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
THE AVETT BROTHERS @ The Bell Auditorium
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 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
DEATH IS A DIALOGUE
THE KOOTIES
JEROD GAY
FINSTER
POCKET THE MOON
DREDNECK NATION 

 

 

Monday
Aug012011

WESTOBOU FESTIVAL 2011 KICKS OFF THIS WEEK...

First Friday August 5th will be the date that WESTOBOU 2011 officially kicks off with advance tickets going on sale for all events related to this wonderful performing arts festival which takes place at various venues around the CSRA.

New Augusta transplant, Niki Haris, will mark the occassion on First Friday with a block party (of sorts), at the intersection of 10th & Broad, from 6:30-7pm, which will include various dancers and arts groups coming together to celebrate.

Strike a pose! 

And for those that don't know.... Niki Haris spent all of the 90's as a back up singer and dancer for Madonna.  Yup, that's right -- Madonna.  We can thank local jazz icon, Wycliffe Gordon, for bringing Niki to town, (they're a couple), and we're lucky to have someone like her getting involved with our local arts community. 

Westobou 2011 officially opens on Thursday September 29th at The Sacred Heart Cultural Center with TRANSFIGURED TIME:  Music for the Films of Maya Deren Composed and Performed by Mac McCaughan.

(courtesy of Wierhouse)

Mac, a founding member of legendary indie rock band Superchunk and grammy award winning indie label Merge Records, has long been an inspiration to me and i'm extremely excited for the chance to bring him to Augusta to premier his 4 original musical scores for 4 short films by the most noted experimental filmmaker of the 1940's, Maya Deren.

A co-production of Semi-Precious Productions and Sacred Heart, Transfigured Time will build upon the success of their presentation of 13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests last year at Westobou.

(photo courtesy of Marianna Harkleroad)

Over a 10 day period the Westobou Festival will offer a diverse mix of cultural events including performances by ROSEANNE CASH, MAESTRO TIMOTHY POWELL'S "INCARNATIO MYSTERIA" (which the DFA Chorale performed at Lincoln Center in June), IRA GLASS, LANGHORNE SLIM, QUARTETO VIVACE BRASIL, BRANSFORD MARSALIS with JESSYE NORMAN, SOCIAL CANVAS (2 nights), MOMIX, SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS, LIZZ WRIGHT, and AUGUSTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S JOHN WILLIAMS SPECTACULAR...

just to name a few.

(courtesy of Wierhouse)

Check out the Westobou website for all the details, on these, and all the other great events taking place this year.  Just remember to consider buying your tickets in advance (starting this first friday) because i have a feeling that some (hopefully most) of these events will be selling out quickly!

See ya downtown,
Coco

Tuesday
Jul262011

ATHENS IN AUGUSTA IN ATHENS...

A triple bill of Georgia indie-rock bands (Modern Skirts + Oryx and Crate + Space Ghost) invade downtown Augusta this Thursday July 28th for a summertime show at Sky City.

MODERN SKIRTS, the veteran band from Athens, has been playing here for years, regularly packing 'em in at The Soul Bar before moving to the bigger room that is Sky City.  While their sound has changed over the years -- from pure piano/guitar pop to a heavier electronic rock sound -- the lineup has stayed the same.  Cheers to Jay, Jo-Jo, Phillip, and John for keeping the rock-n-roll dream alive!

Joining them will be ORYX & CRATE, an interesting 9 piece pop orchestra from Decatur, and SPACE GHOST, a new Athens band, who describe their sound as "nostalgic astrosynthrock".

I like the fact that all three bands have their own unique different styles yet share similar musical sensibilities.

I think it's safe to say that if you're looking for a night of eclectic music... this just might be the night to get out of the house.

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And speaking of Athens -- by now everybody knows that THE GEORGIA THEATRE will be re-opening in grand style on Monday August 1st, after being gutted by a massive fire a few years ago. 

What most people don't  know is that Augusta bred DEAD CONFEDERATE will actually be one of the first bands to play the much loved venue on Friday July 29th for a "sort of secret soft opening" show with one of my fave Athens bands of all time, FIVE EIGHT.

If i didn't have to work that night -- I would try to go.

My hope is that we can bring in just a few of those big name acts to Augusta that will be playing in Athens on the regular thanks to the re-birth of this one venue. 

Welcome back GATH, you've been missed.

See ya downtown,
CoCo

Sunday
Jul242011

EVERY DAY IS LIKE SUNDAY...

Except Mondays.

Especially Monday Nights at THE SOUL BAR...

The Soul Bar has been hosting some really cool out of town punk rock & metal bands on monday nights for a while now thanks to some serious networking by Ami and Grady from NUKLEAR BLAST SUNTAN among others. 

This trend continues this monday night July 25th with a show by Augusta/Charleston band M-TANK.  They're playing a bunch of shows all over the southeast on their "hope we make enough cash for gas" tour and stop back in town to do laundry and to play at The Soul Bar sometime around 10:30pm or so.

