22 March 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The 48th Annual Concert Series Returns to Hopelands Gardens

Aiken, SC –The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department presents the 48th Annual Hopelands Concert Series. Join us in beautiful Hopelands Gardens on Monday evenings for live shows by local performers. The series will kick off on April 4 at 6:30 PM and continue through June 27.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. Picnic dinners are welcomed, but alcohol is strictly prohibited. The concert series is family-friendly and there is no cost to attend. In the case of inclement weather, the performance for that evening will be moved to the Lessie B. Price Senior & Youth Center located at 841 Edgefield Avenue NW.

Handicap parking is available at Rye Patch on Berrie Road. All other attendees should park at the Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road.

We are pleased to announce the 2022 Hopelands Concert Series performances (dates and performers are subject to change):

 

May 16, 2022, at 7:00 PM: Savannah River Winds, sponsored by Women of Woodside
Formed in 2001, Savannah River Winds is composed of music teachers, high school and college band directors, professionals, and college students. The group is currently under the direction of Richard Brasco, and their performance will feature Broadway hits, big band classics, and marches.

May 23, 2022, at 7:00 PM: Chris Ndeti & Co., sponsored by Overflow Foundation
Chris Ndeti is a dynamic and versatile female acoustic rock/soul performer. She currently performs at local venues around the Aiken and Augusta area. This year’s ensemble includes fellow artists James Heath, Craig Snow, and Dave Mercer. They have all played together in various combinations for the last ten years.

May 30, 2022, at 7:00 PM: Aiken Civic Ballet Company, sponsored by Friends of Hopelands Gardens & Rye Patch, LLC
The Aiken Civic Ballet Company is 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 6, 2022, at 7:00 PM: The Wayne Hoey Big Band, sponsored by Cumberland Village
A group of twenty musicians from the CSRA area recently performed as part of the 2021 Arts City Festival (better known as the Arts in the Heart of Augusta) Opening Ceremonies. The group performs perform the sounds of the Big Band era of the 1940s and big band arrangements of popular tunes.

June 13, 2022, at 7:00 PM: Day Trippers, sponsored by Downtown Dental.
A new ensemble comprised of a group of friends that enjoy playing music together, especially anything by the Beatles!

June 20, 2022, at 7:00 PM: Jaycie and Brooke, sponsored by The Willcox
“Jaycie & Brooke” was formed after the two gals happily got hired together as back-up singers for the popular “Goin’ South”(A Tribute To Southern Music) who has headlined shows at notable places like The Miller Theater, The Riverfront Amphitheater & Lexington Icehouse to name a few. Once they saw the response to them joining forces as a harmonious female duo, they knew they had something special. They are thrilled to perform their own acoustic stylings of popular songs (& maybe a couple of originals in between)!

June 27, 2022, at 7:00 PM: Parris Island Marine Band, sponsored by The Screenprint Factory and Friends of Hopelands Gardens & Rye Patch, LLC
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 series on a high note.

For more information, please call 803-642-7631

In the event of inclement weather, the rain-out hotline is available at 803-643-4661, or download the City of Aiken Explorer App for notifications.

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Media Contact:
Amber Coffey
Recreation Program Coordinator
City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism
803-643-2161
acoffey@cityofaikensc.gov