Music This Week Jan 22nd thru Jan 28th

Hey there,
Wow, another week of great music in Athens. We have two events that are celebrating their 2nd anniversary, the Camp-In at 40 Watt and FreekFest at New Earth. We have two benefits, Project Safe at New Earth and one that very important to me, the Alzheimer’s Music Fest at the Melting Point. My mama had Alzheimer’s disease. I know all too well how devastating a disease it is.
We have some great out-of-towners this week. We have the legendary Ladysmith Black Mambazo and I am really looking forward to The Ringers with Oli Brown. If you haven’t heard Oli check him out on my site, he was one of my favorites from Wanee last year.
Speaking of out-of-towners, I have finally finished posting Hulaween. I could not have done it without the help of Joshua Kaster who split and tagged the shows (we are working on Bear Creek now). Joshua lives in Jacksonville, FL. I wish I could find someone in Athens to help split and tag our local Athens music. Check out Hulaween at:
I would also like to thank Jay Braver at Athens Videography for his help making the web site more user friendly. You can now search just the music ibrary and not the whole site and we have a much improved calendar of past posts. Jay is at:
My favorites from last week were the Athens Nurses Clinic Benefit, Dank Sinatra and Halem Albright.
BTW anyone notice that the two teams in the Super Bowl are from the only states  to ratify recreational use of marijuana? Coincidence or the Munchie Mafia at work? Call your congressman, lets get the Falcons back in the Super Bowl!

Music recommendations:
Wednesday, January 22
Georgia Theatre  8 p.m. $15.
MARY GAUTHIER Louisiana native-turned-Nashville resident that plays emotive Americana.
KATE MORRISSEY Best known for her dark velvet voice, Morrissey’s songwriting is literate and sincere, and her conversational live shows come punctuated with an offbeat sense of humor.

Green Room 9 p.m.
MAMA’S LOVE Local progressive rock band with a classic sound that hinges on improvisational tendencies.
BOOTY BUSINESS New local funk band featuring members of Jubee and the Morning After, Lazy Locomotive, Prisma and more.

Thursday, January 23
Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20).
THE ENDS Funky rock band from Burlington, NC.
REVEREND DEBRUHL Steeped in the heritage of strong guitar leads, powerful vocals and a pocket rhythm section, this local rock quartet plays a bluesy Southern style with jazz and jam-inspired sounds.
JIVE MOTHER MARY Rollicking Southern rock band from Burlington, NC.

Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. FREE!
JOE CAT Local troubadour whose influences range from Steve Earle and Townes Van Zant to Johnny Cash. CD release show!

40 Watt Club 2nd Annual Camp-In. 8 p.m. $10.
THE GEORGIA CRACKER David Lowery and Johnny Hickman of Cracker team up with local musicians Thayer Sarrano, Bryan Howard, Jeremy Wheatley and Matt Stoessel.
THE DARNELL BOYS The three Darnell brothers play and sing country blues originals backed by upright bass, singing saw and junkyard percussion.

Green Room 9 p.m.
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.
PILGRIM Local rock band featuring Paul McHugh on vocals, guitar and keyboards along with Matt Stoessel on guitar, TJ Machado on bass, Thayer Sarrano on keyboards and Brad Morgan on drums.

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
STEREO REFORM Trio that combines genres to create a “dance-a-funk-a-rock-a-tronic” sound.

The Office Lounge 8 p.m. 706-546-0840
THOMAS GALLOWAY The frontman of local rock band Mama’s Love plays a solo set.

The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840
CARLA LEFEVER’S LOUNGE LIZARD GROOVE JAM PARTY Local singer hosts an open full groove jam. P.A., drums, bass rig, keyboards and guitar amps set up and ready to go. Please bring your guitars and sticks. Every Thursday!

Friday, January 24
Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $7 (21+), $9 (18–20).
CINEMECHANICA The beloved local four-piece math-rock band has risen after a two-year hiatus.
THE POWDER ROOM Local heavyweight trio of Gene Woolfolk, Aaron Sims and Bubba McDonald playing noisy “ramp-rock.”

40 Watt Club 2nd Annual Camp-In. 8 p.m. $20.
CRACKER Acclaimed ’90s alternative rock group fronted by David Lowery. The band has stylistically explored many genres and sounds over its nearly two-decade career.
CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN Fronted by local fixture David Lowery, this highly influential indie rock band plays a career-spanning set.
SHONNA TUCKER & EYE CANDY The former Drive-By Truckers bassist plays inspired folk-rock tunes with her new band.

