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Good Shot Judy rocks Hardin Auditorium as Augusta Amusement season nears end

With its blend of jazz standards and a few surprises such as Guns N’ Roses’ Sweet Child O Mine performed with the flavor of New Orleans, Good Shot Judy played the Hardin Auditorium March 4.

Based in Virginia, the eight-piece band made its area debut with its high-energy jazz stylings.

Jeff Cahoon’s roots in punk rock bands showed as he twirled and jumped with his upright bass as though it was his dance partner — all while flipping his long hair just like bass guitarists from 1980s’ hair band.

The band brought standard such as L-O-V-E,  Fly Me To The Moon and I Love Paris and mixed it with songs like Queen’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love. And patrons congaed out of the auditorium as Good Shot Judy played Jump In The Line, Senora.

Presented by Augusta Amusements, the concert is one of the last of the season, according to Mike Deas. Two more are scheduled for March.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band will play March 11.

“If you’re a fan of the Beatles or a fan of bluegrass, you’re going to want to make sure to see that one,” he said.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $42.95 and are available at Augusta Amusements website

 On March 25, a salute to Glen Campbell with Jeff Dayton will be at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $42.95.

Jeff Cahoon on the upright bass behind his brother, Brett Cahoon, Good Shot Judy’s lead singer. Photo by Charmain Z. Brackett

  “Normally that would end our season, but we have an opportunity to land a wonderful band,” Deas said.

 Leonid and Friends, a Chicago-tribute band with a twist, is comprised of musicians from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus who’ve never seen Chicago perform live. Yet according to Deas, the group sounds just like Chicago. Leonid and Friends often sell out shows quickly.

“They sound incredible,” he said.

 Deas said he booked the band for May 8.

 “Tickets sold so fast,” he said.

So he booked a second date a week late on May 15. Both concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $49.95.

Charmain Z. Brackett is the publisher of Augusta Good News. Reach her at Subscribe to the newsletter here.

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