Mahal, Luther Allison, Buddy Guy, Son Seals, Gregg Allman and B.B. King. “Laith is one of the most diverse talents we have,” said Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice coach Adam Levine. “Incredible guitar player, incredible singer.”

• DJ Logic [3:35pm – 4:30pm]
Since his emergence in the early 90s amidst the Bronx hip-hop scene, the New York City based DJ has been amassing a veritable mountain of collaborations, ranging from the likes of Medeski Martin and Wood, Christian McBride, Vernon Reid, Charlie Hunter, Jack DeJohnette, John Mayer, Ben Harper, Mos Def, and The Roots, to name a few. These days, DJ Logic is focusing on studio endeavors, producing notable projects, touring with Christian McBride in support of Live at Tonic, collaborating with String Cheese Incident and co-anchoring a rock band with John Popper, called The John Popper Project featuring DJ Logic. Logic’s body of work also includes three highly accomplished solo albums. Logic can always be found paying homage to his predecessors while contributing his vision to the DJ genre.

• Ashes of Old Ways [2:25pm – 3:05pm]
Ashes of Old Ways is an Americana band, from Folly Beach, SC, with strong pop hooks and three part harmonies. The band first started out as a collaboration between songwriters Dave Britt and Bobby Sutton and has grown to include bassist Jamie Crisp (Big Stoner Creek, Champagne and Friends), drummer Baldwin Bonilla and multi-instrumentalist Bob Culver (Hungry Monks). The band has been touring cities in the southeast (Atlanta, GA, Nashville, TN, Greenville, SC, Columbia, SC and Charleston, SC) for about a year now.

• The Elovaters [1:15pm – 1:55pm]
Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, original reggae band The Elovaters have been bringing their distinctive beach reggae sound to fans and music lovers up and down the east coast. The group’s following has continued to grow as they introduce songs from their new record “The Cornerstone,” released on the band’s own imprint Belly Full Records. The release (titled for the band’s previous name) debuted at #5 on the iTunes reggae charts and #9 on the Billboard reggae charts. The band is no stranger to performing with other high caliber performers. They have performed with both North American and international touring acts such as Ziggy Marley, Stick Figure, The Movement, Easy Star All-Stars, John Brown’s Body, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Passafire, New Kingston, BadFish, Anthony B, and many more.

• Slim Pickens [12:05pm – 12:45pm]
Slim Pickens is an alchemist's blend of fresh cut folk-grass, rag-timey travis-picking, finished with high notes of funk and grounded with a terrestrial groove. The band hails from Columbia, South Carolina, and is comprised of members Brahnan Lowther and Alex Corboy.

• Bois Obscur [11am – 11:40am]
Bois Obscur hails from Columbia, SC and adds a unique twist to his sets, blending late 90’s and early 2000’s hip-hop/R&B with new club ready beats, as well as new electronic club music. No stranger to the big stage, he has opened for the likes of Skrillex and Charlotte, NC duo Styles&Complete. Unlike typical “house music,” Bois enjoys meandering in and out of tracks quickly to keep the set “alive”, as he puts it.


• Food Truck Rodeo
For all the non-chili eating patrons, the festival will have regional food trucks on site with varying options. Participating food trucks will be announced in the coming weeks.
• Live Music
Live music from local and regional bands will play from 11am to 6pm. The event stage will be located on Greene Street at the corner of Harden Street.
• Change Stations
Patrons are strongly encouraged to come with a handful of ones, but in case they forget we have them covered. We will have two change stations and ATMS stretching through the cook-off, dispensing $5 bills only.
• Academy Sports + Outdoors Little Peppers’ Place
Open to all ages and located off Pavilion Street in the former Rite Aid parking lot. Patrons are encouraged to bring the whole family out to enjoy a mega slide, bounce house, face painting, bubbles, plus sweet treats from Brain Freeze Italian Ice.
• Enhanced Chef Experience
Making it easier and even more enjoyable, chef teams now have increased offerings, including: a Chef Headquarters, Lazy Chef set-up packages, discounts at local grocers, and an unlimited supply of complimentary bowls, napkins and spoons for samples.
• Official Chili Cook-Off Merchandise
Look for the “Merch” tent for this year’s long sleeve shirts and koozies, along with merchandise from previous Chili Cook-Off years.

The 30th Annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Points would not be possible without the support from these Midlands' businesses: KW Beverage, Shock Top, Bottles Beverage Superstore, South Carolina Education Lottery, Station at Five Points, Amazon, Wolfe & Taylor Realtors, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Taneyhill’s Group Therapy, Courtyard Columbia Cayce, US Foods, Checker Yellow, Lawler Living, Jake’s on Devine, WXRY, Free Times, Office Depot, Stuyck Company, the City of Columbia, and Experience Columbia SC.

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