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Posted: July 6, 2012 - 11:07am

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Augusta Amusements Big Band salutes America

Just days after the Fourth of July, Augusta Amusements Big Band and the Columbia County Orchestra Association will celebrate America with an Evans concert on Saturday.

The orchestra’s music and executive director, Rob Nordan, is leading the band and has promised to choose a piece to honor retired and active military as well as classic pieces by Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center inside the Evans library.

Audience members are encouraged to wear patriotic outfits to honor the country and walk the red carpet set up at the entrance of the performing arts center.

Tickets cost $20 and $25. They can be purchased by visiting www.augustaamusements.com/events or by calling (706) 726-0366.

Thunder Over Thurmond

Live music, fireworks and an airshow are the focus of an event on Saturday at Clarks Hill Lake.

Thunder Over Thurmond kicks off at 1 p.m. at Dorn Sports Fishing and Boating Facility in McCormick County.

Bands, including Dennis Brownlee and the Jimmy Van Zant Band, will begin performing at 4:30 p.m.

The event also includes an airshow with monoplanes, biplanes and a Silver Wings jump team.

A fireworks show is planned from 9:45 until 10:30 p.m.

General admission costs $20, and VIP tickets cost $100, with a $5 fee for parking.

For more information, visit www.thunderoverthurmond.net.

Local talent show

Local performers will take the stage Friday night at the Columbia County Amphitheater in Evans to prove their talent.

The Columbia County Amateur Series resumes from 7-9 p.m. and will continue most Fridays through Sept. 8.

The series, based on America’s Got Talent, features 40 performers between the ages of 7 and 60 whose talents include dancing, hula-hooping and singing.

A winner is named each month and that participant will go on to compete in the September finale for the grand prize.

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