Congregation starts coffeehouse music series

Gayla Keesse said she and other members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta wanted people to have a nonreligious, family-oriented place to enjoy music.

In December, they started the Common Grounds Coffeehouse series, which features different musicians the second Saturday of each month.

The Grumblers will perform at a special Valentine's event Saturday that includes a chocolate buffet.

The Grumblers are an acoustic duo who perform blues, folk, country and jazz, said Ms. Keesee, the coffeehouse's coordinator.

The coffeehouse also sells Fair Trade coffee, tea and cocoa. Saturday's free buffet will be made from Fair Trade chocolate.

"Fair Trade products are those that guarantee that farmers were paid a fair price," she said.

Ms. Keesee said the series is off to a good start, with about 35 people at December's show, which featured Edmund "the Lurch" Kida. About 80 people attended January's show with Eryn Eubanks and the Family Fold.

"For our first series, we wanted to focus on local musicians and give them a chance to appear and for people to know the talent available in Augusta. The entire season is all local talent," she said.

"And it's a nice, comfortable atmosphere. We take out chairs in the sanctuary and put in sofas and little tables, so it's almost like a living room setting."

The series will run through June, which features Bob Lisenmayer the Singing Storyteller, Rob Foster and Jim Keen. Future series will run from October to June, she said.

Reach C. Samantha McKevie at (706) 823-3552 or samantha.mckevie@augustachronicle.com.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Common Grounds Coffeehouse second Saturday series featuring the Grumblers and a chocolate buffet


WHEN: Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.


WHERE: Common Grounds Coffeehouse at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, 3501 Walton Way


COST: $16 adults, $12 students at the door; advance tickets $14 adults, $10 students

INFORMATION: (706) 733-7939, (706) 414-6515 or www.uucsra.org


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