The City of Aiken Department of Parks and Recreation Presents the
45th Annual Hopelands Concert Series
The highly anticipated Hopelands Concert Series returns this April, May, and June. The first concert sets the tone for a fun season, featuring local artists Brooke Lundy and John Vaughn, with their “Hollywood Revue”. Lundy and Vaughn open the series in Hopelands Gardens on Monday, April 1st at 6:30 pm. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. Picnic dinners are welcomed, but alcohol is strictly prohibited. Admission is free. In the case of inclement weather, April concerts will take place at the Odell Weeks Center at 1700 Whiskey Rd. in Gym 2. A new and exciting change this season, concerts forced indoors during the months of May and June will take place at the Aiken Senior & Youth Center, located at 841 Edgefield Ave. NW.
Event parking is located across the street from Hopelands Gardens at the Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road. Handicap parking is available at Rye Patch on Berrie Road and Hopelands Gardens on Dupree Place.
For more information, please call 803-642-7631 or visit www.facebook.com/ExperienceAiken. Please call the rain-out hotline at 803-643-4661 for more information in the event of inclement weather.
The full schedule is listed below, subject to change.
April 1, 6:30 PM – Hollywood Revue by Brooke Lundy & John Vaughn
Sponsored by Vikki & Brandi at Meybohm, The Aiken Homes Team
Lundy and Vaughn will transport you to Old Hollywood with classic music from the 30s – 60s. With storytelling of Aiken’s history in-between the classics, this is sure to be a special performance.
April 8, 6:30 PM – Josh Martin & Edward Phillips
Sponsored by the Willcox
A funky blues group who, in 2018, performed in the #1 blues club in the world, owned by actor Morgan Freeman.
April 15, 6:30 PM – Preston & Weston
Sponsored by Meadows Media LLC ~ Aiken, SC
An Aiken favorite, Preston & Weston offer spirited renditions of R&B classics, shag, beach and pop music. Their mix also includes jazz standards, reggae, blues and even some country. Preston and Weston have lots of vocals, lots of laughs, and lots of fun.
April 22, 6:30 PM – East Aiken School of the Arts
Sponsored by Aiken Performing Arts
East Aiken School of the Arts 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.
April 29, 6:30 PM – Southern Thunder Cloggers
Sponsored by Daybreak Adult Care Services
Five-time national titleholders from Aiken, SC. This high-energy performance puts a modern twist on the traditional folk dance.
May 6, 7:00 PM – Harmony River Chorus
A chapter of Sweet Adelines International, Harmony River Chorus is a women’s a Capella chorus dedicated to performing music in the barbershop style. A fun-loving group that welcomes singers of all ages and backgrounds, striving for excellence through education and performance.
May 13, 7:00 PM – Aiken Brass
Sponsored by Hearing Associates of South Carolina
Aiken Brass is made up of six members and has been performing for over 20 years at church services, weddings, festivals, and parties. Members of the group often perform with many other organizations throughout the community.
May 20, 7:00 PM Savannah River Winds
Sponsored by the Women of Woodside
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 27, 7:00 PM – The Aiken Civic Ballet
Sponsored by The Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch, Inc.
The Aiken Civic Ballet Company, South Carolina’s longest continuously-operating dance company. ACBC produces original ballets and contemporary dance works under the direction of Artistic Director Diane Toole Miller.
June 3, 7:00 PM – Maureen Simpson & The Aiken Chorale Society
A community chorus dedicated to providing the best singing experience to interested and talented singers throughout the Aiken area. Our repertoire is wide – from early music to last year’s hit movie theme. Brahms in German, Puccini in Italian, or John Williams in English – we celebrate the best in composition and we welcome you to join us.
June 10, 7:00 PM – Aiken Concert Band
Sponsored by Security Federal Bank
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.
June 17, 7:00 PM – Savannah River Stringband
TCome hear lively, energetic, fun roots music played on hammered dulcimer, guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, fiddle, and bass.
June 24, 7:00 PM – The Parris Island Marine Band
Sponsored by The Screenprint Factory & Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch, Inc.
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”. This crowd favorite completes the Hopelands Concert Series on a high note.