The City of Aiken Department of Parks and Recreation Presents the 44th Annual Hopelands Concert Series.
April 2, 6:30 PM – The Kenny George Band. Sponsored by Vikki & Brandi at Meybohm, The Aiken Homes Team.
April 9, 6:30 PM – Southern Thunder Cloggers. Five-time national title holders from Aiken, SC. This high energy performance puts a modern twist on the traditional folk dance.
April 16, 6:30 PM – Preston & Weston. Sponsored by Cumberland Village. 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 23, 6:30 PM – Aiken Brass. 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.
April 30, 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.
May 7, 7:00 PM – 4 Cats in the Doghouse. Sponsored by The Willcox. Resident jazz band at The Willcox, 4 Cats in the Doghouse was formed in 2010 by Scott Ferguson and friends.
May 14, 7:00 PM – Southern Meltdown. A tight knit band from Aiken, bringing you the best in Country, Southern Rock and Blues.
May 21, 7:00 PM The 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.
May 28, 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 4, 7:00 PM - M’Aiken Music. Sponsored by The Women of Woodside. The mission of M’Aiken 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 11, 7:00 PM – Swingsation *tentative. Swingsation is a 15-piece big band with vocals performing music from the 30′s and 40′s up to today. The band specializes in music performed by the great bands of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Woody Herman.
June 18, 7:00 PM – Spirit Fiddle. Sponsored by Cumberland Village. Spirit Fiddle, featuring Champion Fiddler Robin Warren and Guitarist Brian Clancey, performs a wide variety of energetic music, ranging from bouncy Southern and Texas swing tunes to sweet waltzes, old popular songs, bluegrass numbers, French Canadian and Celtic jigs and reels, and Parisian musette.
June 25, 7:00 PM - The Parris Island Marine Band. Sponsored by The Screenprint Factory & The 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