Augusta needs more high-profile acts

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Since hearing "Uncle" Charlie Wilson and Fantasia Barrino were booked to play the 10,000-seat James Brown Arena, I'm convinced the people running it have either no idea who's popular enough to fill the arena, or they really have been hogtied by the local government into not being able to book artists who could actually sell the place out but are the least bit controversial.

Mr. Wilson and Ms. Barrino are exceptionally talented, but how many people showed for their show? Maybe 4,000? If correct, that would've filled the much smaller Bell Auditorium. Why didn't the much more educated, experienced people managing the civic center complex see this?

I only know Mr. Wilson's work with rapper Snoop Dogg. Snoop Dogg -- now there's an international icon who has a forthcoming album and tour. A reasonably priced Snoop Dogg/Charlie Wilson show would sell out the James Brown Arena. Pop sensation Rihanna is an enormously successful mainstream artist with a new album, and she and Ms. Barrino could easily sell the place out.

But Augusta's morality police would never allow Snoop to perform here because of his R-rated lyrics (though we are awash in "perfectly acceptable" R-rated movies), and Rihanna would be censored because her act is way too sexy; she might just inspire me to think life is fantastic!

Indeed, whoever truly controls the situation at the Augusta-Richmond County coliseum complex will yet again sit idly, trying to book Clay Aiken and Toto, as Snoop and Rihanna pass us by selling shows out in Atlanta, Columbia, Greenville, Charlotte and Charleston, generating lots of good times and money for those open-minded places.

You know, it's almost like someone makes more money making the CSRA miserable, while whimsically watching the venerable James Brown Arena fall to pieces.

Nathan Kirby

Augusta

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deekster
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deekster 12/18/09 - 10:15 am
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Disgusta is seething with

Disgusta is seething with corruption but always has enough lipstick for the pig. "Tobacco Road" was not a book of fiction. It is reality.
Pick you sins. Nudity and drugs are condemned. Gluttony, Lying, Thievery, Adultery, Drunkeness and Coveting are in vogue.

inAUGsince1832
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inAUGsince1832 12/18/09 - 10:30 am
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What about the Jason Aldean

What about the Jason Aldean concert? I understand it has sold out and will be at the James Brown Arena.

guess who
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guess who 12/18/09 - 10:33 am
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also they need to let the

also they need to let the x-mart open,the city already owe a
large lump sum, it just sex movie everyone has sex, how do you think you got here. but it so bad now,

belle
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belle 12/18/09 - 10:34 am
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Are you people blind? The
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Are you people blind? The acts that are coming to Augusta are AMAZING in comparison to just a year ago. We have Carrie Underwood coming for pete's sake.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/18/09 - 10:51 am
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guess who, u bees funi.

guess who, u bees funi.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 12/18/09 - 11:01 am
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Jobless over 10%. Idiots in
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Jobless over 10%. Idiots in Washington want to take over our healthcare. Millions of illegals flooding the country and resources. Islamic nazis want to destroy us. USA trillions in debt and this idiotic administration and congress just had the debt ceiling raised to create trillions more debt, and Nathan Kirby can only write about the area's need for more high profile acts. Sorry, Nate, but there are far bigger things to worry about.

Yosemitesam
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Yosemitesam 12/18/09 - 11:42 am
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I doubt seriously if anyone

I doubt seriously if anyone local is working to keep snoop dog and rihanna out of Augusta. More likely story is our civic center is too small and ticket prices would have to be too high to get those performers here. I think the civic center management has done a herculean job of getting acts here. The biggest issue Augusta has to deal with is the notorious reputation we have for waiting till the last minute to buy tickets. It's killed us.
For clarity....I wouldn't go see Snoop dog spew his filth if it were free, but hey......different strokes for diffrent folks. For some people filthy language, obscene gestures and thug culture is a way of life.

coco rubio
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coco rubio 12/18/09 - 11:56 am
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(charlie wilson is more

(charlie wilson is more popular for his work with THE GAP BAND than anything he's done with SNOOP).....(CARRIE UNDERWOOD + WILLIE NELSON + BB KING are all coming up, not too bad)

Just Another Day
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Just Another Day 12/18/09 - 03:33 pm
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Just Nuts says="what is this

Just Nuts says="what is this county doing to attract the real non m inority acts? great country eh?"

SnidleyWhiplash
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SnidleyWhiplash 12/18/09 - 06:24 pm
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Hey, southernguy, what does

Hey, southernguy, what does any of that have to do with the topic at hand. Nothing.

And BTW, you can thank your buddy Gee Dubya for the gigantic defecit.

Getting back to the topic at hand, yes, the folks that run the JBA have a ways to go still, but they have come a LONG way in a short time - kudos to them, and keep up the good work!

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lifelongresidient 12/18/09 - 06:38 pm
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i am glad snoop dogg isn't

i am glad snoop dogg isn't coming, could you imagine the element he would attract...there's no doubt rivals gangs will be in close proximity of one another then it would be only matter of time before shots will be fired and innocent people would bound to be injured or killed

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corgimom 12/18/09 - 09:05 pm
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JB Arena seats 10,000? It

JB Arena seats 10,000? It always seemed a whole lot smaller to me.

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