William B. Bell Auditorium

Located in downtown Augusta, the Bell Auditorium offers a proscenium stage and 10 dressing rooms.

Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Largest Room 10000
  • Total Sq. Ft. 10000
  • Reception Capacity 1100
  • Theatre Capacity 2690
  • Banquet Capacity 688
  • Classroom Capacity 500
Bell Auditorium
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 10000
  • Width: 90
  • Length: 110
  • Theater Capacity: 2690
  • Classroom Capacity: 500
  • Banquet Capacity: 688
  • Reception Capacity: 1100

Chris Janson Presented by Dixie Southern Vodka

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KICKS 99 welcomes Chris Janson Presented by Dixie Southern Vodka to The Bell Auditorium on Oct 21.

Last year, Chris Janson’s breakthrough #1 Platinum single “Buy Me A Boat” was the 7th bestselling country song of the year, although his professional music career began more than 10 years ago.

The “Holdin’ Her” singer has written multiple top-charting hits including “Truck Yeah” (Tim McGraw), “That’s How I’ll Always Be” (Tim McGraw), “I Love This Life” (LoCash), and over 25 additional hit songs recorded by a long list of established artists.

Special thanks to sponsor Platinum Marine, Your Local Tracker Boats Dealer.

Chris Janson Presented by Dixie Southern Vodka

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KICKS 99 welcomes Chris Janson Presented by Dixie Southern Vodka to The Bell Auditorium on Oct 21.

Last year, Chris Janson’s breakthrough #1 Platinum single “Buy Me A Boat” was the 7th bestselling country song of the year, although his professional music career began more than 10 years ago.

The “Holdin’ Her” singer has written multiple top-charting hits including “Truck Yeah” (Tim McGraw), “That’s How I’ll Always Be” (Tim McGraw), “I Love This Life” (LoCash), and over 25 additional hit songs recorded by a long list of established artists.

Special thanks to sponsor Platinum Marine, Your Local Tracker Boats Dealer.

Kansas

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With a career spanning more than four decades, KANSAS has firmly established itself as one of America’s iconic classic rock bands.  This legendary band will take The Bell Auditorium stage on October 25.

The band, which is currently comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, keyboardist David Manion, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale, guitarist Zak Rizvi, and original guitarist Richard Williams, continues to perform in front of large and enthusiastic audiences around the world.

Along with constant touring, KANSAS continues to remain a fixture of Classic Rock radio. The band has reached a whole new audience through their unmistakable presence on the popular video games Rock Band and Guitar Hero, and through their songs’ inclusion in various television shows such as ‘Supernatural,’ and ‘South Park,’ and with films ‘Old School,’ and ‘Anchorman.’

Chicago Live in Concert

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CHICAGO will perform their unforgettable collection of music and their greatest hits to include; “Make Me Smile,” “Saturday In The Park”, “25 Or 6 To 4″, “You’re The Inspiration”, “Beginnings/ Colour My World” “Hard Habit to Break”, “I’m A Man”, “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day”, “If You Leave Me Now”,  ” Just You and Me”, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is” and songs from their Album released in 2014 “NOW” Chicago XXXVI!

Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era” by former President Bill Clinton, the legendary rock and roll band with a horn section, Chicago, is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades. From the signature sound of the CHICAGO horns, their iconic Vocalists, and a few dozen of ever-Classic Songs, this band’s concerts are celebrations.

Wizard of Oz

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There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful WIZARD OF OZ, twists its way into Augusta! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs. A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, THE WIZARD OF OZ will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys. Don’t miss the chance to travel Over the Rainbow and experience this national treasure on stage.

Listen & Laugh Tour

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The Listen & Laugh Tour showcases an elite group of today’s top comedians, unleashing their best on The Bell Auditorium stage, Saturday, November 4th, 2017. Only the most hilarious and polished standup acts make the cut to deliver an unforgettable night of comedy.

