City already honors Brown

Commissioner Marion Williams’ lament that Augusta hasn’t done enough to honor James Brown isn’t quite accurate – but his passion for the subject nonetheless ought to be harnessed by the community.


In deploring that Brown – a native son, worldwide sensation and Rolling Stone magazine’s seventh-most influential artist of the rock ’n’ roll era – only has one statue dedicated to him, Williams glosses over other local Brown honors: Ninth Street is named for him, as is the local sports and entertainment arena. And the Augusta Museum of History has a section all his own.

Still – where’s the annual festival?

Augusta is missing a huge opportunity for marketing, music, publicity and just fun by not staging a world-class James Brown Festival every year. It would doubtless attract fans from across the planet.

One was tried years ago and fell of its own weight. In the right hands, it could become a signature event for Augusta, along with the Masters Tournament and Arts in the Heart of Augusta.

That’s the way to honor Brown further, it seems to us.

Johnny Rio 5 days ago
A James Brown festival with a hundred thousand walking around dressed like Brown and acting like him would be, uh, enchanting.
Bill Pinot 5 days ago
"In the RIGHT HANDS" it could become a major event.  It seems as if it always ends up in the wrong hands, or pockets!!
Roland SASSER 5 days ago
I'm with you Bill: It seems as if it always ends up in the wrong hands, or pockets!!
Val White 5 days ago

Nothing wrong with a festival, but who's going to watch over the eggs in the hen house.

And will IDs be required?

Roland SASSER 5 days ago


     You can't ask for IDs, that's an unfair burden. Just ask a Democrat!

David Jefferson 5 days ago
If a festival is a good, money making idea, why isn't a profit minded promoter already working on the event (without looking for a city handout)?
Roland SASSER 4 days ago


        I'm a firm believer that if it was feasible, somebody would have exploited the opportunity by now. Augusta is managed by a bunch of power hungry self centered buffoons.   


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