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James Brown Family Birthday Bash Announces FREE Concert in Augusta ONE WEEK OUT!

When: Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Where:  Augusta Common in Downtown Augusta (Broad St between 8th & 9th)
Free General Admission – Limited VIP – $65 Advance / $75 Day of Show

The James Brown Family Birthday Bash will reunite thirteen members of the James Brown Band with some very special guests one week from today on the birthday of the Godfather of Soul Tuesday, May 3. Special guests include Sharon Jones, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Ty Taylor (Vintage Trouble), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Chris Rob (Nasty Delicious), Gavin Hamilton (Funk You) and Greg Hester. This unique ensemble of world-class and award winning musicians will now be free to the public thanks to the generosity of title sponsor, Copenhaver Consulting.

“It’s impossible for one individual to fill James Brown’s shoes.  For that reason, we’ve carefully selected an All-Star roster of musicians.”
-Keith Jenkins (Guitarist James Brown Band / JAMP Maestro)

The concert is a charity benefit for James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils (JAMP), a local non-profit, which furthers music education for Augusta’s youth through the music of James Brown.  JAMP was founded in accordance with the wishes of Mr. Brown himself.  The JAMP Masters will take the stage directly before the James Brown Band to pay a fitting tribute to the life, legacy and music of “the hardest-working man in show business.”

“Friends With Benefits, the James Brown Family Foundation, the City of Augusta, and Copenhaver Consulting are thrilled to bring back the Bash!  This music is such an important part of Augusta’s heritage, and to see it performed both by a younger generation and the legendary James Brown Band is truly special.”
-George Claussen (Founder, Friends With Benefits)

VIP Tickets are available for purchase at and include preferred stage view, a tented VIP section with tables, chairs, catered food, open bar with beer, wine & liquor, and private restrooms.

This event will be open to all ages.  An assortment of food and drink vendors will be on site.  Alcoholic beverages will be sold as well for patrons over 21.  No weapons, no pets, no coolers, no outside food or drink.  Blankets and chairs are permitted.

The event schedule is as follows:
Doors Open:               5:00 PM
Funk You:                   6:00 PM
JAMP Masters:           7:15 PM
James Brown Band:  8:30 PM


I am the author of a number of books, including Southern Crossroads: Georgia Blues, T;Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do, about blues women, The Irish Slaves, a non-fiction work about Irish History, and Haunted Marietta, a nook from the History Press about my hometown of Marietta, GA and its ghosts. I am a member and sponsor of The Atlanta Blues Society.

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