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Border Bash and 80's Night Downtown


Another fun-filled Friday night in Augusta began in the Augusta Common for the 17th annual Border Bash, a famous celebration that brings South Carolina Gamecock  and Georgia Bulldog fans together. It is traditionally held the Friday before the rivalry game on the following Saturday.  My friends and I cheered for our team, the Georgia Bulldogs, or more intimately the ‘bulldawgs’, and saw each team’s mascots, cheerleaders and enjoyed musical entertainment by The Joe Stevenson Band (from right here in Augusta) and Sister Hazel. Not only was this event fun for everyone, it feels good to know that proceeds from this event benefit several children’s organizations in Augusta and the CSRA.

After the Border Bash, we decided to stay downtown and head to 80’s Night at one of our favorite spots downtown, the Soul Bar. Soul Bar features themed nights like Disco Inferno and 90’s Night also, but 80’s Night is always jam-packed with Augusta locals, especially college students and local artists and musicians  every second Friday of the month.

We danced the night away and sang along to our favorite 80’s songs like Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” which, magically everyone in the entire bar knows the words to. The DJ plays a variety of music famous to the featured decade. We danced for hours as we sipped on one of Soul Bar’s famous drink concoctions, the Green Disaster.  This drink is special to only Soul Bar, and their bartenders are more than happy to share their recipe with the faithful readers of the Metro Spirit. It contains ¾ ounces of Malibu Rum, ¾ ounces of vodka (any brand), ¾ ounces of melon rum, a splash of orange juice, sweet and sour mix and a splash of Sprite. It is delicious if you are looking for something fruity, but something different.

If you are in Augusta on a Friday night and are looking for a spot with happening night life, check out the Soul Bar, located at 984 Broad Street in downtown Augusta or e-mail info@soulbar.com, especially the second Friday of the month. Visiting the first Friday of the month? Check out the monthly First Friday celebration downtown.

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)

June Surveys from Facebook Fans

Every Monday we survey our Facebook Fans. Here are some of the results of the surveys from this month.

What is Augusta’s signature dish?

The Green Jacket Salad

BBQ at Sconyers (2 votes)

And the winner is BBQ at Sconyers with 2 votes.

Where can you get a good breakfast in Augusta?

Ruth’s Family Restaurant (2 votes)

Sunrise Grill (2 votes)

Cracker Barrel (2 votes)

Evans Diner

New Moon Cafe

And the winner is a three-way tie between Ruth’s, Sunrise Grill, and Cracker Barrel with 2 votes each.

What is the best bar/nightclub in Augusta?

Sky City

Fishbowl Lounge

The Country Club

The Islands

And the winner is a tie!

Le Chat Noir Theatre

 

I have always enjoyed attending the theater; I have even acted in a few plays. So, when the Le Chat Noir Theatre opened I was very excited.

 

It is a very small theatre, it seats about 80 people. There are no bad seats and you always feel as if you are a part of the production because you are so close. One of the things I like about Le Chat is their selection of plays they produce. They are always very unique plays that sometimes push the envelope. My husband and I attended the Halloween special they held last year that featured several twisted Halloween stories. Everyone that attended was encouraged to dress up and attend the Cat Ball held right after the play. That is another thing I like about Le Chat Noir, they are not just a theatre. They hold several events there, like a Whiskey Tasting on St. Patrick’s Day, or an Improv night.

Another unique thing about Le Chat Noir is their bar. Behind the bar is a giant sideways mirror. It just adds to the whole ambience of the theatre.

Date Night in Augusta

Recently my husband and I celebrated our 11th Wedding Anniversary and were looking for a nice place to enjoy a “date,” together.  It was actually a hard decision because Augusta has so many great local places to eat, over 300 locally owned restaurants to be exact.  We decided on Crums on Central which is a fairly new restaurant in town.  It was very good!

Crums is uniquely located in the historic Summerville Hill neighborhood district which is on the National Register of Historic places.  Central Avenue, where you’ll find Crums, is one of the most beautiful streets in the area because it’s lined with grand old homes, separated by a median with beautiful landscaping and just has a feel of true Southern Hospitality.   Since we were celebrating a momentous occasion we splurged a little and had lots to eat!  We started our dinner with the Fried Calamari which, when dipped in the marina sauce or cocktail sauce was very yummy!  We also split a bottle one of their many Pinot Noir selections, and corked it and took it home when we didn’t finish it.  That’s an added value!  I had the salmon which was pan seared and served with peppered grits and broccollini, my husband had the Baked North Georgia Trout topped with fried oysters and Béarnaise sauce over rice. He loved it, because there was not a CRUM left on his plate!  

After dinner we decided to go to another one of our favorite spots to enjoy the night a bit longer, Rae’s Coastal Café.  Another uniquely located restaurant, Rae’s is nestled inside the Forest Hills Racquetball Club and neighborhood.  As you might guess by its name it has a very coastal, casual feel to it.  You’ll find hard wooden floors, a giant fish tank, and fish nets hanging from the ceiling.  The crowd here is always very friendly and happy to meet a new  friend.  Rae’s has a great menu as well.  One of my favorite things there is the Rae’s Famous House Salad.  Served on a cold pewter plate with fresh greens, special house dressing, croutons, and parmesan cheese, it’s a lot like the famous Green Jacket Salad.   We had a great night celebrating 11 years of wedding bliss in our hometown of Augusta, GA.  Hope you’ll come check it out too!

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