New concert hopes to revive image of Riverwalk

New concert hopes to revive image of Riverwalk

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - A new concert series is helping to bring people back to downtown Augusta, while also helping out some local charities.

The Riverwalk Revival will be held in the heart of downtown at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater in October and will be put on by the Friends With Benefits Fund.

George Claussen, the Friends With Benefits Fund founder, says it's time for someone to step up and bring events back to the amphitheater.

"I think it's kind of our job, and my generation's job to kind of pick it back up and get the ball rolling on such a great venue," he said. 

Claussen was born and raised in Augusta, and wants to bring back the image of the Riverwalk as he remembers it.

"When I was younger, I just remember the Riverwalk in general and Fat Man's being down there...the fountain. Just everything, you know, the camaraderie and just the city as a whole really getting involved with this," he said. 

He came up with the idea of the Riverwalk Revival, a concert held at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater that also helps benefit local charities.

Downtown goers and Augusta natives David Brown and Brenton Dickens both agree this event is something that is great for the CSRA, and more importantly for the image of downtown.

"Hopefully that will bring downtown's atmosphere to a positive light than just negative 'Oh it's dark outside, don't go downtown.' That's not how it should be and that's not how it always is," said Brown.

"Any event will bring people downtown, so anytime they have the opportunity they should take advantage of it. Any positive impact is a step in the right direction," Dickens said. 

And Claussen wants everyone to come out, fill the seats, and help revive the image of the Riverwalk.  

"We can't do it without the support of the community. It's very important to not only pull from just Augusta, but from the whole CSRA. You know, we can only bring the bands, but it's up to the community to show up and support it," Claussen said.

For more information on the Riverwalk Revival, visit the website or the Facebook page.  You can also learn more about the Friends with Benefits Fund on their website and Facebook page.

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