Originally created 08/11/05

Stuff to do

Sing, sing a son

Who is Augusta's best singer songwriter? We want to find out and let you showcase your talent in a performance on Sept. 16 at the Arts in the Hearts of Augusta festival downtown. All you have to do is send The Augusta Chronicle a recording or your original composition to enter our fourth Singer-Songwriter Contest. But you have to be fast: The deadline is 6 p.m. Friday. The rules are simple - send us a recording, CD or cassette of your original composition. Six finalists, three chosen by reader votes and three critics picks, will be invited to perform at the festival, where a panel of judges will select first-, second- and third-prize winners. The contest is open to all local singer-songwriters who have not previously been a finalist in the Singer-Songwriter Contest. You can drop off your entry at the guard station in the main lobby of our offices at 725 Broad St. downtown. Mailed entries must be postmarked by Friday and can be mailed to the following address: Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, 725 Broad St., Augusta, GA 30901. For more information, call (706) 823-3626.

Seeing double

When a new high school football team needs uniforms and equipment, what do you do?

The answer for Fox Creek High School on Martintown Road in North Augusta is to stage an Elvis Presley tribute show .

On Friday night at the North Augusta Country Club, 2001 Gregory Lake Road, they're offering not one, but two Elvises.

Well-known local vocalists Jeff Barnes and Russell Schneider call their show "D-O-U-B-L-E T-R-O-U-B-L-E" after one of the king of rock's biggest hits.

Mr. Schneider is head coach of the inaugural football team at Fox Creek .

There are 200 tickets available, and are $20 each for the 7 p.m. dinner and 8 p.m. show at the country club. Call the high school at (803) 613-9435. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door .

Mr. Barnes and Mr. Schneider first performed their Double Trouble Elvis show in 2003 but have rarely presented it since. The show will cover all of Mr. Presley's career periods including the cocktail jacket '50s, black leather suit '60s, jump suit '70s and movie hit songs.

Besides the Elvis duo, a brief opening set of country and Southern rock hits will be performed by Tim Kelleher.

Following the "D-O-U-B-L-E T-R-O-U-B-L-E" show, attendees will be invited to dance and sing their own songs to a karaoke machine.

More prayer

After of few months of hiatus, The Soul Bar, 984 Broad St., will reinstate the Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting jazz shows Wednesday. Featuring two sets, this long-time Soul Bar tradition cranks up about 10 p.m. This week's act is Joel Cruz and the Nu Jazz Group. Cover is $2. For more information, call 724-8880 or visit www.soulbar.com.

Crack of the bat

The Augusta GreenJackets wrap up a four-game series with the Columbus Catfish tonight at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Milledge Road. Fans looking for a fix take note, after tonight's Thirsty Thursday game, the GreenJackets will be on the road for week. First pitch is at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $1-$10. For more information, call (803) 278-4TIX or visit www.greenjackets.net.

Feel the strings of steel

Asheville, N.C., band Steel String Theory, known for its high-energy amalgamation of bluegrass, jazz and classical, performs around 10 p.m. Saturday at The Mission, 1157 Broad St. For more information, call 399-9148.

Stool songs

The contemporary R&B/jazz ensemble Five Men On a Stool will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1223 Laney-Walker Blvd. General admission tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door and children's tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, call 394-2603

Piano prodigy

Christian Sands, a 16-year-old keyboard wunderkind, will perform at a benefit concert for the Les Dames Art Club of Allendale, S.C., at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Salkahatchie Conference Center, 213 Academy St., in Allendale. Tickets are $15 general, $10 students and seniors and $25 couples

More stuff

Candlelight Jazz: 8-9:30 p.m. Sundays through August, Eighth Street Bulkhead; $5; 821-1754.

Hopelands series: Free concerts at 7 p.m. Mondays; Hopelands Gardens, Windham Performing Arts Stage, off Whiskey Road; Aiken Brass, Monday ; Aiken Community Band, Aug. 29; 642-7631.

Five men on a stool: 7 p.m. Saturday, Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1223 Laney- Walker Blvd.; with contemporary R&B/jazz ensemble; $30 for adults in advance, $35 at the door, $15 for children in advance, $20 at the door; 394-2603.

Contact Tharon A. Giddens, features editor, at (706) 823-3347, or tharon.giddens@augustachronicle.com.


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