Come check out the local music scene at this month’s “Vulgar”

Come check out the local music scene at this month’s “Vulgar”

This next “Vulgar” music event will be held this Saturday, July 27, at the Foxhole Bar in downtown Columbus, Ga.

“Vulgar” features local and national Dubstep DJ’s in town to feature their latest songs.  For those who aren’t familiar with the genre, Wikipedia defines Dubstep as a “form of electronic music generally features syncopated drum and percussion patterns with bass lines that contain prominent sub bass frequencies.”

Dubstep has gained popularity throughout the past few years and is now regarded as one of the most popular forms of electronic music.  Popular DJ’s include artists such as Skrillex and Bassnectar.

One reason Dubstep has gained popularity is due to the fun crowds that come to the shows.  Shows like “Vulgar” often include a lot of dancing and crowd participation.  The music is very bass heavy which gives every song high and low BPM (beats per minute) and allows the DJ’s to be conductors for the crowd – slowing down and speeding up songs as necessary to give the audience the best experience possible.

A smaller town like Columbus is lucky to have events like “Vulgar,” as most fans would have to travel to larger cities such as Atlanta to find this music scene.

This “Vulgar” will feature some of the best up and coming DJ’s in the area.  Local DJ Drizno is returning to this month’s event to “perform a filthy set of live synths, samplers, turntables and guitar baddassery with plenty of surprises.”  His set will also feature local guitarist Chris Steele to add another layer to his music.

Popular Columbus DJ Crude Carter, also known as Max Moskol, will also perform at the event.  Carter is famous for injecting other genres into his music such as: metal, hardcore, rap and more.  Carter is also one of the most accomplished programmers and SEO experts in the area.

Other DJs featured at “Vulgar” include: Esko, Shaddex and P!ko.  The event starts at 10 pm EST and cover will only cost $5 if you come before 12 am.

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/403132483131048/Vulgar

Crowley Classic Film Series: July 18-20

Crowley Classic Film Series: July 18-20

Every weekend this summer The Springer Opera house in Columbus, Ga. plans to screen classic movies for locals to see again on the big screen.

Tickets are only $10 and the theater allows patrons to buy popcorn and soft drinks before the show and consume them during the movie.  All beverages are in bottles with caps to prevent spills in one the oldest opera houses in the south.

This weekend film series is sponsored by Scott Crowley, a local Columbus attorney.  He says he is a huge fan of cinema and decided to sponsor the series.  Unknown to many, The Springer Opera house used to show movies in the 1940s and 50s.

The first film shown this weekend will be the Alfred Hitchcock classic “Rear Window” Thursday at 7 p.m.  This movie is regarded as one of the director’s best and stars one of the most popular actors of all time, Jimmy Stewart.  In this movie Stewart breaks his leg and is forced to stay inside while he recovers.  During this time he begins to observe his neighbors and soon begins to think he may have witnessed a murder.

The horror classic “The Shinning” will be shown Friday at 7 p.m.  This award winning horror movies is based upon the Stephen King novel of the same name and is direction by Stanely Kubrick – one of the most highly regarded directors of all time.

Saturday at 2 p.m. The Springer Opera House will show the kid friendly movie “The Goonies.” Later that night they will show the R-rated comedy “Swingers.”

Make sure to arrive early if you want concessions.  The theater opens up 30 minutes early before screenings.

 

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Country Music Legend Merle Haggard Coming to Columbus, Ga.

merle-haggard-96Country Music Legend Merle Haggard is coming to Columbus, Ga. Civic Center October 25 in what may be his final concert tour.

Haggard is one of the original outlaws of Country music that populated the 60’s and 70’s.  He is known for his hit songs: “That’s the way love goes,” “If we make it through December,” and “Okie from Muskogee.”  He is heralded as one of the major creators of the “Nashville” country style that has continued to influence artists today.

