Hootie & The Blowfish monument to be unveiled today

The monument
The monument

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - From now on, Santee Avenue in Five Points will be called Hootie Boulevard.

That's one of the many ways the city of Columbia and the Five Points Association are honoring Hootie and the Blowfish, a popular band that hit it big in the 1990's and that calls Columbia home.

Entertainment writer, Mike Miller, covered the band from their humble beginnings to their rise to international fame. A stack of front page articles in The State newspaper tells their success story. 

Miller says it started with just a small blurb back in 1993.

"There was hardly a mention of Hootie and the Blow Fish at all, except for a compilation they did for the Jam Room," Miller said.

Then a national late night comedian heard their song and asked them to come play on a televised stage. Just one year later, Hootie made the front page.

"I couldn't help but be excited to be in Columbia writing about music and all of a sudden having a band appear in Rolling Stone magazine and Billboard magazine and being on television all of the time," Miller said.

He followed Hootie around the globe and there is one thing that always stuck with him: "From every stage they played, they would announce to thousands of people that they were Hootie and the Blowfish from Columbia, South Carolina."

That's why he and other leaders in Columbia helped organize a monument in their name. It's a symbol of thanks, not only for their music but for the love and attention they brought to the capital city.

The monument will be unveiled at 4 p.m. Thursday at the corner of Santee Avenue (Hootie Blvd.) and Harden Street.

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