Sticks & Strings Concert & Golf Tournament

John, Josh, and Charles Kelley are a trio of brothers from Augusta, Georgia, who were raised on golf and music. They’ve grown up now, and while only one still calls Augusta home, all love the community – and their passion for golf and music has only grown.

In addition to loving music and golf, the Kelley Brothers are all committed to giving back to the communities they live in as well as the one they shared together growing up. That’s why The Kelley Brothers are bringing their Sticks & Strings Golf Tournament & Concert to the CSRA. Proceeds from the event will benefit charities in the three areas that were major influences in the brothers’ lives: golf, music, and healthcare. The golf organization is First Tee – Augusta, 12 Bands of Christmas is the music charity, and the healthcare recipient bears the name of the Kelley Brothers father; The John W. Kelley, M.D., Cardiovascular Endowment at the Piedmont Augusta Foundation.

Featuring Artists

John, Josh & Charles Kelley
Thomas Rhett
Jake Owen
Darius Rucker

About the Event

Sticks & Strings is a 2-day event kicked off with a concert at the Columbia County Performing Arts Center on Sunday, November 19 before the golf tournament at Champions Retreat Golf Club on Monday, November 20.

The concert will feature all 3 Kelley Bros with many of their talented friends who have all connected through a love of golf. All foursomes include 8 VIP tickets to the kickoff concert. Sponsor packages also include general admission tickets. Both of which are available individually for those who aren’t avid golfers but love music and want to attend the show on Sunday night.

Become a sponsor or purchase a foursome.


First Tee Augusta Logo
Piedmont Augusta Foundation Logo
12 Bands Logo


The concert will take place Sunday, November 19 at the Columbia County Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature all 3 Kelley Bros with many of their talented friends who have all connected through a love of golf.

VIP General Admission tickets will be available and include seating in the section directly in front of the stage, dinner, and all beverages.

General admission tickets will be available in the lower level and balcony.

Tickets available Friday, Sept 22 at 10a.


Sunday, November 19
The Kelley Bros Sticks & Strings Concert at the Columbia County Performing Arts Center
Doors Open: 6p
Show Begins: 7:30p

Monday, November 20
The Kelley Bros Sticks & Strings Golf Tournament at Champions Retreat Golf Club
Registration & Check-in: 9a
Shotgun Start: 11a

First Tee is a youth development organization that enables kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with a life skills curriculum, we create active learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids can carry to everything they do. First Tee – Augusta helps kids discover what’s inside of them, guide them to strengthen it, and mentor them to put it into action in everything they do. First Tee – Augusta has spent 20 years building experiences that build character to empower kids through a lifetime of new challenges and continuous personal growth.  Experiences are our greatest teacher and First Tee believes in creating ones that are just as fun as they are meaningful, where kids feel excited to grow, safe to fail, and better equipped for whatever comes their way next. The First Tee – Augusta chapter is unique, and so are the young people and families served. First Tee – Augusta creates opportunities to hear, share and learn from the perspective of others, while empowering diverse voices to help shape and evolve the approach to build greater relevance for their work.  First Tee – Augusta is not about improving your golf score. It’s about strengthening what young people bring to everything they do, including golf.

The 12 Bands of Christmas combines the universal appeal of music with the universal spirit of giving to support the fight against pediatric cancer. 12 Bands promotes education and public support for the fight against pediatric cancer through the arts and entertainment by providing a recurring forum for the expression of music of all genres, providing charitable support to pediatric cancer research and other related pediatric cancer patient needs, and brings the healing power of music and direct support to families. The music of 12 Bands has provided “just in time” resources to families being cared for at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. In fact, their efforts have raised over a quarter of a million dollars to support families fighting pediatric cancer. As 12 Bands evolved, the organization became wholly focused on the often unknown, seldom discussed and frequently ignored needs of children and families facing life-threatening diagnoses. 12 Bands recognizes the many direct and basic needs families face when their child becomes ill. Thanks to dollars raised in the community through performances and donations, 12 Bands is able to help families in several basic aspects of daily living, while providing music therapy and music instruments to those in treatment.

