Originally created 07/30/99

Country stars to bring 'Dog Days' to Fort Gordon



DOG DAZE:

Tickets for country music stars Sammy Kershaw and Aaron Tippin's Dog Days of Summer concert Sept. 3 at Fort Gordon's Barton Field are to go on sale Aug. 9.

Advance tickets, priced at $10, will be available at Regions Bank and Pump n' Shop locations, Fort Gordon's Performing Arts Center, Gordon Lanes Bowling Center and the post exchange.

Tickets will be $12 at the gate. Food and concessions will be available.

"This is a great opportunity to enjoy top-notch country entertainment at an affordable price," said Steve Walpert, Fort Gordon's music and theater director. "You can expect a terrific party, so bring a lawn chair or blanket."

Don't bring coolers, pets, food, beverages or video recorders.

For more information, call 791-6779.

KING OF BLUES:

Tickets for the B.B. King Blues Festival's return to Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center on Sept. 23 are on sale at the arena box office, 601 Seventh St., and at TicketMaster outlets.

Tickets at the box office are $26.50 and $31.50.

Supporting acts for this year's show -- Tower of Power, Indigenous and guitar prodigy Kenny Wayne Shepherd -- will join Mr. King in providing five hours of music.

Those who went last year know the legendary guitarist can still rock the house.

The thrill is not gone.

For more information, call 724-2400. To order through TicketMaster call 828-7700 or check online at www.ticketmaster.com.

PEACE, LOVE, & SOUL:

Beech Island's James Brown kicked off the massive Woodstock '99 last weekend in Rome, N.Y., in front of 200,000 fans, two days before the event turned ugly with arson and looting.

The Godfather of Soul was a last-minute addition to the lineup, which featured pop-music heavyweights such as Limp Bizkit, the Dave Matthews Band, Korn, Jewel, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sheryl Crow.

Backed by his blue-tuxedoed band, Mr. Brown performed signature songs, includingI Got You (I Feel Good), Sex Machine and Cold Sweat, which was wishful thinking for the broiling mass of bodies gathered for the three-day music festival.

POSSIBLE SMACKDOWN:

Atlanta-based World Championship Wrestling's archrival, the World Wrestling Federation, is holding two dates at AugustaRichmond County Civic Center.

The WWF, with popular wrestlers "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and the Rock and ubiquitous owner Vince McMahon, has contracts pending for Sept. 25 and Feb. 20 at the arena, said assistant general manager Linda Roberts.

Nothing is final, but certainly an alternative to WCW would be welcomed in the Garden City.

Kent Kimes covers entertainment and arts for The Augusta Chronicle. He can be reached at (706) 823-3626 or feature@augustachronicle.com.