May 3rd is the birthday of The Godfather of Soul. Friends With Benefits is working in conjunction with the City of Augusta and The James Brown Family Foundation for an unforgettable concert experience honoring the life, legacy and music of James Brown. The show will benefit the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils (JAMP), whose mission is to further music education for Augusta’s youth through the music of James Brown.
JAMP is run by James Brown’s daughter, Deanna Brown, and his music director / lead guitarist, Keith Jenkins. Over the years, JAMP has played with many world-renowned artists from Sharon Jones to Prince.
Keith Jenkins has assembled the band for the James Brown Family Birthday Bash comprised completely of former members of the James Brown Band. Sharon Jones, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Ty Taylor (Vintage Trouble), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Chris Rob (Nasty Delicious), Gavin Hamilton (Funk You) and Greg Hester are confirmed special guests. This event will be open to all ages. Concessions will be served on site.