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Dash Rip Rock(ing) the Night Away

Dash Rip Rock onstage at the Metro

One of my absolute favorite things about Augusta is that on almost any night of the week, I can go listen to live music somewhere downtown.

Take last Thursday night, for example. I saw that the Metro posted to Facebook that a band from New Orleans called “Dash Rip Rock” was playing. I looked up their band page and listened to a few songs (country punk is what I’d call it), but what impressed me the most was what I saw. Musical preferences aside, this band had rave reviews from the “New York Times,” “Billboard,” “USA Today” and tons of other publications. I decided that we (my husband and I) were going.

Metro Pub and Coffeehouse is in the heart of downtown Augusta on Broad Street, which makes it easy to find for navigationally challenged people (like myself). The atmosphere is always fun and laid back. You can go hang out before the show and play pool, grab your friends and sit outside or sit by the bar and talk (the staff is really friendly). My husband and ordered a couple of drinks and enjoyed the weather outside for a little while before the concert. (Metro also runs pretty awesome drink specials, so you won’t pay an arm and a leg for a few adult beverages.)

My husband (a self-admitted music junkie) watching the show.Dash Rip Rock packed the house!

Dash Rip Rock live did not disappoint. They’re not just a couple of dudes who like to play music. They’ve got wild stage presence. They’ve got mad talent. They’ve got catchy originals (Country Girlfriend) AND classic crowd pleasers (Ring of Fire). What more could you ask for on a Thursday night?

It was hard to catch a picture of these guys standing still!

 

What most people don’t realize is that for 5 bucks at a downtown bar, you can go see bands that are indie powerhouses like these guys. Dash Rip Rock tours all over the United States playing in local joints like the Metro Pub and Coffeehouse and there are thousands of other bands that do the same.

You can go one night and listen to some local talent that, despite your preconceived notions, is pretty dang good. You can go another night and listen to an independent band that will blow your socks (or in my case, flip flops) off!

So GO! Explore the music scene in Augusta. I bet you’ll surprise yourself.

Metro Pub and Coffeehouse

1054 Broad Street, Augusta Ga 30901

706-722-6468

The Augusta GreenJackets are back!

The Augusta GreenJackets are back, and their fans could not be happier! Crowded gates are what you’ll encounter when you first walk up to Lake Olmstead Stadium, the home of Augusta’s minor league baseball team, but no worries, because the lines move very quickly.

When you enter the stadium your senses will be greeted by the sight of GreenJacket fans strolling around sporting their game attire, you’ll hear about the excitement of last games homerun by those in passing and you’ll smell fresh popcorn being popped and hotdogs being grilled.

The Augusta GreenJackets are a minor league baseball team that plays in Augusta, Georgia, as a Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Lake Olmstead Stadium has been the home of the GreenJackets since the 1995 season. The team is named in honor of The Masters golf tournament held in Augusta, where the winner receives a green jacket. The GreenJackets season begins in April and concludes in early September.

My first game of the season just happened to be the first of several “Thirsty Thursdays.” Each and every game played at home on a Thursday baseball patrons can enjoy dollar draft beer and fountain sodas! And that’s only one of several promotions offered.
Monday – dollar hotdogs
Tuesday – two-for-one
Wednesday – Baseball Bingo
Friday – alternating promotions
Saturday – fireworks
Sunday – kids eat free

Tickets are inexpensive and GreenJackets games are fun for the entire family. Individual game tickets can be purchased for as low as $7.00 for general seating. There are also several ticket packages depending on your needs, including season passes for you baseball enthusiasts! Do you have a large group? No problem! Lake Olmstead Stadium has the accommodations. Book their private party pavilion.

The Augusta GreenJackets play April through September, so there is still time for you to catch plenty of the action!

The Augusta GreenJackets
Lake Olmstead Stadium
78 Milledge Rd  Augusta GA 30904
(706) 736-7889

Cheddar’s Casual Cafe
Last weekend some friends and I went searching for great tasting food offered at an affordable price. Where did we end up? Cheddar’s! The restaurant is fairly new to the Augusta area. It has only been open for a little over a year, but it’s fantastic food and reasonable prices keep this restaurant packed.

