Augusta is proud to have played such an important role in the life of a world-renowned musical artist. Get a little closer to Augusta's most famous son - The Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown - and visit these 5 special spots around the city.
James Brown was fascinated with music at an early age. A friend taught him how to play the piano, and he took to it right away. Mr. Brown's family didn't own a set of keys, so in order to get his fingers on the ivories he started sweeping the wood floors at Trinity CME. In return, the church would let him practice his music on it's sanctuary piano Visit the church at 2930 Glenn Hills Drive.
Note: Although the current congregation now meets in a new building, the original church structure where Mr. Brown visited still stands at 873 8th Street.
See some of Mr. Brown's classic dance moves, listen to some of his all-time hits and learn about his national role in race relations as you take in the most comprehensive collection of Mr. Brown's life, legacy, and contribution to music. The August Museum of History exhibit features performance attire, family photographs and more.
Have your picture taken with the Godfather of Soul's bronze statue. The statue depicts Mr. Brown mid-career and captures him as so many remember him on stage. It also honors Mr. Brown for his many musical achievements, including 1983 Georgia Music Hall of Fame Inductee, 1986 Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and 2003 Kennedy Center Honoree.
Before leaving on world tours, Mr. Brown and his band, the Sound Generals, would rehearse at the Imperial Theatre. It's also where he held his toy giveaways to needy children at Christmas, a tradition which continues in his honor today.
James Brown recorded his live album, Sex Machine, at the Bell Auditorium. The James Brown Arena is a popular concert venue named in Mr. Brown's honor. More than 8,500 fans attended a public funeral at the James Brown Area following the star's death in 2006.
Like A Local: James Brown Edition
Get on the good foot and experience Augusta like Mr. Dynamite himself.