James Brown Birthday Bash Confirms Sharon Jones, George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville + More on May 3rd April 14, 2016 00:04
Where: Augusta Common in Downtown Augusta (Broad St between 8th & 9th)
May 3rd is the birthday of The Godfather of Soul. Friends With Benefits, the same company that brought The Major Rager to town during Masters Tournament week, is working in conjunction with the City of Augusta and The James Brown Family Foundation for an unforgettable concert experience honoring the life, legacy and music of James Brown. The show will benefit the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils (JAMP), whose mission is to further music education for Augusta’s youth through the music of James Brown.
JAMP is run by James Brown’s daughter, Deanna Brown Thomas, and his music director / lead guitarist, Keith Jenkins. The talented youngsters from JAMP Masters will open the night on May 3rd followed by Augusta's favorite hometown musical act Funk You.
Keith Jenkins has assembled the band for the James Brown Family Birthday Bash comprised of 13 former members of the James Brown Band. 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 are confirmed special guests. This event will be open to all ages. Children under 12 are free. Concessions will be served on site. No re-entry, no weapons, no pets, no outside food or drink. Blankets and chairs are permitted. Gates are at 5PM.
Doors Open: 5:00 PM
JAMP Masters: 6:00 PM
Funk You: 7:15 PM