Music This Week April 1st thru April 7th

Hey there,
I’m back! After AURA Festival I couldn’t find a reason to leave FL with temps in the high 70’s and scattered showers to go to Athens in the 40’s and rainy so I stayed and went to Springfest. Both were fantastic! AURA is always one of my favorite festivals because of the group vibe. Another reason is that at every one I’ve gone to a beautiful woman comes up and hugs me. Now those of you that know me, know I’m pretty familiar with hugs. This hug is always time stopping, transcendent, beautiful and intense. She then leaves with the large dude she walked up with and I never see her until the next AURA. I always thought it was a hallucination but I usually try to time my hallucinations for after dark when the colors are better. This year I had a witness who confirmed the hug really happened. I can’t wait until next time. My favorites were Consider The Source, moe., Papadosio, Dopapod and The Motet. It will be a while before this is posted, I’m catching heat for not posting Magfest yet.
Springfest was musically great. Very different vibe, more children, older audience and the energy is not as communal. I also don’t like it when they allow people to put up rows of chairs in front of the stage. If you can’t connect with the energy enough to stand and party please move aside so people who do connect can get up front and join the party. My favorites were Ralph Roddenbery (I also got Ralph to play on Sun May 3rd at the 37th AHRF), Jim Lauderdale, David Grisman & Del McCoury, Shovels and Rope, Infamous Stringdusters, Donna the Buffalo, and The Duhks.
This week we have AlanFest with some great shows, a great Nuci’s Space Benefit, Common Ground LGBT Center Benefit and the return of the beautiful Lera Lynn. My Don’t Miss shows are breathlanes on Wed, Copious Jones on Sat. and Rollin’ Home on Sun and The Last Waltz Ensemble on Mon.

Music recommendations:
Wednesday, April 1
The Dancz Center for New Music 5 p.m. FREE!
T.S. WOODWARD The local musician presents a recital of his senior thesis, How to Breathe Underwater. The full-length studio album will be played back in stereo, followed by a live performance of B-sides and additional compositions, as arranged and performed by T.S. Woodward & The Phantasmagoric Chamber Orchestra.

The Foundry 8 p.m. FREE!
THE DARNELL BOYS The three Darnell sisters play and sing hip hop originals backed by upright keytar, singing cat and junkyard burritos.
DJ BEETBOT Duo spins upbeat death-metal and an exhaustive amount of Michael McDonald.

Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $15.
EOTO Eeeeeeeeeoooooooootttttttooooooo.
ILL.GATES Bill Gates?
ANDY BRUH & ROBBIE DUDE Which is which? The world may never know.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE!
BREATHLANES Athens musical collective playing organic, atmospheric improv.

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742
DIABLO SANDWICH & DR. PEPPER New local acoustic band featuring Bo Hembree, Adam Poulin and Scotty Nichols.

Thursday, April 2
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE!
OLD SKOOL TRIO Funk, blues, and jazz featuring Carl Lindberg on bass, Seth Hendershot on drums and Jason Fuller on keys. Playing original compositions and the music of The Funky Meters, Dr. John, War, Funkadelic and more.

Normaltown Hall 8 p.m. $8.
HOPE FOR AGOLDENSUMMER Charming and highly praised local neo-folk band delivers the thriftstore gospel. Featuring the captivating vocal harmonies of the Campbell sisters.
CICADA RHYTHM Acoustic guitar and upright bass duo playing bluegrass-tinged indie folk, filled with paired vocal harmonies.

Friday, April 3
Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20).
MOTHERFUCKER Hard-hitting local band featuring former members of Incendiaries.
DOUBLE FERRARI This new local band plays virtuosic, high-speed, instrumental jock-rock.
THE CRYPTIDES Local surf-rock band featuring members of The HUMMS and Timmy and the Tumblers.

Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m.
MELISSA COLBERT-TAYLOR The fierce and formidable frontwoman of local psych-rock band Never performs a solo set.
EMILEIGH IRELAND Member of local indie-pop group Helen Scott plays a solo set.
JIM WILSON Local songwriter and musician (The TaxiCab Verses) performs.

The Foundry 9 p.m. $10 (adv)., $13 (door).
ABBEY ROAD LIVE Beloved local Beatles tribute band known for its attention to detail and musical proficiency.

Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $20.
JOSH RITTER Idaho-based folk-rock singer-songwriter Ritter plays tunes from his wide-ranging catalog.
LERA LYNN Former Athenian turned Nashville resident playing country-influenced music with distinctive, sultry vocals.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. $5.
THE HOBOHEMIANS This six-piece, acoustic band utilizes banjo, ukulele, flute, accordion, saxophone, piano, various percussion, drums and bass to perform popular American and European roots music of the 1910s, ’20s and ’30s.

