Music This Week Dec 4th thru Dec 10th

Hey there,
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. This week has a slow start but really cranks it up Fri and Sat. Fortunately my good friend Drew has stepped up and will record the Abby Road Live! all requests show Fri and the Closer To FineĀ  and Feeling Groovy debut show on Sat. I still have another recorder available if someone else would like to help. We have some great benefits and special events this week with Poverty is Real Benefit, Magnolia Miracle Toy Drive, a celebration of Arralee Strange and the Nowhere Bar 20th Anniversary Party.
My favorite show of last week was the acoustic Cosmic Charlie. When is the last time you heard a sitar in Playing In The Band?

Music recommendations:
Here is one I missed in last week’s email for tonight:
The Melting Point Terrapin Tuesday. 7 p.m. $5.
APPALACHIAN RHYTHM A blend of instrumental and vocal tunes in the Appalachian folk and bluegrass traditions.

Wednesday, December 4
Green Room 9 p.m. FREE!
THE HEAP Funky indie-soul band based here in Athens with a killer horn section and fronted by Bryan Howard’s low, bass growl.

Green Room Magnolia Miracle Toy Drive! 11:30 p.m. FREE!
UP UNTIL NOW Jay Murphy plays electronic dance music with driving uptempo beats
DJ ANDY BRUH Local DJ Andy Herrington spins and mixes dubstep, EDM and bass music.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE!
LEFTY HATHAWAY High-energy, organ-driven blues and rock band.

Thursday, December 5
Flicker Theatre & Bar Schlitzmas Eve! 9 p.m.
MADELINE Bell-voiced songwriter Madeline Adams plays endearing songs of smalltown loves, hopes and other assorted torments and joys.
FOUR EYES Ukelele strummer Erin Lovett plays sweet, poppy folk.
YO SOYBEAN Local “party-folk” trio featuring upbeat, sing-along numbers with guests on guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin and more.

Georgia Theatre 7 p.m. $15.
TAB BENOIT Guitarist native to Louisiana combining a variety of blues styles including Delta, swamp and Chicago blues.
SOL DRIVEN TRAIN Charleston-based groove-rock ensemble.

The Melting Point Poverty is Real Benefit. 7 p.m. $17 (adv.), $20 (door).
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE The talented and astute son of leftist-country king Steve Earle, the younger Earle has earned a spot in the folk pantheon with his earnest, incisive songwriting.
JONATHAN BYRD & THE PICKUP COWBOYS The lauded North Carolina-based songwriter performs with the help of his astute backing band.
ELIOT BRONSON Folk songwriter from Atlanta.

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
EFREN This local band, led by vocalist Scott Low, plays rootsy, rocking Americana.

The Office Lounge 8 p.m. 706-546-0840
A CELEBRATION OF ARALEE STRANGE Local musicians pay tribute to Strange, a local poet who passed away this year. Featuring Art Rosenbaum, Caroline Aiken, Don Chambers, The Hobohemians, Dodd Ferrelle, Rick Fowler and more. Hosted by actress Lisa Mende (“Seinfeld”) and MC Montu Miller.

Friday, December 6
Avid Bookshop New Town Revue! 5:30 p.m. FREE!
THE STYMMS Local rock trio featuring Etienne de Rocher (guitar/vocals), Brandon McDearis (drums) and Chris Sugiuchi (bass). Local musicians, including Laura Carter, Jim Wilson and Jay Gonzalez, will also read passages from their favorite books!

Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $17.
THE WOOTEN BROTHERS Acclaimed jazz, funk, soul, R&B, rock and bluegrass band featuring Grammy Award-winning bassist Victor Wooten.
LARRY MITCHELL BAND Groovy rock band.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. $10.
COLONEL BRUCE HAMPTON Eccentric and legendary Georgia-based performer.

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

Saturday, December 7
Bishop Park Athens Farmers Market. 9 a.m. FREE!
LOUISE WARREN Singer-songwriter with a rich musical background, born and raised in Georgia.

Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $5 (adv.), $7 (21+), $9 (18-20).
NEW MADRID Echoing and atmospheric music, with folky vocals and swift, proficient guitar plucks.
WHAT MOON THINGS Indie rock band from New Paltz, NY influenced by groups like Modest Mouse and The Cure.
VELOCIRAPTURE Brash local experimental rock group that names Velvet Underground and Stooges among its influences.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. $10.
JEFF SIPE TRIO Renowned drummer Jeff Sipe has worked with Bela Fleck, Phil Lesh, Jimmy Herring, Trey Anastasio and many more. His trio plays soulful, jazz-inspired funk.
CAROLINE AIKEN One of Athens’ most talented and respected performing songwriters. Her bluesy voice and masterful technique guarantee a hypnotic performance.

Life Church of Athens 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-995-2227
CHRISTMAS CONCERT Life Church’s annual holiday concert, featuring festive tunes from some of local music’s finest, including Thayer Sarrano, Betsy Franck, Mary Sigalas, Joel Hatstat, Four Eyes, Lane Mosely and more.

The Melting Point 8 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door), $5 (w/ UGA ID).
FEELIN GROOVY Simon and Garfunkel tribute band featuring members of Abbey Road Live.
CLOSE ENOUGH TO FINE Indigo Girls cover band featuring local musicians Julie Powell Caldwell and Caroline Noel Blackmon.

New Earth Athens 9:30 p.m. $10.
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.
RAHASYA Kirtan-inspired music.

Nowhere Bar 20th Anniversary Party! 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
CHRONIC FUNK CIRCUS Athens’ top funkateers play a set of high-octane funk music.

The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. 706-546-0840
TANGENTS This country-fried rock group from Watkinsville carries Lynyrd Skynyrd licks and John Mellencamp melodies.

The World Famous 9 p.m. $5.
EASTER ISLAND Lush, post-rock influenced shoegaze with sweet, pop melodies, tender harmonies and shimmering guitars.
GOOD GRAEFF Florida-based folk-pop duo, featuring ukelele, cello and guitar.

Monday, December 9
Little Kings Shuffle Club 8 p.m. FREE!
CHRISTMAS HOOT Sing along with your favorite holiday carols as Tommy Jordan plays and leads. Prior to the singalong, enjoy music from Klezmer Local 42 and Kiss Your Darling.
This is from Tommy Jordan (and Susan Staley, who actually wrote this blurb…)
‘Tis the season again when we gather and lift our voices together!! We all know the words (at least the first verse)….and if you don’t know the words, Tommy Jordan will give them to you when you come in the door. Then **YOU** call out your favorite Christmas song and we all sing it together! One of our favorite shows of the year!! At our favorite pub, Yee Ole Little Kings!

The Melting PointJingle Bell Jazz! 7 p.m. $6 (adv.), $8 (door), $6 (w/UGA ID).
ATHENS A-TRAIN BAND Instrumental group performing traditional jazz standards, swing, latin, ballads, blues and boogie.

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
ADAM POULIN & FRIENDS The local fiddler leads a groove session with the help of various guests.

Tuesday, December 10
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. The group is packed with music, mischief and mayhem, and offers a sound that serves noise-rock fans and jam band listeners equally.

Nowhere Bar 9 p.m. $2. 706-546-4742
TUESDAY NIGHT CONFESSIONAL Host Fester Hagood presents this week’s showcase of singer-songwriter talent, featuring Matt Joiner, Wade Sapp and Will Hendrix.

Tonight as always I’ll be at Kenosha Kid. Wed I’m trying for the HEAP. Thurs I may not be in town but if so I’m torn between out of towners (harder to catch than locals) Sol Driven Train and Tab Benoit then Efren and the incredible lineup celebrating Aralee Strange. Fri is the first of my Don’t Miss shows with Col. Bruce. (Check out his show at Lockn’ ). Sat is the second Don’t Miss with Caroline Aiken and Jeff Sipe.
I may be out of town Mon and Tues but if I’m here I’ll be at the Hoot then at Adam Poulin’s show Mon and Kenosha Kid Tues.
I hope to see y’all at the shows.
Peace and Love,

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