Important info on the 36th Annual Athens Human Rights Festival.
We will meet every Thursday at 6:00pm at Nuci’s Space not Tuesday.
Update, tonight’s Project Safe benefit show with Carl Lindberg has been expanded. He will be joined by the incredible Kyshona Armstrong and Gro/Conscious (members of Latin-jazz group Grogus and dub-reggae ensemble DubConscious).
A lot of shows this week to choose from. This is the time of year a lot of new local talent starts to appear. I can’t be everywhere, trust me I’ve tried, so if you catch any outstanding shows please let me know,
My Don’t Miss shows for the week are JGBCB and Lazy Locomotive, Abbey Road Live!, the band will perform “The Beatles 1962-1966” in its entirety., Col. Bruce Hampton, Tia Madre, Rollin’ Home and Ralph Roddenberry.
I really hope General Beau Lee (our local groundhog) was right. He didn’t see his shadow so spring is near. Great news since I’ll be camping at AURA next week. Speaking of AURA, Athens again benefits from it as a number of bands stop through here on their way to or from there. Anyone needing a ride back let me know. I’m heading down early to visit a dear friend, Lynn. She is undergoing chemotherapy and won’t be able to go to the show. Please send health and healing thoughts her way.
My favorites from last week were Kenosha Kid (ever though one of Robby’s bass petals blew up during one of my favorite tunes, Mechanical Hound) and last night’s Blues Jam with Big C, Andrew G. continues to amaze.
Wednesday, February 5
Flicker Theatre & Bar
9 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar.com
THAYER SARRANO Local songwriter playing hazy, desolate, Southern-inspired rock tunes.
CHAMBER CHANCHERS Featuring Luca Lombardi on double bass, Serena Scibelli on violin, Jeremy Raj on sitar and guitar and Philip Mayer on Middle Eastern percussion, playing music from Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey, Spain and the U.S.
New Earth Athens Doggy Happy Hour. 6 p.m. $5 ($10 per family).
KEN WILL MORTON With his gritty, soulful rasp, Morton trudges through Americana’s roots with rock and roll swagger and a folksinger’s heart.
Thursday, February 6
Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $7 (21+), $9 (18–20).
JUCIFER Sludge-metal husband-and-wife duo that began in Athens and now tour almost constantly, living out of their tour vehicle.
HOT BREATH Long-running local thrash/punk/metal trio.
MANGER Speed thrash metal “with a dash of Satan.” The band harks back to the days of NWOBHM: ripping solos and screeching vocals.
Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $7. www.georgiatheatre.com
JGBCB Members of Sweet Knievel and friends pay tribute to “one of the greatest bands of all time, The Jerry Garcia Band.”
LAZY LOCOMOTIVE Local group featuring members of Fuzzbucket, Juice Box and High Strung String Band.
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.
The Melting Point 7:30 p.m. $7 (adv.), $10 (door).
JOE PUG Chicago based country-folk singer-songwriter who has a modern take on the style that Bob Dylan and John Prine made famous.
DAVID RAMIREZ Singer-songwriter influenced by Bob Dylan and Ryan Adams.
Normaltown Hall 8 p.m. $5. www.facebook.com/NormaltownHall
TIA MADRE Band fronted by Walker Howle of Dead Confederate fame, featuring Matt Stoessel, Ivey Hughes, Paul McHugh and Bryan Howard.
OLD SMOKEY Local folk-rock band fronted by songwriter Jim Willingham that explores songs and instrumentals with an interweaving sonic palette that includes banjo, cello, violin, lap steel and percussion.
BLOOD LIGHT Members of local psych-pop band Blue Blood perform a stripped down set.
The World Famous 10 p.m. $5. www.theworldfamousathens.com
FESTER HAGOOD This local songwriter sings in a soft drawl that accents his simple, plucked country songs.
Friday, February 7
Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $7 (21+), $9 (18–20).
POWERLOAD AC/DC cover band that delivers a rock and roll kick in each song.
NAIRVANA Nirvana cover band featuring members of The Powder Room.
Georgia Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-9884
JOHN BOYLE Singer-songwriter in the vein of Willie Nelson, John Prine and Bob Dylan. He’ll be joined by fiddler Adam Poulin.
Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $20. www.georgiatheatre.com
JJ GREY & MOFRO Acclaimed blues/Southern rock act from Jacksonville, FL.
NICKI BLUHM AND THE GRAMBLERS Rocking, soulful country band from San Francisco.
