Music by Turner: Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers to play under the stars

Bruce Hornsby, seen performing at The Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Show in 2015 in Chicago, will perform with his band The Noisemakers on June 15 at the Columbia County Amphitheater. FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS

It’s happening again … It seems that most every week top-notch musicians continue to come to the greater Augusta area.

 

Next up is the multi-Grammy Award winner Bruce Hornsby, who will perform under the stars at the Columbia County Amphitheater on Thursday, June 15, with his terrific band the Noisemakers.

Gates open at 6 p.m. with Scarlet Begonias, the extremely popular local Grateful Dead cover band, taking the stage at 6:30. Hornsby and his band will begin performing promptly at 8:30.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 the day of the show. There’s also a limited number of VIP packages for $100. Visit FWBPRO.com to secure your admission.

THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS DEPT. Hornsby’s 31-year career as a recording artist speaks for itself as his first three major singles were top-10 hits. Mandolin Rain, The Valley Road and, of course, The Way it Is helped Hornsby and his former band The Range earn “Best New Artist” in 1986.

I’ll never forget hearing The Way it Is for the first time, with its irresistible piano hook and solo grabbing my musical ear immediately. No, I still can’t play it right.

Hornsby has always been very much in demand as a session pianist, with his immense talents gracing albums by Bob Dylan, Don Henley, Clint Black, Bob Seger, and dozens more.

WHAT A LONG STRANGE TRIP DEPT. After several albums, Hornsby decided to tour with the Grateful Dead, which he did for over 100 shows between 1990-1992. He also recorded four albums with the Dead before leaving the group.

The folks at Friends With Benefits, who sponsored last week’s tremendously successful Marcus King Band/Umphrey’s McGee twin bill downtown at the Augusta Common, are strongly suggesting that you get your tix early for this show. FWB’s Lisa Taylor told me that “the walk-up crowd was so large that it caught us all by surprise.”

If Mother Nature cooperates, Hornsby and the Noisemakers should begin right at dusk, and anyone who has attended a spring or summer show at the Columbia County Amphitheater will tell you that the “big sky” is a major part of the show.

Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers headlining in Augusta? It’s a no-brainer. Be there!

 

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