Two big acts with local ties have recently confirmed they will be on the Lynyrd Skynyrd Simple Man Cruise. The cruise, which departs from Tampa, Fla., for Cozumel, Mexico, on Jan. 21, will feature Bloodkin and Dead Confederate as performing acts. Other notables who have signed on include Drivin' n' Cryin', Molly Hatchet, 38 Special and the immortal Skynyrd.
Those of us unable to afford the steep price of a winter cruise (tickets start at $549) can get a preview Aug. 15, when Bloodkin and Dead Confederate will play at Day by the River, a memorial concert at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater for Lee Lawrence, a true rock professional who died 10 years ago while on the road. Other confirmed acts include Grady Nickel, In Like Flynn, Shaun Piazza (solo) and the reconstituted Snapdragon. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the show. Advance tickets are available at Mellow Mushroom, Sky City, Soul Bar, Fetch Dog Treats and at etix.com.
I spoke with brothers Randy and Charlie Sconyers late last year about their plans for revitalizing the popular southside club Coyotes, which they had recently taken control of again after a few years away. They talked about the crowd, hospitality, the required drink specials and something that surprised me from a club known primarily for high-kicking country: They talked about bringing the rock.
It's no secret that Coyotes regular Rhes Reeves has long peppered his country sets with some loudness, but the club has been using Thursday evenings to book local rock acts. Look for L.i.E. tonight, sharing a bill with 3-Way Switch. There's always room for more rock in Augusta, and it's great to see a little of it getting spread to the previously under-served south side of town.
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