Music By Turner: You don’t have to leave town to see a great show

As I begin my 29th year as a columnist, I am astounded at how the concert scene has grown in local venues. For many years, locals had to drive to Atlanta, Columbia, and even Charlotte to see top-notch acts. Not anymore!


Let’s take a look at several notable events coming soon to our city.

Tony Howard’s Motown Revue, Feb. 10, Imperial Theatre

This marks the 11th straight year that Howard and his ultra-talented band have thrilled locals with spot-on versions of Motor City soul. A tribute to Bruno Mars will also be performed.

Diana Krall, Feb. 16, Miller Theater

The Canadian jazz pianist and singer has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide … and for good reason. The Miller’s superb acoustics will make it the perfect venue for her amazing talent.

Brantley Gilbert, Feb. 16, James Brown Arena

Four No. 1 country singles says it all! Aaron Lewis and Josh Phillips open.

Blackberry Smoke with Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Feb. 22, Bell Auditorium

The band is touring in support of their fifth album Like an Arrow, but for me the concert stage is the best way to enjoy this incredible group.

Gordon Lightfoot, Feb. 25, Miller Theater

The much-revered Canadian singer-songwriter, best known for hits that include Sundown, Carefree Highway and The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, returns to Augusta for a night of unforgettable classics.

The Dixie Dregs, March 2, Bell Auditorium

It’s going to be a homecoming! The original lineup of Steve Morse, Rod Morgenstein, Andy West, Steve Davidowski and Allen Sloan never fail to astound audiences!

Ed Turner and Number 9, March 2 and 3, Miller Theater

One night was not enough! Me and the band will play great classic rock from ELO, The Beatles, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, and many more. Members of Symphony Orchestra Augusta will join Number 9’s 17-piece band for an unforgettable “Thriller at the Miller!”