Arts in the Heart is back with music, art, food, fun

Festival set for Sept. 15-17 in downtown Augusta

In its 37th year, the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival continues to thrive and grow as upwards of 88,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event, which will be held Sept. 15-17 in downtown Augusta.


Performers and artists from across the country spend a weekend in Augusta for the event that has become a destination for many.

“There are a lot of artists who go on a circuit, and there are some artists who really want to come here,” said Pax Bobrow, project manager for the Greater Augusta Arts Council.

More than 150 artists specializing in different media are expected to attend this year’s festival. There is a jury process to select the artists. Works range from the ceramics of Luis Enrique Gutierrez, a contemporary potter originally from Nicaragua who learned from his father, Helio Gutierrez, a well-known and respected artist in Nicaragua, to Adriana Bottary of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who hand paints leather purses, and Pam Regal, a word worker and artist, to David Russell, a glass artist from Camden, S.C.

Other artists make jewelry, paint, create clothing and sculpt. Their designs are sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical. There are a variety of pieces to fit most tastes.

In addition to the artists and artisans, there are numerous performers located on five stages throughout the downtown area. One special event will be at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at the community stage.

It’s the second concert in the ExploreGeorgia.Org Songwriter Series and will feature Lola Gulley, Greg Hester and Keith Jenkins and Otis Redding III.

“The Songwriter Series takes place in six cities across the state from August through November, promoting the state as a destination for live music and music heritage. Other participating cities include Athens, LaGrange, Savannah, Rome and Valdosta,” according to the website.

Also, the arts council has been investing more into its children’s area over the past few years.

“It’s really bloomed and grown over the past five years,” said Brenda Durant, the arts council’s executive director.

There are plenty of activities for children and families to take part in. There’s a young artists’ market that allows children to sell their own art work. Some stay for a few hours at a time while others spend much of the weekend.

In addition, there are numerous performances that are geared toward children and families.

“Two years ago, we introduced the interactive street performers,” said Christina Berkshire, who is coordinating the children and family section.

These performers include a hula group that will dance while other members of the group explain the dances through puppetry and a spin artist who sets up a pottery wheel that’s powered by a bicycle.

An event all three members of the arts council’s staff said they are excited about will take place on opening night as the marquee to the Miller Theater will be lit for the first time in three decades. At 8 p.m., the switch will be turned on to reveal the theater’s new lighting.

Arts in the Heart of the Augusta will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16; and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. Tickets are $7 in advance and $12 at the gate. They may be purchased online at


Community Stage

5 p.m. Lin & Friends

5:30 p.m. The Gilded Youth

6 p.m. The Pinckney Sisters

6:45 p.m. Kate Harski & Cory Cromer

7:15 p.m. MØSES

7:45 p.m. BullMoose

8:30 p.m. The Hoyt Clagwells

Family Stage

6 p.m. Rhythm & Class Dance Studio

7 p.m. Evans High School Music Theatre

7:45 p.m. The Lighting of the Miller Theater Marquee

8:30 p.m. Blacklisted Belly Dance

Global Stage

5 p.m. De Céadáoin

5:30 p.m. Deejay Andrew Serrano

6 p.m. Opening Ceremonies & Deejay Andrew Serrano

7 p.m. Village Sticks

7:45 p.m. False Flag

8:30 p.m. Silvertown

Jazz Stage

5 p.m. Jazz Casual – Soiree Sunday Preview

5:30 p.m. Jordan Deshong Trio

6:30 p.m. Erin Blue

7 p.m. Salute to Women in Jazz

7:30 p.m. Reggie Sullivan and the JMichael Peeples

Troubadour Stage

5 p.m. Jeremy Froebel

5:30 p.m. Young Prophet

5:45 p.m. 2017 Winners of Poetry Matters Lit Prize

6:30 p.m. Berlinda Jamison, Sa Jules, Kahnscience, Derek Berry & Edward T. Milligan

7:30 p.m. Emmanuel Kane

8 p.m. Kappa Epsilon Military Sorority

8:30 p.m. LyricKantrail



Community Stage

11 a.m. Creative Impressions

11:45 a.m. Augusta Prep Upper School Choir

12:30 p.m. Lori Newton’s “Acoustic Moments”

1 p.m. Ben Crawford

1:30 p.m. Spencer Shadden

2:15 p.m. Brighter Light

3 p.m. Dewayne Brock & The Lucky Bastards

3:45 p.m. Simple Man Band

4:30 p.m. Grand Woo

5:15 p.m. Adam Diehl

5:45 p.m. EMarWill

6:30 p.m. The Bonaventures

7 p.m. Matt Dalheimer

7:45 p.m. Hound Of Goshen

8:30 p.m. Petty Cache

Family Stage

11 a.m. The Family YMCA Creative Arts Program

noon Augusta Jr Players

12:30 p.m. Ben the Illusionist

1 p.m. Rebelettes Dance Team

1:30 p.m. envey belly dance troupe

2 p.m. Royal Dynamic Marching Unit

2:30 p.m. ShoFusion dance arts studio

3:30 p.m. Denise Cheeks Studio of Music

4 p.m. Dance Xtreme

5:15 p.m. Eastern Star Dance Theatre

6:30 p.m. Dr. Professor’s Amazing Adventures!

