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 

 

 

Monday
Aug152011

Q&A; with BRIAN KILLIPS (Super Fan)

Something I'd like to start doing on my blog is a simple Q&A session with local supporters of music in Augusta, Georgia. 

A shout out to the Super Fan!

I'm going to start with Brian Killips, who i consider a true Super Fan.

Brian & Bob Crawford (Avett Brothers)

Me:
  What was your first concert?
Brian:  A bit embarrassed to say it was Amy Grant at the Civic Center with my parents.  I was in 2nd grade.

Me:  You're such a big fan of music -- who would you consider your all time favorite?
Brian:  I would have to go with The Band.  Even though they were way before my time they made amazing music.  The Last Waltz DVD sees my tv at least once a month.

Me:  What 3 current bands do you love the most?
Brian:  1) My Morning Jacket  2) Wilco  3) The Avett Brothers -- so many I love, but those came to mind first.

Me:  Of those 3 bands, which one have you seen the most?  What show stood out the most? 
Brian:  I have seen the Avett Brothers the most.  I think I have seen them 8 times.  Of those, their show at Stillwater is still the coolest.  Now if you want to talk about number of times seeing a band, I have seen Phish too many times to count!

Me:  If you weren't a teacher & coach -- what would be your career choice?
Brian:  Wow...I really love my job but if I had to do something else it would be owning/running a Belgian Bar in downtown Augusta!

Me:  You are quite the beer connoisseur -- what are your favorites?
Brian:  I do love good beer and there are so many to choose from!  The cool thing is American craft brewers are making the most creative beers in the world right now.  I love Dogfish Head the most overall.  I have many of their beers aging in my beer cellar.  I cannot wait to try the 2008 Palo Santo Maroon!  That is one of my favorites.  Stone, Weyerbacher and anything Belgian (besides Stella!).  So many good ones out there.

Me:  What other hobbies do you have?
Brian:  Music, Good Beer, Training for the Ironman Augusta, running, playing soccer and, of course, college football.

Brian & Heather with Sharon Jones

Me:  As someone who goes out regularly to see live music, how do you rate Augusta and how can it better?
Brian:  I really try to support what you do and support music in town.  Augusta has come a long way.
On that note, I would like to see Augusta land a big act that is not country.  I was talking to colleagues today who went to the Urban show and they are exited that Aldean is coming again.  I wish we (non country fans) had those types of options on a regular basis.  Don't get me wrong, we get some great bands (Drive By Truckers, Avetts, Sharon Jones, etc) but I would like to see this town land a big act!

Me:  Who would you consider a big act?
Brian:  My Morning Jacket has gotten big of late...Wilco is big and would be great for the Bell.  REM would be awesome to have back in Augusta!

Brian & Heather with the biggest act of them all...

Me:  I often see you out with your lovely better half, Heather -- what was your first dance when you got married?
Brian:  Into the Mystic by Van Morrison.  Although we both wish we would have gone with Crazy Love!  On a side note, if you ever land the Old 97s at Sky City she would make you dinner for a month I am sure.  She is their #1 fan for sure!

Me:  Tell her it's a deal.  They're on my short list!

See ya downtown,
Coco

 

 

Wednesday
Aug102011

Q&A; WITH HELLBLINKI'S ANDREW BENJAMIN

Coco: People ask me all the time -- whatever happened to Andrew?  Will you please tell 'em....
Andrew:  Short answer, moved to Asheville, had a baby...  I'd been dating Amy Grove (an Augustan living in Ashville) for about a year, we got preggers, I lost the Hangnail space, and we lost a bunch of money on a show around the time we were deciding who was moving where, so it made sense for me to move to Asheville and have the baby.  His name is Oliver, he just turned six, and we've decided we like it here pretty well.  Just moved into a cool old farmhouse, everyone should come visit.



C: What are some of the things you miss about Augusta?
A: The people, the vibe...  There is a certain Augustaness about Augusta that I really miss, and so, so many friends.

C:  Will you ever be moving back?
A:  I'm not going to rule it out, in some ways, I'd love to, but I don't think it'll happen anytime soon.

C:  How would you best describe the music of Hellblinki?
A:  I'd rather let other people try to do that.

C:  Having been away for awhile & traveling around a lot -- what are some things you've seen that you think would be cool to have in Augusta?
A:  Augusta has almost everything it needs in small amounts. I think it's the support where the AUG is lacking, too much bitching, not enough action.  Not enough support for the odd and the awkward.  There are some really unique things about the AUG that could be celebrated more. Oh, and really terrible city leaders, with really terrible ideas, that cost terrible amounts of money, when really identifying and playing to the unique aspects of the town is what should happen.  ('course I don't really know what's been happening the past 6 yrs other than the parking meter debacle!)

