What is Sky City?

SKY CITY is a 500 capacity live music venue in downtown Augusta, GA open since June 2008. Full Digital PA system and lights. 21+ only with valid ID. Bands that have played so far include:

DINOSAUR JR.
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS
BLACK LIPS
MINUS THE BEAR
LANGHORNE SLIM & THE LAW
THOSE DARLINS
THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND
LUCERO
CAGE THE ELEPHANT
CLUTCH
CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS
VAN HUNT
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE
EDWIN MCCAIN
THE ZAC BROWN BAND
PERPETUAL GROOVE
JASON ISBELL + THE 400 UNIT
JUCIFER
THE WHIGS
DEAD CONFEDERATE

UNKNOWN HINSON
AFRO*MAN
RANDALL BRAMBLETT
DUB CONSCIOUS
THE HACKENSAW BOYS
DRIVIN N CRYIN
MODERN SKIRTS
SAVING ABEL
COL. BRUCE HAMPTON
ANGIE APARO
IVAN NEVILLE'S DUMPSTAPHUNK
THE SHAUN PIAZZA BAND
THE CUBISTS
48 VOLT
TURF WAR
BAYOU BLEU
EDISON PROJECT
THE FAVORS
CARY ANN HEARST
LANGUAGE ARTS
GRINGO STAR
THE SOULPHONICS
DON CHAMBERS + GOAT
HOG SLOBBER
JOE GRAVES & THE DIRTY LEFT HAND
G CITY ROCKERS
JEMANI
KISS ARMY
420 OUTBACK
CHAIRLEG
SHOTGUN OPERA
COSMIC CHARLIE
MONIKER
TRAITOR IN A SECOND
CAREY MURDOCK BAND
ROMANENKO!
BLOODKIN
CHARLES WOOD
THE MASON JARS
LOOT!
THE PSYCHO DEVILLES
THREE BAD JACKS
SICK SICK SICK
SAY VANDELAY
VEARA
FRIED GOAT
MERMER
OSBON
WILL McCRANIE
THE DEW HICKIES
BILLY S
HELLBLINKI SEXTET