Renowned radio personality, Michael Baisden will set the tone as your center stage MC for this exclusive entertainment extravaganza. While fellow comedians Earthquake, Arnez J and George Willborn team up for this collaborative debut. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime experience – Join the aces of the industry for the Listen & Laugh Tour.

Nationally syndicated radio personality, producer, motivational speaker, and NY Times best-selling author, Michael Baisden launched his career with self-published and promoted book, Never Satisfied. In 2005, he made his radio debut as a drive-time host for 98.7 KISS FM in NYC and quickly went national. Baisden later co-produced and hosted late-night TV talk show, Basiden After Dark on TVOne. The notorious Michael Baisden Show recently returned to national radio this year. Two million printed books, two national TV Shows, two national stage plays, 3 produced films and numerous national seminar tours later – you have the legacy that is Michael Baisden.

Comedian Earthquake kicked off his comedic career performing at a local bar during his 9 years as Sergeant in the US Air Force. After being honorably discharged, ‘Quake co-owned Uptown Comedy Corner in Atlanta and launched Earthquake’s Comedy Corner !! in Dallas and Atlanta. After gaining national exposure on Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam Tour, he found himself starring in his own half-hour HBO special One Night Stand and appearing on Everybody Hates Chris. His most memorable sets include “About Got Damm Time” and Comedy Centrals’ Laffapalooza. Earthquake also has a history in broadcasting, hosting a full-time radio show on WBLS in NYC.

Comedian, Arnez J is most known for his improvisational comic style and spot-on impressions. Arnez made his comedy debut at the Comedy Act in the 90’s. His standup performance at Zanie’s was taped for Showtime Comedy Club Network. He later joined the network’s Comedy Club All-Stars. J has appeared on Def Comedy Jam, An Evening at the Improv, Comedy Central’s Make Me Laugh and BET’s Comic View. He has also toured for the stage play, Maintenance Man, opened for Prince and starred in the film, “Up Against the 8-Ball”.

Radio personality and comic, George Willborn got his start as the MC at All Jokes Aside in 1992. George has appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam; BET’s Comic View; Showtime at the Apollo, Baisden After Dark. George’s 20-year radio career began in Chicago in 1996 on V103 before he was chosen to co-host the nationally syndicated Michael Baisden Show.

This will be the Listen & Laugh Tour’s premier debut– unifying rhythmic radio personality Michael Baisden with acclaimed, top shelf comedians for the very first time.

POPS! The Music of Journey

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For more info and to purchase tickets visit http://soaugusta.org/event/the-music-of-journey/

Brent Havens, guest conductor
Don’t Stop Believin’ in that iconic sound of the 80s. Hear the top-selling rock music of all me as you’ve never heard it before – performed by Symphony Orchestra Augusta.

Straight No Chaser The Speakeasy Tour

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Atlantic Records recording group Straight No Chaser today released “SIX PACK: VOLUME 3,” their new EP, available now at all music retailers and streaming services.

SIX PACK: VOLUME 3” sees the a cappella group cracking open a number of contemporary pop hits and rock classics, including Bruno Mars’ blockbuster “That’s What I Like.” The track’s official video – recently hailed by Billboard as “cheeky” and “playful” — is streaming now at the group’s official YouTube channel. “SIX PACK: VOLUME 3” is further highlighted by “Sweet Dreams/HandClap Medley” – Straight No Chaser’s one-of-a-kind mash-up of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” and Fitz and the Tantrums’ “HandClap” – as well their show-stopping “Beyoncé Medley” (see attached tracklisting).

