With roots firmly planted in Columbia in general and at the University of South Carolina and Five Points spots in particular, the band Hootie & the Blowfish instantly brings back memories of nights in Five Points for Gamecocks of a certain age. The band of college classmates got its start in the late 1980s and early 1990s in the bars and music halls of the restaurant and entertainment district just east of campus. To honor the hometown band in 2010, the Five Points Association unveiled the Hootie & the Blowfish Monument at Harden Street and Santee Avenue, following an honorary street renaming.
The stainless-steel sculpture stands about 10-feet wide and 20-feet long with spires reaching 17-feet skyward. The monument features a large, sidewalk-embedded marble plaque in the shape of a guitar pick and throughout the ribbons you’ll see metal musical stanzas.
As the monument proclaims, “FIVE POINTS will always regard Mark, Darius, Dean and Jim as native sons. After all, when Hootie toured the world, they always remembered their roots, announcing from every stage, “we’re Hootie and the Blowfish from Columbia, South Carolina.” The Five Points portion of Santee Avenue bears the honorary designation “Hootie Boulevard.”