History/Heritage

Augusta - On the Good Foot

Though best known as the hometown of the late, great James Brown, Augusta’s rich musical history and vibrant music scene have more than cemented its spot on the musical map. Brown, as well as homegrown musicians Jessye Norman and Lady Antebellum, all have local auditoriums and amphitheaters named after them. In addition, Brown is honored with a life-sized bronze statute downtown, a permanent exhibition at the Augusta Museum of History, a street named after him, and a nightclub, the Soul Bar, that is dedicated to his legacy. A thriving live music scene includes Sky City, Still Water Tap Room, The Playground, Metro, the historic Imperial Theatre, ongoing Garden City Jazz concerts on the Savannah River, Tuesday Music Live concerts at the historic Saint Paul Episcopal Church, the 60-year television tradition, Parade of Quartets, and the annual Southern Soul & Song concert series presented by the Morris Museum of Art. There’s even a Moonlight Music Cruise, with musicians performing on a 49-passenger Petersburg boat as it floats down the Augusta Canal.

Music-centric festivals Banjo-B-Que, Westobou, the sprawling Arts In the Heart, with multiple stages and a focus on musical diversity, and Rock Fore! Dough, a benefit concert held each year during Masters Week.

Augusta’s newest sightseeing excursion known as The James Brown Family Historical Tour launched on Saturday, February 27, 2016. A fun, entertaining and narrated tour will run once a day on Saturdays from 11:00 am to 12:45pm year round. The 25-passanger temperature controlled bus provided by T and T Transportation will take fans of Mr. James Brown on a narrated tour making stops at places that are significant to the history of Mr. Brown’s life growing up in Augusta, GA. The James Brown Family Historical Tour price is $15 per person and includes admission to the Augusta Museum of History where the largest collection of James Brown memorabilia is located. www.jamesbrownfamilyfdn.org

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