“SIX PACK: VOLUME 3” follows 2016’s “I’LL HAVE ANOTHER…CHRISTMAS ALBUM,” the world famous a cappella group’s sixth full-length release and first full-length holiday release in seven years. Widely beloved for their trademark takes on Yuletide favorites, Straight No Chaser made their now classic debut with 2008’s “HOLIDAY SPIRITS,” followed in the next year by “CHRISTMAS CHEERS.” Both albums reached the top of the holiday charts at Amazon and the iTunes Store and are now certified gold by the RIAA. Like the preceding “SIX PACK” and “SIX PACK: VOLUME 2,” the new EP continues Straight No Chaser’s long history of bringing their unique touch and inimitable vocal style to a stunning range of contemporary standards. Their most recent non-holiday release, 2015’s “THE NEW OLD FASHIONED,” saw the renowned group putting their matchless touch upon songs spanning The Weeknd and Radiohead to Bob Dylan and Atlantic labelmate Charlie Puth.

For more, please visit www.sncmusic.comwww.facebook.com/StraightNoChasertwitter.com/SNCmusic, and www.youtube.com/sncmusic.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

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MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for the past 30 years! Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and continue to occupy top spots on Billboard’s Seasonal Charts every year!

Brit Floyd The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show

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The hotly anticipated rock event of the year returns, as Brit Floyd brings the music of Pink Floyd to life once again with its lavish new stage show, ‘Immersion World Tour 2017’. The spectacle of a Pink Floyd concert experience is truly recaptured in high-definition sound, and with a stunning million dollar light show and state of the art video design.

As well as performing the favorite moments from The Dark Side of the MoonWish You Were HereThe Wall and The Division Bell, Brit Floyd will also pay special tribute to the Animals album, in its 40th anniversary year, with a show stopping rendition of ‘Dogs’, as well as a host of other Pink Floyd musical gems.

The Brit Floyd show has truly become a phenomenon, widely regarded as the world’s greatest live tribute to Pink Floyd. Faithfully recreating the scale and pomp of the final 1994 Division Bell tour, complete with circle screen and multiple moving light design, lasers, inflatables and theatrics, a Brit Floyd show really is as close as fans will ever get to experiencing the magnificence of a Pink Floyd show live.

Rick Springfield & Richard Marx

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Rick Springfield and Richard Marx are teaming up for a series of co-headlining, intimate solo acoustic performances, which includes full sets from each artist!

Over the past three decades, Rick Springfield has worn many hats as an entertainer and performer. The creator of some of the finest power-pop of the ’80s, he’s a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” and “Human Touch.”

As a performer, songwriter and producer, Richard Marx’s nearly three-decade-long career has had innumerable highlights. The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his self-titled debut which went to #8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and spawned four Top 5 singles, including the chart-topping “Hold on to the Nights,” and “Don’t Mean Nothing” which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. The follow-up, 1989’s Repeat Offender, was even more successful, hitting #1 and going quadruple-platinum with two #1 singles in “Satisfied” and “Right Here Waiting.” When both Rush Street (with two #1 AC hits in “Keep Coming Back” and “Hazard”) and Paid Vacation (with its #1 AC hit, “Now and Forever”) went platinum, Marx achieved a seven-year string of triumphs that rivaled any in pop-rock music history. To this day, he is the only male artist in history to have his first seven singles reach the Top 5 on the Billboard charts.

Betty Wright The Legends of Soul Tour

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The Legends of Soul Tour with Betty Wright, Rose Royce, Angela Winbush, Glenn Jones, and Cherelle is coming to The Bell Auditorium December 9.

Legends of Soul Tour has been selling out throughout the South and Southeast with dynamic headliners such as Grammy Award Winner,  Betty Wright, better known as the “Clean up Woman”.  Joining the tour is Rose Royce, known for several hits from the 1970s, including “I Wanna Get Next to You”, “I’m Going Down”, “Wishing on a Star”, “Love Don’t Live Here” and “Carwash”. The line up gets even more exclusive with the addition of Angela Winbush, who has sold over 10 million singles. Also, featuring Glenn Jones, a Jacksonville native and 80s hit artist. Last but not least, Cherelle, who gained fame in the mid-1980s. Her signature hits include “I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On”, “Where Do I Run To”, “Everything I Miss at Home”. This is a show you don’t want to miss. It’s a SOUL-FULL night!

