Music This Week April 24th thru April 30th

Hey there,
I know there is no such thing as having too much fun (at least that is how I live
my life) but I’m seriously surfing on the edge. Wanee was off the hook, start to
finish. Everyone that let whatever excuse it was that kept them from going
should start now to make sure nothing keeps you from going next year. The good
news is a number of bands that played there are here this week.
With the exception of Athfest this week has the best lineup of music all year with
the Americana Fest. and the AHRF Battle of the Bands. Throw in the Twilight
Criterium and Earth Week and you should have no excuse to have a good time.
I want to thank Justin Evans and Adam Klein and the rest for all their hard work putting the Americana Fest. together. I will repost the schedule for the Americana Fest. at the end of this email.
Also don’t forget the 35th Athens Human Rights Festival is next week, May 4th & 5th.
Music recommendations:
Wednesday, April 24
Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 5 p.m. FREE!
KINKY WAIKIKI Relaxing, steel guitar-driven band following the traditions of
Hawaiian music.
Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20).
REPTILE DYSFUNCTION Band led by local luthier and songwriter Scott
SETH WINTERS Local singer-songwriter combining the pop sensibilities of
mainstream songwriting with a guitar-driven sound.
KIMBERLY MORGAN Local acoustic singer-songwriter embracing the rootsy,
twangy appeal of traditional country music.
Georgia Theatre Twilight Americana Music Festival. 8 p.m. $20 ($10 w/
LEFTOVER SALMON Boulder, CO bluegrass jam band playing self-described
“Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass.”
THE PIMPS OF JOYTIME Soul band incorporating elements of funk, afrobeat
and reggae.
The Globe 10 p.m. FREE! 706-353-4721
THE LUCKY JONES Athens-based three-piece playing self described “rockin’
rhythm and blues.”
Thursday, April 25
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m.
ODD TRIO One of Athens’ finest original jazz ensembles, this innovative group
often incorporates looped audio into its compositions.
Georgia Theatre Twilight Americana Music Festival. 8 p.m. $20 (FREE w/
MIKE COOLEY A solo set from one of the Drive-By Truckers’ principal
T. HARDY MORRIS Dead Confederate frontman performs a solo set.
Green Room Twilight Americana Music Festival. 9 p.m. $10 (FREE w/
LARRY KEEL Virginia-based acoustic flatpicking bluegrass guitarist.
THE WELFARE LINERS This five-piece bluegrass unit blends classic tunes
with originals while focusing on brother harmonies for that authentic high
lonesome sound.
The Melting Point 6 p.m. $35 (adv.), $40 (door).
NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND Legendary country-folk-rock band from Long
Beach, CA.
MRJORDANMRTONKS Collaboration between longtime Athens musicians,
Tommy Jordan and William Tonks, featuring rootsy guitar picking and paired
vocal melodies.
Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
SWEET KNIEVELThis four-piece jam band plays a variety of musical styles
ranging from melodic psychedelic rock to funk and beyond.
Friday, April 26
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar  8 p.m.
THE NICE MACHINE Local surf-punk band.
The World Famous Twilight Americana Music Festival. 7 p.m. $5 (FREE w/
KENNY-BLACKMON STRING BAND Athens based acoustic group playing
traditional Americana colored by the band’s hard-driving fiddle, syrupy balladry
and syncopated jazz.
DON CHAMBERS This local favorite’s whiskey-soaked bootstomps capture a
certain dusty closing-time chic.
Green Room Twilight Americana Music Festival. 9 p.m. $10 (FREE w/
SAM SNIPER Local alt-country band playing rootsy, energetic and heartfelt
YO SOYBEAN Local “party-folk” trio featuring upbeat, sing-along numbers
with guests on guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin and more.
MONKEYGRASS JUG BAND Local roots music crew.
40 Watt Club Twilight Americana Music Festival. 8 p.m. $25 (FREE w/
DEER TICK Alt-country band from Providence, RI that incorporates elements
of folk, blues and indie rock.
LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES Alabama-based rock band inspired by
classic Southern rock, the energy and attitude of punk and the deep grooves of
THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS This Atlanta/Athens group plays breezy, beachy
Little Kings Shuffle Club Twilight Americana Music Festival. 9 p.m. $7 (FREE
w/ wristband).
THE DARNELL BOYS The three Darnell brothers play and sing country blues
originals backed by upright bass, singing saw and junkyard percussion.
LITTLE COUNTRY GIANTS Old-time folk, country and blues from Rome, GA.
DAVE MARR The former Star Room Boys singer with a deep and resonant
-country twang plays a set of solo material.
W.B. GIVENS Nashville-based singer-songwriter pulling from rootsy Americana,
blues and folk music.
College Square Twilight Americana Music Festival. 6 p.m. FREE!
THE WHISKEY GENTRY Toe-tapping country and bluegrass band out of
THE CORDUROY ROAD Although rooted in classic Americana, with lots of
foot-stomping, banjo-plucking and pedal steel, the band also has a knack for
endearing pop melodies.