C:  When you get in your car and you turn on the stereo -- what do you listen to?
A:  M.I.A., Rosemary Clooney, Slayer, The Beatles, The Clash, Ledgendary Pink Dots, Neil Diamond, Billy Idol, Roger Miller, Die Antwoord, Deathklock, The Meters, Crass, Suzi Quatro, Boney M, Motorhead, The Spider Lillies, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Tom Lehrer, Devandra Banhardt, Thin Lizzy, Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Jonathan Scales, Fats Waller, Bjork, Sufjan Stevens, Josh White, Pink Floyd, Hope For a Golden Summer, John Prine, Woody Guthrie, Steely Dan, Sun Ra, Fela Kuti, Black Sabbath, The Misfits, The Ramones, The Cramps, Vangelis, Cypress Hill, Megan Jean and the KFB, Parliament/Funkadelic, Blonde Readhead, Killdozer, Big Black, Negativland, The Swans, Cab Calloway, The Minutemen, Captain Beefheart, Coco Rosie, X, The Pixies, Rasputina, Cinema Strange, The Velvet Underground, Carmen Miranda, Radio Tarifa, Brazilian Girls, The Residents, Manu Chao, Led Zepplin, The Beastie Boys, Ian Dury, The Black Keys, Public Enemy, Pineal Ventana, Morsel, 12 Rounds, The Moldy Peaches, Mum, They Might Be Giants, JAMES BROWN, EVERYTHING... I usually listen on random, but have begun to appreciate the "album" again lately... I used to love the "various artist" tapes from the underground and punk labels.

C:  Who were/are some of your favorite Augusta bands?
A:  I started making a list, but there are so many, and I can't remember all the names, and half the bands I play with become my new favorite for at least a minute, and I even like the shitty bands that everyone else hates.  

C:  Whatever happened to the front of that ship that made up part of the facade of the old Hangnail gallery?
A:  I put the figurehead in storage and it was eaten by bugs.

C:  Have you ever considered doing your own version of a James Brown song?
A:  Yes, but everytime I consider it, I'm just not sure which song.  One day it will happen.

C:  What can we expect at your free show on Saturday August 13th at Sky City?
A:  The Unexpected! (yeah, I know, whatever) Ok, we've been honing the three piece for 3 or 4 years now and it's the best we've ever been, so Saturday, we're going to capture the moment on video and with a multitrack audio recording...  We'll be doing a bunch of material from our recent release "These Bubbles Come from Ants", two brand new songs, never before performed live, (I'm really excited about the new material) and some old favorites, of course...

Hellblinki "Live Video Shoot"
with special guests:
Allison Foster
& Mann Ray

Doors 8pm | Music 10pm | Free Admission

Wednesday
Aug102011

WILL McCRANIE: Guest Blogger

Something I'd like to do with this blog is to have guests write reviews about any shows they've been to or played in.

WILL McCRANIE is a local musician from Augusta who moved to New York City a couple of years ago in search of the dream.

He sent me this review about his show last week at the BROOKLYN BOWL, which has become a favorite venue for many bands and DJ's.

Here you go.....

Will McCranie Trio (WM3)
Brooklyn Bowl
08.04.2011

Setlist:
City Lights
Going Down
Not Giving Up Soon
Cool It Down*
Dance.Dance.Dance.
Laura's Song>Voodoo Chile Jam
Guinness
While The Night Is On Our Side
Never Again

*Velvet Underground


Every band should play Brooklyn Bowl. Lebowski styled bowling infused
rock & roll venue topped with the most incredible fried chicken north
of the Mason-Dixon. Not to mention they weren't happy until the Fender
Twin (courtesy of their backline) was cranked beyond anything I've
played in recent memory. Venue was packed. We got a pretty great
response for an unknown band. ?uestlove threw down on his late night
set. In a nutshell, the night was loud and delicious and everything we
could've hoped for from our second show as a band.

WM3 is:
Will McCranie - guitar/vocals
Noah Schipani-Trivier: bass
Tommy Walsh (Tommy OD & The Survivors/ Electric Voodoo) - drums

Here's more proof:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCF26EA333217A37D

Anyone interested in writing their own reviews -- please send 'em to me via email at coco@soulbar.com

I'll make sure to put it out there and let everyone see how the locals are doing it -- all over the world!

Like Will.

