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Rock Fore! Dough

Rock Fore! Dough this year was once again a great time! The 7th annual concert and fundraising event is held every year during Masters Week at the First Tee of Augusta. Last year, the concert took place on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

This event has become a Masters Week tradition for both locals and visitors. It’s a great event because it’s your opportunity to listen to music and help raise money!

The Sibling Strings, a local band, started the night off. Next came Edwin McCain singing his famous hits “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More.” He also sang several well-known cover songs including one of my favorites from the talented Bob Marley, “No Women, No Cry.”

Michelle and I had a great time singing and dancing along, especially when Sister Hazel took the stage next. My favorite part was when they did what lead singer/guitarist, Ryan Newell called a “smooch up.” This was a compilation of several pieces of all their great songs and a real crowd pleaser. They also did a great job covering Bad Company’s “Shooting Star.” 

The moment everyone was waiting for was when the headliner, Darius Rucker  took the stage. Rucker has played at Rock Fore! Dough four times in the past as a member of Hootie and The Blowfish. 2011 was his first year headlining the act as Darius Rucker. He sang several of his new songs like, “Come Back Song,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long,” and his newest single “This.” He also gave the people what they wanted and sang some of the hits from his former band Hootie and the Blowfish like, “Hold My Hand,” Let Her Be,” and “I Only Wanna Be With You.” He also did a fabulous job covering Hank William Jr.’s “Family Tradition.”

If you have never been to Rock Fore! Dough I encourage you to get your tickets for 2012! It is usually held the Tuesday during Masters Week.

The A List

Top 5 things to get excited about in Augusta, Ga during October!

September 29 – October 8

Music and art and dance…oh my! The Westobou Festival goes into full swing this month – transforming Augusta into the coolest place on Earth. Not convinced? Check out these awesome events that are just oozing “cool factor”: 1. A Film Comedy Evening with Peter Teschner. Who’s Peter Teschner? Only one of the most well know movie editors of our time with comedy classics like The Little Rascals, Borat, Dodgeball, Semi-Pro and Horrible Bosses under his belt.  2. Botanica by MOMIX. You might have seen the world class ballet troupe MOMIX on a Target commercial or on T.V performing on stages in some of the biggest and best cities in the world.   3. John Williams Spectacular. John Williams is the man. If you’ve seen any Indiana Jones, Star Wars or Jurassic Park or Home Alone movies then you’ve heard his work. The Symphony Orchestra Augusta brings all that to life…complete with Star Troopers.

 

October 7 – 9

Hola! Antio! Hello! Goodbye! The annual Greek Festival and Hispanic Festival offers the chance to eat as much food as possible in three days – all in the name of a cultural experience! See live performances, hear live music and devour everything in sight without feeling guilty.

 

October 7 – 9

If walls could talk… Get a glimpse into Augusta’s most beautiful, eclectic and historic homes in the Summerville community during the Summerville Tour of Homes. The walls may not be able to tell you their story, but you can still hear it from the spirits of the past! Historic Augusta’s annual Walk with the Spirits event features the ghosts of previous owners of the very houses you’ll see during the Tour of Homes!

photo courtesy of http://gregconnellairshows.com/2011/07/boshears-skyfest/

October 15 – 16

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No…it’s SkyFest! Boshears Skyfest brings planes, parachutes, helicopters and more to one place for a weekend full of family fun! I plan to take a helicopter ride. Afraid of heights? Then live vicariously through the parachute tricksters during one of their shows or ride one of the carnival rides.

October 13 – 30

Trick or Treat! Give me something fun to watch. Learn how to kill identify and kill Zombies (you know, just in case we ever have an outbreak) during Le Chat Noir’s haunted interactive attraction, Zombie Apocalypse Training Camp. Gun shy? Then sit safely in your seat and experience the classic story of Young Frankenstein. October’s ALIVE!

Baby, You’re a Firework

Click here to see the video!   ———–>  Westobou Ticket Launch Flash Mob in Augusta, GA

First Friday, August 5th was the kickoff for the 2011 Westobou Festival ticket sales.  The Westobou Performance Project made their presence known at the corner of Broad and Tenth Street.  Have you heard the term Flash Mob? Well, at 6:30 pm all these people wearing colourful tee shirts broke out into dance. There were probably a hundred or more. 

I’m not sure if all those that were downtown for First Friday knew whether or not this was going to take place but it was nice to see so many people out downtown. The street looked like a parade had passed through after all the confetti. 

The Westobou Festival is an annual 10-day festival that celebrates art and culture.

The 2011 Westobou Festival will be from September 29th through October 8th.

Everything from the creation of public art like Sarah Hobbs’ installation and viewing on Friday, Oct. 7th, to huge concerts like Roseanne Cash on Thursday, Sept. 29th, Langhorne Slim on Saturday, Oct. 1st, and Lizz Wright on Saturday, Oct. 8th, to internationally acclaimed ballets like Botanica by Momix on October 6th and 7th and much more flood the Augusta area for locals and visitors to enjoy.

For a full list of events and ticketing information, visit the Westobou Festival website .

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 Machine hits the A-U-G!

The country music duo, Sugarland, rocked a sold-out James Brown Arena on Thursday night, June 23. I can honestly say it was one of the best concerts I have ever been to, and Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush were nothing shy of amazing!

The duo sang several of their well-known/award-winning hits including: “Settlin,” “Stay,” “All I Want To Do,” “It Happens,” “Every Day America,” “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” and of course, “Baby Girl,” “for fans who have been there from the beginning,” she said. And the crowd sang along; the energy was high and everyone was having a good time. They also sang songs from their newest album, Incredible Machine: “Stuck Like Glue,” “Tonight,” “Little Miss,” “Shine The Light” and “Every Girl Like Me” are my favorites!

The duo seemed right at home in the Garden City. Nettles even gave a shout-out to local trendsetter and business owner CoCo Rubio, owner of Sky City and Soul Bar. Nettles said she remembers the days before she “hit it big” playing shows at the Soul Bar and drinking $1 PBR specials; a special that is still offered today!

Being born and raised in Douglas, GA, a short drive from Augusta, the crowd was full of her family and friends. Even her high school band director was there; she jokes saying that it was a good thing the “audience hit all their P’s and Q’s.”

It was one of the best shows I have been to in a long time! I cannot wait to see another show at the James Brown Arena when Keith Urban takes the stage on Saturday, August 13 right here in Augusta, GA! Will you be there?

James Brown Arena

601 7th Street
Augusta, GA 30901
(706) 724-2400

http://www.augustaentertainmentcomplex.com

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