BIO RITMO
DEBT OF NATURE
MERMER
THE OLD CEREMONY
JOHN KRUEGER
EL RA
FREEDOM BLACK
TURTLE FOLK
TWIN TIGERS
THE DROWNOUT
IN LIKE FLYNN
EASTERN STANDARD REGGAE BAND
THE CODETALKERS
10 YEARS
STEREO SIDE
NIGHT PEOPLE
SHOO FLY PIE
WYCLIFFE GORDON
GREG HESTER
MC DANNY RAY
PACKWAY HANDLE BAND
SOUL ON ICE
FUZZ JACKSON
REBEL LION
THESE WORDS REMAIN
MODERN DAY ESCAPE
SIGNAL 18
EAT LIGHTNING
APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION
THE DEXATEENS
BLEEDING COUNTERFEIT
MADELINE
VENICE IS SINKING
CASPER & THE COOKIES
YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN
BLACK STONE CHERRY
ARANDA
THE VEER UNION
HOPE FOR AGOLDENSUMMER
FAVORITE COUSIN
BAIN MATTOX 
SIMPLIFIED
PLAINFIELD PROJECT
THE VELLOTONES
GEORGE McCONNELL
THE DEEP VIBRATION
HOLY LIARS
SLIPPERY WHEN WET
THE DECREPITS
JACOB BELTZ
JENNIFER DANIELS
MY INSTANT LUNCH
NO STAR
UNCROWNED
SUB CAM
DASH RIP ROCK
JEREMY GRAHAM BAND
DEM IMONDE
OLD HOUSE
AMERICAN AQUARIUM
L.i.E.
ORGANIX
SUNS COLLIDE
APPLE MINER COLONY
EVERYONE ONLY
RYAN GAY
THIS MACHINE IS ME
YO MAMA'S BIG FAT BOOTY BAND
ALCHEMY DANCE COMPANY
UNMATA
ROBOTS & BUTTERFLIES
SINCE FOREVER
SUNSET SOUNDTRACK
BLUE FLASHING LIGHT
SECRET SWIM
SOAP BAR
MASS SOLO REVOLT
SALIVA
ADELITA'S WAY
VAYDEN
JAZZ CHRONIC
TENSION HEAD
ENTER THE ERA
TODAY THE MOON + 
 TOMORROW THE SUN
ROCKET 350
THE HOT RODS
IT'S ELEPHANTS
THE TRACHTENBUG FAMILY
 SLIDESHOW PLAYERS
LADY BLANCHE
THE PERFECT TOOL
#9
HALF BLACK LIT SHACK
GRADY NICKEL
DEATH ON TWO WHEELS
PULSAR
TOMMY OD & THE SURVIVORS
GREAT DAY IN THE MORNING
DEAR ENEMY
THREE WAY SWITCH
REGGAE INFINITY
LADY D
VAGABOND MISSIONARIES
WILLIAM F. GIBBS
BIG SAM'S FUNKY NATION
DAVID DONDERO
THE INDEPENDENTS
HOT POLITICS
DIE AGNOSTIC
ARTEMIA
SKINDRED
FACE DOWN
TWICE REMOVED
HUNTER LEE SMITH
HALESTORM
SILVERSTONE
THE KOFFIN KATS
THE RITCHIE BROS.
KAYA
2009 FESTIVUS OF BANDS
YO SOYBEAN
SANDINISTAS!
THE DEFILERS
MARTHA HIGH & THE JB'S 
SUPERCLUSTER 
JANUS
SICK PUPPIES 
ALMOST KINGS
A FREUDIAN SLIP
LARRY KEEL & NATURAL BRIDGE 
TALL AS LIONS
GLOSSARY
SUMMER TIGERS
DAVID BARBE & THE QUICK HOOKS
FUTUREBIRDS
MOTLEY CRUDE
BLAKFIST 
KARNIVOOL
FAIR TO MIDLAND
THE VISITATIONS
DANGERMUFFIN 
KASEY ANDERSON
CHIP ROBINSON
ALL GET OUT
COCOA DYLAN
UNDEAD UNIVERSITY
DIRTY POLLYANNA
SARAH MAC BAND
MY AIM IS TRUE
MAZES & MONSTERS
ESKIMOJITOS
PRETTY PETTY
IT'S ALIVE
HORSEPOWER
TRANCES ARC
TADDY PORTER
THE RADAR CINEMA
HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH
SHINE FOR SCOTT BENEFIT 
NIMROD
GALEN KIPAR PROJECT
M-TANK
THE AGENDA
GRAPE SODA 
LEMASTER
THE INCREDIBLE SANDWICH
BRET MOSLEY
HAYWIRE
THE BEARDS OF COMEDY
SNAPDRAGON
SCIENCE FRICTION
JULLIARD JAZZ GROUP
DEAN & BRITTA @ Sacred Heart
VALLEY OF MEGIDDO
THE STAIN REMAINS
STILLVIEW
NINE DAY DESCENT
KINGS OF PRUSSIA
SINISTER MUSTACHE 
EX LOVERS CLUB
ROMANCE LANGUAGES
ACTION INC.
FIRST BORN
DIRTY BLUE DRESS
ROCK BOTTOM ALL STARS
KLASS BAND
SEQUENCE 8
TONY HOWARD
JUMBLING TOWERS
FIVE EIGHT
MERMAIDS
SIBLING STRING
2010 FESTIVUS OF BANDS
DEATHSTAR
STINKFOOT
MATTHEW BUZZELL
RIFF RAFF KINGS
HOLD YOUR OWN
SO IT GOES
ADLER'S APPETITE
MATT BUTCHER
CROSSFADE
WITHIN REASON
LERA LYNN
DJ JOYCETTE + K. FLOSSY
EASTER ISLAND
ABBY GOGO
BRIAN POSEHN
JAMES HALL & THE FUTURA BOLD
FUZZ & MAC
JIM PERKINS
FUNK YOU
DR. BREAD
DJ KING HAROLD + MATTO
SAMI.THE.GREAT
THE AVETT BROTHERS @ The Bell Auditorium
THE LOVE LANGUAGE
KOKO BEWARE
THE HOWLIES
MANN RAY
DOWNTOWN BROWN
ZEBO
COLOUR REVOLT
SLAM
NECESSARY EVIL
DEAD MARY
ZACH DEPUTY
FASTER PUSSYCAT
DIZZY REED (Guns N' Roses)
BLURRING THE LINE
NINE DAY DESCENT
THE CONSTELLATIONS
SKYSAW
EGYPT CENTRAL
ABUSED ROMANCE
CONSIDER THE SOURCE
MANRAY
THE STONE FOXES
EAST NORTH
SUMILAN
FIVE'S A CROWD
GREEN THRIFT GROCERY
LIVINGROOM LEGENDS
PANIC MANOR
DEATH IN PARIS
VELVET JONEZ
ORYX & CRAKE
SPACE GHOST
THE ATOM BLONDE
THE GILDED YOUTH
CESAR COMANCHE
PROJEKT LOTUS
THE WHISKEY GENTRY
ALLISON FOSTER
SHE N SHE
THE HEAP
69 BOYZ
12 GAUGE
LA SNO
PONDEROSA
THE DIRTY GUV'NAHS 
EMPHATIC
EYE EMPIRE
DJ FUGI
DJ ORGANIK + VARIANT
DJ FREEMAN
DJ ENVADER
KALAMITY KEV
DIEZEL
GRANNY'S GIN
OLD YOU
THE FELICE BROTHERS
POWERKOMPANY
HEYROCCO
THE FAR & FEW
HORSE OPERA
DJ 808
SOUL CRIME
CAROLINA CHUPACABRA
JAMES GATE
EYE OF ABRAM
MY LATEST FASHION
JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD
BUFORD
YOUNG GEORGIANS
BLACK SWAN LANE
ROMEO SPIKE
SALLY ANN'S FASHION SHOW
SURF/HARP
THE ERNEST T. BASTARDS
JESUP DOLLY
MORE
ADAM SAMS
THE RAMBLIN' FEVERS
JULIA EASTERLIN
2011 FESTIVUS OF BANDS
DEAD END SONS
NUTBUSH 
FALSE FLAG
DEAGTH IS A DIALOGUE 

