Originally created 04/10/98

Nightlife offers relief from golf



Tired of watching grown men chase a little white ball around luscious greenery, but still have enough energy left for some nightlife?

Don't worry, to help relieve golf overload, a full slate of live entertainment is available in Augusta this weekend.

Outdoor parties featuring live bands are scheduled for tonight and Saturday at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Milledge Road.

Starting at 7:30 tonight, the Coors Original Beach Party, featuring the Swingin' Medallions and R&B partyman Clarence Carter, returns to the stadium.

Last year, more than 3,000 people attended the event, and organizers are expecting even more this year, so they've moved the stage into center field to accommodate the crowd.

The Medallions formed at Lander College in Greenwood, S.C., in the 1960s, but John McElrath is the only original member in the band's current lineup. The band gained fame in 1966 with the hit Double Shot of My Baby's Love, which remains its signature song.

Mr. Carter, closely identified with the Muscle Shoals, Ala., sound, is best known for the party favorite Strokin'. He also had a string of R&B hits in the 60s, including Slip Away and Patches.

Advance tickets for the beach party are $10 and are available at Fat Man's Forest, Bi-Lo stores and Pump 'N Shop locations. Tickets at the gate will be $12.

The Bachelor's Club of Augusta holds its annual Masters bash at 8 p.m. Saturday, also at Lake Olmstead. Augusta rock band People Who Must is the featured entertainment. Admission is $15 at the gate.

The Augusta GreenJackets, the Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, are on the road this weekend.

Also on Saturday, the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center downtown will be jumping with Spring Jam, a modern R&B and rap concert, and comedian Jamie Foxx will do his thing at Bell Auditorium.

Spring Jam, starting at 8 p.m., features R&B crooners Uncle Sam and Atlanta-based Jagged Edge along with naughty girl rapper Queen Pen, who is cast from the Li'l Kim mold. Tickets are $13 and are available at the Civic Center box office, 601 Seventh St. To charge by phone call 828-7700.

Mr. Foxx , who appeared on Fox's In Living Color for three years and now stars in The Jamie Foxx Show on the WB Network, won't have any comedic competition in town because the Comedy House Theatre on Washington Road is closed for the Masters Tournament.

"Right now we're selling parking spaces in the parking lot," said John Garber, advertising and promotions manager for Comedy House Theatre Enterprises.

Tickets to Mr. Foxx's concert, which starts at 8 p.m., are $31 and $25 in advance, available at the civic center box office or by phone at 828-7700. Tickets are $33.50 and $27.50 day of the show.

Meanwhile several live bands are playing in area clubs tonight and Saturday.

Gran Torino of Knoxville, Tenn., which spices up the grooves with a four-piece horn section, plays at 10 p.m. Saturday at the Red Lion Pub, 1936 Walton Way. The cover charge is $5.

For the seventh year in a row, PlayBack is the house band at the Surrey Tavern, near the Berkmans Road gates of the Augusta National Golf Club. "Through the years, the band has generated many (Masters Week) friends who come looking for their favorite band every year," said PlayBack member Tim Cox.