Border Bash moves north of the state line for friendly rivalry

The 24th annual Border Bash will move Friday night, Nov. 3, for the first time to the South Carolina side of the Savannah River and will feature two national musical acts and one popular Augusta band.

 

Previously the popular rivalry celebration preceding the annual competition of the University of Georgia and University of South Carolina football teams has been held at the Augusta Golf &Gardens and Augusta Common.

But this year, it moves to the expanded and improved – and renamed – Hippodrome Events Complex in North Augusta between Jefferson Davis Highway and Atomic Road. The covered structure itself has been renamed City Spin Arena in honor of the online ticketing service.

More convenient parking, easier access via Jefferson Davis Highway (also known as Aiken-Augusta Highway) just across the state line on Shultz Hill and a weather-protected facility are advantages cited for the move.

Advance tickets are $15 through cityspin.com or $20 at the gate. Ages 12 and younger admitted free. Visit borderbash.net.

As per past years, cheerleaders from the two colleges based in Athens, Ga., and Columbia, will be entertaining the thousands of fans as will be the teams’ mascots Hairy Dawg and Cocky.

Entertainment from 6 to 11 p.m. will be band Eve 6, rising country artist Ashley McBryde and locally-based band Black Dawg (Charlie Fair, drums; John Kelley, vocals, harmonica; John Kolbeck, bass, backup vocals and Deke Wiggins, guitar).

Eve 6 was formed in southern California in 1995 with the then teenagers signed to RCA Records before finishing high school. Their first two albums Eve 6 and Horrorscope achieved Platinum sales and resulted in the hit singles Inside Out, Promise, On The Roof Again and Here’s To The Night.

They have been seen on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night With Conan O’Brien and have had their videos in frequent rotation on MTV.

Ashley McBryde just last May was named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of top 10 country artists to watch. She already has been a guest artist on the Grand Ole Opry two times and has been opening shows for Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr. and Eric Church.

McBryde, who grew up in small town Mammouth Spring, Ark., on the state line with Missouri, has been working on a new album with Little Big Town’s producer Jay Joyce. Her latest single is called A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega.

The rivalry between the Georgia Bulldogs and the South Carolina Gamecocks is one of the oldest dating to 1894. The 70th meeting of the teams will be Saturday, Nov. 4, at Sanford Stadium on the UGA campus.

The Border Bash Foundation has contributed more than $900,000 to causes across the area through event proceeds.

24th annual Border Bash

What: With Black Dawg, Ashley McBryde and Eve 6, Georgia and South Carolina cheerleaders and mascots, fireworks

When: 6-11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3; gates 4 p.m.

Where: CitySpin Arena at the Hippodrome Events Complex, 5544 Jefferson Davis Highway, North Augusta

Tickets: $15 advance at BorderBash.net, $20 at the gate with ages 12 and younger free

 

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