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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



(This is a repost from June 11, 2010.)

The first time I heard about a new event called the ‘Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que’ that was happening on Memorial Day weekend I knew it was going to be great. The name is so original and catchy.  The Banjo-B-Que is all about bluegrass music and barbeque, and so much more! 

How can you beat a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned barbeque cook off?  There were over 20 teams cooking for days to see who had the best chicken, ribs and pulled pork. As we walked in the gates all we could smell was sweet, sweet meat. A good number of teams cooked enough to be able to sell some of their barbeque for people to try.  I think by the end of the day we tried meat from 3 or 5 different teams, along with boiled peanuts and other culinary delights. I was in heaven!

The promoters of the Banjo-B-Que stated that it was perfect for folks of all ages and they were right.  There were carnival rides and games for kids, and even a petting zoo. 

There was also several food tents with cotton candy, funnel cakes and fried goodies, and for the grownups there were plenty of beer tents, so we were never far from refreshments.

I also got to experience something I never had before…pig races!  Throughout the day they had little piggies running around a miniature racetrack.

I learned that the pigs were in hot pursuit of Oreo cookies.  Seriously, that is what they race for!


They even had a swimming pig.  His name is ‘Swifty’ and apparently he’s a big deal on the pig race circuit.

Another highlight of the day was all the great music.  The lineup was fantastic!  I think the bluegrass musicians we saw were quite talented, and great sports considering that it rained on and off during the last three sets.

We got to see Chatham County Line, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Ricky Skaggs.  Their styles of bluegrass are each a little bit different, but all of them were fantastic!  I was especially excited to see Ricky Skaggs since he is such a legend in the country music world, and he did not disappoint!

Even though it rained a little bit, the whole day was really enjoyable and I can’t wait to see what is in store for next year!

The 2011 Banjo-B-Que  full music schedule for Friday includes: John Popper & the Duskray Troubarours, the Blue Dogs, The Whiskey Gentry, Sibling String and Crosstie Walkers. Saturday’s main stage music line up features Old Crow Medicine Show, Doc Watson & David Holt, Frontier Ruckus, Charlie Parr & the Clack Twig Pickers, Chatham County Line, Little Roy & Lizzy, Bloodkin and Peachtree Station


5540 Jefferson Davis Highway
North Augusta, SC 29841
(803) 400-3609


Blue Horse Bistro

The other day I had lunch with a friend at one of Augusta’s newest restaurants, Blue Horse Bistro and Jazz Club. Located in the historic D. Timm’s building, with the iconic Blue Horse, the restaurant offers fine dining and jazz in the evenings and a great lunch menu.

Rebekah had cabbage soup and crab cakes. Both were delicious and perfect lunch portions. The crab cakes were a little spicy, but just enough to make the dish really good.

I had the herb-marinated grilled chicken sandwich. The remoulade that came with it had a touch of ginger, which was really nice with the chicken. Their sides included two of my favorites, creamed spinach and sweet potato fries, and I had a hard time choosing. I’m always on the hunt for good sweet potato fries so I figured I would give theirs a shot and I wasn’t disappointed. Most places don’t use enough salt, which makes them so bland, but Blue Horse used sea salt and the result was really good.

Even more impressive, our lunch only took 45 minutes, perfect for a business lunch and even better for a day packed with site-seeing in Augusta. Blue Horse is located just down the street from the Augusta Museum of History and one block away from the Boyhood Home of Woodrow Wilson, so it is a great lunch stop between the two attractions.

For more information check out their Facebook page.

Blue Horse Bistro and Jazz Club
302 Sixth St
Augusta, GA, 30901
(706) 955-9875

Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Closed Sunday

Tony Howard’s Motown Review at the Imperial Theatre

I always struggle with what to get my mom for her birthday, but this year her visit to Augusta coincided with the perfect gift.  My mom is a big fan of music from days past, so I surprised her with tickets for us to see Tony Howard’s Motown Review.

The show was held at the Imperial Theatre, and we were fortunate enough to have seats in the lower first balcony.  We had a fantastic view of the whole stage and were able to see every bit of the action.  The theatre was packed, and there was plenty of clapping and dancing.

The show started out with a few Stevie Wonder songs and then went into a Marvin Gaye tribute.  That performer was fantastic.   So was the tribute to Aretha Franklin that followed it.  Man, she could sing!  I loved her performance of “Respect.”

By far the best part of the night was the finale, The Motown Review, which featured songs from The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Four Tops, among others.  Mom’s favorite song is “My Girl” by The Temptations, and she wasn’t disappointed.

We had a great time at the show, and it is definitely something I would see again.  I love the Imperial Theatre, such a fantastic historic venue and they host a lot of great performances.  To see which shows they have coming up, visit www.imperialtheatre.com.

(Both images courtesy of Jeff Hines)

Augusta Canal Boat Tour

It was a foggy October morning in Augusta, Georgia when we decided to take the kids on their first Petersburg Boat Tour along the Augusta Canal. They loved it!

Jake loves the water – although at 1½ years old everything that is water is “boat.” And William the 3 ½ year old got to be the Captain. The tour guide gave plenty of history that was lost on my two kids, but I enjoyed the stories. The boys were entertained with wildlife we saw – birds and turtles. But of course we kept an eye out for alligators.

There are several different types of tours besides the one hour tour we took – like moonlight tour and a music tour. I know groups have even rented the boats for family reunions and office outings. For more info on the boat tours, history and museum visit the Augusta Canal’s website. Because I know I am missing all sorts of important stuff.

But I have to say our tour was just long enough and the photo of Captain William will last forever!

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