June 9. The Revivalists at The Bell Auditorium. The Revivalists have cultivated an energetic live show and a studio presence equally steeped in instrumental virtuosity and charismatic vocal magnetism. Join them as they make a stop in Augusta as part of their summer tour. Visit www.augustaentertainmentcomplex.com.
July 4. Boom in the Park at Evans Towne Center. The 18th Annual 4th of July Celebration, the largest Fireworks display in the CSRA. Pull up a lawn chair and enjoy. Bring the whole family. The kids will love riding the 47 foot Ferris Wheel, rolling around in hamster balls, splashing on the slip and slide and lots more. Live music and food throughout the day with fireworks at dark. Visit www.evanstownecenterpark.com/events.
July 20. Heathers The Musical, Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center at Evans Towne Center. Heathers The Musical is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet. Please note: this show contains coarse language, sexuality, violence and mature themes. Viewer discretion IS advised! Visit www.visitaugusta.com.
July 27. Gladys Knight at The Bell Auditorium. Known as the “Empress of Soul,” Gladys Knight is an American singer, songwriter and actress. A seven-time Grammy Award-winner, Knight is best known for the hits she recorded during the 60s and 70s for both the Motown and Buddah Records labels, with her group Gladys Knight & the Pips, which included her brother Merald “Bubba” Knight and her cousins Edward Patten and William Guest. Come out for a night of favorites as well as new music from her latest release, Where my Heart Belongs. Visit www.augustaentertainmentcomplex.com.
June 1 to August 12 at The Morris Museum of Art. Street Scenes: The Magical World of Robert Vickrey. Born in 1926 in Manhattan, Vickrey studied art at the Pomfret School in Connecticut, before enlisting in the navy’s V-12 officers’ training program. His paintings are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and others. This exhibition was organized with the generous assistance of William Meek, longtime director of the Harmon-Meek Gallery in Naples, Florida. Visit www.themorris.org/exhibitions.html.
June 1. Black Jacket Symphony. A unique concert experience that recreates classic albums in a live performance setting with a first class lighting and video production. A selected album is performed in its entirety by a group of hand-picked musicians specifically selected for each album. Visit www.millertheateraugusta.com.
June 1 to July 29. Paintings by Stephen Estrada at The Morris Museum of Art. Estrada was born in Chicago and raised in Southern California. He grew up hiking in the nearby mountains and deserts and surfing. Those early experiences instilled in him a deep appreciation for the power and fragility of the natural environment. He continues to work from his studio in Silver Spring, MD. He has exhibited widely on the East Coast and his work is included in numerous public and private collections all over the country. This is his first exhibition at the Morris Museum of Art. Visit www.stephenestradaart.com.
June 2. The Charlie Daniels Band at The Miller Theater. American multi- instrumentalist, lyricist, and singer, Charlie Daniels is known for his contributions to country, bluegrass and Southern rock music. He is perhaps best known for his number- one country hit The Devil Went Down to Georgia. Visit www.millertheateraugusta.com.
June 3. RENT 20th Anniversary Tour at The Bell Auditorium. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly and is now on stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. Visit www.augustaentertainmentcomplex.com.
June 5 to June 26. Evenings in Appleby Garden Concert Series at Appleby Branch Library. Sing, swing and sway along to an eclectic musical mix every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. May 29th to June 26th. The event is free. Bring a chair or borrow one for a donation and relax and enjoy the sounds of summer. You can even pack an evening picnic or purchase dinner from a food truck! June 5-Kendrell Germany Trio. June 12- Creative Impressions, June 19-Savannah River Bluegrass Tuesday and June 26- Special Guest. Visit www.eventsaugusta.com.
June 8. Boz Scaggs. American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Boz Scaggs at The Miller Theater. He was a guitarist and occasional lead singer with the Steve Miller Band and gained fame with several solo hits such as Lido Shuffle and Lowdown. Scaggs continues to write, record music, and tour.
June 9. Tell Heaven I’m Coming at The Miller Theater. Visit www.millertheateraugusta.com.
June 10. Jeff Foxworthy at The Miller Theater. Visit www.millertheateraugusta.com.
June 29. Fort Gordon’s Independence Celebration. Randy Houser and Jon Langston will headline Fort Gordon’s Celebration. Enjoy food, beverages and live music to commemorate America’s 241st Birthday. There will be kiddie carnival rides, fun family activities and so much more. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and blankets to get comfy for the firework spectacular beginning at dark (No pets, coolers or tents). Visit www. gordon.armymwr.com.
June 29. Plies at The Bell Auditorium. Algernod Lanier Washington, better known by his stage name Plies, is an American hip hop recording artist. He is the founder of Big Gates Records at will perform at The Miller Theater. Visit www.augustaentertainmentcomplex.com.
July 3. Bring It! Live at The Bell Auditorium. Visit www.augustaentertainmentcomplex.com.
July 7. The Real Live Blues Band at The Bell Auditorium. Visit www.augustaentertainmentcomplex.com.
July 10. Dan & Phil at The Bell Auditorium. Famous British radio show hosts on BBC Radio 1 on Sunday evenings. Visit www.augustaentertainmentcomplex.com.
July 11. Johnnyswim + Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors. The Goodbye Tour at The Bell Auditorium. Visit www.augustaentertainmentcomplex.com.
July 12. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. American country rock band that has existed in various forms since its founding in Long Beach, California in 1966, the band will perform in Augusta this summer. Visit www.millertheateraugusta.com.
July 14. Christmas in July at Ft. Gordon. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at this fantastic event featuring dozens of direct sales and craft vendors offering something for everyone on your list. Don’t miss the food, giveaways and fun with Santa and Mrs. Claus! For more information, please call 706-791-4300. Open to the public.
July 14. Dreamgirls (The Movie): A FREE Summer Film Series at The Imperial Theatre Set in Detroit in the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James “Thunder” Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams but not before demoting their hefty big- voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due? Visit www.imperialtheatre.com.
July 17. Indigo Girls. Folk duo whose adroit combination of personalities and songwriting styles provides tension and an interesting balance of music. See them live at The Miller Theater. Visit www.millertheateraugusta.com.
Article appears in the June/July 2018 issue of Augusta Magazine.