Hollywood Minute May 1, 2013 - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

Hollywood Minute May 1, 2013

Hollywood Minute May 1, 2013

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Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Wilson, and New Edition are just a few of the acts that have paid a visit to the C-S-R-A and have made a big splash on the music scene.

But what about those musical giants who actually live here in our area? The ones who have a voice but just haven't made it to what some consider "mainstream?"

It shouldn't be a surprise that there are a lot of artists especially musicians in Augusta. Or is it? Is this community of gifted and talented people hidden from most people?

Producer Robert McDaniel says he doesn't think it's hidden. "I think it's an unknown community. IF you know about it, then you know about it. And a lot of times, a lot of people don't know about it."

Country group Lady Antebellum, opera singer Jessye Norman, and the Godfather of Soul James Brown are a few people that come from this area which comes to show you how vital the music scene is here in the CSRA.

Singer and songwriter Chashawna "Passionate" Wesby feels that the music scene helps enrich the culture. "It gives young people an outlet in the community. A lot of times there aren't a lot of things to do in the community for young people."

As the independent music scene and the arts in general continues to grow, artists say that they want to make sure that something is done to ensure that this community continues to thrive especially with our youth.

"I see a lot of complaints about the young people fighting," Wesby adds. "If city leaders would pour money into the music and arts programs, a lot of that negative energy that they have can be placed into something positive such as music."

But what can artists do in the meantime?

Both McDaniel and Wesby add that they'd like to see a lot more interactive community, and that artists need to stop competing with each other and join together to impact the community and each other.

There are a lot of things going on in the arts community. Life Under Virtue will be holding a mixtape release party Saturday May 4th at the Gracewood United Methodist Church at 6 P-M. Admission is free.

The Augusta Symphony presents Pops Under The Stars Saturday, May 11th at the Lady Antebellum Pavilion at the Evans Town Center Park. Gates open at 4 PM and the concert starts at 7:30 PM. Admission is free.

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