Another incredible Wanee festival. This was my first Florida festival that it didn’t rain at all during the whole festival. My favorite show of the festival was Rusted Root. Other highlights were the Heavy Pets and Honey Island Swamp band on Wed. Royal Southern Brotherhood and Hot Tuna Electric on Thurs. Trey Anastasio Band and moe. on Fri. Tedeschi Trucks and Gov’t Mule on Sat and both Umphery’s McGee shows.
We have some great shows this week in town. We have some big name out of towners with Dopapod, Rising Appalachia, The Main Squeeze and the legendary The Zombies.
We also have the Battle of the Bands for the 36th Athens Human Rights festival at Nuci’s Space this Sat at 7pm. There is still time to sign up but you need to hurry. Please join us for some great music and vote for your favorite band. They are battling for the last two slots on stage at the festival May 3rd and 4th.
Here is something I found interesting called MOVE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8sLZq4b6io it only takes a minute to watch but really resonates with me as there are so many places I have yet to see.
Wednesday, April 16
Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 11:55 p.m. FREE!
THE PEOPLE’S BLUES OF RICHMOND A crazy three-piece psychedelic rock/funk group from Richmond, VA.
Green Room 8:30 p.m. $3. www.greenroomathens.com
WALKER HOWLE Guitarist for Dead Confederate takes a turn at the mic with his own experimental acoustic Americana and rock numbers.
BLOOM New local duo composed of Ruby Kendrick and Brantley Jones.
ERIN LOVETT Ukelele strummer Lovett plays sweet, poppy folk.
Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
DARYL HANCE Formerly the guitarist for JJ Grey & Mofro, Hance steps out on his own with an “unrelenting sonic blast of groovin’ rock and roll music.”
Thursday, April 17
40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $5. www.40watt.com
THE DICTATORTOTS These longtime Athenian chaos-cultivators stomp about and trash the night with post-grunge grooves.
THE BUSH KRICKETS No info available.
Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $25. www.georgiatheatre.com
THE ZOMBIES This psychedelic British band has been cited as influences by major artists like Billy Joel, Arctic Monkeys and many more.
THE AUTUMN DEFENSE Based in Chicago, this pop project is a collaboration between Pat Sansone and Wilco’s John Stirratt.
Green Room 9 p.m. www.greenroomathens.com
THE MAIN SQUEEZE Jam-rock band from Bloomington, IN.
STOOP KIDS Funk-rock band from New Orleans.
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee.com
KENOSHA KID Centered around the instru-improv jazz compositions of guitarist Dan Nettles, Kenosha Kid also features bassist Robby Handley and drummer Marlon Patton. The group is packed with music, mischief and mayhem, and offers a sound that serves noise-rock fans and jam band listeners equally.
New Earth Athens 7 p.m. $5. www.newearthmusichall.com
GIALANELLA, WILES AND HART Local trio featuring Andrew Gialanella, Nic Wiles and Drew Hart.
Friday, April 18
Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar.com
THE GOONS Three-piece rock band with elements of punk and soul, featuring members of The Glands and Marshmallow Coast.
HONEYCHILD SJ Ursrey (Dream Boat) plays ukelele-based pop songs with beachy themes.
CLAIRE CAMPBELL Hope For Agoldensummer singer plays a set of soft, haunting folk tunes.
Green Room 9 p.m. $5. www.greenroomathens.com
DANK SINATRA Local jam band, self-described as a “high energy-low stress groove jungle.”
BACKUP PLANET Progressive funk-rock band from Knoxville, TN.
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar OAES Benefit. 8 p.m.
WINFIELD AND BOYS One-half of local alt-country band Stewart & Winfield plays some “good ol’ fashioned croonin’ songs,” backed by special guests.
STRAWBERRY FLATS Local cover group playing psychedelic tunes from 1967-1972 by artists such as Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Cream, Steppenwolf, Santana, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and the Beatles.
New Earth Athens p.m. $5. www.newearthmusichall.com
MANMADE MOUNTAINS Banjos from outer space. Album release show!
Saturday, April 19
Bishop Park Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE!
PAUL LOMBARD Local blues singer. (8 a.m.)
WHISPER KISS Acoustic project featuring multi-instrumentalist Michael Wegner (Abbey Road LIVE!, Fuzzy Sprouts) and Shelley Olin (DubConscious, Grogus) (10 a.m.)
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. $5. www.hendershotscoffee.com
JASON KENNEY Guitarist for Kenney-Blackmon String Band performs a set with friends Leah Calvert, Gerry Hansen, Chris Enghauser and Jamie Hood. Album release show!