Cheddar's

Cheddar’s is a casual dining experience. They have inside and outside seating available, a full bar with inexpensive drink options (my favorite is the Sangria Margarita) and an extensive food menu offering: appetizers, soups, salads, chicken, burgers, steaks, cold and hot sandwiches, desserts and a kid’s menu for the little ones. And you MUST try their flakey, honey-buttery croissants!

side salad with a honey buttery croissant

We started the night off with some of their tasty appetizers. We choose the Santa Fe Spinach Dip, it’s a mix of spinach, sour cream, a blend of Southwestern spices and fours cheeses. It’s served with their homemade salsa and crispy tortilla chips.

Santa Fe Spinach Dip

We also ordered the Texas Cheese fries, made with A large portion of crispy golden French fries loaded with melted  cheeses and crispy bacon. Perfect for dipping in their homemade buttermilk ranch dressing.

Texas Cheese Fries

Then it was finally time for the main course! I decided to try their Grilled Chicken Alfredo with fresh garden vegetables. I followed my server’s recommendation and ordered a side of marinara sauce and it was delicious!

Grilled Chicken Alfredo with a side of marinara sauce

My friend Sarah ordered the chicken tender and steak combo, center cut top sirloin with hand-breaded chicken tenders, and for her sides she choose a baked potato and a bowl of rice and beans. It was all fantastic!

Steak and Chicken Tenders Combo

I will definitely be going back to Cheddar’s very soon! The portions are large enough that we were able to take some home for lunch the next day. Large portions, fabulous food and low prices? It’s a no brainer! Try it for yourself.

Cheddar’s
Address: 3609 Walton Way Extension, Augusta, Georgia 30909
Tel: (706) 738-7831
Hours of Operation:
Sunday – Thursday  11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday and Saturday  11:00 am – midnight

Rhinehart’s – It’s Beyond Casual

This casual seafood restaurant is by far one of my favorite places to eat in Augusta, and one of the most unique “hole in the wall” places to visit! Don’t let the run down beach shack feel scare you from the outside-because it is truly one of Augusta’s gems!

Rhineharts gives you that casual, laid back, beach good feeling! They have the BEST fried shrimp-I think it’s even better than at the beach! They have a variety of wonderful seafood on their menu such as oysters, po boys, crab legs, fish and so much more. They also have other varieties of food, such as the best hamburger and homemade french fries in town!

They offer specials everyday for lunch and dinner-my personal fave is their Monday night special, $2.99 dozen boiled shrimp-you can’t beat the price or the taste anywhere!

Dining is inside or outside-however I recommend sitting outside at the picnic tables and enjoying this beautiful spring weather in Augusta! Take the entire family and friends and enjoy this great atmosphere, food, and fun!

April in Augusta – Masters Time

I know it is March and maybe cold where you are, but in Augusta spring is coming and so is the excitement about the Masters Golf Tournament. I moved to Augusta in 1995 and have begged, borrowed and almost stolen to make it to the Augusta National Golf Course every spring. The joy of this tournament never gets old. So I thought I would share a few of my favorite parts.

Free Parking – from the very beginning it is awesome. Tell me what other major sporting event offers free parking!!!!!! From wherever you are coming, follow the golf traffic signs. Don’t try to get sneaky. The signs truly send you the quickest way to free parking. And remember to leave the cell phone in the car – it is okay. It will actually feel quit liberating.

Then you walk in Gate 6A and expect to be Wowed! If you have not been in awhile this is all new. They have definitely added the Disney effect – a grand entrance. Don’t rush. Take in all in. Then hand them your ticket. Remember not to permanently attach the pass to your body once you get out of the car. The security guards will need to scan it at the entrance. Then after that you can permanently attach it – just make sure they can see it. They will ask throughout the day if they cannot see it.

You will walk in alongside the driving range. This is also new as of last year. For me, it seems a little dangerous. But apparently these guys do not have as many bad shots as I think. Another little insider info – on your left is a small cabin. This is where ESPN and a few other media folks broadcast from during the week. So they actually have the back drop of the driving range. I enjoy taking time at the driving range. There are nice bleachers to sit and watch the action and soak up some sun. Last year, when Tiger Woods made his big entrance back to golf it was here in Augusta. I spent some quality time with him at the driving range. You can see the media cabin in the background as well.

It really is a great time in Augusta at the Masters Tournament. But I could write all day. So I think I will save dirt cheap fabulous food, fantastic scenery and the time I was approached by a security guard for another edition of the Visit Augusta Blog. However, if you are coming this year and have questions – do not hesitate to call 800-726-0243.

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