This Monday fans of the Hopelands Gardens Series are in for a treat when Veronika Jackson brings her unique style of music to the stage. The concert begins at 7 p.m.


“My music is a little folk, a little blues,” Jackson said. “I try to tell stories with what I do.”


Jackson grew up in Florida, but moved to Atlanta in the mid-90’s, roughly 10 years before she decided to make a big change in her life.


She said she had always liked folk music, but it was when she started meeting other musicians that they turned her on to the guitar. After mixing her love of singing with the guitar, she decided to go for it.


“I’ve been doing this for a long time, but was still working a nine-to-five,” Jackson recalled. “In 2008, I thought, ‘I’m not getting any younger,’ so I started doing this full time.”


It seems to have been the right decision for Jackson, as she’s enjoyed great success playing at festivals and all kinds of other venues.


“This has been the best year ever, I just love doing festivals, that’s my style of venue,” Jackson said. “I’m really a grass roots type of person. My goal is to keep the African American grass roots movement alive.”


Drawing influence from artists such as Odetta, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Joan Baez, Ella Fitzgerald, and Diamond Teeth Mary, this Monday’s show should be a fun time, with a look to the past.


“I’m hoping to encourage, motivate and give people a good time,” Jackson said. “(Fans) will get a compilation of my original music and some oldies.”


Chris Walsh is the arts and entertainment reporter for the Aiken Standard. He graduated from Valdosta State University and hails from Atlanta, Ga.