See ya downtown,
Coco

 

 

Monday
Aug082011

M-TANK UPDATE 

By now most of you have heard about M-TANK'S unfortunate car accident while on the road -- outside of Columbia -- late night -- just trying to get back home to their own beds in Augusta.

I'm glad to report that Jason, Scott, and Walter are all ok, but in all reality, we all know how tragic this all could have ended.

Here's what Walter said on Facebook:

" Scott broke his scapula and a few ribs and has a collapsed lung. He is stable and doing well. Jason broke a few ribs and has two compressed vertibrae. I broke my arm and fractured a lumbar vertibrae."

Walter, for those that don't know, also tends bar at SKY CITY and is how I've gotten to know about his passion for music -- and life.

The whole band is well liked in Augusta and it's evident in all the get-well wishes they've received since last week.  We were pleasantly surprised to see Walter (and his mom) come down to Sky City saturday night to say hello and let everybody know he was all right.

(Lee, Walter, & Carrera)

I think we all know that it's going to take some time for Walter, Jason, and Scott to be back 100% -- and it's with this in mind that we've decided to hold a benefit for the guys on Thursday August 18th at Sky City.

Bands scheduled to perform include MANN RAY + ROMANCE LANGUAGES + MATTHEW BUZZELL + KOKO BEWARE + more to be announced....

Donations will be accepted at the door and various raffles will be held throughout the night.

The idea is to help the band out in their time of need and to show our support for a local band that was out on the road doing what they love to do, while also putting things into perspective in regards to any local band that plans on touring anytime soon. Be careful.

Hopefully, we'll see M-Tank back on stage soon. 

Right now, I'm just glad i can see them at all.

See ya downtown,
Coco

M-TANK BENEFIT SHOW
Thursday August 18th 9pm
SKY CITY
Donations accepted

 

Friday
Aug052011

SKY CITY ART TALK with LAURYN SPROUSE

For the last three years on the First Friday of each month, SKY CITY has offered up the wall in it's front bar for local artists to exhibit their work.  I'd like to take this time to thank all the previous artists for their hard work and passion when in comes to displaying their art. 

Starting this month -- I'll be doing a little Q&A with the artist and will show a sample of their work.

LAURYN SPROUSE is the artist for August 2011....

Coco:  When and where did you graduate from high school?
Lauryn:  Lakeside High School 2007

Coco:  Why Augusta State University?
Lauryn:  I didn't care where i received my degree.  I just wanted to create bad ass work.

Coco:  You like it?
Lauryn:  I entered the General Art Degree Program at Augusta State University in Fall 2007, later changing my major to Medical Illustration. I took my second painting class with Janice Williams Whiting… this is when the heavens opened up. Goodbye, medical illustration. At this point, I wanted nothing more than oil paint on anything and everything. After destroying my entire wardrobe (multiple times), I focused on getting a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing. The faculty at ASU is unbelievably supportive. Raoul Pacheco, my mentor, is the reason I stuck with Augusta State’s Art Department. His ceramics courses and advising helped me transform into the mixed media artist I am today.

Coco:  Describe your style.
Lauryn:  My work absolutely reflects my "style"... dark and mysterious, bold, and complex.

Coco:  Favorite dead artists?
Lauryn:  Paul Klee, Richard Diebenkorn, Edward Keinholz, Louise Bourgeois, and Bill Traylor.

Coco:  Favorite living artists?
Lauryn:  Callie Curry aka Swoon, Julie Mehretu, Chatchai Puipia, Tara Donovan, and Blu.

Coco:  What music do you listen to when you are working on your art?
Lauryn:  I am always listening to music while I work.  Recently, I've been listening to Cults, The Joy Formidable, Beach Fossils, Wild Nothing, and Yuck.

Coco:  Favorite local band(s)?
Lauryn:  I always make it out to see Eat Lightning and M-Tank.  Those guys are my bros.

Coco:  Future plans?
Lauryn:  Graduate in December. Work. See the world. Grad School.

Coco:  Best and worst things about living in Augusta? 
Lauryn:  There are too many things about Augusta that I love.  The worst will be when i go to grad school, I will miss the food from Nacho Mama's and Knuckle Sandwiches.  Knuckle Sandwiches makes the best fries in the world, ya'll.

Check out Lauryn's art opening at Sky City on First Friday August 5th from 8-10pm.  It's free and DJ's Joycette & K-Flossy will be spinning some fresh tunes. (80's Night begins afterwards at 10pm)

Anyone interested in reserving the wall for their own art exhibit should contact me to set something up...

Thanks again.

See ya downtown,
Coco