 

 

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Wednesday
Aug172011

Q&A; with BRYAN J. HOWARD from THE HEAP


Coco:
  I met you a few years ago when you were playing bass with the Kevn Kinney Band -- do you still play with Kevn or is he full on Drivin N Cryin again?
Bryan:  Kevn stays pretty busy with Drivin N Cryin these days.  They have been doing a good bit of touring behind their latest record.  He also has a band with Anton Fier based out of NYC.

Coco:  How would you describe the sound of THE HEAP?
Bryan: 
Imagine combining Sly and the Family Stone with the band Morphine and adding just a touch of Donny Hathaway.  Then add some fuzzed out dual bass action and bad-ass horns and you have got The HEAP sound.

Coco:  When did you start playing music?
Bryan:  I have been playing since I was about 10 years old.  I started on saxophone.

Coco:   Lots of musicians live in Athens, Georgia -- where are you originally from?
Bryan:  I am originally from Alexandria, VA -- not too far from Washington, D.C.

Coco:  Who are your 3 all time favorite Athens bands?
Bryan:  1) Kevn Kinney (he lived in Athens when I moved here, so I still count him)   2) Still Small Voice and the Joyful Noise   3) Don Chambers

Coco:  Who are your current favorite Athens bands?
Bryan:  1) Madeline   2) "Big C" and the Ringers   3) Betsy Franck and the Bareknuckle Band


Coco: 
As you probably already know -- James Brown is from Augusta -- what are your thoughts on The Godfather of Soul?
Bryan:  Well, he definitely changed music forever.  If there had not been a James Brown, we never would have had a Jackson 5 or P-Funk or Prince.  There wouldn't be hip-hop as we know it -- since it was largely built on James Brown samples .  I wish I had seen him play live.

Coco:  Ya'll play any James Brown songs?
Bryan:  The HEAP was asked to play "Living In America" for a benefit show this year.  It was a lot of fun to do.

Coco:  Do you have a favorite all-time gig? 
Bryan:  I don't know if I have one favorite -- but there have been some very memorable shows.  Some that come to mind are The Kevn Kinney Band at "On the Bricks" in Atlanta.  We opened for George Clinton and the P-Funk Allstars.

Coco:  We don't have a college radio station here in Augusta -- in your opinion -- are we missing out?
Bryan:  It is a shame that Augusta doesn't have a college station -- but there are so many ways to get music these days.  It would be nice if you had it, but great music can be found -- if you are willing to look for it.

Come check out Bryan and his 9 piece funk band as they rock out Sky City on Saturday Night.  Great music can indeed be found -- if you are willing to look for it.

THE HEAP
with special guests
GREG HESTER
& DJ FUNKY PRESIDENT
Saturday August 20th
Doors 8pm - Music 9pm
$5 Admission

Reader Comments (1)

Why wouldn't anyone b ehappy with such a great trip! My team would be. Plus, they can do writer jobs right there

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