Live Wire AlanFest. 8 p.m.
MOON HOOCH Three-piece “cave music” band from Brooklyn that features two saxophonists and a drummer.
ISAAC BRAMBLETT BAND Southern soul singer with a roots-rock band who has performed with Ike Stubblefield and Sunny Ortiz, to name a few.
SUN-DRIED VIBES South Carolina band plays a reggae-tinted brand of rock.
DJ BANG RADIO & CHRÆVIS Spinning after the bands.

Terrapin Beer Co. AlanFest. 4:30 p.m.
SHOWTIME Elite tha Showstoppa’s band plays eclectic hip-hop mixed with rockin’ funky soul.
SLOW CLAP New local jam-rock band.

Saturday, April 4
Bishop Park Athens Farmers Market. 10 a.m. FREE!
AMY ANDREWS Melancholy folk singer-songwriter.

Flicker Theatre & Bar Project Safe Benefit. 9 p.m.
RANCH Local, darkly tinged cowboy-country band.
THE KNOCKOUTS Athens-based Celtic music group.

Front Porch Book Store 6 p.m. FREE! 706-372-1236
THE WINTERVILLIANS New local Americana group featuring Dodd Ferrelle, Adam Poulin and David Van Wyk.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 7 p.m. $10.
COMMON GROUND LGBT CENTER BENEFIT A night of music and performance to benefit a new community space. Hosted by Ricky Simone and featuring African Soul, Bellah Sparxx, Carla Le Fever & the Rays, Chrismis, LG, Daniel Hearn, Lil Redd, Tashia Love, Mia Smith, Repunza, The Skipperdees, Stella Zine, Yasmine Alexander and more.

Iron Factory 8 p.m. FREE! 706-395-6877
MOONLIGHT GYPSY MARKET Featuring outsider artists, vendors and live music from Xulu Prophet, Dux, In Sonitus Lux, The Psychedelic Wolf Folk Harmony and Genetic Outcast.

Live Wire AlanFest. 8 p.m.
DANGERMUFFIN South Carolina trio that shifts between Southern rock, beach grooves and Americana.
THE FRITZ Jammy rock band from Asheville, NC.
MARCUS KING BAND Bluesy, Greenville, SC-based funk-rock group.
DJ BANG RADIO & CHRÆVIS Spinning after the bands.

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742
COPIOUS JONES Original rock band from Atlanta.

The Office Lounge 6th Birthday Party! 7 p.m. 706-546-0840
REV. TRIBBLE AND THE DEACONS New local group led by Athens rock fixture Rev. Conner Mack Tribble.

Sunday, April 5
Blind Pig Tavern AlanFest. 1 p.m. (Baldwin St. location)
ALANFEST FAMILY SENDOFF JAM Featuring music from Percy Sledgehammer, Rollin’ Home and many more.

Monday, April 6
Georgia Theatre 7:30 p.m. $8.
THE LAST WALTZ ENSEMBLE Tribute band performing the music of Bob Dylan and The Band with special guests Randall Bramblett, Steve Hunter, Eric Carter and others.

Live Wire 7 p.m. $10.
IKE STUBBLEFIELD TRIO Soulful R&B artist Ike Stubblefield is a Hammond B3 virtuoso who cut his teeth backing Motown legends like the Four Tops, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742
BLUES NIGHT WITH BIG C Nobody in Athens sings the blues quite like Big C. Expect lots of soulful riffs, covers and originals.

Tuesday, April 7
Georgia Theatre Nuci’s Space Benefit. 6 p.m. $10.
ATHENS POTLUCK Enjoy an exhibit of Athens music photographs from Jason Thrasher, plus live music from Patterson Hood, Laura Carter and Andrew Rieger, Thayer Sarrano, Don Chambers, Will Cullen Hart, Kevin Sweeney, Jill Carnes, Jim Wilson, Art Rosenbaum, Creston Spiers and many others.

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742
SESSIONS WITH S-WORDS AND FRIENDS Local band playing funky pop-rock with a touch of Southern jam.

I will definitely be at breathlanes on Wed and Copious Jones on Sat with the possibility of The Knockouts depending on schedules. I will try for a number of other shows but I am really swamped after nearly a month in FL. Some shows I’m considering are EOTO, Lera Lynn, Abby Road Live!, Hope For Agoldensummer. I may miss Blues Night with Big C for The Last Waltz Ensemble.
I hope to see y’all at the shows.
Peace and Love,