It’s going to be like nothing the Augusta Common has ever seen, and there are still tickets available (both general admission and VIP) to see the Flaming Lips live when they headline the Major Rager concert tonight. Don’t know who the Flaming Lips are? Well, you probably do. The songs “Do You Realise?” and “She Don’t Use Jelly” have been hits in the Oklahoma band’s nearly 35-year career, and both are instantly recognizable. But even if you don’t, a Flaming Lips live show is something everyone should see at least once in their lives. Featuring costumes, balloons, puppets, projections, lights, a man-sized plastic bubble in which singer Wayne Coyne rides the crowd and, according to promoter George Claussen, 500 pounds of confetti, it’s going to be a psychedelic experience of epic proportions.
The Major Rager w/ The Flaming Lips, People of the Sun, Eric Krasno Band, Stop Light Observations
$40 ($35 if you get them at Soul Bar, Sky City or Southbound Smokehouse); $15, Sky City after party with Funk You, Schema
Let’s face it: Masters Week often seems geared toward an older crowd. But those in their 20s love golf too. Golfer Smylie Kaufman knows this, and he’s teamed up with Natty Light for the Natty Shack Party. It started Thursday night and continues tonight on Washington Road. Just look for the Publix grocery store and the Curry Hut restaurant and it’ll be in the covered tent right there. Or you can look for Smylie’s giant billboard image pointing you in the right direction. You’ll have to RSVP if you want to go, but you’d better do it because this “tailgating” event will include a pig roast, a lowcountry boil, cornhole and other games, live entertainment, giveaways and more. Smylie will be there to lead members of Smylie’s Army and the Natty Light will flow like there’s no tomorrow.
Natty Shack Party w/ Smiley Kaufman
2800 Block of Washington Road
Feel like being a little bit naughty? Ever been to a burlesque show? Well, now’s your chance to answer both of these questions with a resounding “Yes!” by checking out Augusta’s very own burlesque troupe. Included in tonight’s performance will be singing, dancing, variety performances and, of course, a striptease or two. Single tickets are affordable, but we recommend you splurge on a VIP table for two, which includes hors d’oeuvres and either a bottle of wine or bucket of beer.
A Burlesque Unlike Any Other
Le Chat Noir
$40; $100, VIP table for two
So… it’s been a week well spent and you think you’ve done everything worth doing in Augusta, right? Well, maybe not quite. If you’re not from the South, you may have never heard of the Waffle House. The squat building with the yellow and black sign doesn’t lend itself to much consideration, either. But if you leave without having a mug of their coffee alongside a plate of their cheese eggs with sausage, hash browns and cinnamon raisin toast then shame on you. Inspiring songs (and album names, just ask Hootie & the Blowfish), featured in movies and Christmas card photo shoots, and measured by FEMA in disaster recovery (seriously: Google Waffle House Index), this greasy spoon is second only to Coca Cola when it comes to things Southerners are proudest of. And don’t worry: they’re open all the time; no matter how far into the night you’ve been partying, Waffle House will be open to help you recover.
Visit wafflehouse.com for more information.