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ACTU to present ‘Georgia Soul’ on Sept. 18

Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU) will present “Georgia Soul” as the first concert of the Sundays at Four series on Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. at the Thomasville Center for the Arts.

The program will feature vocalists Sir Charles Atkins, Tony Chapman, Lisa Watson and Blade Geer with members of the Thomas University Jazz Ensemble.

Charles Atkins learned his craft at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, just like Ray Charles before him.

“At the school for the blind, we had about 40 people in the dorm and one piano on the floor, so you had to wait your turn,” Charles recalls. “I've been playing ever since then, in some way, shape, form or fashion.”

His playing and singing evoke the healing power of the blues. He received the Florida Folk Heritage Award and was knighted an Official Florida Treasure under the Jeb Bush Administration.

“We are thrilled to have Sir Charles, Tallahassee's soul brother number one, joining us for this celebration of Georgia Soul,” said Dr. Karl Barton, series coordinator. “We are excited about featuring these classic hits to kick off our season!”

The program will feature a wide range of songs by Georgia Music Hall of Fame artists and others with strong ties to Georgia, including Ray Charles, Little Richard, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Percy Sledge, Isaac Hayes, and others. 

The concert is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $5. A reception will follow the performance. For additional information visit or call 229-227-6964.

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