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KEY TO AUGUSTA

by Stoney

What website on lokal music would be complete without some sort of explanation of the city of Augusta itself? We all have different views of this city and though history is important, there is enough on the net to flood a small world country, so here is my webview of Augusta...today!

What can one say about Augusta, Georgia that hasn't already been said? Well I guess for some of you out there not familiar with Augusta Georgia, we are here to send you on a little journey of our lil' big city as it relates to our lokal music scene!

Before we dig into Augusta's good stuff, ya gotta realize what surrounds us. Augusta sits less than 2-3 hour from some great music & fun spots like Atlanta, Athens, Macon, & Savannah, Georgia. Plus Columbia & Charleston, SC & Charlotte & Winston-Salem, North Carolina. So you see, we have a lot to look to. The past few years the SE area has been a hotbed of musical activity featuring the likes of HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH, EDWIN MCCAIN, COLLECTIVE SOUL, SHAWN MULLINS, BLACK CROWES & much more. So you see, the area is rich with a variety of musical sounds and talent.

Well my friends, Augusta is the same way. As the region has become hotter, so has the area we Augustans refer to as downtown. Considered dangerous just a few years ago, this area has begun to thrive due to government funding as well as young entrepenuerism. First came a new Riverwalk on the downtown Savannah River area, complete with walking areas, an ampitheatre and clubs, coffee shops & eateries like Beamie's. Cotton Row Cafe & the Cotton Patch. Soon to take over was the "just outta college" business crowd and up popped cool new places like SOUL BAR, NACHO MAMA'S & the PIZZA JOINT. These new, exciting business' offered not only some cool hangouts but also places for lokal bands to showcase their music.

Venues near, in & around the downtown area such as JOE'S UNDERGROUND, THE RED LION & THE HIGHLANDER in N. Augusta continue to offer some of the best bands to come out of the lokal & regional area. Soon a new golf hall of fame will bring more spectators to the downtown live music game.

You can get most anywhere from downtown as Augusta's 3 main roads, Washington Rd, Gordon Hwy & Wrightsboro Rd all connect to the downtown area. What these roads have to offer are:

Washington Road-The home of the Master Golf Course and Hotel Hill. Like most main roads in most cities, Washington has a ton of hotels, a ton of places to eat, several movie complex's & decent shopping. Live music as you travel away from downtown can be found at Players, Shannon's & most consistently, TGI Fridays. The Comedy House also lies on this road which will eventually take you to the Lake & South Carolina.

Wrightsboro Road-First spot to hit is Daniel Village, a strip mall named after the adjacent Daniel Field small plane airport. Eventually you get to the shopping areas which include a couple of strip malls as well as Augusta Mall. Just past Bobby Jones Expressway you'll find what I like to call Best Buy Plaza. Here you can buy some CD's, pick up some books, check out a movie, grab some gator nuggets or some dizzy chicken or go ice skating, while you have new tire put on your car! This road is quiet music wise other than rock & roll bar Kokopelli's. If you drive far enough you'll get to A.J.'s Bar & Grill which is a cool place to see rock & roll.

Gordon Highway-Cars & Country Bars pretty much sums up this road, which eventually will take you to Ft. Gordon. To sum up the musical roads the easiest, go by this:

Downtown & close surrounding area-Creative & Original Music Washington Rd.-New Rock Cover Bands & Acoustic Wrightsboro Rd.-Cover Hair Bands & Classic Rock Cover Bands Gordon Hwy-Kuntry Music

Splitting Up the Clubs: Highlander, N. Augusta, SC-Original & Cover, Rock & Alternative Joe's Underground, Downtown-Cover Pop Bands Cotton Patch, Downtown-Cover Sing-A-Long & Karaoke Acts Nacho Mama's, Downtown-Original Progressive Alternative Soul Bar, Downtown-original Groove Alternative Red Lion, Walton Way near Downtown-Progressive & Bluegrass Alternative TGI Friday's, Washington Rd-Acoustic Alternative Covers Player's, Washington Rd-Cover House Band & Karaoke Kokopelli's, Wrightsboro Rd-Cover 80's meets 90's Rock A.J's, Wrightsboro Rd-Cover Classic Rock The Honky Tonk & Silver Bullet, Wrightsboro Rd-Country

So you see, there' a lot goin' on in this fair town, just gotta hunt it down!

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