7 p.m. Twisted Elementz Krew

7:45 p.m. Savannah Winds Middle Eastern Dancers

8:30 p.m. Zazzua Productions “World Fusion”

Global Stage

11 a.m. Suzuki Strings of Augusta

12:15 p.m. Musical Theatre Workshops

1 p.m. Halau Hula Alohalani

1:30 p.m. Selah Jetloud Guru

2 p.m. A creative Symphoni Dance Studio and Envey Dance Troupe

3 p.m. Grupo Folklorico Cimarron

3:30 p.m. Augusta Chinese Cultural Group

4:30 p.m. Hindu Temple Society of Augusta

5:30 p.m. Fine Arts and Craft and Food Awards

6 p.m. Sur

7 p.m. Tribes of Fire

7:30 p.m. King Cat and The Elders

8:15 p.m. Stink Bamboo

Jazz Stage

11 a.m. The Childs Trio

11:30 a.m. The Blues Brothers Tribute

noon Deborah Ware

12:30 p.m. John Hobbs

1:30 p.m. The URBN Soul Presents – Jazz 4 Kids – Sing Clap Wiggle Shake

2 p.m. Cross Creek High School Jazz Band

3 p.m. Open Jam

4 p.m. Robert Reid

4:30 p.m. The MusicTank

5:30 p.m. Funmilayo Ngozi

6 p.m. Chris Hardy World

6:30 p.m. Sean McDonald

7 p.m. Chris Ndeti & Co

8 p.m. Empress of Cool

8:30 p.m. Happy Bones

Troubadour Stage

11 a.m. Louise Warren

11:30 a.m. Patrick Preacher Man Duncan

noon linnie & amy joy

12:30 p.m. Tammie B

1 p.m. T2O

1:30 p.m. Jezibell

2 p.m. Accordionaires

2:30 p.m. The DTs

3 p.m. Nakia_Jade

3:30 p.m. Anabella - Live Music Entertainment

4 p.m. Wild Enemy

4:30 p.m. Nubia Soul Goddess

5 p.m. Nikki Gray

5:30 p.m. Angel Brown

6:30 p.m. G0DDESS & A.L.L. Painters

7 p.m. Multicultural Microphone featuring Nfrared



Community Stage

12:45 p.m. The Perfect Back Seat Drivers

1:30 p.m. Cocktosten

2:15 p.m. Double D

3 p.m. TheForty30s

3:45 p.m. The And’s

4:30 p.m. Vicky Grady Band

5:30 p.m. Songwriter Series

Family Stage

noon Davidson Fine Arts Junior Advanced Actors

12:30 p.m. Davidson Fine Arts Musical Theatre Performance Ensemble

1 p.m. 12th Street Improv

1:30 p.m. Davidson Fine Arts – Acting 2 Performance Class

2 p.m. Youssef the Storyteller

2:30 p.m. Saidi Friends and Dancing Through the Skirts

3:15 p.m. Augusta Flow Artists and Hoop Dancers

4 p.m. Rachel Corona

4:15 p.m. Calvin J. EL as Mr. C, The Jump Rope Guru

4:30 p.m. Inspirational Expressions

5 p.m. Victory Productions presents A Woman’s Worth

6 p.m. The Augusta Players

Global Stage

12:30 p.m. Celtic Rhythm Irish Dancers

1:15 p.m. Kane & Co. Dance Productions


2:30 p.m. Dance 2 Inspire

3 p.m. Cutno Dance Center

4 p.m. A Future Now Past

5 p.m. Bethany and the Southside Boys

6 p.m. SnapDragon

Jazz Stage

noon Brandy Douglas

12:30 p.m. Nick Brown

1 p.m. Jerone Da Entertainer

1:30 p.m. Tony Aaron Hambrick

2 p.m. Carlos Rodriguez Latin Jazz

2:30 p.m. The Lady & The Gents

3 p.m. Mitch Butler Quartet

4 p.m. Davis-Peterson Duo

4:30 p.m. Dr. Phusion and The Funk

5 p.m. Open Jam

6 p.m. Adam Harris Thompson Band

Troubadour Stage

1 p.m. Baruti & Kydd Joe

2 p.m. Indeliable Artists Poetic Showcase

2:30 p.m. Sa Jules

3 p.m. DJ Mixoff

3:30 p.m. Acoustic Garden

4 p.m. Mahogany Lounge Featuring The Phaze 360 Band

4:30 p.m. AE the Cool

5 p.m. Sassett West

5:30 p.m. Art Love

6 p.m. Jon Goode

*Schedules can change. See

Food Village

Aside from the arts and entertainment, the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival is known for its international food village. If you choose, you can eat your way around the world in one weekend. Here are the countries that will be represented; visit to look at the menus.

• African American • American hot dog stand • Cambodia

• China • Cyprus • Germany • Greece • Guam • India • Ireland

• Italy • Jamaica • Korea • Laos • Latin America

• Lebanon • Nigeria• Philippines • Samoa • South Sudan • Sudan

• Thailand • Trinidad • Turkey



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