Spring is here, and there are a bunch of great music festivals coming up. Here is an overview:
FOURTH ANNUAL LITTLE ROY & LIZZY MUSIC FESTIVAL: Thursday, April 28-Saturday, April 30, Elijah Clark State Park, Georgia Hwy. 378, 10 miles east of Lincolnton, Ga.
What: Music begins at 11 a.m. daily
• Thursday: Karl Shiflett & The Big Country Show, Nothin’ Fancy, David Church (seen on RFD-TV), The Little Roy & Lizzy Show and Jeff & Sheri Easter (7 p.m. only).
• Friday: The Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Gene Watson & The Farewell Party Band (8:30 p.m.), Golden Valley Crusaders, Phillip Steinmetz & His Sunny Tennesseans and Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers.
• Saturday: The Marksmen, The Band Kelley, Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition, The Spinney Brothers, The Little Roy & Lizzy Show and Shenandoah with Marty Raybon (8:30 p.m.)
Tickets: $35 advance or $40 at the gate for each of the three days or $85 advance or $90 at the gate for all three days; ages 7 to 13, $15 per day; ages 6 or younger, free.
A DAY IN THE COUNTRY festival, which is usually held the first Sunday in May, will not be held this year.
JAMES BROWN FAMILY BIRTHDAY BASH: Tuesday, May 3, Augusta Common, 800 block, Broad Street
What: Reuniting musicians and backup vocalists of Brown’s bands including Keith Jenkins, Fred Thomas, Hollie Farris, Martha High, Amy Christian, Danny Ray
The lineup: Gates open at 5 p.m, James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils (JAMP) at 6 p.m., Funk You band at 7:15 p.m. and James Brown reunited band at 8:30 p.m. Guests will include Sharon Jones, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Ty Taylor (Vintage Trouble), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Chris Rob (Nasty Delicious), Gavin Hamilton (Funk You) and Greg Hester.
Tickets: Advance $15 at JBfamilyBash.com or $20 day of show; limited VIP tickets $65 in advance or $75 day of show. Ages 11 and younger free.
EIGHTH ANNUAL JEFF & SHERI EASTER HOMECOMING MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND FESTIVAL: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, and Friday, May 6, and 6 p.m. Saturday, May 7, The Lewis Family Home Place, 1935 Lewis Family Road/Washington Road northwest of Lincolnton, Ga.
What: Jeff & Sheri Easter, known to millions of viewers of the Gaither Homecoming syndicated TV shows, will perform all three days.
• May 5, Brian Free & Assurance and The Little Roy & Lizzy Show
• May 6, Gold City and The Lewis Tradition
• May 7, The Nelons and The Primitive Quartet. James Easter of The Easter Brothers, will perform for a Sunday service at 11 a.m. May 8.
Tickets: $20 per day with ages 12 and younger admitted free. An offering will be taken for restoration of The Lewis Family’s historic home place.
23RD ANNUAL BLIND WILLIE MCTELL BLUES FESTIVAL: Saturday, May 7, one mile north off Exit 172 off Interstate 20, at Thomson, Ga., gates open at 11 a.m., music starts at noon
The lineup: Col. Bruce Hampton and The Madrid Express, Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, The Cash Box Kings, Buckwheat Zydeco, The Deslondes and Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton.
Of note: A free showing of the documentary Blind Willie’s Blues is at 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Thomson Depot, 111 Railroad St., with a talk by writer and producer, David Fulmer.
Tickets: $30 advance or $40 at the gate; ages 12 and younger admitted free.
SOUL FOOD FESTIVAL: Saturday, May 7, gates at 2 p.m., show at 4 p.m., Lady Antebellum Pavilion; 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd.
The lineup: Rick James and Stone City Band, the Bar Kays, more
10TH ANNUAL AIKEN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, Aiken County Fairgrounds, 1566 Columbia Hwy. North, Aiken)
• Friday: Gates open at 4 p.m., Larry Keel Experience, Josh Daniel & Mark Schimick Project, Mountain Express Band, Blackwater Deep and also Doug and the Henrys.
• Saturday: Gates open 11 a.m., Phoffman & Anders Beck Quartet, Paul Hoffman and Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass), Travis Book, Jay Cobb Anderson, Keller (Williams) and the Keels, Larry & Jenny Keel, Vince Herman and Mimi Naja and band Fruition, Gipsy Moon band, Greg Burns & Friends and Larry Keel Experience
Tickets: Friday $20 advance, $25 at gate; Saturday $30 advance, $35 at gate; weekend $50 advance, $60 at gate
THIRD ANNUAL AUGUSTA MUSIC FEST: 3:30 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, May 28, Augusta Common, 800 block of Broad Street; family fun event with Kids’ Zone
The lineup: Gary Palmer, The GP Project, Miranda Pokrzywinski, Tim Watson, Taylor Hewitt, CJ Fam, Jerone Da Entertainer, Perfect Picture Band, more. A silent auction will benefit the Augusta Warrior Project.
Admission: Free; VIP tickets are $50 or $40 before April 28
SEVENTH ANNUAL PAPA JOE’S BANJO-B-QUE MUSIC FESTIVAL: Friday, May 27-Saturday, May 28, Evans Towne Center Park
• Friday: Gates 4 p.m., music until 11 p.m., Willie Nelson & Family, Laney Jones & The Spirits, Great Peacock, Motel Radio, Guthrie Brown & The Family Tree, Blitzen Trapper, Mountain Faith, Ben Miller Band.
• Saturday: gates 10:30 a.m., music until 11 p.m., $35 general admission; Old Crow Medicine Show, Sarah Jarosz, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Susto, Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band, Have Gun Will Travel, Boohoo Ramblers, Georgialina Grass, The Mason Jars, Royal Johnson, Delta Cane, Packway Handle Band, Josh Roberts & The Hinges.
Admission: Friday or Saturday $35, $250 VIP; two-day tickets $60 or $325 VIP pass; proceeds benefit Joseph R. Pond Memorial Foundation, which supports local charities