Haggard’s songs tackled many taboo, even by today’s standards, subjects such as divorce, spouse abuse, and alcoholism.  He famously once told Johnny Cash that he greatly enjoyed his prison tours, and when asked how Haggard had seen the concerts, Haggard replied he had seen them because he was serving a jail sentence for robbery at the time.  Haggard began his music career playing for his prison’s country music band.

Merle is known for his intimate guitar playing and lyrics that directly speak of his life experiences.  His voice still sounds great even in his older years.  This may be the last time country fans will get to see this legend perform live.

Tickets start $45.

Set List from past shows:

  • Big City
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star
  • Silver Wings
  • I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink
  • Today I Started Loving You Again
  • That’s the Way Love Goes
  • Mama Tried
  • Going Where the Lonely Go
  • Pancho and Lefty (Townes Van Zandt cover)
  • Footlights
  • Thirty Again
  • Runaway Mama
  • Fightin’ Side of Me
  • Working in Tennessee
  • Take Me Back to Tulsa  (Kris Kristofferson cover)
  • Okie From Muskogee
  • I Am What I Am

 

Little River Band Replaces “Legends” at Phenix Amphitheater

“The Legends Tour” scheduled for Saturday, June 29 at the Phenix City Amphitheater has been cancelled. But fans of outdoor concerts and feel-good classic pop needn’t fret: Little River Band is riding in to fill the void.
Formed in 1975 in Melbourne, Australia, the group’s vocal harmonies and original tunes quickly gained international acclaim through a steady stream of Little River Band in Columbus GaTop 10 hits like “Cool Change,” “Lonesome Loser” and “Help Is On Its Way.” According to Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) statistics, two of the bands most popular tunes, “Reminiscing” and “Lady” have received record-setting airplay on U.S. radio with five and four million spins respectively. In fact, Little River Band and “Reminiscing” were part of a running gag between Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in the 2010 action/comedy, “The Other Guys.” With over 35 years of constant touring, the group’s live performances are tight, professional and engaging.

Tickets for the June 29 show are $15 for general admission and $25 for VIP packages that include a reserved seating area and “meet and greet” session with band members from 5:30-6:20pm. Gates open at 6:30pm: the show starts at 8pm. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase, no coolers or pets are allowed, and the amphitheater is a smoke-free facility. Those who purchased tickets for the “Legends” show can get refunds or exchange them for Little River Band tickets at point of purchase. For more information, visit boomer953.com or call the Phenix City Parks and Recreation Department at 334-291-4711.

The Band Perry to perform at the Columbus Civic Center

See the Band Perry in Concert

Country Music family super group The Band Perry is coming to the Columbus Civic Center on June 22 to support their new album “Pioneer.”

The group is composed of siblings Kimberly Perry (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Reid Perry (bass guitar, background vocals), and Neil Perry (mandolin, drums, accordion, background vocals).The Band Perry are known for their many hit singles which include: “Hip To My Heart,” “If I Die Young” (#1 on the Hot Country chart and has been certified quadruple platinum), and “You Lie.”  The group has also won two Grammys for their work.

The Band Perry is known for their great live shows, and the songs really sound great in an anthem setting.  The group has sold out most of their venues this tour, and the set list includes popular covers of the Lumineers, Fun and Queen. Thebandperry

The shows starts at 8 p.m. and tickets can be purchased through Tickemaster. Tickets start at $36 and increase in price for seats closer to the stage.  Member of The Band Perry fan club will be able to participate in a “meet and greet” before the show.

