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A fall road trip is in order to see some of these great shows

Summer is over and the holidays are just around the corner, which makes autumn the perfect time to skip town for a day or two before having to deal with buying holiday gifts, hosting family and eating yourself senseless on all those once-a-year treats. What better way to relax and relieve stress than by taking in a comedy show or perhaps going to see some live music in another city? Can’t afford airfare? Not a problem. Augusta is conveniently located within driving distance to several places that have a lot going on this time of year.
This Saturday, October 19, Lewis Black will be at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center delivering his usual comedic angry rant; and with the government shutdown still going on, he will surely have a lot to rave about.
Love Lewis Black, but would prefer to spend your weekend relaxing on the coast rather than fighting traffic in Atlanta? No problem. Friday night, October 18, Black will be in Charleston at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. While you’re there, you can spend Saturday and Sunday checking out Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival at Blackbaud Stadium, featuring performances by Zac Brown Band, Willie Nelson, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Head and the Heart, The Wood Brothers, Dawes, Natalie Maines, Band Of Horses, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and Kenny Rogers.
If you would rather enjoy beer and barbecue with your entertainment, head to Charlotte, North Carolina, for the Blues, Brews, & BBQ festival the weekend of October 18-19, featuring The Soul Rebels, Mac Arnold & Plate Full ‘O Blues, Tinsley Ellis, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, Vintage Trouble, HRVRD, The Whigs and The Love Language.
Halloween is quickly approaching, and I can think of no better way to encapsulate all my favorite parts of that holiday than by going to see GWAR perform at the Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte. There will be gore, costumes and loud rock music. Be forewarned: It is an all ages show, so if you’re looking to get away from the kids this might not be the place.
These and other shows of note have been listed by city. Please, contact the individual venues for more information.

Comedy

Atlanta

Lewis Black
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Saturday, October 19
What’s the most entertaining aspect of a Lewis Black show? Watching to see if he has an anerysm, of course!

Athens

Colin Mochrie
Classic Center
Thursday, November 7
The bald Canadian-Scottish dude from “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” is just as funny as he is on television.

Columbia

Cedric the Entertainer
Township Auditorium
Saturday, November 2
Will he wear a hat is a stupid question. Betting on the color of said hat is perfectly acceptable, however.

Bill Cosby
Koger Center for the Arts
Saturday, November 23
What better way to spend the weekend before Thanksgiving than with America’s favorite dad?

Charleston

Lewis Black
North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Friday, October 18
Yep, he’s still here. Maybe a coronary will take him down tonight?

Bill Cosby
North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Sunday, November 24
Think it’ll be cold enough for a Cosby sweater? Fingers crossed!

Gabriel Iglesias
North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Thursday, December 12
He looks just like Enrique! Just, you know, fatter and whiter.

Charlotte

John Oliver
Knight Theater
Saturday, November 23
Wonder what his excuse will be tonight for Jon Stewart’s absence?

Asheville/Cherokee, N.C.

Ron White
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Event Center
Saturday, November 23
He toured with Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy as part of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, so there’s a good reason he always has a drink in his hand.

Music

Atlanta

97.1 The River’s Southern Rock Revival
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre At Encore Park (Alpharetta)
Friday, October 18
Featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band and Molly Hatchet.

Nine Inch Nails
Phillips Arena
Thursday, October 24
Did you know that Trent Reznor and company have been around since 1988?

Vintage Trouble
Terminal West
Friday, October 25
If you saw this retro blues-rock band in Augusta, you’ll definitely want to make the drive to see them again.

Langhorne Slim
TheEARL
Saturday, October 26
Almost as good live as the Avetts, Slim deserves the success he’s currently receiving.

GWAR
The Masquerade
Wednesday, October 30
Awww… they stole our Halloween costumes!

Reverend Horton Heat
The Loft at Center Stage
Thursday, October 31
A concert by this legendary psychobilly trio is the perfect way to celebrate Halloween.

Leftover Salmon
Variety Playhouse
Thursday, October 31
Wear plenty of patchouli to this jam band’s concert.

Mondo Zombie Boogaloo
The Masquerade
Saturday, November 2
Featuring Los Straitjackets, The Fleshtones and Southern Culture On The Skids.

Lucero
Terminal West
Friday-Sunday, November 22-24
These tour junkies (they play between 150-200 shows a year), bring their country-punk sound town town for three nights.

Janelle Monae
The Tabernacle
Tuesday, November 26
Go to this petite whirlwind’s concert and you’ll work off that Thanksgiving turkey before you even eat it.

Brian Setzer Orchestra
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Saturday, December 7
Setzer, who looks really good for his age, may even play a few Stray Cats songs.

Athens

They Might Be Giants
Georgia Theatre
Thursday, October 17
Love these cute little nerds. Is it wrong that we hope they’ll play some of their kids songs?

Kurt Vile, Beach Fossils
40 Watt Club
Tuesday, October 29
Vile is formerly of the indie rock outfit The War on Drugs.

Cold War Kids
40 Watt Club
Wednesday, October 30
Like most indie rock bands, they take themselves entirely too seriously. Just so you know.

Trampled By Turtles
Georgia Theatre
Tuesday, November 12
These guys wowed the crowd last May at the Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que, so this is a show worth the short drive.

Charleston


Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival
Blackbaud Stadium
Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20
Featuring performances by the Zac Brown Band, Willie Nelson, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Head and the Heart, The Wood Brothers, Dawes, Natalie Maines, Band Of Horses, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson.

Vintage Trouble
The Pour House
Wednesday, October 23
These dudes get around!

Dangermuffin
Joe Riley Stadium
Sunday, November 3
A jam band from Folly Beach so, as you can imagine, these guys a pretty laid-back.

Lucero

The Pour House
Monday, November 4
We told you they loved to tour!

Relient K, Motion City Soundtrack, and, Driver Friendly
Music Farm
Monday, November 4
Named after a ratty old car the guitarist had in college, with the name changed to avoid a lawsuit. Smart.

Leftover Salmon
The Pour House
Tuesday-Wednesday, November 5-6
Never stop jamming!

Grand Funk Railroad
Coastal Carolina Fairgrounds (Ladson)
Wednesday, November 6
Hard to believe that these guys have been at it since the mid-1970s.

The Avett Brothers
North Charleston Coliseum (North Charleston)
Thursday, November 14
Those in the Augusta area love these North Carolina boys, so expect to see a lot of your friends at this show. Hey, maybe you can find someone to give you a ride!


Charlotte

Uptown Amphitheatre At The NC Music Factory
Friday-Saturday, October 18-19
Featuring The Soul Rebels, Mac Arnold & Plate Full ‘O Blues, Tinsley Ellis, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, Vintage Trouble, HRVRD, The Whigs, The Love Language.

Kurt Vile, Beach Fossils
The Chop Shop
Monday, October 28
The Beach Fossils describe their album “Clash the Truth” as “something that just doesn’t feel like it makes sense yet.”

Pearl Jam
Time Warner Cable Arena
Monday, October 28
Funny man Eddie Vedder brings his monotonous vocal style and super-serious lyrics in a performance sure to leave you with a spring in your step.

GWAR
Tremont Music Hall
Thursday, October 31
Of course they’re playing on Halloween!

Eagles
Time Warner Cable Arena
Friday, November 15
They’ve been around for four decades and still have original members in the touring band? Now that is impressive.

  • Angelofmcy

    You forgot Amos Lee (check him out) in Atlanta November 29th and Three Dog Night in Jacksonville, FL, November 8th.

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