Shen Yun

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A Gift from Heaven
IN ANCIENT TIMES, China was known as the Land of the Divine. Everyone, from emperors to the common people, believed that their culture was a gift from heaven. They lived in harmony with the universe and saw a connection among all things. Traditional Chinese culture carried these principles for thousands of years—until this world was lost.

We now invite you to visit this lost civilization. To make this journey possible, we have pushed the boundaries of performing arts. We combine ancient legends with technological innovations, and historically authentic costumes with breathtaking animated backdrops. We let classical Chinese dance do the storytelling, and share with you beautifully diverse ethnic and folk traditions. Filled with an enchanting orchestral sound, this is a mesmerizing experience you won’t find anywhere else.

A Lost Treasure—You Cannot See in China Today
THE AUTHENTIC CHINESE culture Shen Yun presents can’t be seen in another show or even in China. There, the Communist Party sees traditional culture as a threat to its power and for decades has tried to destroy it. It nearly succeeded.

But in 2006, a group of elite Chinese artists came together in New York with a mission—to revive traditional culture and share it with the world. They created Shen Yun and brought this majestic culture back from the brink of extinction.

Join us in this historical moment. It is an unforgettable journey!

Jackson Browne with Guest Greg Leisz

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Singer Songwriter Jackson Browne announces an acoustic tour beginning next year, with a stop at The Bell Auditorium on Saturday, January 6, 2018.  Accompanying Jackson Browne on tour is renowned multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz.

Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2007.

Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage

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DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing.

Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says, “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”

It’s the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances “Baby” Houseman is on vacation in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Baby discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles upon the staff quarters where an all-night dance party is in full swing. Mesmerized by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle the resort dance instructor. Baby’s life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady both on-stage and off with breathtaking consequences.

Don’t miss your chance to see this record-breaking and adventurous theatre sensation. You’ll have the time of your life!

Georgia Bridal Show

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You’ve been online searching wedding ideas and trends. Now it’s time to see all of this come to life! Don’t leave your dream wedding to chance…Meet face to face with wedding professionals, and find everything you need in one place and in one day! Meet the photographer behind the photos, taste the cake, listen to the DJ’s music, see the gowns and tuxedos in person, talk to a honeymoon specialist about the right trip for your budget and so much more! Also, see the South’s award-winning bridal fashion show production at 3pm.

Under the Streetlamp

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For more info and to purchase tickets visit http://soaugusta.org/event/under-the-streetlamp/

Retro never sounded so now! As seen on PBS, Under the Streetlamp performs an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American Radio Songbook. Experience their tight harmonies and slick dance moves live in concert with Symphony Orchestra Augusta!

 

The Illusionists - Live From BroadwayTM

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Direct from Broadway, the world’s best selling magic show is coming to Augusta! This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. THE ILLUSIONISTSTM – LIVE FROM BROADWAYTM has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

A Night at the Cotton Club

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Byron Stripling, guest conductor
Musicians Byron Stripling, Carmen Bradford, and Bob Breithaupt and tap dancer Ted Louis Levy join SOA to transport you to the jazz era of the 1920s with music of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald!

POPS! A Night at the Cotton Club

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For more info and to purchase tickets visit http://soaugusta.org/event/night-cotton-club/ 

Musicians Byron Stripling, Carmen Bradford, and Bob Breithaupt and tap dancer Ted Louis Levy join SOA to transport you to the jazz era of the 1920s with music of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald!

WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?

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The current cast members of the Emmy-nominated TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? are proud to present their new improv tour: WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?

WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? is 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions. Cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray will leave you gasping with the very witty scenes they invent before your eyes. Audience participation is key to the show so bring your suggestions and you might be asked to join the cast onstage! WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? showcases some of the improv games made famous on the long-running TV show as well as some exciting new ones. All ages welcomed!

Rent 20th Anniversary Tour

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In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20TH anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.