So, pretend that the M in M-Tank stand for Monday and get out and support Jason & Walter by coming out and enjoying their brand of Velvet Underground(y) garage rock... chances are they'll have a band or two with them too.

And since we're talking about live music -- look for more live music at The Soul Bar -- in the very near future, due to the fact that Islands (the reggae bar next door) will be closing at the end of July.  This means no more *BOOM*BOOM*BOOM* through the walls that have bothered me since they opened  -- which will allow us to present more types of live music entertainment without having to battle the rattle.

Our new neighbors will be our friends from WIERHOUSE, who have bought the building, and will be moving their wonderful graphic design studio right next door.  They've been a big supporter of all things downtown and it's great to have them in such close proximity. 

Bienvenidos!

See ya downtown,
Coco

 

Friday
Jul222011

TURF WAR "Cheers To The Years"

Local band, Turf War, moved to Atlanta to become rock stars, and that's exactly what's happening!

But when you write catchy, rough around the edges songs like this.... what can you expect?

They played a good, sloppy set last weekend at Sky City along with Eat Lightning and Shaun Piazza Band and will be back for an album release show later this year.

I can't hardly wait.

.... and the blogs keep coming.

Check this one out right here!

 

Thursday
Jul212011

Q&A; with Liz Bramlett from PANIC MANOR

Me:  Panic Manor used to be called what?
Liz:  Hold Your Own

Me:  Why did you change your name?
Liz:   There's a band with the same name in New Jersey.  Their   manager contacted us and told us we had to change it because they had the rights to it, were already signed to a label, etc.  We didn't want to deal with bigger issues with them down the road, so we just did it.

Me:   3 adjectives to describe your sound?
Liz:   Loud, Harmony-layered, Passion-filled

Me:   Who are some of your female bass heroes?
Liz:   I don't play bass anymore due to a car accident a month and a half ago, doctor's orders for a few months.  I am co-fronting the band with Holden for the time being.  Jessie Marston from Athens, Ga is my bass hero.

Me:   So, you're just singing now?  Who's playing bass?
Liz:   Yes, for now.  Our bass player, for now, is Dylan Newman.  But, I could tell you some of my vocal heroes!

Me:   Who do you like?
Liz:   My vocal heroes are Carly Krantz (formerly of Kenotia), Gwen Stefani, Stevie Nicks, Brody Dalle of Distillers, and Alanis Morissette.

Me:   Your band is making the transition from the all ages venues (like Sector 7G) to the 21+ clubs.  What's
that like?
Liz:   We're trying to maintain a balance between the two.  There are definite differences, pros and cons, and
I think that we'll always play in both places.  It does feel kind of strange to finally be "growing up" in this music scene, though.  The biggest thing is that is no longer just a hobby.  This is something we're out to do for the long run.  Touring, putting out new music, hopefully getting signed.  I think the most successful bands are able to reach out to a variety of ages and demographics, as we have tried to do.

Me:   What local band(s) are your faves right now?
Liz:   The Radar Cinema, Nuklear Blast Suntan (their new vocalist chick is nuts), Awaken, Jim Perkins Band.
But, if I'm allowed, I want to give a shout out to some Athens bands in their punk scene:  So It Goes, Cloak and Dager Dating Service, and KarbomB (they'll all be coming to Augusta very soon for all to enjoy).

Me:   In your opinion, how does our music scene compare to Athens?
Liz:   The punk scene in Athens is a tight knit group, and they have a fan base and friends that come out to
shows very consistently.  They support each other well and they've been really welcoming to our band.  Every show I've been to at Caledonia or Little Kings has had a supportive, decent sized crowd.  In Augusta, at least from my experience, you kind of have to be in an inner circle to get people to consistently come to your shows.  It's harder to get people to back you and be commited fans, so to speak.  In both music scenes, I feel that once you pay your dues as a musician, you get a lot more respect from everyone in that part of the community.

Me:   How much does the 18+ age limit in Athens affect the crowds?  Should we do that in Augusta?
Liz:   ABSOLUTELY.  It makes a huge difference, especially in that transistional period of three years.  That's one of the best things about venues like Caledonia.  There are so many kids fresh out of high school that would love to go to these shows that can't.  And in a way, I feel that some of them might lose interest in the music scene if they are barred from attending thes shows.  I'm positive you see at bare mininum, a 30% increase in business if the age limits were changed.

Me:   What's the coolest thing about Augusta?
Liz:   Boy, that's a toughie! Ha, Ha!  As a generalization, i like that it's got a small town vibe but there's still a ton of attractions, music events, and cultural events to spice it up.  Augusta is not as bad, culturally, as some might think.  They need to go visit other cities and see how bad it is.

Check out Liz and her band, Panic Manor, at SKY CITY on Thursday July 21st at 10pm along with Death Of Paris, and also Mazes and Monsters.  Admission if $5 and, unlike Athens, it's 21+ with ID.

See ya downtown,
CoCo