Raising the Curtain


Coasting and moonwalking are center stage at the Jabez.

Nothing takes you back in time quite like a favorite song, and Augusta Amusements will kick off its 2019-20 season with tributes to two stars of yesteryear – the Coasters and Michael Jackson.

Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, appearing Friday, September 6, will take concertgoers on a nostalgic journey through the ’50s and ’60s. The rhythm and blues and rock ’n’ roll vocal group had a string of hits in the late 1950s, beginning with “Searchin” and “Young Blood.”

Other hits by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers include “Yakkety Yak,” “Charlie Brown” and “Poison Ivy.” Because their songs were imitated so frequently, the group became an integral part of the doo wop legacy through the 1960s.

Michael Firestone will present two performances in “I Am King, the Michael Jackson Experience.” The concerts are scheduled for Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28.

With his uncanny ability to sing and dance like Jackson, Firestone has become the most sought after MJ tribute artist in the world. He will perform renditions of some of the King of Pop’s greatest hits including “Bad,” “Billie Jean,” “Thriller,” “Man in the Mirror” and “Human Nature.”

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center. Tickets, which cost $42.95 per concert, are available at augustaamusements.com or (706) 726-0366.