Named after the Westo Indians, Westobou Festival is a multi-arts festival that turns downtown Augusta into a creative wonderland each fall. It's designed in a way that encourages festival goers to curate their own experience and offers everything from high energy marquee events to low key elements. You could start the day exploring the works of Anna Patrick at Wolf & Finch before you dance the night away at the Late Night Series: El Camino Boyz at Soul Bar.
Here are 5 can't-miss events to get you started.
This year’s marquee visual art exhibition, “Tracing Shadows” is curated by Shannon Morris and features the work of Yuken Teruya and @anniekammererbutrus . Find more info about this exhibition and more at the link in our bio. #westobou #westobou2017 #loveaugusta #yukenteruya #anniekammererbutrus #painting #paperart #japaneseart #trees #visualart #linkinbio
Tracing Shadows with contemporary artworks by Annie Kammerer Butrus and Yuken Teruya is curated by Shannon Morris. Examining the role of art as a means of documenting change, beauty and fragility within the natural world, Morris brings together Birmingham-based painter, Annie Kammerer Butrus, and the imaginative installations by artist, Yuken Teruya, who divides his time between New York and Okinawa.
Where: Westobou Gallery
When: October 4 - 14 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Westobou Central brings three nights of live music and art, games, skateboarding and outdoor movies to the heart of downtown Augusta. Thursday night features local favorites Funk You and Bethany and The Southside Boys playing live, a Children's Fun Factory with Phinizy Swamp's "Proud Pollinators," a pop-up skateboard ramp, and Westobou's iconic Ferris Wheel. Friday night features music by DJ Kut Daily, a Children's Fun Factory with printmaking by Morris Museum of Art, a free outdoor screening of Beetlejuice, and more. Sunday night features music by DJ Kut Daily, a Children's Fun Factory creating "Lovely Leaves" with the Westobou Junior Board, a free outdoor screening of Coraline, and more.
Where: Augusta Common
When: October 5 - 7 from 5 p.m. til 10 p.m.
Kevin Hart exploded onto the scene as one of the most versatile comedic actors in both television and film; and he’s making history. Hart is now smashing ticket sales records with his What Now? Tour. Don’t miss your opportunity to see the legend in action during Westobou Festival this year.
Where: Bell Auditorium
When: October 7 & 8 at 7 p.m.
Cost: $45 - 75
Hillary-Marie's Sole Music Collective ft. Wycliffe Gordon
Dancers of Sole Music Collective including Hillary-Marie are joined on stage by Wycliffe Gordon. Hillary-Marie is one of the most accomplished tap dance artists and producers in America. She is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed soloist and ensemble member and at age 17 founded the Jersey Tap Fest, New Jersey's sole dance festival featuring world-class tap faculty and extravaganza. In addition to Jersey Tap Fest, she is also the artistic director of FutureSTEP Tap Company, Sole Music Collective and Grooves Unlimited Dance Studio. Wycliffe Gordon is a renowned musician, composer, conductor and arranger from Waynesboro, Georgia. He has received several awards for his music including Downbeat Magazine’s Critics Choice Award Best Trombone 2016, 2014, 2013 and 2012 and Jazz Journalists Association Award/Trombonist of the Year – 2016, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2002, 2001.
When: October 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Westobou is excited to bring back a 2014 Festival favorite, Allen Stone! On his third full-length album, soul artist Allen Stone proves himself deeply devoted to making uncompromisingly soulful music that transcends all pop convention. Made in collaboration with Swedish soul singer/songwriter/phenom Magnus Tingsek, Radius captures the warm energy of that creative connection and transports the listener to a higher and more exalted plane. The New York Times said the Chewelah, Washington-bred 28-year-old’s lyrics on Radius “promise honest sentiments, grooves built with physical instruments and a gospel-rooted determination to uplift ... glimmers of Al Green, Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, George Clinton, Prince and a bit of Sting." Tearing through nearly 600 shows in just two years - including sold out performances at LA’s Ace Hotel and NYC’s Apollo Theater – Allen Stone is determined to make 2017 yet another impactful year of writing and performance.
“I absolutely believe that if you’re going to stand at a microphone and say something, you need to recognize that as a privilege,” Stone said. “You’ve got to be incredibly careful about it, and really put all your heart into the message that you’re sending out into the world.”
Where: Imperial Theatre
When: October 14 at 7 p.m.