Enjoy music under the stars for little or no cost

The DePriest Trio played at the Hopelands Summer Concert Series in Aiken. on June 30, 2008.

Starting this month, music lovers can enjoy free or low-cost music at several concert series. Bring your blanket, picnic basket and favorite companions for an evening of music under the stars. Here are some local concert series:



The free concerts are at 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the Appleby Branch Library, 2260 Walton Way. Bring a picnic and your own chairs or blanket. Call (706) 736-6244. Here's the lineup:

TUESDAY: Summerville Chamber Players, classical music

JUNE 1: Savannah River Bluegrass Band

JUNE 8: Southern Boundary, a cappella

JUNE 15: Mellow-D, blues and jazz

JUNE 22: Montana Skies, classical fusion

JUNE 29: U.S. Army Signal Corps Band, New Orleans-style brass band


Free concerts at Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road, Aiken, just off Whiskey Road. Concerts featuring local and regional artists begin at 7 p.m. on Mondays, unless noted otherwise, on the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage. Bring a picnic supper and a lawn chair or blanket for seating. Call (803) 642-7630.

Handicap parking is available at the Rye Patch parking lot on Berrie Road and the Hopelands Gardens lot on Dupree Place. All other concert attendees should park at Green Boundary Club on Whiskey Road.

In the event of rain, the concerts will be held at the H.O. Weeks Activities Center at 1700 Whiskey Road in Gym 2. Call (803) 643-4661 for more information.

Here's the lineup:

MONDAY: Carolina Rebels

MAY 31: Aiken Civic Ballet

JUNE 7: Fort Gordon Concert Band

JUNE 14: Maureen Simpson, Aiken Choral Society

JUNE 21: Southern Nights

JUNE 28: Preston and Weston, Sandra Simmons

JULY 6: U.S. Marine Corps Band, Parris Island Marine

JULY 12: Angela Easterling

JULY 19: Mellow-D

JULY 26: Mike Frost Trio

AUG. 2: Fort Gordon Dixieland Band

AUG. 9: Aiken Brass

AUG. 16: Aiken Big Band

AUG. 23: South Boundary

AUG. 30: Aiken Community Band (6:30 p.m.)

A shuttle service from the Goodwill parking lot on Whiskey Road will run on June 7 and July 6. For more information about the shuttle, call (803) 642-7650.


These concerts are held at Riverwalk Augusta's Eighth Street Bulkhead at 8 p.m. Sundays, rain or shine. Bring your own seating and picnic.

The music focuses on classic jazz, featuring many musicians who pioneered the Augusta jazz scene. Admission is $6, except for free concerts on Father's Day and July 4.

For more information, contact Karen Gordon at (706) 495-6238 or e-mail info@gardencityjazz.com.

Here's the lineup:

SUNDAY: Davidson Fine Arts Jazz Ensemble, big band

MAY 30: Karen Gordon and Garden City Jazz -- Jazz for Kids, classic/vocal

JUNE 6: Kings of Swing, classic

JUNE 13: Hyland Brooks, classic vocal

JUNE 20: U.S. Army Signal Corps Jazz Combo, classic, free

JUNE 27: Armen Boyajian & Air Apparent, classic

JULY 4: Jerusalem Sounds, 7:30 p.m. at Augusta Common stage, gospel, free

JULY 11: Preston & Weston featuring Sandra Simmons, smooth

JULY 18: 4 Cats in the Doghouse, classic

JULY 25: Sounds Unlimited, smooth

AUG. 1: Mike Frost Trio, fusion

AUG. 8: Modern Jazz Movement, classic

AUG. 15: The Joe Collier Experience, contemporary

AUG. 22: Doc Easton Smooth Jazz, smooth

AUG. 29: Fred Williams, smooth

SEPT. 5: Labor Day Jazz Weekend


This free series at 7 p.m. Thursdays is at The Verandah at Maude Edenfield Park, 495 Brookside Drive in North Augusta. It's presented by The North Augusta Cultural Arts Council. Bring a blanket or chair and picnic. If it rains, the concerts move to the North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave. Here's the lineup:

TODAY: North Augusta High School Symphonic Bands

MAY 27: North Augusta Idol Spotlight with host and vocalist McKenna Hydrick

JUNE 3: Flashback

JUNE 10: Savannah River Brass Works

JUNE 17: Split Rail

JUNE 24: Fred Williams and GM Five

JULY 8: The Hillarys

JULY 15: Microwave Dave and the Nukes

JULY 22: Eryn Eubanks and the Family Fold

JULY 29: Fort Gordon Signal Corps Band and Art Show at the Wesley Center