The local boys get some love in Columbia this week.

In the early ’90s, four S.C. Gamecocks played hundreds of shows, developed their sound, and forever changed the Capital City music scene. Darius Rucker, Dean Felber, Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, and Mark Bryan hit it big as Hootie and the Blowfish in ’94 with the 15th best-selling album of all time, Cracked Rear View.

The original stomping grounds for Hootie and the Blowfish, the eclectic village of Five Points in Columbia, is honoring the band on Thurs. Oct. 21 with a festival of art and music. The event starts at 4 p.m. with a press conference to rename (honorary) Santee Avenue to “Hootie Boulevard,” as well as an unveiling of a major, permanent piece of public art in tribute of the band.

Following the press conference is a free outdoor concert featuring The Blue Dogs, Cravin Melon, Patrick Davis, Treadmill Trackstar, Tootie and the Jones, Danielle Howle, and the Soul Mites. All four members of Hootie will be in attendance for the press conference and the tribute concert. The festivities wrap up at 11 p.m. —Dustin Pitts