 

Set List from this tour:

  • Done
  • You Lie
  • Miss You Being Gone
  • Ho Hey
  • (The Lumineers cover)
  • All My Life
  • I Will Always Love You
  • (Dolly Parton cover)
  • Forever Mine Nevermind
  • Independence
  • I’m a Keeper
  • Hip To My Heart
  • Don’t Let Me Be Lonely
  • Pioneer
  • Amazing Grace
  • (John Newton cover)
  • Fat Bottomed Girls
  • (Queen cover)
  • Double Heart
  • Postcard From Paris
  • If I Die Young
  • Encore:
  • Some Nights
  • (fun. cover)
  • Night Gone Wasted
  • Better Dig Two

 

Summer Concerts at the Phenix City Amphitheater

Concerts Phenix City AmphitheaterFor years, the Phenix City Amphitheater’s Summer Concert Series has presented a wide range of musical acts in a festive, intimate setting. The 2013 lineup promises to be one of the best yet. Make plans now to grab a lawn chair or blanket and get together with friends to catch these great shows:
Mark Farner (Saturday, May 25)
Cap off a day of celebrating Memorial weekend and whitewater rafting with a strong shot of rock and roll. Mark Farner, founding member of Grand Funk Railroad, delivered lead vocals and guitar riffs for classics like “Footstompin’ Music,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” and “We’re an American Band.” His post-Funk career has included solo recordings and collaborations with Ringo Starr. Expect a mix of GFR’s greatest hits and newer material, with a fireworks display after the show ($10 admission: free for ages 12 and under).
Natalie Stovall and Brandon Giles (Saturday, June 8)
Two of Nashville’s young guns, Natalie Stovall and Brandon Giles, take the amphitheater stage. At age 10, Ms. Stovall was playing fiddle and singing at Opryland. Today, she tours extensively, attracting fans with her blend of traditional country and rock. Nashville-based Brandon Giles gets back to rockabilly basics with vocals and piano playing heavily influenced by early Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis records. Giles has performed in the Fifties-themed musical, “Million Dollar Quartet” ($10 admission: free for ages 12 and under).
“Legends Tour” Starring Ambrosia, Firefall, Poco and Pure Prairie League (Saturday, June 29)
A mini-festival featuring four classic rock outfits. Ambrosia formed in Los Angeles, turning their blend of progressive rock and blue-eyed soul into big hits like “How Much I Feel” and “Biggest Part of Me.” Firefall’s soft-rock style graced Top 40 charts with songs like “You Are the Woman,” “Just Remember I Love You” and others. Poco pioneered the country-rock sound starting in the late Sixties, releasing several acclaimed albums before scoring hit singles with “Crazy Love” and “Heart of the Night.” Pure Prairie League’s vocal harmonies and tight musicianship have entertained fans for four decades with memorable songs like “Amie” and “Let Me Love You Tonight” ($20 advance, $25 day of show).
Food and drinks will be available for purchase during amphitheater shows: no coolers are allowed. Also, please leave your pets at home and keep in mind that the amphitheater is a smoke-free facility. For more information, visit Phenix City’s website or call 334-291-4711

The Columbus Ga Music Scene Welcomes CutBait Music Festival

Music lovers throughout the greater Columbus area are looking forward to the CutBait Music festival being held this weekend May 17 and 18th downtown in Columbus, Georgia along the banks of the beautiful Chattahoochee river.
Columbus Ga Music FestivalThe music festival is expected to host 40 musicians and bands of various genres such as rock, pop, country and more.  Popular acts featured at the festival include: 90’s alternative rock group Sister Hazel (known for their hit single “All for you”), southern rocker Shooter Jennings, and the popular country musician Jeffrey Steele.
The event will begin Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at noon.  Tickets will cost $35 for a weekend pass, $15 for a Friday only ticket and $25 for Saturday only.  Children 10 years old or younger will be admitted for free.  Tickets can be purchased online at cutbaitmusicfestival.com.
Concert goers will be able to listen and live the music in a variety of locations.  The music acts will perform both outdoors and inside many notable downtown establishments.  Venues hosting the festival include: The RiverCenter, The Springer Opera House, The Loft, and the Iron Bank Coffee Company.  Indoor venues have limited space, so plan to arrive early for certain acts.
Music Festivals are a great experience. No other place on earth can match the atmosphere created by hundreds of music fans gathering for a weekend of fun.  Those who attend the CutBait Music festival will be surrounded by music, art galleries, unique stores, and great restaurants.
This event is also a great value, as attendees get days worth of music for the price of one concert.  A music festival also provides a lot of variety in music, which provides entertainment for everyone.
For more information about the CutBait Music Festival please visit cutbaitmusicfestival.com or call 706-317-9922.

