Originally created 02/12/99

Gear up for big concert year



Several national touring acts are heating up the spring concert calendar in Augusta.

Tickets for the Black Crowes' March 23 concert at Bell Auditorium go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center box office, 601 Seventh St., and at TicketMaster outlets. Tickets are $25.50.

To charge by phone call TicketMaster at 828-7700.

The Crowes, led by brothers Chris and Rich Robinson, hail from Atlanta and are best known for a sound reminiscent of 1970s British guitar bands and the hits She Talks to Angels, Remedy, Jealous Again, Thorn in My Pride and a remake of Otis Redding's Hard to Handle.

The band recently released its fifth album, By Your Side, which includes the first single Kickin' My Heart Around. The album is at No. 73 on the current Billboard 200 top album chart.

There will be an opening act, but it has not been announced yet, said Civic Center marketing director Christine Loftin.

Other area shows include:

Folk music icons the Kingston Trio will perform a benefit concert for St. Vincent dePaul Health Center on March 4 at the Imperial Theatre. Tickets are $21, on sale at Home Folks locations and St. Vincent dePaul Health Center, 1384 Greene St. Call 828-3444.

Country crooner Billy Ray Cyrus, of Achy Breaky Heart fame, released a new album, Shot Full of Love, in November and performs in concert March 6 at Lake Olmstead Stadium. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for ages 7-17 and free for ages 6 and younger. Advance tickets are available at Smile Gas outlets and the Shelter and Advocacy Center for Abused Children. Call 737-4631.

Gospel hip-hoppers Kirk Franklin and Nu Nation, whose album The Nu Nation Project is No. 50 on Billboard's top 200 chart, will perform March 18 at the Civic Center. Tickets, which are $26.50, are on sale at the Civic Center box office and TicketMaster outlets. Group rates, for groups of 20 or more, are $24.50. Call 828-7700.

The Goo Goo Dolls (occupying the No. 30 slot on the Billboard 200 with Dizzy Up the Girl and two entries on the Top 100 singles chart; Slide at No. 8 and Iris at No. 36) will perform April 3 at Fort Gordon's Barton Field. The opening act is New Radicals, which has the No. 43 single, You Get What You Give. Tickets are $15 and $18 and will go on sale March 8 at area Pump 'n' Shop and Regions Bank locations and at Fort Gordon.

Legendary lounge lizard Tom Jones will perform April 16 at Bell Auditorium. Tickets, $31.50 and $26.50, are on sale at the Civic Center box office, TicketMaster locations or by phone at 828-7700.

Kent Kimes can be reached at (706) 823-3626 or feature@augustachronicle.com.