Ramblin’ Rhodes: Annie Moses Band booked for 2 Love Song shows

It is pretty unusual for a musical group to perform a Monday matinee concert in this area as well as an evening concert the same day.


But that is what the Annie Moses Band will be doing when it returns Monday, Nov. 14, to the Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7016 Evans Towne Center Blvd., in Evans.

Mike Deas, owner of Augusta Amusements Inc., believes so much in the local popularity of this Nashville, Tenn.-based family group that this year he re-booked the band to perform their Art of the Love Song show at 3:30 p.m. ($39) and 7:30 p.m. ($49).

Tickets still are available for both shows by calling (706) 726-0366 or online at augustaamusements.com.

Since officially being formed in 2002, the Annie Moses Band has logged more than 1,000 hours on public broadcasting TV stations and has performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry House.

At times, depending on the occasion and venue, the band consists of lead vocalist Annie Wolaver Dupre on violin; her siblings, Alex Wolaver on viola, Benjamin Wolaver on cello, Camille Wolaver on harp/keyboard, Gretchen Wolaver on violin/mandolin and Jeremiah Wolaver on guitar and banjo; and their father, Bill Wolaver, on piano.

Their mother, Robin Wolaver, co-writes many of the group’s original songs with her husband.

The band, named after the children’s maternal great-grandmother, Annie Moses, of McKinney, Texas, performs a variety of music due to their father’s love of jazz music and their mother’s being reared on folk and traditional music in rural Oklahoma.

In addition to their parents’ musical instructions, the children also took classical training at the Juilliard School in New York City.

DON’T FORGET THE MORRIS SERIES: The Morris Museum of Art continues its Budweiser True Music Southern Soul & Song series with The Travelin’ McCourys at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Imperial Theatre.

Part of the group consists of the sons of bluegrass superstar Del McCoury: Ronnie on mandolin and Rob on banjo.

Tickets at $28, $23 and $15 can be purchased at the Imperial Theatre box office, 745 Broad St., by calling (706) 722-8341 or online at imperialtheatre.com.

WAYNESBORO CONCERT SERIES: Ball in the House will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Burke Office Park Auditorium for the Waynesboro-Burke County Concert Series.

The a cappella vocal band from Boston sings pop and rhythm & blues hits to their own beat-box sounds. Tickets are $20 adults or $5 students. Visit burkeconcert.org or call (706) 437-0070.

DAISY’S 70TH BIRTHDAY PARTY: More than 200 people dressed almost entirely in black and white turned out Nov. 5 at the North Augusta Community Center to celebrate the birthday of North Augusta seamstress and evangelist Daisy Harris.

Harris, who turned 70 on Halloween, never before had a birthday party, so her daughter, Angela Wilson of Virginia Beach, Va., and her son, Reggie, decided to make it happen this year.

It was an amazing and unusual affair with people from Harris’ past and present getting up to speak about her kindness, humor and sincerity.

Harris herself talked about how her faith in God led to her present business and personal success after a low point some 30 years ago when she had become a homeless alcoholic in Maryland.

Among the speakers was North Augusta Public Safety Director John Thomas who told of Harris, also an evangelist, showing up at his office one day telling of her desire to pray with his officers each morning at 6 before they went on their shift.

He recalled how emotional it turned out to be to see tough patrol officers holding hands and praying each morning for their safety, their country and their fellow citizens.

Gospel-theme ventriloquist Tawanna Kelly, who grew up in Bath, S.C., and now lives in Grovetown, told how Harris sewed the beautiful white, sequined dress that her puppet, Joy, was wearing and of Harris’ positive influence on Kelly’s early life.

Bob Ramsey and Jodie Galloway, members of the Jesse C. Lynch Memorial American Legion Post 71 in North Augusta, told of Harris’ service to the post as a seamstress and assistant chaplain.

And customers of Harris’ Perfect Fit business on East Buena Vista in North Augusta, representatives of Harris’ 1964 high school in Thomson, and members of her own family talked about Harris becoming the wonderful person she is today.

Harris remarked that this wasn’t just a birthday party but a true “celebration of life.”

She has proven that not just luck or the roll of the dice determine how people turn out in life but that religious faith and personal willpower are the determining factors.

So here’s a Ramblin’ shout-out to my dear friend, Daisy. It’s such a joy to know you and share happy times.



Pop Rocks: Augusta, my Christmas wish list has one thing

My family often accuses me of being a difficult person to Christmas shop for. While it is true that my tastes run toward the particular and tend to lean heavily on easy-to-wrap standards such as books and records, I believe that as I get older, I’m less concerned with the item than the idea. Give me something I believe you have thought about and carefully considered, and I’m happy. The present clearly purchased at the drug store the day before is met with considerably less enthusiasm.

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