Music This Week Feb 19th thru Feb 26th

Hey there,
WOW AURA was wonderful. Thank you again Destiny at Brotherly Love Productions and everyone at Stokeswood (they got me on the guest list). I hope to have the festival posted this week. I hope y’all caught some of the acts I saw as they passed through Athens on the way to AURA. It was an incredible lineup.
Speaking of festivals, I’m going to WAKARUSA!  I did have an 80%  chance as  4 out of 5 of the bands playing Sat night told me they would get me on the guest list if they won and my good friends in Lazy Locomotive won. It should be a very different climate as everyone I told about going to WAKARUSA told me to expect HOT weather. I woke up Sat morning in FL and the water jug outside my tent was frozen.
Lots of great music in town this week and as always most on the same days. I highly recommend y’all go to the Athens Business Rocks shows. Always a fun time and it benefits a great cause, Nuci’s Space. Also please go to Caroline Aiken’s charity fundraiser and to Nowhere Bar’s Pink Drink Night BreastFest Benefit.
The Flagpole has finally changed the Live Music calendar so I can go back to my old schedule of sending my emails on Tues. so you can plan ahead for Humpday.
Music recommendations:
Tuesday, February 19
Green Room 6 p.m. FREE! www.greenroomathens.com
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, general mayhem, and offers a sound far from the middle of the road, serving noise-rock fans and jam band listeners equally.
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee.com
JOE CAT Local singer-songwriter tells stories about his life. Come get to know him!
Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $20. www.georgiatheatre.com
THE RINGERS Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, Michael Landau, Keith Carlock and Etienne Mbappe collectively work to unite their respective genres of rock, funk, jazz, blues and African music into a unified sound.
EDDIE AND THE PUBLIC SPEAKERS Local power trio delivers an energetic show with a hard-hitting rhythm section, funky riffs and soaring guitar solos filled with catchy hooks and harmonies.
Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
FORMER CHAMPIONS High-energy, dynamic groove-based compositions spanning genres such as rock, funk, world-beat and nu-jazz.
Wednesday, February 20
Green Room 7 p.m. FREE! www.greenroomathens.com
IKE STUBBLEFIELD & FRIENDS Soulful R&B artist Ike Stubblefield is a Hammond B3 virtuoso who cut his teeth backing Motown legends like the Four Tops, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.
The Melting Point 8 p.m. $5. www.meltingpointathens.com
ISAAC BRAMBLETT BAND Southern soul singer with a roots-rock band who has performed with Ike Stubblefield, Sunny Ortiz and Randall Bramblett, to name a few.
ADAM EZRA GROUP Pop tunes with a roots vibe.
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. www.hendershotscoffee.com
WOMEN FOLK Local singer-songwriter Emily Jackson presents this series featuring local female artists.
40 Watt Club 7:30 p.m. $5. www.40watt.com
BATTLE OF THE BANDS Night two of the UGA Music Business Program’s third annual battle. Featuring Raptorcat, Kharmaceuticals, Street Rhythm & Rhyme, Will Entrekin and T.S. Woodward.
Thursday, February 21
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee.com
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.
Terrapin Beer Co. Boybutante AIDS Foundation Benefit. 5:30 p.m. FREE!
ROOT SPIRITS Local two-piece blues-rock outfit draws from American roots music and psychedelia to create an absorbing experience.
Friday, February 22
Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
SNAP! Organ-heavy funk/jazz tunes delivered by locals Jason Fuller, Benji Shanks, David Yoke, Carlton Owens and Stephen Spivey.
40 Watt Club 9:30 p.m. $20. www.40watt.com
REPTAR Highly praised local synth-pop band offering fun, irreverent tunes with angular rhythms and danceable beats in the vein of Vampire Weekend and Talking Heads. See Calendar Pick on p. 19.
WOWSER BOWSER Electro/dance-rock band from Atlanta.
Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $12. www.georgiatheatre.com
MOON TAXI Retro-inspired jam band playing eclectic sound with unique melodies and energetic live shows.
FUNK YOU Augusta band playing funky, high energy, get-your-dancing-shoes-on jams.
Old Clarksville Mill Feb. 22, 7–10 p.m. & Feb. 23, 5–10 p.m. www.grantstreetmusicroom.com
NORTH GEORGIA WINTER BLUEGRASS JAM Two days of live bluegrass from Chattahoochee Chain Gang, Packway Handle Band, Mosier Brothers Band, Stop, Drop and Roll, Bluebilly Grit, Larry Keel and Snake Oil Medicine Show. Proceeds benefit the Soque River Watershed Association and the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.