Green Room 9 p.m. $5. www.greenroomathens.com
THE DARNELL BOYS The three Darnell brothers play and sing country blues originals backed by upright bass, singing saw and junkyard percussion.
BLAIR CRIMMINS AND THE HOOKERS Atlanta-based ragtime/Dixieland jazz revival outfit.
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. www.hendershotscoffee.com
RALPH RODDENBERRY Eclectic Southern blues-rock artist.
Max 9 p.m. 706-254-3392
KARBOMB High-speed local punk band.
HARSH WORDS Local hardcore band featuring members of Gripe and Shaved Christ.
FULL MEASURES Four-piece hardcore band from Atlanta.
CAPITAL WILL New local quintet founded in hardcore punk but with strong metal influences.
The Melting Point 8:30 p.m. $10 (adv)., $13 (door).
ABBEY ROAD LIVE Beloved local Beatles tribute band known for its attention to detail and musical proficiency. This show is in honor of the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania, and the band will perform “The Beatles 1962-1966” in its entirety.
Saturday, February 8
Avid Bookshop New Town Revue. 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.avidbookshop.com
MELANIE MORGAN The Between Naybors songwriter performs a set of solo folk material.
Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20).
EASTER ISLAND Lush, post-rock influenced shoegaze with sweet, pop melodies, tender harmonies and shimmering guitars.
BROTHERS Local band plays swirling, folky tunes that are rich with strings, twisted overdubs and haunting vocals.
SEHRMANN New local band playing a fusion of pop, grunge and psychedelic rock.
Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $15. www.georgiatheatre.com
YACHT ROCK REVUE Georgia’s favorite ’70s light-rock tribute band returns to town to perform a high-octane set of cover songs.
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. $10. www.hendershotscoffee.com
COLONEL BRUCE HAMPTON Eccentric and legendary Georgia-based performer.
The Melting Point 1 p.m. $10 (adults), $8 (kids).
ABBEY ROAD LIVE Beloved local Beatles tribute band known for its attention to detail and musical proficiency. This show is a kid-friendly outing, featuring songs like “Octopus’ Garden,” “Yellow Submarine” and “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.”
The Melting Point 8:30 p.m. $10 (adv.), $13 (door).
SONS OF SAILORS Jimmy Buffet cover band, featuring members of the Tony Pritchett Band.
Sunday, February 9
The World Famous Beers! Bands! Brunch! 12:30 p.m. FREE!
RUBY THE RABBITFOOT Led by songwriter Ruby Kendrick, this local group plays intricate, slightly experimental pop-folk.
Monday, February 10
The Melting Point 8 p.m. FREE! www.meltingpointathens.com
SWEETHEART DUETS HOOT Monthly showcase put on by the Athens Folk Music & Dance Society. This month will feature musical couples performing, including Pamela & Scott Baxendale, Sayward & John Evans, Katherine Ann & Charles Jordan, Corbin & Tom Baker, Ansley Stewart & Adam Payne, Mary & Dick Daniels, Amy Andrews & Catherine Backus, LeeAnn Peppers & Cortez Garza and Emily McCannon & Matt Joiner. Susan Staley and her sweetheart open and host.
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, February 11
Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $10. www.georgiatheatre.com
CAVEMAN “Five-man vibe collective” from New York City.
ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR Folk-influenced rock six-piece from Deland, FL gaining national attention.
HEAVEN Shoegaze-inspired band featuring members of The Comas, Dean & Britta and Swervedriver.
New Earth Athens Project Safe Benefit. 8 p.m.
CARL LINDBERG & KYSHONA ARMSTRONG Local Latin jazz bassist and soulful singer-songwriter perform a collaborative set. Every Tuesday!
GRO/CONSCIOUS Members of Latin-jazz group Grogus and dub-reggae ensemble DubConscious team up.
Nowhere Bar 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
TUESDAY NIGHT CONFESSIONAL Host Fester Hagood presents this week’s showcase of singer-songwriter talent, featuring Rollin’ Home, Dan Tedesco and The Waymores.
I’m trying for Dead Confederate tonight. Thurs I’ll be at JGBCB and Lazy Locomotive. I will try to put a recorder at Tia Madre as well. Fri I’ll be at JJ Grey and Mofro and will try for a recorder at Ralph Roddenberry. Sat is Col Bruce and I will have a friend recording ARL. I am not sure of the rest of the week or next week, I haven’t nailed down when I’m heading to Florida.
I hope to see y’all at the shows.
Peace and Love,