Arts in the Heart brings world of arts to downtown

Music groups Livingroom Legends, von Grey to perform

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Livingroom Legends will perform on the Global Stage at 8 p.m. Saturday.
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After his bandmates bailed on him with concerts on the calendar, Ken Stephens asked his wife, Mindy, to help him in an
upcoming gig, and the band, Livingroom Legends, was born.

Von Grey bring their indie, pop and Americana style to the Global Stage for a 5:30 p.m. performance Sunday.  SPECIAL
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Von Grey bring their indie, pop and Americana style to the Global Stage for a 5:30 p.m. performance Sunday.

“I said ‘You sing. You think you could learn to play a bass?’ ” Ken said. “We sat in our living room and started working on songs.”

A decade later, the duo has expanded to a quartet and will be a featured performer at this year’s Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival, taking the Global Stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

“It’s exciting,” said Mindy Stephens. “We’ve played Arts in the Heart so many times.”

The band, which won The Augusta Chronicle’s 2010 Singer-Songwriter Contest, plays a mix of music, but Ken Stephens said he’d probably classify the band’s signature sound as Americana.

“It’s a catch-all of many sounds,” he said.

Stephens grew up listening to Johnny Cash, The Beatles and the Beach Boys. As a young adult, his tastes expanded to punk bands such as The Ramones. He said the band plans to record some of its new music, but he doesn’t have a timeline on it.

ANOTHER BAND keeping it in the family is von Grey, four sisters from outside of Atlanta and another featured performer of this year’s festival. Von Grey will perform at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, before the closing ceremonies.

The four classically-trained sisters – Kathryn, 17, Annika, 16, Fiona, 14, and Petra, 12 – have been performing together for about three years. The band’s name is the sisters’ last name.

Each sister plays at least two instruments, and all four sing.

Annika said the sisters moved from classical because they like the freedom of expression when creating their own music.

“With classical music, you play everything from sheet music,” she said. “It took us a while to figure out our sound,”

They experimented with all types of music from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to bluegrass until they found their indie/pop/Americana niche, she said.

Von Grey plans to release an EP in October.

LIVINGROOM LEGENDS and von Grey are only a few of the performers taking the stage during the 32nd annual Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival.

There are four stages with a variety of performances scheduled during the weekend, according to Brenda Durant, executive director of the Greater Augusta Arts Council.

This year’s spotlighted nation is Germany, and the Channelheimmer Oompah Band will perform during the opening ceremonies as well as other times during the weekend.

Durant said the event will be bigger this year than in the past.

“We have new food with representatives from Turkey. Spain is back, and I’ve seen their menu. It’s rocking,” she said.

Food from 35 nations will be available in the Global Village.

Also, there are more fine arts and crafts vendors

“We brought in over 100 this year,” she said.

Returning this year is Lisa Davin, a jewelry designer, who was the festival winner last year.

Other artists include painters, potters and weavers from across the Southeast.

People whose phones have Internet access can locate their favorite artist or download menus during the festival from artsintheart.mobi.

Weekend badges to the festival are $5 in advance and $7 at the gate.

For more information, visit www.artsintheheart.com.

Festival details

The Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival takes place Sept. 14-16 on Broad Street and at Augusta Common. Weekend badges are $5 advance at SRP Federal Credit Union locations or $7 at the gate.
HOURS:
5-9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; noon-7 p.m. Sunday
PARKING:
Available at
• Tee Center Parking Garage, 921 James Brown Blvd.
• Pensioner’s Depot, 511 Reynolds St.
• Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.
• Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.
• James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St
MORE:
www.artsintheheart.com; get festival updates, menus and more on your mobile device at artsintheheart.mobi

Friday, Sept. 14

GLOBAL STAGE
Augusta Common
5-6 p.m.:
Channelheimer Ooompa Band
6-7 p.m.:
Parade of Nations
7-8 p.m.:
Parade and Unity Dance
8-8:30 p.m.:
Odyssey, Greek dance
8:30-9 p.m.:
Pyroteque fire performing group

COMMUNITY STAGE
Ninth and Broad streets
5-5:45 p.m.:
Dayz to Come, Christian rock
6-6:30 p.m.:
Jerod Gay, folk, country, indie rock
6:30-7 p.m.:
Spencer Shadden, singer songwriter
7-7:45 p.m.:
Michael Santangelo, keyboardist
8-9 p.m.:
Billy S, music

TROUBADOUR STAGE
Broad and Marcartan streets
5-5:30 p.m.:
Yossef the Storyteller
5:45-6:15 p.m.:
Jezibell Anat
6:30-7 p.m.:
5 Blue Lights, punk, blues
7:15-7:45 p.m.:
Summa Clearance, Vegas-style show
8-9 p.m.:
Adult Poetry Slam, poetry contest for ages 18 and up; sign up at the show

