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February Events At the Harmonie Verein in Augusta

The Harmonie Verein has something for everyone this February. The Harmonie Verein is located at 5333 Hackman Rd, Augusta, MO 63332. To RSVP, purchase tickets, or event details, visit www.augustaharmonieverein.org. All shows are ticketed at the door and online. VIP tables are available upon inquiry. A cash bar is available and benefits the Harmonie Verein.

Tuesday, February 6 - Open Mic Night & Jam Session - Free, RSVP.
Open Mic Night is the 1st Tuesday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m. Open mic is led by the Texas Giants and open to all musicians and non-musicians alike. Musicians are encouraged to bring a song or two in its entirety and perform with or without the band. Don't miss out on the opportunity to perform live on stage at Open Mic Night. There is no cover charge.

Saturday, February 10 - Augusta Ramble Presents Swampweed Cajun Band - Tickets are $12.
The Augusta Rambles presents A Mardi Gras Party! Wear your favorite Mardi Gras outfit and your dancing shoes! The Augusta Harmonie Verein has never heard the Cajun sounds like Swampweed! Mardi Gras deserves no other celebration than this one. Join us for an Augusta Ramble Mardi Gras on Saturday, February 10 at 7 p.m. as The Swampweed Cajun Band brings howling tunes from the swamps playing a bucketful of traditional foot-stomping, accordion-squeezed, French-howlin' tunes. A lot of backwoods passion flows through Jane Accurso’s veins, with her deep Missouri Ozark and Arkansas roots. Her dad’s people were old-time string band musicians, and on her mom’s side, Aunt Pearl was known to be the best Schottische dancer in all of St. Clair County. From traditional grass to new grass, from traditional country to Cajun.
Dierik Leonhard brings in the banjo, fiddle, clawhammer banjo, and vocals. He is an excellent lead and harmony singer. His fiddlin’ raises the roof. His old-time clawhammer banjo will surely make you whoop & holler.

Tuesday, February 13 - Live Tell It Like It Was - Toedebusch Family - Free- RSVP.
On the second Tuesday of each month, the Friends of Historic Augusta presents Live Tell It Like It Was with Angela Stephens. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the interview starts at 6:30 p.m. This is a free event. Donations are appreciated. Learn local history from the people who live it. In February, The Toedebusch sons, together with Dave Shortt, will explain how their band, The Texas Giants, came about. Share stories about Scott and his connection with the wine industry, annual trips to Montana, and fond memories of growing up in Augusta. Bring on the funny stories, mark your calendars, and we'll see you there! To view other Live TILIW videos, visit the Augusta History Museum’s website at www.augustamomuseum.com/tell-it-like-it-was-with-paul-and-d.

Saturday, February 17 - Sweethearts Dinner featuring St. Louis String Quartet - Tickets are $75.
Enjoy an elegant evening to delight the senses - delicious fine dining, enchanting string quartet live performance, beautiful centerpieces, and charming historic atmosphere for a memorable evening with your sweetheart. Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner by Mosaic Cafe and Catering, followed by a superb musical performance by the St. Louis String Quartet. To round out the evening, bring your own favorite bottle of wine, or purchase a drink from the Harmonie Verein Bar. The menu includes baby spinach & strawberry salad with spring mix, candied walnuts, goat cheese, red onion, honey wine and thyme vinaigrette; choice of entrée: beef tenderloin filet with Bourbon Street finish OR chicken breast stuffed with spinach, pancetta & smoked gouda with a white wine cream sauce; side of roasted brussel sprouts with pancetta, roasted garlic and rosemary whipped potatoes; and flourless chocolate cake with chocolate ganache. Following dinner, enjoy an exclusive performance by The St. Louis String Quartet. Featuring renowned professionals, you will enjoy music from the classical and romantic eras. Co-sponsor Sunflower Hill Farm will provide beautiful centerpieces for the tables, which can be purchased to take home as a memento of your evening in Augusta. Doors and bar open at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Click here to view the flyer for this event.

Sunday, February 18 - Sunday Speaker Series: Sacagawea Living History - Tickets are $7.
Dianne Moran is an award-winning folklorist and naturalist, who captivated audiences with her living history performances and live animal programs for over 30 years. Dianne appears in authentic native dress and is Sacagawea. The performance begins at 2 p.m. Sacagawea was an interpreter and guide for Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s expedition westward from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Coast. Come to the ‘Sacagawea’ program to hear her entire amazing story. Dianne is accompanied by Pat Frank, performing original and period songs from the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Dianne and Pat are “Woven Voices”, members of the Missouri Arts Council Touring Performers. The Harmonie Verein has received a partial grant for this performance.

Saturday, February 24 - Special Augusta Ramble Presents Amanda Fish - Tickets are $15.
Amanda Fish and her band were added as a SPECIAL SHOW to our winter series on Saturday, February 24 at 7 p.m. We caught Amanda Fish's sold-out show this summer at Joe's Café in University City and were so impressed that we tracked her down. As it turns out, Amanda is now a Washington, MO resident - how did we get so lucky to now call her a local artist? Amanda and her band lit Beale Street on fire in the 2017 International Blues Challenge Semi-Finals. Her 2018 album, Free, debuted at Number 6 on the Billboard Blues Albums Chart. At the 40th Blues Music Awards, it was named the Best Emerging Artist Album. Expect an evening of soulful rock, original roots, and “working-class white girl blues” with a lot of pop. If you can imagine it, Amanda will deliver it - we get her up close and personal for one night only, and those vocals will blow you away!