Music & Nightlife
A lively and eclectic music scene and plenty of nightlife in Augusta, Georgia throughout the week will keep you entertained.
Live music is plentiful at large locations like the Jessye Norman Amphitheater, named for Augusta native and international opera star Jessye Norman, James Brown Arena, or the Imperial Theatre, which was once James Brown’s rehearsal space. There are also many downtown bars where local musicians perform.
Augusta has a history of embracing all kinds of music, from the “Godfather of Soul,” James Brown, to country music stars Lady Antebellum, to local hard rock and metal bands.
In addition to the shows at Augusta’s venues, a variety of music is presented at Augusta’s downtown festivals, the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival and the Westobou Festival.
The Imperial Theatre today showcases Broadway-caliber musicals from the Augusta Players, the oldest and one of the largest theatre companies in the area. You can also enjoy dinner and a show at Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre or enjoy drinks followed by an innovative performance at Le Chat Noir, an intimate, 100-seat black box theatre and lounge.
For a quick cocktail and conversation, Augusta, Georgia has a fine selection of bars offering artisan cocktails, world-class wines and craft beers. Nighttime is the right time to explore the Augusta scene.