The 43rd season of the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department’s Hopelands Concert Series is just around the corner. In hopes of avoiding the late summer heat, a change has been made to the schedule. This year, the series will take place Monday evenings in April, May, and June, and will have a total of 13 concerts. April concerts will begin at 6:30pm, concerts in May and June will begin at 7:00pm. Twelve concerts are slated to take place inside Hopelands Gardens on the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage, with a backup location of Odell Weeks in the case of inclement weather. The series finale will be held at Millbrook Baptist Church, featuring the Parris Island Marine Band, on June 26th at 7:00pm.
The concert series will showcase a variety of performances for Aiken residents and visitors. Concerts have free admission and are open to the public. All those in attendance should bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the performance. Picnic dinners are welcomed, however; alcoholic beverages are not allowed. Well behaved pets are allowed, but must be on a leash at all times. Note, animals are not allowed inside Odell Weeks or Millbrook Baptist Church, with the exception of service animals.
Event parking is located across the street from Hopelands Gardens at the Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road. Handicap parking is available at the Rye Patch parking lot on Berrie Road and the Hopelands Gardens Parking Lot on Dupree Place.
In the case of inclement weather, the concerts will be held at the Odell Weeks Center at 1700 Whiskey Rd. in Gym 2.
Full schedule below and is subject to change.
April 3, 6:30 PM – Bethany & The Southside Boys. One of the most talented groups in the CSRA, they play original tunes that cover all genres as well as fun hits from yesteryear to today. Based out of Augusta, GA, this will be there first appearance in Hopelands Gardens.
April 10, 6:30PM – Fort Gordon Band. The Fort Gordon Band returns for a high energy performance with patriotic favorites and classics that cover all genres.
April 17, 6:30PM – Southern Thunder Cloggers. The national award winning Southern Thunder Cloggers of Aiken return to showcase multiple clogging selections from young adults to beginners.
April 24, 6:30PM – Aiken Brass. Aiken Brass has been together for 21 years, performing classical, jazz, polka, and everything in between. Expect a variety of selections from this group.
May 1, 7:00PM – Karen Gordon and Garden City Jazz. Aiken native Karen Gordon and Garden City Jazz will perform classic and contemporary jazz and tunes.
May 8, 7:00PM – Savannah River Winds. Formed in 2001, SRW is composed of music teachers, high school and college band directors, professionals, and college students. They will feature pop, broadway, big band, and marches.
May 15, 7:00PM – East Aiken School of the Arts. East Aiken Elementary strives for academic excellence through the arts. Over 100 students who participate in the After School Arts Program will showcase their talents in orchestra, guitar, jazz, boys’ choir, tap, and ballet.
May 22, 7:00PM – The Aiken Concert Band. The Aiken Concert Band has been in existence for 42 years, and is presently composed of over 70 talented musicians from the Aiken area. The band is under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor Mr. Todd Jenkins.
May 29, 7:00PM – The Aiken Civic Ballet. The Aiken Civic Ballet Company, South Carolina’s longest continuously-operating dance company. ACBC was created in 1971 by Mr. Carl Crosby with a vision of challenging young dancers to excel and share the spirit of dance with their community. It continues to thrive forty-five years later under the leadership of Diane Toole Miller. ACBC produces original ballets and contemporary dance works under the direction of Artistic Director Diane Toole Miller.
June 5, 7:00PM – MAiken Music. The mission of MAiken Music is to bring the joy of women’s a cappella singing to our community and to our members through performances and musical collaborations. The group primarily sings 4-part harmony arrangements of songs ranging over several decades.
June 12, 7:00PM – Ryan Abel. Aiken knows Abel as “The Beast” from the Aiken Community Playhouse production, “Beauty and the Beast”. He will play piano and perform selections from musical theater.
June 19, 7:00PM – Downtown Mixup. This group of nine is made up of Aiken natives. They perform a variety of covers that the audience is sure to enjoy. They first made their appearance in Hopelands during the 2016 Christmas in Hopelands where they pleased the crowd with fun holiday tunes. That night, guests didn’t come just to “see the lights”.
June 26, 7:00PM – The Parris Island Marine Band at Millbrook Baptist Church. The Parris Island Marine Band has been a part of the Hopelands Concert Series for over 30 years, performing patriotic staples like John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever”. Last year was the first year the performance took place at Millbrook Baptist Church. With the comfortable indoor climate, enough seating for an impressive crowd, and an acoustically pleasing atmosphere, it was an easy choice to request the venue again. The team at Millbrook has welcomed us back and we look forward to another wonderful concert.