The John W. Kelley MD Endowment at the Piedmont Augusta Foundation was created in  2008 to honor Dr. Kelley’s 28 years of service to our hospital and community as a talented cardiologist and mentor to many. He was the founder of the Harry T. Harper Jr., MD School of Cardiac and Vascular  Technology, which is a partnership with Augusta Technical College. This 15 month program has graduates working in hospitals across the region and nation, including our own hospital. The endowment named for Dr. Kelley supports the education of these technologists who work alongside cardiologists in our cath labs. The Harry T. Harper, Jr. M.D. School of Cardiac and Vascular Technology was founded in 1992 we will have 353 graduates through 2021 and with the added 14 this year (graduating in December) the total will be 367. The School also trains non invasive cardiac technologists who perform ultrasound and vascular ultrasound images. Funds donated to the Piedmont Augusta Foundation also support training for critical care cardiac nurses. We are able to provide high quality safe care thanks to Dr. Kelley’s legacy of supporting the training and education of these techs.


Foursome with Cabin at Champions Retreat – starting at $6,500

• Individual room w/ ensuite bathroom in a cabin for each golfer plus a guest

• Breakfast Monday morning for each golfer plus a guest

• Swag bag for each golfer

• Lunch Monday during the golf tournament for each golfer

• Sunday night opening concert VIP seat with food & drink for each golfer plus a guest**

• Transportation for those staying on site to and from Champions Retreat to the concert

• Option to add Monday night cabin at Champions Retreat

• 10 General Admission concert tickets

Foursome without Cabin – $4,500

• 18-hole round of golf at Champions Retreat

• Swag bag for each golfer

• Lunch Monday for each golfer

• Sunday night opening concert VIP seat w/ food & drink for each golf plus a guest**

• 10 General Admission concert tickets

** VIP tickets to the concert include seating in the section directly in front of the stage, dinner, and all beverages (beer, wine, liquor, water, soft drinks).

The Kelley Bros

John Kelley, the oldest of the Brothers, grew up playing at West Lake Country Club and Augusta Country Club. He played college golf at Wake Forest University and has competed in various state and regional amateur events since his college days. After spending 15 years running a construction and development company in North Carolina John returned home to pursue real estate development. He sings in a Led Zeppelin tribute band and enjoys time on the golf course with his three children, Walter, Trudie, and Grady.

Josh Kelley, the Brothers’ middle child, attended the University of Mississippi on a golf scholarship. In 2001 he signed a record deal with Hollywood Records and charted his first Radio hits with the songs “Amazing and Only you. In 2010 he signed with Universal records and charted his first Country Radio hit with the song “Georgia Clay” co written with brother Charles. In 2012 Josh wrote the theme song for the hit syndicated TV show “Mike and Molly.” Josh married actress Katherine Heigl in 2007. The couple lives in Utah where they enjoy art and leatherwork and being the proud parents of 3 children.

Charles Kelley, the youngest of the brothers, has not only had success as part of Lady A, but also earned a GRAMMY nomination for “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” from his solo debut album’s release, THE DRIVER. As a co-writer on many chart-topping Lady A hits, including the 9X Platinum hit “Need You Now,” Kelley has also penned No. One hits by Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Brett Young and Russell Dickerson. Kelley was recently tapped by ESPN for his rendition of the iconic track “Georgia On My Mind” that was used in the official nationwide commercial leading into the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. Lady A have long been a model of mainstream success. They’re 11 No. Ones, 18 million albums sold, 34 million tracks, five billion digital streams and a global touring footprint prove the point. With a renewed sense of inner strength and hope, the multi-Platinum band released their eighth studio album WHAT A SONG CAN DO (BMLG Records). Working again with producer Dann Huff, the 14 tracks reinvigorate the band’s signature sound and electrifying harmony that has dominated charts for more than a decade. They have earned CMA Awards “Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row and countless other honors including, Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards, a Tony Award nod and were recently inducted as members of the Grand Ole Opry. For more information visit

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