There is no doubt that it is going to be a great entertainment season for the Morris Museum of Art, Augusta Amusements Inc., the Waynesboro-Burke Concert Series and the USC Aiken Cultural Series.
All unveiled their 2017-2018 season shows within the past few days with just these amazing highlights of their lineups:
The Morris Museum of Art’s Budweiser True Music Southern Soul &Song concert series, which is observing 15 years of concerts, opens its new season with Ricky Skaggs on Sept. 8 and closes it on Feb. 9 with Sam Bush. It brings back popular country music star Suzy Bogguss on Dec. 15.
Impresario Mike Deas is knocking himself out this artistic season with 16 concerts including movie star/jazz singer Molly Ringwald (Pretty in Pink) on Oct. 7 and tribute shows to The Eagles, Elvis Presley, Elton John, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Ray Charles and Michael Jackson.
The 38th season of the Waynesboro-Burke Concert Series offering four vastly different shows opens on Sept. 16 with Augusta music legend Ed Turner taking his No. 9 Band southward to Burke County to perform their classic hits Rock &Soul Revue.
The University of South Carolina Aiken Cultural Series offers six concerts including Russian, Irish and British musical groups.
“Southern Soul &Song has been a joy, no doubt about it, and it’s achieved many of the things that I’d hoped it would,” said Kevin Grogan, executive director of the Morris Museum who originated the series.
“It has directed some attention to the museum, but, more importantly, it generated the revenues that enabled our renovation and reinstallation a couple of years ago and the continuing, free public programs including the Music at the Morris concerts that we do year round.
All performances in the series take place at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St., at 7:30 p.m. Fridays. Visit themorris.org for details.
Southern Soul & Song series and individual tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 25, at 10 a.m. Purchase series tickets and receive six shows for the price of five. Call the Imperial Theatre box office at (706) 722-8341 or buy online at imperialtheatre.com.
SEPT. 8: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
OCT. 13: The Becky Buller Band with special guests Kenny and Amanda Smith
NOV. 3: Justin Townes Earle
DEC. 15: Suzy Bogguss
JAN. 12: The Boxcars
FEB. 9: Sam Bush
The Augusta Amusements series, organized and originated by Deas, launched its 2017-2018 season with a party last Friday, June 23, at the Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., where the concerts are held.
Talk about your ambitious efforts! This year there will be these offerings:
SEPT. 8, 7: Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience
OCT. 5: A Tribute To The King, Elvis Presley tribute featuring Travis LeDoyt
OCT. 7: An Evening with Molly Ringwald
OCT. 13: An Evening with Melissa Manchester
OCT. 21: An Evening with Jaimee Paul
NOV. 10: Remember When Rock Was Young, Elton John tribute featuring Craig A. Meyer
DEC. 20: Christmas with The Annie Moses Band
JAN. 12: Not Fade Away, tribute featuring artists doing the music of ’60s rockers Buddy Holly, J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper), Ritchie Valens and others
JAN. 27: Lightwire Theatre, Moon Mouse, A Space Odyssey
FEB. 1: SKATETACULAR, Dreams On Ice show ice skaters
FEB. 9: The Black Market Trust pop/vocal jazz band
FEB. 17: Southern Fried Chicks, comedy and music featuring Etta May, Sonya White, Trish Suhr and Mia Jackson
MARCH 9: Olate Dogs, winners of America’s Got Talent TV series
MARCH 23-24: Liverpool Legends, tribute to The Beatles
APRIL 27: Ray On My Mind, tribute to Ray Charles featuring Kenny Brawner
MAY 5: I Am King, The Michael Jackson Experience
All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. except an additional Lightwire Theatre show offered at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. Call (706) 726-0366 with questions or visit augustaamusements.com.
Meanwhile the Waynesboro-Burke Concert Series is approaching almost four decades of offering quality entertainment just a short drive south of Augusta.
Its new season also just announced includes four concerts:
SEPT. 16: Ed Turner &No. 9 Band, Rock &Soul Revue, classic hits with Turner’s full complement of musicians who have repeatedly sold out the Imperial Theater, 7:30 p.m., Burke County High School
NOV. 11: Ray On My Mind tribute to Ray Charles featuring Kenny Brawner, 7:30 p.m., Burke County High School
FEB. 1: Kit &The Kats, rock and roll songs from late ’50s and early ’60s performed by this popular touring band, 7 p.m., Burke Office Park
MARCH 1: The Celtic Tenors featuring Ireland’s Matthew Gilsenan, James Nelson and Daryl Simpson, 7 p.m., Burke Office Park
Visit burkeconcert.org for details or call (706) 437-0070 or write: Waynesboro-Burke Concert Series, P.O. Box 541, Waynesboro, GA 30830.
And just a short drive away, the USC Aiken Cultural Series offerings are taking place at the Etherredge Center, all at 7:30 p.m.:
OCT. 26: Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play, a condensed version of The Bard’s works presented by the Reduced Shakespeare Company
DEC. 8: The St. Petersburg Piano Quartet, classical works presented by a group founded in 1985 originally as the Leningrad Quartet
JAN. 18: American Portraits: The Dallas Brass featuring “America’s Beloved Tenor” Daniel Rodriguez, multi-media patriotic presentation
FEB. 15: I’ve Got A Little Twist, turning some classic operettas into Broadway-style tunes performed by the New York Gilbert &Sullivan Players
MARCH 8: Goitse, a Gaelic greeting meaning “come here” featuring traditional vocal and instrumental Irish music
APRIL 13: A cappella vocal music performed by students from the University of Exeter in southwest England
For more details visit: http://etherredge.usca.edu/performances/cultural-series.dot
PHILIP LEE BAND FREE CONCERT: Join popular guitarist Philip Lee, known for his many concerts with Ed Turner’s No. 9 Band, and his musical buddies for a free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at North Augusta’s Maude Edenfield Park on East Buena Vista (second traffic light from 13th Street bridge). Bring blankets or lawn chairs. It starts promptly and lasts and hour.
GRETCHEN WILSON IN EVANS: Country star Gretchen Wilson will perform for the Gurls’ Night Out concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 7, at the Columbia County Amphitheater in Evans. Tickets are $25. Visit gurlsnightout.com.