Music This Week Dec 10th thru Dec 16th

Hey there,
Just when I thought things would slow down for the holidays, I recorded 6 nights since Thanksgiving. The last was a surprise. I was invited to the Fare Thee Well Ball in Atlanta last Saturday (posted). Three of the night I didn’t make it home until after 3am.
Check out the latest postings, I’ve been busy there too.
Appropriate for the holidays, River Whyless has released Jingle Bells check it out, it is beautiful. I really like this band.
We have a couple of fundraisers this week. Xmas with the Bitches the annual Athens Area Humane Society fundraiser at Little Kings and one of my favorites, Strung Out Like the Lights at Christmastime at the Office Lounge both on Sat. We also have Conquer SADS Benefit.on Fri with Bloodkin.
My favorites from last week were New Nature, Big C’s Blues Jam, and Electric Codpiece.

Music recommendations:
Wednesday, December 10
Green Room Nicolestice. 9 p.m. $5.
SHEHEHE Local band that draws from old-school punk and arena rock to create a fist-pumping atmosphere.
KOFFIN KATS Punk/psychobilly group from Detroit, MI.
MANGER Speed thrash metal “with a dash of Satan.” The band harks back to the days of NWOBHM: ripping solos and screeching vocals.
FLIGHT MODE USA Kenny Aguar and Leslie Grove lead a trip down new-wave memory lane, with faithful homages to the dark, minimal pioneers of punk and synth-pop.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE!
KENOSHA KID Centered around the instru-improv jazz compositions of guitarist Dan Nettles, Kenosha Kid also features bassist Robby Handley and drummer Marlon Patton.

New Earth Athens 7-9 p.m.
Open Mike hosted by Caroline Aiken.
Caroline  has spent the last 45 years taking her sensual voice, masterful songwriting, expertise with 6 and 12 string guitars, adding in her love, heart, wit and intelligence and has honed it into a living treasure. Every Wednesday.

Thursday, December 11
Green Room 9 p.m.
ADAM KLEIN AND THE WILD FIRES Local songwriter playing a rustic blend of country, folk and Americana.
CAROLINE SPENCE Singer and songwriter born and raised in Charlottesville, VA and currently residing in Nashville, TN.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE!
JAZZ JAM Some of our town’s most talented jazz musicians have been getting together to make America’s music at this monthly happening. Bring your axe and join us, or grab a brew and a table and give an ear.

Normaltown Hall 8:30 p.m.
THAYER SARRANO Local songwriter playing hazy, desolate, Southern-inspired rock tunes.
ANDREW BRYANT Member of Mississippi indie rock group Water Liars goes solo.
SUSTO Charleston, SC-based alt-country band.

Friday, December 12
Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20).
FLOATING ACTION North Carolina-based band blends multiple styles, including indie rock, folk, dub and blues.
DEGA New project led by Ponderosa’s Kalen Nash.
WHITE VIOLET Local group led by songwriter Nate Nelson, playing haunting, brooding, atmospheric indie-pop.

Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m.
KRILLADON Heavy-hitting local power trio in the vein of Foo Fighters and ZZ Top.
DANNY THE LOOPER Athens-based one-man band.
STORY OF A LIFE Instrumental funk-prog group from Atlanta.

Georgia Theatre Conquer SADS Benefit. 8 p.m. $15.
BLOODKIN AND FRIENDS The long-running Athens quartet plays a bluesy style of roots-rock music with big guitars and sharply written lyrics for darkly countrified bar-room rock. This is the annual holiday benefit show featuring many special guests, including Col. Bruce Hampton and Johnny Knapp.

Green Room Noise 4 Toys. 10:30 p.m.
ANDY BRUH Local DJ Andy Herrington spins and mixes dubstep, EDM and bass music.
BOOTZ & KATZ Livetronica project from the heartbeat of Georgia.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. $7 (single), $10 (couple).
CAROLINE AIKEN One of Athens’ most talented and respected performing songwriters. Her bluesy voice and masterful technique guarantee a hypnotic performance.
AARON RICHARDS Young, emotive acoustic singer-songwriter.

Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. $3.
SMALL BEIGE GIRL Local punk rock band.
NICE MACHINE Local surf-punk band.
MAXINE OF ARC No info available.

The Melting Point 8 p.m. $7 (adv.), $10 (door).
VAN MORRISON TRIBUTE An all-star cast of local musicians pay tribute to the music of legendary songwriter Van Morrison.

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
TIMI CONLEY AND FRIENDS Frontman of Athens band Fuzzy Sprouts resurrects the genre-defying music of that group with a set of Sprouts material and more, featuring Michael Crane on drums, Kevin Sims on bass and Adriana Thomas on vocals.

Saturday, December 13
Bar South 10 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1329
FUNKASAURUS WREX Local psychedelic funk group, formerly known as Weaver D’s Funk Revival.

Bishop Park Athens Farmers Market. 10 a.m. FREE!
CAROLINE AIKEN One of Athens’ most talented and respected performing songwriters. Her bluesy voice and masterful technique guarantee a hypnotic performance.

Green Room 9 p.m.
ATLAS ROAD CREW Columbia, SC-based, classic rock-inspired band.
CHARLIE GARRETT BAND Local country-tinged Southern rock group, emphasizing a strong, danceable back-beat.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m.
JONATHAN BYRD Lauded North Carolina-based songwriter who brings together the Texas songwriting tradition with Southern storytelling and hot guitar-picking in the line of North Carolina greats Doc Watson and Tony Rice.
CORIN RAYMOND Canadian singer-songwriter.

Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. FREE (with bag of dog or cat food).
XMAS WITH THE BITCHES The annual Athens Area Humane Society fundraiser features karaoke and a dance-party DJ set from Bitch Switch.

The Office Lounge 6 p.m. 706-546-0840
STRUNG OUT LIKE THE LIGHTS AT CHRISTMASTIME Musician Dodd Ferrelle’s annual Empty Stocking Fund benefit returns, featuring Deja Vu (6 p.m.), Jim White (6:30 p.m.), 90 Acre Farm (7 p.m.), Klezmer Local 42 (7:30 p.m.), Betsy Franck (8 p.m.), March (8:30 p.m.), Bloodkin (9 p.m.), Grassland String Band (9:30 p.m.), Autumn Attics (10 p.m.), Clay Leverett and the Chasers (10:30 p.m.), Gasoline Bros. (11 p.m.) and The Burning Angels with Joe Catanese (11:30 p.m.).

Sunday, December 14
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 11 a.m.
TRIO Three Athens-based singers—Marty Winkler, Kate Morrissey and Lisa Cesnik Ferguson—have formed a cappella ensemble to perform Christmas, Hanukkah and solstice music. Percussionist Tony Oscar will accompany the trio.

Monday, December 15
Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609
WOVEN IN “Dark surf shoegaze” project from Atlanta.
HELEN SCOTT This local band plays folky, psychedelic, slightly off-kilter pop.
ECHO CONSTANT Local sample-based electronic project.
DJ SMITTEN KITTEN No info available.

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742
JAZZ FUNK JAM WITH MASON DAVIS Local jazz musician Mason Davis hosts a jam session.

I am certain of I will be at Kenosha Kid Wed. I have not seen them in months and I am jonesing badly. I’ll try for Thayer’s show on Thurs. I may be in Atlanta for Ralph Roddenberry on Fri. Sat I will be at Strung Out at the Office Lounge. Mon I’m trying for Mason’s Jazz Funk Jam.
I hope to see y’all at the shows.
Peace and Love,

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