Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Southern Music at Its Best: Gospel, Bluegrass, Newgrass, and Dixieland Jazz All Featured On the 2010–2011 Series Lineup

The Morris Museum of Art’s Budweiser True Music Southern Soul & Song 2010–2011 concert series includes five concerts September 2010 though January 2011.

“The 2010–2011 Southern Soul & Song lineup is one of our best ever,” said Kevin Grogan, director of the Morris Museum of Art and producer of Southern Soul & Song. “From bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley to the New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and from Sam Bush, one of the inventors of ‘Newgrass’ to Mike Farris, who has reinvented Southern Gospel, this year’s series covers a lot of musical territory—but all of it is inimitably, identifiably Southern. It’s going to be a great season!”

The 2010–2011 lineup includes the following bands:

Thursday, September 16
Southern Music Icons the Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band open the 2010 Westobou Festival

Friday, October 15
Nashville, Tennessee’s brightest bluegrass/country stars The SteelDrivers

Friday, November 19
Newgrass King Sam Bush and his band

Friday, December 17
Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley & His Clinch Mountain Boys

Friday, January 21, 2011
Gospel and soul giant Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue, featuring the McCrary Sisters

Series tickets provide all five shows for the price of four. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Imperial Theatre. Tickets are on sale now for both series tickets and individual tickets at the Imperial Theatre box office (706-722-8341) or online,

Southern Soul & Song
One of the top-selling bluegrass and Americana concert series in the country, Southern Soul & Song has featured such legendary artists as Doc Watson, Ricky Skaggs, and Marty Stuart. Southern Soul & Song continues this year with an all-star line-up of spectacular, distinctly Southern music. Proceeds from the series help to support the Morris Museum of Art’s public program initiatives. Series sponsors include Budweiser True Music; The Augusta Chronicle; Augusta Magazine; WJBF Channel 6; Comcast; Seigler HD; Augusta Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Inc.; Wierhouse; KICKS 99, SRP Federal Credit Union; Mullins Law; and Wife Saver.

Westobou Festival
The Westobou Festival was conceived in 2005 by the Trustees of the Academy of Richmond County, as part of their work on behalf of the Porter Fleming Foundation. Designed to showcase Augusta’s wealth of artistic talent, festival takes place between September 16 and 25, 2010, in downtown Augusta and on the campuses of Augusta State University, and Paine College. It features performances in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts.

The Morris Museum of Art was founded in 1985 and opened to the public in 1992. It is the oldest museum in the country that is devoted to the art and artists of the American South. The museum’s permanent collection of nearly five thousand works of art spans more than two hundred years, from the late-eighteenth century to the present. The Morris is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and on Sunday, noon–5:00 p.m.

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