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Sky City reopening Thursday; trend of more entertainment coming to Augusta

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Published: Jan. 16, 2018 at 10:20 AM EST
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Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

(News 12 First at Five)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- “I mean, it’s been crazy. Whirlwind.”

Fifteen days ago, George Claussen and Brian Brittingham took over Sky City. Thursday, they re-open the classic Augusta bar for a new chapter.

"We still want to have some local music, don't get me wrong, but I think you'll see a lot of national acts."

It's another renovation and another step forward for a more modern Augusta. These new owners say it's a trend they're seeing more and more.

"The amount of live entertainment in the CSRA in the last three years, it's just at a level that I've never seen before.”

It's not just the live music that's picking up, it's events too. The city is trying to capitalize on that as well, the commission just approved hiring a firm to help grow events in the city.

"We're taking a look at some of our events, what we're doing, and we're creating new events to go along the way.”

Parks and Recreation Director Glenn Parker says there are already three new events booked for this year.

"There's going to be a children's festival, something Halloween-related, and then something Christmas related to tie together with Augusta on Ice. Just something that's going to tie all of this together from a marketing standpoint.”

There are more plans for 2019 including a potential three-day festival, but that's still in the works.

So far all of the new events are planned to be in downtown, alongside newly-renovated spaces ready to bring in big acts.

"I think a lot of what we're seeing is a kind of facelift and a lot of work to modernize a great older building."

Adding more events and venues, making downtown an entertainment district.

"This is the heart of Augusta, this is where it all began, this is the start of it all."

The first new event the city is putting on will be a barbecue festival, this could be small and local or potentially a national pull. The new Sky City owners are hosting their first show on Thursday, it’s Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.


Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Sky City, a live music venue and bar located on Broad Street is set to reopen on Thursday, Jan. 18 with major enhancements.

Headlining the grand reopening is music group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The new owners of Sky City tell News 12 that the newly-renovated club will feature two "state-of-the-art" stages, full digital PA, LED lighting, and flat-screen televisions throughout.

There will be three nights of entertainment with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony on Thursday, followed by Larry Keel Experience with Pierce Edens on Friday and Scarlet Begonias with Caleb Tokarska on Saturday.

"We look forward to continuing the tradition of tailored music and hospitable atmosphere that was carried for over the past decade," said co-owner George Claussen.

Sky City is located on the 1100 block of Broad Street next to Mellow Mushroom. The club closed after New Year's Eve for renovations made under new ownership.