The Inside Story: James Brown music academy to tee up First Friday 'Get Down Downtown' event

Deanna Brown

The Godfather of Soul's daughter, surrounded by the James Brown Academy of Music Pupils, announced plans to perform at next week's First Friday event on the Augusta Common. (WRDW-TV / July 25, 2012)

News 12 First at Five / Wednesday, July 25, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The future of the monthly First Friday event was uncertain after six people were injured in a shooting in downtown Augusta.

Things may be now looking up for the event.

"How can we possibly sit around here and not allow families to enjoy the quality of life that Augusta has to offer?" questioned Deanna Brown Thomas on our weekly radio segment on 96.3 KISS FM with Fattz and Cher.

The Godfather of Soul's daughter, surrounded by the James Brown Academy of Music Pupils, announced plans to perform at next week's First Friday event on the Augusta Common.

"We are coming to perform for peace," Brown said. "This is about a family atmosphere. This is about family fun."

This young group is just part of new a push that is making waves on Facebook.

It is called the "Get Down Downtown" event.

"How does it make you feel to be a part of that?" we asked Brown.

"I feel good!" replied Brown with a smile.

The move comes as the Brown family battles personal troubles of their own. Deanna's sister Venisha Brown was arrested on several charges this week, including assault and battery.

"Well the devil may be mighty," Brown said. "But God is almighty and that's who I serve."

Venisha is accused of stealing a car on one side of the river and trying to run over a co-worker on the other.

"I pray for my sister, and I pray for the young lady that was hurt," Brown said. "And really that's all I have to say about that. My focus is on the kids."

Brown says she hopes the group will encourage other young people to put down the weapons and pick up a new hobby or skill.

"These young kids that are going down to First Friday [should] try to put an instrument in your hand," Brown said. "That will change your life."


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