Part pep rally. Part concert. All party.

The 2021 Gamecock Central Kickoff Party at Steel Hands Brewing will take place on Friday, August 20th, 2021.

The program will officially begin at 7 p.m. but fans are invited to come out before the main show for our “pregame” in the hours leading up to its start.

As Gamecock Nation prepares for the dawn of the Shane Beamer era, Gamecock Central and Steel Hands Brewing can’t wait to welcome South Carolina fans everywhere to the party.

The event will feature live music from Camden native and University of South Carolina graduate Patrick Davis and His Midnight Choir plus appearances from former football players, Gamecock-related giveaways and more!


VIP Tent Early Access at 5:00PM!

  • VIP areas to include tented reserved spaces and close proximity to the Stage + our New Beer Garden Area (High Top Tables, Bar Stool Seating and limited Lounge Seating areas)
  • Steel Hands Craft Beer VIP Bar with private Steel Hands Bartender to include a selection of ice cold craft beers on tap – 16oz pours.
  • Whiskey Jam VIP Bar with private Bartender featuring a specialty cocktail!
  • Complimentary Light Appetizers(served from 6-8PM) *First-come, first-served; There will be a food service station in our New Beer Garden and Catered Appetizers under our VIP Tented area
  • (4) Craft Beer Tickets per VIP ticket (Cash bar available after tickets)
  • Opportunity to socialize with Gamecock Central’s Chris Clark and Wes Mitchell , former Football Players + Special Guests!
  • Football and recruiting informal Q&A with Chris Clark and Wes Mitchell
  • FREE 1-Month Subscription to Premium Access


  • Limited VIP Tickets Available: $100 each (+taxes/fees)
  • VIP tent early access opens at 5:00PM
  • Please arrive with a printed copy of your ticket at check in
  • Check in at the VIP Tent to receive your VIP wristband and drink tickets. Only guests with VIP wristbands will receive access to the VIP Tent area.
  • You must be 21+ years of age to purchase VIP tickets and enjoy the VIP Drink tickets.
  • ***Kids under 5 years of age are permitted for Free under a Parent or Guardian’s supervision. Kids 6+ years or older are allowed with the purchase of an under 21 year old ticket for $20+taxes/fees. Please no pets in the VIP tent. Under 21 year old tickets do not include alcohol drink tickets, but do have access to the catered food and other VIP perks.
  • Our VIP Tent will be located adjacent to our Main Outdoor Stage located in our grassy area. We do recommend comfortable footwear as a portion of the VIP area is situated on grass.

*Tickets are non-refundable. This event is Rain or Shine. In the event of inclement weather, an announcement will be made regarding arrangements.


Friday, August 20th!

  • 4PM: Pre-game Festivities Kickoff
  • 107.5 The Game Special Broadcast
  • 5PM: VIP Tent Opens
  • 6PM: VIP Tent Football & Recruiting Q&A with Gamecock Central
  • 6-8PM: VIP Catered food service
  • 7PM: Event Begins
  • Enjoy Locker room stories and round table discussions from former Gamecock Football Players
  • Special Guest appearances!
  • Prize Giveaways
  • 8:30PM: Concert Begins
  • Live music on our Main Stage from Patrick Davis and His Midnight Choir!
  • Be on the lookout for additional details as we announce them! 
  • *This is a FREE event open to the public – in addition, we are offering our VIP Experience for immediate access to special perks!

(*Please note this schedule is fluid and subject to change)



Singer/Songwriter Patrick Davis and His Midnight Choir photographed above by Brooke Stevens Photography.

Tennessee born South Carolina raised singer songwriter Patrick Davis has long been known for his abilities as an accomplished songwriter with over 70 of his songs recorded by artist ranging from Guy Clark & Robert Randolph to Jimmy Buffett & Imelda May, but it may very well be his latest creative endeavor that ends up being the music for which he is most fondly remembered. After a decade plus inside the too often homogenized Nashville Music Row Machine Patrick Davis & His Midnight Choir is Patrick’s rediscovering (and reaffirming) his faith in the sound, sincerity & soul of the timeless songs, artists & music that moved him to pick up the guitar (& pen) in the first place.

Built on Davis’ love for classic sounds & songwriting Patrick Davis & His Midnight Choir, with it’s horns, backing vocalists and song structures, hark on the legendary recordings of Van Morrison, Joe Cocker, JJ Cale, Ray Charles & Bruce Springsteen while at the same time closely navigating the musical waters explored by today’s Tedeschi Trucks, Nathaniel Rateliff, Amos Lee, Jason Isbell & others. While Patrick’s songwriting, showmanship and band leading never change the members of PD’s Midnight Choir are an ever rotating line up of world class musicians and singers from PD’s extensive rolodex of musical friends & even family members… as his sister Megan leads the background singers & his dad Rusty plays lead guitar on select shows in the Southeast.


Enjoy a Whiskey Jam Whiskey specialty cocktail from the VIP bar in our reserved VIP areas!

In 2011, Nashville Songwriter Ward Guenther gathered a group of his fellow music row Songwriter & Artist friends together for what was supposed to be a one time only Monday night jam session filled with good friends, good music and good whiskey.

In 2018, Ward and another of his longtime Nashville Singer-Songwriter friends, Patrick Davis, decided to join forces with Scott Newitt and Jim Irvin of South Carolina’s legendary Firefly Distillery to take the Whiskey Jam name even further by creating a world class American whiskey made to be enjoyed not just once a week in Music City, but every night everywhere.

Whiskey Jam Whiskey photographed above by Brooke Stevens Photography.



If you’re coming to our party from out of town and looking for a place to stay, one of our sponsors has graciously given us a special rate at these three Columbia Marriott properties. Please support our sponsors and take advantage of a great deal while you’re at it!





Interested in sponsoring the party? Contact:

Ashley Lambert at , Wes Mitchell at or Chris Clark