Stories by Steven Uhles

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pop Rocks: Brown's legacy is one this community can be proud of

In a week, Hollywood will come to Augusta with at least some of its trappings. There will be actors and directors, a red carpet and a see-it-first screening.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

AMPED Music Contest voting opens July 10

An inspiring field of former finalists and new faces, this year's AMPED Music Contest is shaping up to be the most competitive in years.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Pop Rocks: Now is a great moment to check out Posh Hammer

I got my first rock 'n' roll record when I was 9 years old. It was The Eagles' Hotel California album, and I'm pretty sure the appeal was its popularity, the crazy gatefold and the fact that The ...
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Pop Rocks: Lake Olmstead Stadium can be great as concert venue

Lake Olmstead Stadium will never be the most convenient venue, but that's not the point. The point is it's cool.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pop Rocks: Fine arts charter school not suited for all, great for some

I'm happy to go on record as being supportive of the proposed fine arts charter school in Columbia County.
By Steven Uhles

Widespread Panic enjoys widespread success

For more than 27 years, singer/guitarist John 'JB' Bell has found himself fronting two different bands - and they are both Widespread Panic.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Pop Rocks: Shaky Knees is good example of music festival for Augusta

Earlier this month I went to Atlanta to take in Shaky Knees, a relative newcomer in the increasingly crowded slate of summer music festivals.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Pop Rocks: Experience artistic improv with locals ABBA, Sure Eel

There is always a place for improvisation. Art, in fact, depends on it.
By Steven Uhles

Monday, April 21, 2014

Pop Rocks: Masters Week music events can offer lessons for future

Two music events succeeded on their own terms during Masters Week, one by remaining reactive and adapting as issues arose, the other by drawing from a deep well of experience and organizing an ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pop Rocks: Be sure to make time for Broad Street

Broad Street has become a mecca for independent businesses and is one of the best places in the city to get a sense of the real Augusta.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Pop Rocks: James Brown biopic, though incomplete, will draw crowd

James Brown has me feeling conflicted. While I have already lent my Facebook support to the grassroots effort to bring the premier of Get On Up, the biopic based on the Godfather's life, to ...
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Pop Rocks: Allow 12 Bands opportunity to grow as it serves

12 Bands now operates year-round, bringing music, encouragement and joy to pediatric cancer patients.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

Pop Rocks: Avett Brothers booking shows good things come to those who wait

While relatively big bookings have always been an important part of the Banjo-B-Que brand - Old Crow's participation dates back to the inaugural year - being able to book the Avett Brothers is ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

Pop Rocks: Mazes and Monsters reunite, give hope for other reunions

This week a local act I was fairly fond of - Mazes and Monsters - have decided to put its break-up on hold, performing with Adam Sams and Patrick Taylor on Friday, Feb. 21, at Sky City.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014

Pop Rocks: Wet Paint Party, airport offer artists opportunities

There are, in the not too distant future, a few opportunities for Augusta-area artists and musicians to share their talent with the world.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

Pop Rocks: Squeaky's at Tip-Top of mind for reunion

Spectacularly small and delightfully disheveled, Squeaky's Tip-Top during the many, many years it was open, served not only as the accepted place to grab a quick beer but also as an ad hoc ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013

Pop Rocks: Friends With Benefits finding success booking diverse acts

The Friends With Benefits organization began simply enough - booking the odd concert with a charitable aim in mind. Over the past couple of years however, it has grown into a real commodity for ...
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

Pop Rocks: Low-key albums worth listen

While the music that marks this year may be remembered as the booming electro-Franco grooves of Daft Punk and the baroque hip hop of Kanye West, much of what earned repeat spins for me were ...
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

Pop Rocks: Volume 10 of 12 Bands of Christmas is worth opening early

As a rule, I don't like to open my Christmas presents early. There is however, one exception - the annual 12 Bands of Christmas compilation. I start thinking about this thing in August.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

Pop Rocks: Music community will grow with community's support

Recently I, along with other members of Augusta's music and arts community, was asked to speak with the Georgia House Music Industry Study Committee. Our goal was simple - illustrate how music can ...
By Steven Uhles

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