BIG C AND THE VELVET DELTA A modern take on traditional blues, rock
and R&B from this local group.
Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20).
DANGFLY! Local rock band featuring an all-star lineup, including Adam
Payne, Shawn Johnson, Jay Rodgers, Scotty Nicholson and Adam Poulin. CD
release show! See Calendar Pick on p. 22.
THE BEARFOOT HOOKERS Long-running group combining traditional
country, blues, and rock sounds into a self-described “Beer Drinkin’ Gospel”.
Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 11 p.m. FREE!
VELVETEEN PINK This quartet of funksters (including DJ Alfredo of
Immuzikation) plays electro-based, groove-laden, upbeat stuff in the Prince,
Stevie Wonder and Jamiroquai style.
Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
THE DICTATORTOTS These longtime Athenian chaos cultivators stomp about
and trash the night with post-grunge grooves.
Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. FREE!
RED OAK SOUTHERN STRING BAND This Watkinsville-based band plays
rootsy Americana tunes.
The Pub at Gameday 10 p.m. 706-353-2831
NATHAN SHEPPARD Talented local singer-songwriter with a ’70s pop style.
Saturday, April 27
Georgia Theatre Twilight Americana Music Festival. 10 p.m. $25 (FREE w/
LEON RUSSELL Legendary country-rock singer-songwriter from Oklahoma.
LERA LYNN Former Athenian turned Nashville resident playing
country-influenced music with distinctive, sultry vocals.
Green Room Twilight Americana Music Festival. 6 p.m. $5 (FREE w/
SEVEN HANDLE CIRCUS A rowdy, fun and modern interpretation of
traditional bluegrass and folk. (12 a.m.)
BETSY FRANCK Soulful, brassy Southern rock and country songs rooted in
tradition, but with a modern sensibility. (11 p.m.)
HIGH STRUNG STRING BAND High-energy sounds building on the originality
of folk-grass with a rough edge. (7 p.m.)
BORDERHOP TRIO Local bluegrass trio. (6 p.m.)
Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
THE WOODGRAINS Local band that plays a blend of funk, rock and soul
featuring three vocalists and charismatic harmonies.
Nuçi’s Space 7 p.m. $5 or ticket purchased in advance from a band member
BATTLE OF THE BANDS The music act with the most votes or selected as the
“Judge’s Pick” will receive a spot to play at the Athens Human Rights Festival.
So far the lineup is Hart Sawyer and the Love Project,American Mannequins,
Jimmy Boy, Baxter and the Basics, Franco Funicello, The Autumn Spring, and
Barren Mind.
If you want to enter the battle contact Sue at or at 404-895-7153.
Sunday, April 28
The Melting Point Twilight Americana Music Festival. 6 p.m. $7 (adv.), $10
(door), FREE w/ wristband.
JOE PUG Chicago based country-folk singer-songwriter who has a modern take
on the style that Bob Dylan and John Prine made famous.
ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR Folk-influenced rock six-piece from Deland, FL
gaining national attention.
JOHN FRENCH & THE BASTILLES Songwriter John French’s sincere
acoustic compositions are backed by a group of musicians with country and rock
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar Twilight Americana Music Festival. 1 p.m. $5 (FREE
w/ wristband).
THE GRANFALLOONS Hum inducing, toe-tapping americana Athens group
featuring members of the Randall Bramblett Band.
ADAM KLEIN & THE WILD FIRES Local songwriter playing a rustic blend of
country, folk and Americana.
CAROLINE HERRING Atlanta-based folk and country singer.
JIM WHITE Local singer-songwriter playing alternative country with an
experimental edge, along the lines of Tom Waits.
Georgia Center Hotel 6 p.m. $10 (adv.), $20 (door).
ATHENS HIP HOP AWARDS First annual “tribute to Urban culture, musical
talent and business owners in Athens, GA.” Featuring performances by Sweet
Dreams Dance Team, Jet Squad, Citi Boi Rich, Black Nerd, Cassie Chantel,
Spaceless, Showtime, The Swank, Tony B, Semi Ice, LLK & Taho, Deaundra
Cole and Larry Gersham.
Monday, April 29
Georgia Theatre on the Rooftop. 11 p.m. FREE!
THE BARLETTAS Local group plays cheeky, ’60s-influenced rock with
harmonies and honky-tonk overtones.
Tuesday, April 30
Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 6 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, Sly and the Family Stone,
Billy Preston, Stevie Wonder, Funkadelic and more.
Nowhere Bar Tuesday Night Confessional. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
FESTER HAGOOD This local songwriter sings in a soft drawl that accents his
simple, plucked country songs.
LEVI LOWREY Storyteller and singer-songwriter from Dacula.
RON KIMBLE Atlanta-based country singer.
DANNY MCADAMS Local guitarist and singer-songwriter.
At this time I have absolutely no clue where I will be this week. I told Justin and Adam I would try to record as much of the Americana Fest. as possible. I now have three recorders so if anyone would like to help I would greatly appreciate it. Email me or call 706 546-9717 or 706 548-4488.
I hope to see y’all at the shows.
Peace and Love,

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