|En Vogue — the iconic ‘90s vocal group and one of the top 5 highest-selling female American music groups in history — will perform a free, full-length concert at Famously Hot New Year, S.C.’s largest free New Year’s Eve celebration, in downtown Columbia, S.C. on Dec. 31, 2018. The concert will be followed by a midnight countdown and the biggest NYE fireworks display in the state. New Orleans-inspired jazz and brass group Soda City Brass Band will support, and Charleston, S.C.’s indie hip-hop group Little Stranger will open the show. Find details and plan your #FHNY in the “Real Southern Hot Spot” at http://www.famouslyhotnewyear.com.
S.C.’s free party of the year, Famously Hot New Year brings thousands of visitors to the Columbia, S.C. region to enjoy a free concert with a national headliner, a midnight countdown and the biggest NYE fireworks display in South Carolina. Set next to the historic S.C. State House on Main Street in Columbia, S.C., the celebration features food from local vendors; beer, wine and bubbly; street merchants and more in a fun, friendly festival environment amid downtown Columbia, S.C.’s vibrant, walkable lifestyle districts. The event is in the midst of plentiful parking, hotels, restaurants and shops for those planning a visit to celebrate New Year’s Eve in South Carolina’s capital city.
“We are beyond thrilled to bring together community members and visitors alike for such a wonderful, time-honored event,” says Hamilton Grant, co-chair of Famously Hot New Year. “The talent this year is exceptional, and I am confident that this year will be one to beat.”
Famously Hot New Year is a 501c3 nonprofit organization sponsored by the following parties: the City of Columbia; Richland County; BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina; Aflac; WLTX; WARQ (Q 93.5 FM) and WWDM (The Big DM – 103.1 FM); Spirit Communications; Pepsi of the Carolinas; and other forward-thinking corporate citizens.
In 2018, En Vogue debuted their most innovative work yet, “Electric Café.” While the seasoned songbirds stay connected to their R&B roots, their appreciation for diverse musical genres is reflected throughout the album. “We love the authenticity of Hip Hop and the fusion of old school rhythm with a contemporary sound,” says Rhona Bennett.
“Rocket,” the lead single on their most innovative album yet, 2018’s “Electric Café,” broke into the Billboard urban adult contemporary (UAC) Top 10 and has been followed by En Vogue’s second official single “Reach 4 Me” which reached Top 15 on the radio charts. The hip-hop laced “Have a Seat,” featuring Snoop Dogg, was penned by writer/producer Taura Stinson.
En Vogue continues to stay in demand. Their 2018 European tour featured shows in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Holland and Germany. “We’re blessed to have a global fan base that gives us so much love, so much genuine enthusiasm, every time we walk out on that stage,” says founding member Terry Ellis. Simply put, “We just love our craft,” says Cindy Herron-Braggs. Find En Vogue on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at
Soda City Brass Band
Background and Details: Famously Hot New Year
Past national acts have included Elle King and Nappy Roots (2017); Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Sister Hazel (2016); Ms. Lauryn Hill (2015); The O’Jays and Misterwives (2014); Kool and the Gang and Z.Z. Ward (2013); The Wallflowers, Atlantic Starr and Biz Markie (2012) and George Clinton (2011). What started in 2011 as a NYE street concert and fireworks show has grown into a major statewide celebration, set amid the capital city’s charming, historic downtown dining and shopping districts, with multiple hotels within blocks of the festivities. Plan your #FHNY weekend at http://www.famouslyhotnewyear.com.
En Vogue Live on NYE at Famously Hot New Year in Columbia, S.C.
About Famously Hot New Year
Headliner: En Vogue (R&B, pop)