New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. FREE! www.newearthmusichall.com
CAROLINE’S A CHARITY CASE Featuring music from Caroline Aiken, Michael Steel, Eddie Glikin, JP Blues, Rick Fowler Band, Isaac Bramblett and Jessica Fore. A tip jar will be present, and attendees are invited to contribute in the name of their favorite charity or group. The one with the most votes wins the jackpot.
Georgia Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-9884
THE RAYS FEATURING CARLA LEFEVER This band, led by longtime Athenian LeFever, is back with a new lineup and a new, more rocking sound.
Saturday, February 23
Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com
THE WOODGRAINS Local band that plays a blend of funk, rock and soul featuring three vocalists and charismatic harmonies.
SHITS New local country band featuring members of Muuy Biien.
New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. $5. www.newearthmusichall.com
CLOUDEATER Organic rock meets electronic instrumentation accompanied by powerful vocals, a collision of sound with influences like Radiohead and The Flaming Lips.
Old Clarksville Mill Feb. 22, 7–10 p.m. & Feb. 23, 5–10 p.m. www.grantstreetmusicroom.com
NORTH GEORGIA WINTER BLUEGRASS JAM Day 2 See Fri.
Nowhere Bar Pink Drink Night BreastFest Benefit! 10 p.m. 706-546-4742
SHOWTIME Elite tha Showstoppa’s band plays eclectic hip-hop mixed with rockin’ funky soul.
AFRO Nashville/Murfreesboro, TN-based progressive rock band that plays energetic, free-form improvisations.
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. www.hendershotscoffee.com
THE LUCKY JONES Athens-based three-piece playing self described “rockin’ rhythm and blues.”
KISS YOUR DARLING Playing Celtic and old-time music.
40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $5. www.40watt.com
ATHENS BUSINESS ROCKS FINALE Finale of Nuçi’s Space’s annual battle/benefit, featuring KING COTTON & THE SWEATY T’S (Ruby Sue Graphics), BOTJAM (State Botanical Garden of Georgia), THE DOUBLE OH ZONE PRESENTS: SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED (The Red Zone), PUNCH LIST (TSAV), KNEEL BEFORE DIAMOND (Partner Software), 40 CENT (40 Watt Club) and ÇITLIN’ SOUTHERN SOUL REVUE (Nuçi’s Space).
Sunday, February 24
Farm 255 9 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com
OUTER SPACES Local folk-pop band fronted by songwriter Cara Beth Satalino.
PURPLE 7 Bloomington, IN-based band featuring members of Defiance, Ohio and Hot New Mexicans.
ORANGE TWIN FAMILY BAND Various members of the long-running local collective perform
Monday, February 25
Nowhere Bar Moody Mama Mondays! 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
HOLLY BELLE This local singer-songwriter sings smoky, acoustic ballads.
The Melting Point 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.meltingpointathens.com
JAZZ JAM Nic Wiles’ jazz jam session providing an open, relaxed environment for musicians to cut their teeth on traditional jazz standards and hard bop, with the main focus on musician fellowship and learning.
Tuesday, February 26
Green Room 6 p.m. FREE! www.greenroomathens.com
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, general mayhem, and offers a sound far from the middle of the road, serving noise-rock fans and jam band listeners equally.
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. See story on p. 16.
LEVI LOWREY Lauded country songwriter from Dacula.
GRANVILLE AUTOMATIC Nashville-based female acoustic duo that plays “songs about history and war.”
TRAVIS MEADOWS Nashville-based singer-songwriter.
BRIAN COLLINS Country-leaning rocker from Douglasville.
The Melting Point Terrapin Tuesday. 7:30 p.m. $5.
RED OAK SOUTHERN STRING BAND This Watkinsville-based band plays rootsy Americana tunes.
Tonight is a busy night for me, I’ll start by stopping by Kenosha Kid before a meeting at 7pm them to EPS opening for The Ringers, finally ending with Former Champions (they had a great set at AURA). Wed is Ike at Green Room. Thurs I’ll try to start with Root Spirits before Old Skool Trio. Fri is tough with a number of shows I want to catch. I’ll definitely be at Caroline Aiken’s charity show before going to SNAP! and will try to catch some of Carla LeFever in between. Bummed I’m going to miss Moon Taxi and Reptar shows. Sat is another tough night, I’ve been trying to catch Cloudeater for a long time so I’ll be there and fit in Showtiime and / or Woodgrains as schedules permit. Sun I hope to make the Orange Twin Family Band show. Mon is Nic Wiles’ jazz jam before Holly Belle’s show. Tues is Kenosha Kid and Tues Confessional.
I hope to see y’all at the shows.
Peace and Love,
Kurt
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