WASHINGTON MUSIC FEST: Ticketed performances and jam sessions Friday at venues across Washington, Ga., 11 a.m. Saturday, free concert downtown square; 3 p.m. Sunday, gospel music concert on the square; festival music repertoire will include big band swing, jazz, blues, rock and roll, Latin, gospel, disco, R&B and contemporary hits; $25 weekend pass or $5 ticket for each performance, www.washingtonwilkes.org or (866) 213-5717 or 678-2013.
STEP'N IN THE NAME OF LOVE: 8 p.m., Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $29.50 for floor and first balcony; $29.50 for the second and third balconies; $2 off groups of 20 or more; 724-7545.
OLDE TOWNE ARTISANS' FAIR: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, dinner preview 6-8 p.m. Friday ; Living History Park, corner of Spring Grove and Lake Avenue, North Augusta; fair is free, dinner $15, benefits Living History Park; for dinner tickets or information, call Lynn Thompson at (803) 279-7560; for information, call (803) 279-2323.
CLASSICAL INDIAN MUSIC: Flutist Shashank and his team, 4 p.m., Augusta Hindu Temple, 1421 Lukes Road; $10, $15 for nonmembers; 863-4892.
Local hip-hop artists twins Jarvis and Marvis Holliday are among the nearly 100 acts scheduled to perform this weekend at the 3 Rivers Music Festival in Columbia, S.C. The festival opens Friday night and runs through Sunday. Three-day tickets are $30, one-day tickets $25 and VIP tickets are $150. For more information, call (803) 783-2222 or visit www.3riversmusicfestival.com.
The album: Lowgold, Welcome to Winners (Sanctuary)
The rating: HHH1/2 out of HHHHH
Forgive the men of Lowgold if they sound low.
In 2000 the British group began making waves in its homeland, landing hits in the U.K. Top 40, putting on high-profile shows and drawing comparisons to Coldplay in the press. But the promising start went sour when Lowgold's label, Nude Records, went belly up, sending the group's members into such debt that they had to go on musical hiatus and get day jobs.
Given the band's gloomy back story, the circumspect Welcome to Winners could have been a more maudlin affair.
Lowgold frontman Darren Fold softly proclaims, "It's the time for soul reflection/Introspectionî on the acoustic-oriented opening song, Quiet Times, and he sticks to the theme throughout Welcome to Winners, even as the group amps up the electricity on second track We Don't Have Much Time.
The laid-back rock release pulses with low-grade infection - gentle hooks that will have some singing along even on the first listen - and a dignity that comes from finding hope in a downcast situation.The only measurable problem comes from the cumulative effect of the careful lack of stimulation. By tiptoeing around misery, Lowgold builds tension for a release that never comes. Not that anyone could blame this band for being cautious.
- Chuck Campbell, The Knoxville News-Sentinel
Ah, Thirsty Thursday. Like love and pollen, it's a regular rite of spring. The Augusta GreenJackets' first $1 beer night takes place today. Oh, there's also a baseball game, with the 'Jackets facing off against the Columbus Catfish at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Milledge Road. Tickets to the game are $8 for box seats, $7 reserved, $6 general, $5 seniors, military and ages 4-12 and $1 age 3 and younger. For more information, call 736-7889.
Merging funky beats and professions of faith, Tobymac has taken hip-hop somewhere unexpected - to church. Of course, he's also bringing his brand of Christian rap/rock/reggae to the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center on Friday, performing with the band Third Day and solo artist Warren Barfield. Music starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $25 the day of the show. For more information, call 724-2400.
BACK IN TIME
The Georgia Renaissance Festival sets the time machine to about 500 years ago, to an era of lords, ladies, jousting and chowing down on big greasy turkey legs. The festival, open Saturdays and Sundays through June 6, features period entertainment, shopping, displays and re-enactments. Festival grounds are off I-85 Exit 61 at Peachtree City, southwest of Atlanta. Admission is $15 adults, $11 seniors, $7 children 6-12 and free for age 5 and younger. For more information, call the festival hot line at (770) 964-8575.
TIMELINE (PARAMOUNT, $29.99) Paul Walker and Frances O'Connor lead a team of medievalists on a mission back to 14th-century France to rescue their time-traveling professor (Billy Connelly), who has found himself at the center of a war between the French and English. The movie's mostly a series of captures and escapes as our heroes run from the English heavies, but director Richard Donner lavishes a lot of care on the medieval trappings. A 45-minute background documentary on the DVD offers an in-depth look at the planning and construction of the movie's elaborate costumes, sets and props.
- David Germain, Associated Press. See Page 16 for more on what's new in videos.
A JOYFUL NOISE
Contemporary Christian artists Avalon, above, Mark Schultz and Across the Sky perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road. Tickets cost $15 and are available at the church. Call 860-1586.