Memorial Day Concert Celebration with The Columbus Community Orchestra and DNR

Memorial-Day

Military members sacrifice their lives every day for our country so why not honor them with a concert thanking them for their services? That’s exactly what The Columbus Community Orchestra and the band DNR plan to do. On Monday, May 13 at 7:30 PM The Columbus Community Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. William E. Fry, and DNR will honor military members with a free concert. The concert will be held in the Conference Center of Columbus Regional Medical, 710 Center Street and will benefit the Columbus Regional Medical Foundation in their efforts to support a new Pediatric Emergency Room.

The band DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) is an all doctors band that plays a wide range of music from oldies, to rock and roll, country and contemporary pieces.DNR has been together since early the 2000’s. The band members consist of Dr. Ed Bayne (baritone), Dr. Keith Blanks (vocals), Dr. Sterling Cannon (percussion), Dr. Bill Fry (saxophone), Dr. Kendall Handy (Percussion), Dr. Jeff Jones (lead guitar), Dr. Anthony Miller (Saxophone), Dr. Mac Molnar Jr. (bass), Dr. Vince Naman (keyboard) , Dr. Vince Nicolais (harmonica, trumpet, valve trombone, guitar), Dr. Frank Saucier (drums), and Dr. Joe Surber (trumpet, guitar).

Enjoy a free admission concert played by The Columbus Community Orchestra and DNR honoring our great military members May 13 at 7:30 PM in the Conference Center of Columbus Regional Medical, 710 Center Street. For more information call 706-322-3714.16161_181099716956_4955653_n

Cirque du Soleil: Quidam

LargeContentImageHave you ever felt lost in a sea of anonymity? Are you consumed with boredom and unable to break out of your everyday routine? If so, Cirque du Soleil: Quidam is the show for you. The world of Quidam is a place of dreaming and imagination that allows people emerge from anonymity through the use of their individualism. Quidam centers around a character named Zoé who slides into an imaginary world – the world of Quidam – where she meets characters who encourage her to free her soul.

            Quidam had its world premiere in 1996 and is described as a classic Cirque du Soleil production. It is a two hour family friendly show recommended for ages 5 and older. The acts in this show include: Aerial Contortion in Silk, Banquine, Cloud Swing, Diabolos, German Wheel, Hand Balancing, Skipping Ropes, Spanish Webs, Statue, Aerial Hoops, and Juggling. The cast is culturally diverse, representing 20 different countries. There are approximtely 250 costumes, 500 costume accessories and 200 to 300 pairs of shoes for a52-member cast of acrobats, musicians, singers and characters. Each artist has between 2-7 costumes. So prepare yourself for bright and colorful characters and allow your imagination go wild. 

                Cirque du Soleil: Quidam premieres at the Columbus Civic Center on May 11. There will only be four performances so don’t miss out on this eye-opening show. The performance times are Saturday, May 11 at 3:30pm and 7:30pm or Sunday, May 12 at 1pm and 5pm. The ticket prices range for adults from $35 to $80, for children (12 and under) from $28 to $65 and for military, seniors and students from $31.50 to $67.50. You can get more information about the show and buy tickets at: http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/quidam/default.aspx or http://www.ticketmaster.com/Columbus-Civic-Center-tickets-Columbus/venue/114927?brand=columbuscivic.

Downtown Concert Series

The Downtown Concert Series kicks off again this Friday with Big Woody and the Splinters… The series is one of my favorite things to do in Columbus Ga as it is great for all ages. The streets are blocked off on Broadway so that kids can play and Adults can relax in chairs, have a beverage, and enjoy the music. The local restaurants enjoy strong sales but you can just bring a picnic and not spend any money of you want. Just a great time for all ages.

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