Looking for something to do this week? Rapper and singer Rod Wave will headline an Augusta concert, plus hear the Fleetwood Mac tribute band, Rumors. Those interested in hearing some lesser known artists may want to check out the Moss Fest Summer Showcase Tour stopping in North Augusta. There are also plenty of summertime events scheduled for this week, like a BBQ & Sweet Tea Festival in Aiken and an “End of Summer Luau” in North Augusta. Plus, for any families still in need of school supplies, Augusta community organizations are hosting giveaways over the weekend. Here are more details on these and other upcoming festivities in the Augusta area:
Rodwave and Friends are performing at 7:30 pm Saturday, Aug. 6, at James Brown Arena at 601 Seventh St. Rodwave’s 2019 single “Heart on Ice” went viral on YouTube and TikTok and was 25 on Billboard’s Hot 100. His featured friends include Tokyo Jetz, Webbie, Big Charm, Bread Yoyoo and DJ Kydd Joe. Tickets can be bought at the arena box office or online at augustaentertainmentcomplex.com.
The tribute band, Rumors, will bring the hit songs of international group Fleetwood Mac to the Miller Theater at 708 Eighth St. on Friday, Aug. 5, at 7:30 pm Tickets can be bought online at millertheateraugusta.com.
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Tea 6th annual Moss Fest Summer Showcase Tour is stopping at American Legion Post 232 in North Augusta from 7 pm to 1 am on Wednesday, Aug. 3. The tour gives independent artists from across the US a chance to perform abroad. The concert is for adults ages 18 and up. Tickets can be bought online at officialmossent.com.
“The Devil is a Liar,” a courtroom comedy, will be hitting the stage at 2 and 5 pm Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Hardin Auditorium at 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd. in Evans. Tickets can be bought online at allevents.in.
For those looking for a good meal with some outdoor fun, the BBQ & Sweet Tea Festival is 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, Aug. 6, at Generations Park at 1596 Columbia Highway North in Aiken. Guests will enjoy food and sweet tea from chefs and backyard grillers competing to win the crowns for best ribs, Boston Butts and other delicacies. There will also be live music and a kids play area. For more information, including signing up to cook, go to eventbrite.com.
Southbound Smokehouse is organizing an “End of Summer Luau” at 6:30 pm Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Riverside Village restaurant at 1009 Center St. in North Augusta. In between drinking from the beer garden and listening to the live music, guests can enjoy limbo and hula hoop contests. Themed party attracts is encouraged.
Downtown Augusta’s First Friday is back this week, where all evening, guests can shop for food and merchandise from local vendors, listen to live music, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Broad Street. Among the featured performers will be Arcane Arts fire dancers at 8 pm at the intersection of Broad and 11th streets.
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Nancy Carson Library is hosting a “Splashdown” at 11 am Wednesday, Aug. 3, outside the North Augusta library at 135 Edgefield Road. Children will get to splash around in the spray provided by the North Augusta Fire Department. Guests are encouraged to bring towels and sunscreen.
School supply giveaways
Fatty Marsha Kids’ back-to-school drive is 12:30-4 pm Sunday, Aug. 7, at Pendleton King Park at 1600 Troop St. in Augusta. School supplies will be given out as well as hair accessories, books, food and more.
Augusta Dream Center is giving away backpacks at the nonprofit center from 10 am to noon Saturday, Aug. 6, at 3364 Peach Orchard Road.
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Tickets are going fast for the final edition of Ed Turner and Number 9. After 17 years of performing classic rock shows, this group comprised of Augusta-area musicians will present “The End of an Error”: two final shows showcasing songs by The Beatles on Aug. 12 and 13. Get tickets at imperialtheatre.com.