Celebrated American singer-songwriters Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt closed out the inaugural Westobou Festival with a bang and twang.
Mr. Lovett, known for his unique blend of country, folk and pop, and Mr. Hiatt, a classic roots rocker, performed sans bands, facing the Augusta audience armed with only soft chairs, soft lights, a couple of acoustic guitars and a few decades worth of songs.
The event wrapped up 10 days of fine arts performances and exhibitions, including Friday night's Cirque de la Symphonie performance, the Complexions contemporary ballet show Tuesday and the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival, which was made part of Westobou this year.
Cameron Nixon, the chairman of the Westobou programming committee, said the idea of wrapping up with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt was based on the festival's goal to attract patrons from outside the Augusta area, both now and in the future.
"This is the sort of ticket that's recognized everywhere," he said. "It's the sort of thing that will bring people to Augusta and it's a foundation on which we can build."
A conversation both literal and musical, the show was essentially each performer taking turns playing a personal tune based on either comments made between songs or the previous number.
The starting point was Mr. Hiatt's Drive South , deemed apropos as neither artist had been to Augusta previously.
Commenting on the monster truck rally next door at James Brown Arena, Mr. Lovett admitted that not only was this his first visit to the city, but it was also his first gig adjacent to car-crushing trucks.
"It should make for a very interesting parking lot situation," he said with a laugh.
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