Each year, Westobou in Augusta organizes a lineup of diverse experiences in music, art and dance to build community and inspire cultural change. For 2016, the music lineup includes:
An Evening with Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Esperanza Spalding
Thursday, Sept. 29 7 p.m.
The Bell Auditorium
Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe. The band has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, this music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. Under the auspices of current director, Ben Jaffe, the son of founders Allan and Sandra, Preservation Hall continues with a deep reverence and consciousness of its greatest attributes in the modern day as a venue, band, and record label.
Four-time Grammy Award winner, Esperanza Spalding, has spent the past decade of her illustrious career performing at the Oscars, the Grammys, the Nobel Prize ceremony, and the White House on several occasions. She continually and brilliantly marries genres, pushes boundaries, and creates groundbreaking work. By anyone’s measure, Spalding’s accomplishments at 31 year of age have already eclipsed those of artists half a century older, yet it’s blatantly obvious that her artistic journey is a lifelong one that we’ve just begun to collectively comprehend.
Miss Sharon Jones!
Friday, Sept. 30 8 p.m.
The heroine of her own story, Augusta’s own soul siren Sharon Jones has lived a life filled with hard-earned successes, sudden setbacks and heroic comebacks. The most significant of these – a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer on the eve of the release an album touted as her and her band the Dap-Kings’ breakthrough – is documented in the new film Miss Sharon Jones! The film, directed by two-time Academy Award Winner Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA, American Dream) transcends the expected artist profile, offering instead an intimate entrée into the world of a determined woman fighting for her career, her musical family and, quite literally, her life. A Q&A with Sharon Jones and Barbara Kopple will immediately follow the screening.
Drivin’ N Cryin
Fri. Sept. 20 10 p.m. or post-Miss Sharon Jones! film showing
Raucous southern rock royalty, Drivin’ N Cryin’ has been combining elements of arena rock, swampy stomp and jangling pop for more than 30 years. Renowned for both its sing-along hits (“Scarred But Smarter,” “Straight to Hell,” “Honeysuckle Blue”) and high-test live shows, this Georgia band operates on the premise that every show should feel unique, every fan should feel engaged and the best sets are those that feel like they have ended too soon.
Chamber Concert Series
Daily, Sept. 28 – Oct. 2
Daily concerts include “Student Showcase Recital” featuring select students from Augusta University; “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Hands” featuring the piano trio of Martin David Jones, Clara Park and Rosalyn Floyd; “Summit Piano Trio” featuring Helen Kim, Charae Krueger and Robert Henry; Intersection Piano Trio presented by the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society; and “Mozart Comes Alive” with Julie Rosenfield and Janice Wenger.
Organ Concert with Jens Korndorfer
Sat. Oct. 1, 2 p.m.
St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church
The free performance features Dr. Jens Korndörfer, Director of Worship, the Arts, and Organist at First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta and instructor for organ and harpsichord at Agnes Scott College. In the past decade, he has given more than 200 concerts at major venues around the world, including Westminster Abbey in London, Notre Dame Cathedral and St. Sulpice in Paris, Chapel Royal in Versailles, Moscow Cathedral, St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York, St. James Cathedral in Toronto, Suntory Hall and Metropolitan Art Space in Tokyo. The program will include exciting works of Bach, Reger, Widor, Saint-Saëns, and Vierne.