Don Rhodes

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Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016

Ramblin' Rhodes: Newberry Opera House has new director, new lineup

The Newberry (S.C.) Opera House that so many Augusta-area residents love to patronize is under a new executive director for the first time in 19 years.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016

Ramblin' Rhodes: 'Miss Daisy' brings attention to Waynesboro show series

It's hard to believe that the good folks down in Waynesboro, Ga., are opening their 37th season with actually a pre-season production of the play Driving Miss Daisy.
By Don Rhodes

Monday, Aug 15, 2016

'Miss Sharon Jones!' to be shown at Imperial during Westobou

The Augusta Chronicle has learned that the widely-acclaimed documentary film Miss Sharon Jones! about the world-wide rhythm and blues star and Augusta native will be shown at Imperial Theatre in ...
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016

Ramblin' Rhodes: Lowe presents positive messages in 'Different Colors'

Susanna Lowe's recently released album "Different Colors, Different Names" is full of positive messages about treating your fellow human beings with kindness and believing in yourself.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016

Ramblin' Rhodes: Real-life Eve of 'Three Faces of Eve' honored at funeral

It's been almost 59 years since the black-and-white movie "The Three Faces of Eve" about a woman with multiple mental personalities had its world premiere at Augusta's Miller Theater. On Aug. 1, ...
By Don Rhodes

Thousands knew Earl Phillips as integral part of The Lewis Family

Thousands of bluegrass and gospel music fans and stars of those musical styles knew Earl Phillips from his decades of being part of The Lewis Family group of Lincolnton, Ga. Phillips died Aug. 1 ...
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Ramblin' Rhodes: Men remembered for contributions to culture, music

The good deeds of Native American Chipa Wolfe of Jasper, Ga., still are being remembered by those who knew him through his life-work as a musician, festival promoter and educator.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ramblin' Rhodes: Seasons will feature tribute artists, bluegrass groups

It's that time of the year when artistic groups are formulating and announcing their new season lineups, and both Augusta Amusements Inc. and the Morris Museum of Art each have some great offerings.
By Don Rhodes

Monday, July 11, 2016

Ramblin' Rhodes: 'Year of Georgia Music' recordings capture Augusta's musical ties

Once again Augusta's music scene finally is getting its due recognition thanks to the good people at the Georgia Public Broadcasting System headquarters in Atlanta.
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Ramblin' Rhodes: Musician finding new fame without forgetting roots

Augusta-reared musician and songwriter Daniel Antopolsky, who now lives in France, had ordered a meal in the front courtyard of the Pizza Joint on Broad Street last March when he needed to wash ...
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Ramblin' Rhodes: Stanley shared music with admirers on stage and off

It seemed as if just about everybody wanted to record with bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley, who died on June 23 at age 89.
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Ramblin' Rhodes: McKinnon was everyday man who wrote country hits

The funeral and life celebration service for 82-year-old Don McKinnon in the historic Beech Island, S.C., Baptist Church reminded me once again that you don't have to become famous to make a ...
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ramblin' Rhodes: Relive thrill of hearing Elvis in 1956

Cody Ray Slaughter, an Elvis Presley tribute artist, has been barnstorming the nation since June 2015 with his Elvis '56 show. The production will wrap up at Augusta's Imperial Theater at 7:30 ...
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Ramblin' Rhodes: Awards recognize contributions to community arts

Since 1985, outstanding members of the Augusta-area arts community have been recognized annually by the Greater Augusta Arts Council.
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Ramblin' Rhodes: Band director to join Fabulous Equinox Orchestra full time

After 11 years of teaching band music in public schools, Tommy Brinson is "taking the A Train," so to speak, and going full time on the road with The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ramblin' Rhodes: Hear songs from Jarosz's most intimate album at Banjo-B-Que

Just five days after turning 25 on May 23, bluegrass and Americana artist Sarah Jarosz will be performing on Saturday, May 28, at the Papa Joe's Banjo-B-Que Music Festival in Evans, Ga. Admission ...
By Don Rhodes

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Ramblin' Rhodes: Sara Evans leads two lives: the normal one, the singer one

Sara Evans will perform her many hit singles at the Imperial Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday, May 20.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ramblin' Rhodes: Aiken Bluegrass Festival faves returning, bringing friends

The 12th annual Aiken Bluegrass Festival this weekend promises to be the best yet, according to organizer Christian Schaumann. "We are not only having several of the best bands touring today," he ...
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Ramblin' Rhodes: Bluegrass, gospel fans should head to Lewis Family's

Lovers of great bluegrass and Southern gospel music will want to be at the eighth annual Jeff & Sheri Easter Homecoming Mother's Day Weekend Festival.
By Don Rhodes

Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival is back this Saturday

On May 7, the 23rd edition of the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival, which honors the blues legend and Georgia Music Hall of Famer, takes place.
By Don Rhodes
 
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