Since we are less than a week away, I’m pretty positive the kid in me is getting really pumped for Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers with special guests Scarlet Begonias (with members of the James Brown Band sitting in). We want to give special thanks to our good pals at Friends With Benefits Productions (FWB) and WBBQ (104.3 radio station) for bringing Bruce and his band to play the Columbia County Amphitheater in Evans, Ga. It has been a wonderful ride this year for FWB who has already brought such great names as The Flaming Lips, People of the Sun (Moon Taxi), The Marcus King Band, The Eric Krasno Band, Stoplight Observations, Umphrey’s McGee, and Lil Uzi Vert to play Augusta/Evans, Ga.
It is no surprise that FWB has not let up on the gas by bringing this incredible event to the Augusta/Evans area in order celebrate the 70th Anniversary Kick-off for WBBQ broadcasting their radio programming. And to boot, a portion of the proceeds from this event will go to benefit the ALS Clinic at Augusta University Health. For over three decades, 3x Grammy Award winner Bruce Hornsby has solidified himself in the world of popular music by writing some memorable songs like: “The Way It Is”, “The Valley Road”, and “Mandolin Rain”. And we have not even touched on the many collaborations done by Bruce over the years, for example: The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Stevie Nicks, Chaka Khan, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and Bob Seger to name a select few. The list does go on and on with so many very, popular and recognizable names in the music industry.
And for the opening support, we have local rock band Scarlet Begonias (SB) who will perform with some very special guest musicians on stage with them. For this event, members of the James Brown Band will assist in doing this set which will feature music of The Grateful Dead. Fitting since Bruce was very close to The Grateful Dead back in the 1980s and actually played as a member of the band on September 15, 1990. Tickets (General Admission & V.I.P.) are still available online at www.fwbpro.com.
You can also check out the official Facebook event so you can be informed with any news might arise pertaining to this event. As always, I wish FWB all the success in the world in their next couple endeavors: The Major Rager: featuring Umphrey’s McGee and Moon Taxi (08/10/2017 The PGA Championship edition- Charlotte, N.C.) and Government Mule with Galatic (08/01/2017 – part of The Riverwalk Revival- Augusta, Ga.). Click on the links to find out more information about these upcoming FWB events and secure your tickets now.
We have a really, busy few months upcoming and we are very excited for what’s in store for our audience. ‘Like’ our page and stay up to date in 2017 on all music related events/festivals such as; Shaky Knees: A retrospective, Electric Forest (First weekend), Raekwon: Live at The Masquerade, Sloss Music & Arts Festival, Sturgill Simpson: Live in Charlotte, Mo Pop Festival, My Morning Jacket with Gary Clark, Jr: Live in Charlotte, Pallbearer: Live at The Masquerade, Arcade Fire: Infinite Content Tour, Mastodon, Eagles of Death Metal & Russian Circles: Live at the Fox Theatre, and Hulaween by following us on all social media formats: Concerthopper on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, you can follow my personal concert hopping on Facebook and Instagram.
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