Labor Day JazzFest

Garden City Jazz partners with music venues and producers present a full weekend of activities for 2018 Labor Day Jazz Weekend in the Augusta River Region.

AUGUSTA, GA – Visitors and residents in Augusta, Georgia, will have plenty to do during the 2018 Labor Day holiday weekend, as Garden City Jazz has partnered with several downtown businesses and event producers to present a full complement of activities between August 30 – September 2, 2018. From trolley and craft brewery tours to concerts, gallery crawls, panel discussions, and a pop-up jazz club, for all ages and preferences.

Expect a fun weekend of music and art that all can enjoy. A few highlights are The Local Live Music Scene: Effective Promotion, the Downtown Art Crawl, and the Rooftop Soiree: Pop-Up Jazz Club.

The Local Live Music Scene: Effective Promotion (August 30) is a partnership with the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library that was born out a series of discussions about musicians who miss opportunities due to unclear concept of their work. Is this a business or a hobby? The panel, moderated by Brenda Durant of the Greater Augusta Arts Council, will consist of some of the best artist-promoters in the local music scene, sharing how they are (re)defining and achieving success. Free to attend. RSVP requested.

Downtown Art Crawl (August 31) is a new component of the holiday weekend. Guests check into the newly renovated Convention and Visitors Bureau (1010 Broad St) and explore fifteen gallery spaces in the downtown area, guided by a digital roadmap. Art Crawl is self-guided and crawlers who complete all stops and check in via social media win cool prizes.

Rooftop Soiree: Pop-Up Jazz Club (September 1) is a collaboration with host hotel The Partridge Inn, and the signature music event of Labor Day Jazz Weekend. The Penthouse floor of the hotel will be transformed into a jazz club (full bar, lounge area, and best view of the city) and guests will enjoy a performance from one of the most prolific musicians in the Southeast – Charleston Jazz Orchestra’s artistic director and conductor, Charlton Singleton. As a performer, Charlton leads his own ensembles that vary in size and style. He has performed in France, Great Britain, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, as well as many great cities throughout the United States.

“Labor Day Jazz Weekend is our favorite time of the year, as we get to collaborate with so many partners to present new and exciting music events. The jam session, the hang, the market, and the pop-up jazz club with Charlton Singleton are accessible for hardcore jazzheads and the jazz-curious. The holiday weekend is a great time to explore beautiful downtown Augusta, with reunions taking place and college students enjoying the last days before class. The panel discussion, art crawl, Sunday Stroll, and progressive dinner are all new this year, and the thing that ties them together and connects us to one another, is the music.,” Garden City Jazz founder Karen Gordon said.

Labor Day Jazz Weekend – Augusta GA
August 30 – September 2, 2018
Various Venues: downtown Augusta Georgia
Info: (762) 233-5299

Garden City Jazz presents several programs annually in the Greater Augusta Area, providing performance opportunities for area jazz musicians and music students, while promoting awareness of the historical and cultural significance of jazz music.

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Labor Day Jazz Weekend – Augusta GA
August 30 – September 2, 2018
Various Venues: downtown Augusta Georgia
Info: (762) 233-5299

WHAT TO EXPECT (additional events are added daily)
*Free event. Tickets and additional info available at

Thursday, August 30, 2018
*The Local Live Music Scene: Effective Promotion, 6-8p
Headquarters Library, 823 Telfair Street
Brenda Durant, Greater Augusta Arts Council, moderator

Friday, August 31, 2018
*Art Gallery Crawl 12 – 5p
Downtown Augusta
Check-In: Convention & Visitors Bureau NEW LOCATION (1010 Broad St)
Participating Galleries: Community Gallery @ Municipal Bldg, Augusta Museum of History, 600 Broad, Immense Erudition Gallery, Morris Museum of Art, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, Art on Broad, Tire City Potters, Humanitree House Juice Bar & Art Gallery, Ann N. Johnson Gallery of Art @ Jessye Norman School.

*Open Jazz Jam Session + Hang, 7-10p
PI Bar & Grill, 2110 Walton Way
Artist/Host: Mike Tanksley

Saturday, September 1, 2018
*Saturday Morning Swing @ The Augusta Market, 8a-2p
Saturday Market @ The River, 1 Eighth Street
Artists: Robert Reid, John W. Hobbs, Bill Karp

Rooftop Soiree: Pop-Up Jazz Club, 7:30p
Partridge Inn Rooftop Bar, 2110 Walton Way
Artist: Charlton Singleton (Artistic Director/Conductor, Charleston Jazz Orchestra)

Sunday, September 2, 2018
Sunday Stroll: A Signature Drink Crawl, 12:30p
Downtown Augusta
Participating Restaurants: Whiskey Bar, Fuse, Bee Knees, Hive, 1102, Soy Noodle House, Boll Weevil

White Dinner Augusta: Progressive Dinner, 5:30p
secret location

Candlelight Music Concert Finale, 7:30p
Augusta Common, 836 Reynolds Street
Artist: quietSTORM

Host Hotel:
The Partridge Inn, Curio Collection by Hilton
2110 Walton Way, Augusta GA
+1 (706) 737-8888