Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Pop Rocks: Debt of Nature's 'Departure' was totally worth the wait

It is said that rock 'n' roll is territory for the young, that the need and desire to make something large and loud and slightly unhinged lessens in the face of families and careers and all the ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Pop Rocks: Time in Augusta has been fulfilling

I spent Thanksgiving away from Augusta, retreating with my family to the mountains of North Carolina. It was a break I thought I needed.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Pop Rocks: 12 Bands holiday CD includes 9 gems

Sometimes less is more. In the interest of full disclosure, let me go on the record and admit that when I discovered Instant Christmas Classics Vol.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

Pop Rocks: Don't miss two hidden gems

For me, the most frustrating treasures are those that, for many, remain undiscovered. With that in mind, I wanted to highlight a couple of my favorites.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Pop Rocks: Yonder Mountain concert exception to venue's rules

This week, Yonder Mountain String Band will, I hope with minimal difficulty, load in at Jessye Norman Amphitheater to headline an impressive lineup of bluegrass-inspired acts. It should be a ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

Pop Rocks: Westobou is well worth watching

Though the Westobou Festival is an event with intentionally few traditions, there is one that, for better or worse, seems to have become something of an administrative standard. Every few years ...
By Steven Uhles

Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014

Pop Rocks: As arts festival grows, so does need for better flow

Arts In the Heart is clearly an event where more is, in fact, more. I think what needs to be addressed is a question of flow.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014

Pop Rocks: Kiss Family Reunion is truly family event, with hot music

96.3 Kiss Family Reunion to feature Johnny Gill, Freddie Jackson, Ce Ce Peniston, Avery Sunshine, Jagged Edge, Syleena Johnson and Algerbra, among others.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

Pop Rocks: Westobou offerings appeal nicely to different audiences

Like any event that books multiple acts, the Westobou Festival schedule - mark your calendars for Oct. 1-5 - is coming together with evenings of art and entertainment that will appeal to and ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014

Pop Rocks: Drivin N Cryin is example of success for musicians

Twenty-five years ago, Drivin N Cryin was a band enjoying, by rock and roll standards, fairly significant success. Last Thursday, a full quarter century later, that same band rolled not into an ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pop Rocks: 'Get On Up' good although Augusta isn't presented well

James Brown movie is worth seeing even though there is some bad mixed in with the good.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pop Rocks: Brown's legacy is one this community can be proud of

In a week, Hollywood will come to Augusta with at least some of its trappings. There will be actors and directors, a red carpet and a see-it-first screening.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

AMPED Music Contest voting opens July 10

An inspiring field of former finalists and new faces, this year's AMPED Music Contest is shaping up to be the most competitive in years.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Pop Rocks: Now is a great moment to check out Posh Hammer

I got my first rock 'n' roll record when I was 9 years old. It was The Eagles' Hotel California album, and I'm pretty sure the appeal was its popularity, the crazy gatefold and the fact that The ...
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Pop Rocks: Lake Olmstead Stadium can be great as concert venue

Lake Olmstead Stadium will never be the most convenient venue, but that's not the point. The point is it's cool.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pop Rocks: Fine arts charter school not suited for all, great for some

I'm happy to go on record as being supportive of the proposed fine arts charter school in Columbia County.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Pop Rocks: Shaky Knees is good example of music festival for Augusta

Earlier this month I went to Atlanta to take in Shaky Knees, a relative newcomer in the increasingly crowded slate of summer music festivals.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Pop Rocks: Experience artistic improv with locals ABBA, Sure Eel

There is always a place for improvisation. Art, in fact, depends on it.
By Steven Uhles

Monday, April 21, 2014

Pop Rocks: Masters Week music events can offer lessons for future

Two music events succeeded on their own terms during Masters Week, one by remaining reactive and adapting as issues arose, the other by drawing from a deep well of experience and organizing an ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pop Rocks: Be sure to make time for Broad Street

Broad Street has become a mecca for independent businesses and is one of the best places in the city to get a sense of the real Augusta.
By Steven Uhles

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