SETH LIVENGOOD Local singer-songwriter.
Kelly’s Jamaican Food 12 p.m.–9 p.m. FREE! 706-208-0000
BEAUTY AND THE BEARD Kelly Hoyle Fuller and Ty Manning play country-tinged folk-rock.
FESTER HAGOOD This local songwriter sings in a soft drawl that accents his simple, plucked country songs.
DJ BIG KAHUNA Spinning tunes from 12–4 p.m.
New Earth Athens 8 p.m. www.newearthmusichall.com
DOPAPOD Jam-funk band from Brooklyn.
BUBONIK FUNK Funky, soulful rock band from Charlotte, NC.
CHERRY ROYALE Psychedelic funk and soul-inspired rock band from Atlanta.
SATURN VALLEY Local progressive jam fusion band.
PARTIAL CINEMA Formally known as Talkingto, this local group takes influences from funk, indie, dance and classical music to inspire fits of dancing, vibing and grooving.
MARVELOUS FUNKSHUN Jammy funk band from Winston-Salem, NC.
JIGAWATTS Local ambient/downtempo project.
Nuçi’s Space Athens Human Rights Festival Fundraiser. 7 p.m. www.nuci.org
BATTLE OF THE BANDS Local bands compete for a spot at this year’s Athens Human Rights Festival.
Sunday, April 20
Hi-Lo Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8561
KAITLIN JONES Formerly local singer-songwriter returns from her new home of Denver for a night of moody, country-inspired tunes.
HOLLY BELLE This local singer-songwriter sings smoky acoustic ballads.
The World Famous 9 p.m. FREE! www.theworldfamousathens.com
KENOSHA KID To celebrate Easter and 4/20, improv gurus Kenosha Kid perform music alongside very special mystical texts recorded, read or curated by Jim White, Thayer Sarrano, Jay Gulley and more. Featuring a Girl Scout cookie buffet and an adult Easter egg hunt!
Monday, April 21
Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 7 p.m. FREE!
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: a potent mix of proto-jazz, blues and folk.
MARY SIGALAS Visiting standards and not-so-standards from the ’20s through the ’50s.
Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
JAZZ FUNK JAM WITH DREW HART Local musician and Juice Box bassist leads a jam session.
Tuesday, April 22
Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 11 p.m. FREE!
SAM SNIPER Local alt-country band playing grunge-influenced, energetic and heartfelt tunes.
SAINT FRANCIS Local roots-rock band led by Scott Baston (Moonshine Still).
Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $6. www.georgiatheatre.com
SEVEN HANDLE CIRCUS A rowdy, fun and modern interpretation of traditional bluegrass and folk.
SAM BURCHFIELD The local singer-songwriter (and recent “American Idol” contestant) plays a set of his folk-pop tunes.
The Melting Point Terrapin Tuesday. 7 p.m. $5.
STRING THEORY High-energy acoustic fusion and funk-oriented progressive rock with elements of bluegrass and Americana.
New Earth Athens New Earth Day Festival. 9:30 p.m. $15.
RISING APPALACHIA New Orleans, LA-based sister duo that plays world, folk and soul music.
CARL LINDBERG Local Latin jazz bassist performs a set of solo tunes.
KALIMBAMAN SPEARS Atlanta world jazz and funk-rock artist who is considered by many to be one of the best kalimba players alive today.
GRO/CONSCIOUS Members of Latin-jazz group Grogus and dub-reggae ensemble DubConscious team up.
CRYSTAL BRIGHT & THE SILVER HANDS From the whimsical sounds of the accordion, saw and adungu to the enchanting voice of Spanish amor, Crystal Bright delights the senses with a kaleidophrenic cabaret of music for all ages.
KATIE PRUITT Young, talented local singer-songwriter.
Nowhere Bar 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
TUESDAY NIGHT CONFESSIONAL Host Fester Hagood presents this week’s showcase of singer-songwriter talent, featuring Deacon Brandon Reeves and Lady and the Lake.
The Office Lounge 8 p.m. $15 (adv.), $20 (door) 706-546-0840
SHOWTIME Elite tha Showstoppa’s band plays eclectic hip hop mixed with rockin’ funky soul.
I have no idea where I’ll be this week. My main objective is to take care of all the plants I took out of the green house and now have to protect from the frost and freeze tonight. I know I’ll be at the Battle of the Bands on Saturday.
I hope to see y’all at the shows.
Peace and Love,