Georgia Theatre  8 p.m. $20.
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.
OLI BROWN Acclaimed blues guitarist from England.

Green Room 9 p.m.
THE DICTATORTOTS These longtime Athenian chaos-cultivators stomp about and trash the night with post-grunge grooves.
MISSISSIPPI SHAKEDOWN Rockabilly-influenced garage duo.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m.
THE SALT FLATS Melodic and lively local guitar-rock band.
THE BURNING ANGELS Local country-rock band led by songwriter Mark Cunningham.

The Melting Point 8 p.m. $20 (adv.), $25 (door).
MOTHER’S FINEST A mix of rock, gospel, R&B, metal and jazz seen through the lenses of an “Afro-Euro mosaic” sound.
ISAAC BRAMBLETT Southern soul singer with a roots-rock band who has performed with Ike Stubblefield and Sunny Ortiz, to name a few.

The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840
THE ORIGINAL SCREWTOPS Crankin’ the blues since 1962.

Saturday, January 25
Georgia Theatre 7:30 p.m. $27.50.
LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO Long-running South African vocal group known for backing Paul Simon on his landmark album, Graceland

Green Room 9 p.m. $5.
THE WOODGRAINS Local band that plays a blend of funk, rock and soul featuring three vocalists and charismatic harmonies. Album release show!
BUFFALO HAWK Heavy, Crazy Horse-inspired band led by Matt Stoessel and featuring Paul McHugh, Brantley Senn and Jim Wilson.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m.
WOMEN OF ROCK IN THE ROUND Enjoy music from a handful of Athens and Atlanta-based singer-songwriters, including Caroline Aiken, Diane Durrett, Donna Hopkins, Betsy Franck, Kyshona Armstrong and Ansley Stewart.

Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. $5.
ADAM KLEIN & THE WILD FIRES Local songwriter playing a rustic blend of country, folk and Americana.
CALEB CAUDLE New Orleans-based songwriter playing soulful alt-country and roots-pop.
CHRIS PORTER Known for his work with alt-country outfit Some Dark Holler, Porter plays evocative roots music.

New Earth Athens 6 p.m. $5.
FREEKFEST Food, keg beer and camraderie highlight the second installment of this downtown party, featuring music from Diarrhea Planet, Dana Swimmer, Junior Astronomers, Big Jesus, Baby Baby, Concord America, Nurture, New Wives, Places to Hide, Futo, Brothers, Juna, Programs, Uncle Dad and Uncle Pizza.

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.

Sunday, January 26
The Melting Point 12 p.m. $10.
ALZHEIMER’S MUSIC FEST An all-day lineup of live music to benefit Alzheimer’s care and research. Featuring dangfly, Five Eight, Fester Hagood, Jeb Stuart Band, Mike Watson Band, Laurie Rider, Lefty Williams Band, Lianne Hutcheson, Little Boxes, Lowdive, Peyton Parker & Jon Latham, Poverty Level Band, Scott Low, The Daniels Brothers, Tom Lennon, Zangaro and Heather Wilkerson and Camille Hayes.

Monday, January 27
The Melting Point 7 p.m. FREE!
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.

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

Tuesday, January 28
The Melting Point Terrapin Tuesday. 7:30 p.m. $5.
CICADA RHYTHM Atlanta-based acoustic guitar and upright bass duo playing bluegrass-tinged indie folk, filled with paired vocal harmonies.

New Earth Athens Project Safe Benefit. 8 p.m.
CARL LINDBERG Local Latin jazz bassist performs a set of solo tunes. Every Tuesday!

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 Marlin Brackett, Bloodkin and Daniel Hutchens and Eric Carter.

Since it is already so late, I don’t know if I’ll make it to tonight’s Project Safe benefit at New Earth but hope to do so next week, Carl is a fantastic musician. Wed I will try for Mama’s Love and Booty Business.Thurs I will try to catch Thomas Galloway at the Office before I will be bouncing between Joe Cat at Flicker and Tia Madre and Pilgrim at the Green Room. Fri is The Ringers and Oli Brown my Don’t Miss. Sat I’ll be at FreekFest and will try to catch as much of Snap! as possible as they are one of my favorites. I will also try to set up a recorder at Hendershot’s for Women of Rock. Sun I’ll definitely be at the Alzheimer’s benefit at the Melting Point. Mon I’ll try for Holly Belle. Tues I’ll try again for Carl Lindberg’s Project Safe benefit.
I hope to see y’all at the shows.
Peace and Love,

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