Merry Christmas and all other seasonal well wishes. I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday and may you be this happy:
Sad news, we lost an incredible musician, Joe Cocker who passed away from lung cancer. I was fortunate to see him live a couple of times. He was also in one of my favorite music videos, Mad Dogs and Englishmen (Live at Pompeii, Festival Express, Secret World – Live, Woodstock and 200 Motels also favorites).
A light schedule of music this week but still some gems.
My favorites from last week were Kelly and Ty’s anniversary party (especially the set with Isaac and Randall Bramblett), Blues Olympics and Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny.
I have been going nuts lately because of problems with the website. I couldn’t upload yesterday and today I can’t build the web pages. Today I read the email from Go Daddy explaining my site was so large they moved it to another server. I still haven’t implemented all the changes required to fix all the problems but hope to do so soon. I have the Hootenanny ready to post, Fortunately I already posted Kelly & Ty’s show.
Wednesday, December 24
Flicker Theatre & Bar 7 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar.com
LOS CANTARES New local desert-rock supergroup featuring members of Old Smokey and Moths.
Friday, December 26
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. www.hendershotscoffee.com
THE GREEN FLAG BAND Playing traditional Irish music.
The Melting Point 8 p.m. $7 (adv.), $10 (door).
CAROLINE AIKEN One of Athens’ most talented and respected performing songwriters. Her bluesy voice and masterful technique guarantee a hypnotic performance. This show features special performances by John Keane and Ike Stubblefield.
90 ACRE FARM Local Americana band featuring vocal harmonies and slide guitar.
Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 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.”
The Office Lounge 8:30 p.m. 706-546-0840
TANGENTS This country-fried rock group from Watkinsville carries Lynyrd Skynyrd licks and John Mellencamp melodies.
Saturday, December 27
The Melting Point 8 p.m. $15(adv.), $20 (door).
RANDALL BRAMBLETT BAND This established Georgia singer-songwriter’s Southern-tinged music pulls from a variety of influences.
The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840
CARLA LEFEVER AND THE RAYS This band, led by longtime Athenian LeFever, is back with a new lineup and a new, more rocking sound.
Monday, December 29
Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609
MADELINE Bell-voiced songwriter Madeline Adams plays endearing songs of smalltown loves, hopes and other assorted torments and joys.
THEO HILTON Nana Grizol frontman returns to town to play a solo set.
DJ BLOWPOP Joe Kubler (Bubbly Mommy Gun) spins a set of tunes.
Tuesday, December 30
Green Room 9 p.m. www.greenroomathens.com
THE DICTATORTOTS These longtime Athenian chaos-cultivators stomp about and trash the night with post-grunge grooves.
HAYRIDE Long-running three-piece local rock band.
THE ARCS Long-running local rock band featuring Dave Gerow, Kevin Lane, Brandon Reynolds and Ben Spraker.
The Melting Point Terrapin Tuesday. 7 p.m. $5.
BORDERHOP TRIO High lonesome pickin’ and singing from Athens’ own bluegrass outfit.
I’m going to try for Los Cantares on Wed. If I’m in town Fri I’ll try for Caroline Aiken’s show then to Daryl Hance. Sat I’ll try for Carla LeFever. I hope to catch the last show from the Green Rom on Tues.
NYE is definitely the Revivalists at GA Theatre!
I hope to see y’all at the shows.
Peace and Love,