Music This Week Feb 19th thru Feb 25th

Hey there,
This will be another quickie. AURA was fantastic. The only thing remotely negative was Kung Fu was snowed in up north and could not make it to the festival and I was really looking forward to their shows. It was cold a couple of nights but I’m sure it was still a lot better than the weather here. Athens was not represented very well as there were only about a dozen of us there. My favorite shows were The Revivalists, the Werks, Mike Dillon Band, Stokeswood, Cope and Lotus. Mark your calendar for next year it is a definite Don’t Miss festival with some of the best festival group vibe of the year.

Music recommendations:
I’ll start with two shows tonight (Tues. 18th) that were not advertised when I did the last email.
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m.
A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES For the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania, Hendershot’s will be hosting a tribute to the Liverpool lads featuring Powerkompany, The Eggmen, The Lubbers, Michelle Malone, Otis Redding III, Don Chambers, Dave Marr and more.

The Melting Point Terrapin Tuesday. 7 p.m. $5.
DRIFTWOOD Local Americana collective plays darkly accented folk music.
RED OAK SOUTHERN STRING BAND This Watkinsville-based band plays rootsy Americana tunes.

Wednesday, February 19
Normaltown Hall 8 p.m. $5.
WATER LIARS Rootsy, simplistic, gritty folk-rock duo out of Mississippi.
OTHER COLORS Baltimore-based group playing self-described “future folk-rock” and “exploratory pop.”
BUFFALO HAWK Heavy, Crazy Horse-inspired band led by Matt Stoessel and featuring Paul McHugh, Brantley Senn and Jim Wilson.

Thursday, February 20
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m.
MARY SIGALAS The local jazz singer hosts a release party for her new EP, Certainty, which features Trey Wright, Carl Lindberg and Marlon Patton. Those three musicians will also perform a separate set.

New Earth Athens 9 p.m. FREE!
BATTLE OF THE BANDS Student-condo complex The Standard hosts this battle, featuring Up In The Air, Saturn Valley, Corey Welch, Sababa and Dank Sinatra.

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
SETH WINTERS BAND Mainstream songwriting with a guitar-driven sound.

Friday, February 21
Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20).
CASPER AND THE COOKIES Local legends playing eccentric and energetic pop-rock. Album release show! See story on p. 12.
TATERZANDRA Local band playing angular, often dissonant but catchy rock that maintains a distinct sense of melody.
FRENCH EXIT Local rock band featuring members of Circulatory System and Faster Circuits

Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. FREE!
HEATHER HEYN AND FRIENDS Group led by local atmospheric folk singer-songwriter Heather Heyn.
EMILY ARMOND The frontwoman of Sea of Dogs plays tender, intuitive folk tunes on banjo.
NICE MACHINE Local surf-punk band.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m.
THE ARCS Long-running local rock band featuring Dave Gerow, Kevin Lane, Brandon Reynolds and Ben Spraker.
SPIRIT HAIR Combining elements of psychedelic rock, power-pop, blues, jam and Americana.

Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. $3.
FAUX FEROCIOUS Knoxville, TN-based sloppy, lo-fi rock band with pop sensibilities.
SHEHEHE Local punk rock band “scorching the new American jet rock stratosphere.”
LITTLE GOLD Local trio fronted by Christian DeRoeck, formerly of Woods, playing garage rock with pop sensibilities.
MANGER Speed thrash metal “with a dash of Satan.” The band harks back to the days of NWOBHM: ripping solos and screeching vocals.

The Melting Point 8:30 p.m. $7 (adv.), $10 (door).
SOL DRIVEN TRAIN Charleston-based groove-rock ensemble.
DANGERMUFFIN South Carolina trio that shifts between Southern rock, beach grooves and Americana.
ELISE TESTONE Singer-songwriter and “American Idol” alum from South Carolina.

New Earth Athens 9 p.m. $5.
EFREN This local band, led by vocalist Scott Low, plays rootsy, rocking Americana.
THE HIGHER CHOIR Homegrown Southern roots-rock inspired by the likes of The Black Crowes and Drive-By Truckers.
DANGFLY Local rock band featuring an all-star lineup, including Adam Payne, Shawn Johnson, Jay Rodgers, Scotty Nicholson and Adam Poulin.
THIS FRONTIER NEEDS HEROES Brooklyn-based alternative folk duo.

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
SAINT FRANCIS Local roots-rock band led by Scott Baston (Moonshine Still)

Saturday, February 22
Green Room 10:30 p.m.
CICADA RHYTHM Atlanta-based acoustic guitar and upright bass duo playing bluegrass-tinged indie folk, filled with paired vocal harmonies.
MICHAEL BOWMAN Local alt-country/blues singer-songwriter, originally from Harrisonburg, VA.
ELLIOT BRONSON Folk songwriter from Atlanta.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m.
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.

New Earth Athens 8 p.m.
WAKA WINTER CLASSIC Five local musicians/bands will compete for the most votes, and the winner will play at Arkansas’ Wakarusa Music Festival.

The World Famous Dancing With the Athens Stars Benefit. 9:30 p.m.
KICK THE ROBOT Power-pop trio from Atlanta with infectious energy.

Sunday, February 23
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 7 p.m.
HERB GUTHRIE SCHOLARSHIP FUND BENEFIT A concert to benefit the fund, which will send two young drummers to Nuci’s Space’s Camp Amped. Featuring performances from The HEAP, Dangfly, the Caroline Aiken Band, John Keane, Ike Stubblefield and more.

Monday, February 24
Nowhere Bar Moody Mama Mondays! 8 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
HOLLY BELLE This local singer-songwriter sings smoky, acoustic ballads.

Tuesday, February 25
The Melting Point Terrapin Tuesday. 7 p.m. $5.
MANMADE MOUNTAINS Folky local quintet that describes its sound as “banjos, but from outer space.”

New Earth Athens Project Safe Benefit. 8 p.m.
CARL LINDBERG Local Latin jazz bassist performs a set. Every Tuesday!
GRO/CONSCIOUS Members of Latin-jazz group Grogus and dub-reggae ensemble DubConscious team up.
TRAVELING BROKE AND OUT OF GAS Folky, bluesy outfit led by the sultry vocals of Rachael Yanni and cerebral songwriting of Cody Hall.

Nowhere Bar 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
TUESDAY NIGHT CONFESSIONAL Fester Hagood hosts this weekly series showcasing a series of acoustic solo sets from some of the most talented singer-songwriters in town and across the country.

I have no idea where I’ll be this week. I will probably have to go to Augusta to work on the storm damage on my house there. I hope to be back by Fri but don’t know until I get there to assess the damage.
I hope to see y’all at the shows.
Peace and Love,

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