FAMILY STAGE
Eighth and Broad streets
5-5:45 p.m.:
Kane and Company, dance
6-7 p.m.:
Envey Dance Troupe, Augusta Fitness Dance
7-8 p.m.:
Philippine American Association of CSRA, dance
8-9 p.m.:
German Friendship Dancers

Saturday, Sept. 15

GLOBAL STAGE
Augusta Common
11-11:50 a.m.:
Khamsin Fierce Fusion, Friends
Noon-12:45 p.m.:
Pure Love Music
12:
45-1:30 p.m.: Chinese Singers and Dancers
1:45-2:45 p.m.:
Ballroom Dance Center
3-3:50 p.m.:
Channel­heimer Ooompa Band
4-4:45 p.m.:
Indian Pavillion-Hindu Temple
4:45-5 p.m.:
Awards
5-7:45 p.m.:
AMPED: Chronicle Music Contest
8 p.m.-until:
Livingroom Legends, rock band

COMMUNITY STAGE
Ninth and Broad streets
11-11:45 a.m.:
Company of Job, musical presentation
Noon-12:45 p.m.:
JAMP Band: James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils
1-1:45 p.m.:
The Augusta Players Hairspray preview
2-2:45 p.m.:
She-n-She
3-3:45 p.m.:
Ippie Music
4-4:45 p.m.:
Double D, ’60s and ’70s rock
5-6 p.m.:
Channelheimer Ooompa Band
6:15-7 p.m.:
Artemia, rock
7-7:45 p.m.:
3’rd shift, rock
8-9 p.m.:
Camouflage Spaceship, funk, rock

TROUBADOUR STAGE
Broad and Marcartan
11-11:30 a.m.:
Liberty Players
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.:
Chris Hardy, guitar
12:30-1:30 p.m.:
Celia Gary, acoustic guitar
1:45-2:15:
Tamia Lee
2:30-3 p.m.:
Denise Cheeks School of Music
3:15-5 p.m.:
Multi-Cultural Microphone
5:15-5:45:
Ikeda Peace Taiko, drums
6-6:30 p.m.:
Robin Banks Show
6:45-7:15 p.m.:
Denise Cheeks School of Music - 4th-12th grade showchoir
8:30-9 p.m.:
Promethian Fire Troupe

FAMILY STAGE
Eighth and Broad streets
11-11:45 a.m.:
Channel­heimer Ooompa Band
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.:
CSRA Zumba Group
12:15-12:45 p.m.:
Dance Extreme, jazz/modern
12:45-1:45 p.m.:
Augusta Youth School of Dance
2-2:45 p.m.:
Celtic Rhythm
3-4 p.m.:
Musical Theater Workshop
4-4:45 p.m.:
Rhythm and Class Cloggers
5-6 p.m.:
Hip2Hip Studio
6-6:45 p.m.:
CSRA Belly Dancers
7-7:45 p.m.:
Eastern Star Dance, belly dancing
8-9 p.m.:
The Islanders, Tahitian dance

Sunday, Sept. 16

GLOBAL STAGE
Augusta Common
Noon-1 p.m.:
Channel­heimer Ooompa Band German music
1-2 p.m.:
Christine Mangelly Belly Dancers
2-3 p.m.:
Island Rhythm, Hawaiian/Tahitian dance
3-4 p.m.:
ABATSU African Dance African dance with drummers
4-5 p.m.:
Suzuki Strings of Augusta
5:30-6:45 p.m.:
Von Grey, featured performer of the 2012 festival
6:45-7 p.m.:
Closing Ceremonies, Farewell

COMMUNITY STAGE
Ninth and Broad streets
Noon-1 p.m.:
Desiree, singer, acoustic guitar
1-2 p.m.:
The Smokin’ Guns, classsic rock
2-3 p.m.:
Augusta Chorale, 50-voice community choir
3-4 p.m.:
Undone, Weezer tribute band
4-5 p.m.:
Breaking News, top 40 pop/rock from the News 12 Team
5-5:45 p.m.:
Garden City Jazz
6-7 p.m.:
Appling Road Band, oldies, country, pop, more

TROUBADOUR STAGE
Broad and Marcartan
Noon-2 p.m.:
Davidson Fine Arts
2:15-2:45 p.m.:
Catherine the Great, touring poet
3-3:30 p.m.:
Hobbs & Reid, vocals, guitar, jazz, R&B
3:45-5:15 p.m.:
Musical Theatre Workshop
5:30-7 p.m.:
Youth Poetry Slam; contest for ages 13-17; sign up at show

FAMILY STAGE
Eighth and Broad streets
Noon-12:30 p.m.:
Savan­nah Winds, belly dance
1-2 p.m.:
Hispanic Assoc.
2-3 p.m.:
Chanellheimer Ooompa Band
3-3:30 p.m.:
Pulse Dance Center
3:45-4:45 p.m.:
Cutno Dance, ballet
4:45-5:45 p.m.:
Belle and Beau Fitness Academy
6-7 p.m.:
Footloose and Fancy Free Cloggers


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