Several musicians, bands coming to Augusta
From festivals to fundraisers, famed musicians will be performing throughout Augusta for the next few months.
Today, tickets go on sale for two May events – the Papa Joe's Banjo-B-Que & Music Festival and the Hunter Hayes' concert.
Within the next few weekends, country singers Corey Smith and Lee Brice will headline their own shows at the Country Club Dance Hall & Saloon.
Corey Smith is a country singer from Jefferson, Ga.
He will be at the Country Club, 2834 Washington Road, on Saturday.
This will be his first time performing at this location.
“I'm really looking forward to it,” he said. “It seems like a different kind of venue where you can get up close with the people, while they are being rowdy and having a good time.”
Smith is at work on his ninth studio album.
Rising Georgia country singer Andy Velo will also perform.
Velo released a self-titled EP in 2012.
Smith met Velo years ago when he taught social studies at Georgia's North Gwinnett High School.
Velo was one of his students.
Doors open at 8 p.m.
For more information, visit www. augustacountry.com.
South Carolina native Lee Brice will perform in awareness of Alzheimer's on March 4.
Brice will headline The Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer's Care's annual Music For Memories concert.
The center is a nonprofit organization that tends to clients with Alzheimer's or related dementia – ailments marked by memory and/or behavior troubles.
“Many in our community have a strong interest in country music and so many are also touched by the effects of dementia,” said Andrea Cauthen Bussey, the center's immediate past president.
The concert will be at the Country Club, doors opening at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door.
VIP tickets of $100 are also available. In addition to seeing the main show, these ticket-holders will be given access to an event at 7 p.m. that will include an open bar, refreshments catered by Augusta's Frog Hollow Tavern and an acoustic concert.
All proceeds will stay in the CSRA and go toward supporting The Jud C. Hickey Center.
“This event has been a growing success for us in our fundraising efforts,” Bussey said.
Country singer Jon Pardi and local performer Joe Stevenson will open for Brice.
Brice comes from Sumter, graduating from Clemson University.
His music has been influenced by artists like Garth Brooks, Hank Williams Jr., Aerosmith and Guns N' Roses.
“Though he soaked up the varied styles, it was Brooks' story-driven songs that most moved him and influenced his own original music,” according to Brice's online biography.
Brice co-wrote Brooks' “More Than a Memory” hit.
For more information on his upcoming Augusta concert, visit www.judchickey center.org.
The fifth annual Papa Joe's Banjo-B-Que & Music Festival will be held for two days at the Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd.
Headlining will be The Avett Brothers on May 23 and the Old Crow Medicine Show on May 24.
Weekend passes of $60 are now available online for purchase.
Children 12 and younger will be admitted for free.
Single-day tickets will be available only at the gate. Prices are $35 for May 23 and $30 for May 24.
VIP ticket options will be offered soon.
The festival was created in 2010 in honor of Joseph (Joe) R. Pond, a prominent figure in the Augusta community.
“This event brings together all his favorite things – feel-good music, fresh cooked barbecue and a fun atmosphere for the entire family,” a release stated.
The Avett Brothers come for a full-fledged good time with “songs that are honest -– just chords with real voices singing real melodies,” according to the band's biography.
This will be its first time performing at this festival, a release stated.
The Old Crow Medicine Show, a string-based band, is a returning act.
Also on this year's performing schedule are The Whiskey Gentry, Rosco Bandana, The Little Roy & Lizzie Show and The Blue Dogs.
Bands are still being scheduled, according to a release.
Papa Joe's Banjo-B-Que & Music Festival will also include a petting zoo, pig races and more.
For more information, visit www. banjobque.com.
Augusta is one stop on Grammy-nominated artist Hunter Hayes' We're Not Invisible Tour.
The tour is co-presented by the Child Hunger Ends Here organization.
“Child Hunger Ends Here, a ConAgra Foods program, is proud to work with Hayes, who will lend his voice to spread awareness for child hunger,” a release stated.
Hayes' Augusta performance will be at 7 p.m. on May 29 at James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh Street.
Tickets of $35 and $49.50 go on sale at 10 a.m. today.
Hayes is a country artist from Louisiana.
Performing with him will be “The Voice” Season 4 winner Danielle Bradbery and rising country band Dan+Shay.
For more information, call 877-428-4849 or visit www.augusta entertainmentcomplex.com.
Stephanie Turner graduated from Valdosta State University in 2012. She then signed on with the Aiken Standard, where she is now the arts and entertainment reporter.