Music This Week Jan 31st thru Feb 5th

Hey there,
Thank you for all the kind words and support, my head is in a much better place now. The memorial for Craig last night really helped. I saw a sticker a few years back on a baby carriage at the AHRF festival (the 35th one coming up May 4th & 5th) it said ‘We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience’. That really resonated within me and helps me cope in times like these. It is funny, I went to the memorial to comfort Melinda and Craig’s family and I was the one comforted when Melinda told me that Craig knew I was his biggest fan. Just knowing Craig knew how much I loved and admired him and his music somehow provided closure for me. It also brings home the fact that we should never miss an opportunity to tell others how much they are loved. I love you all. I have tonight’s Guitar Summit dedicated to Craig and the memorial at 40 Watt Sat to get through but now I can focus on celebrating everything Craig brought into this world and all the lives he touched and made better.
This week is full of great music, unfortunately most of it on the same days. Tonight for example. I’ll be at the Guitar Summit then at Bad Tempered Rabbit. I’ll miss Cal Lindberg and Betsy Frank’s show and I really wanted to check out the Zappa tribute band at New Earth (Zappa was one of my favorites, he actually spoke to me twice from the stage). If I can I will get someone to record these shows for me.
Here is something to watch. My friend Darrin Cook has a Youtube channel cosmicsponge2000 and has a lot of entertaining music and videos. Enjoy  reminds me of parts of Zappa’s 200 Motels
Music recommendations.:
Thursday, January 31
Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $5.
THOMAS WYNN AND THE BELIEVERS This six-piece group from Orlando plays Americana rock infused with Southern soul.
SAM SNIPER Local alt-country band.
ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR Folk-influenced rock six-piece from Deland, FL.
DANA SWIMMER A montage of garage rock with sweet, soulful undertones.
The Melting Point 8 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15 (door)
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. Tonight’s show features special guests Col. Bruce Hampton & Pharaoh’s Kitchen.
40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $5.
ATHENS BUSINESS ROCKS Annual Nuçi’s Space benefit/battle of the bands, featuring King Cotton & The Sweaty T’s (Ruby Sue Graphics), Punch List (TSAV), Jesus Thrice (Daily Groceries), Kneel Before Diamond (Partner Software), Notary Public Enemy (Blanchard Law Office), The Fret Dressers (Baxendale Guitars), ’87 Is a Place On Earth (Flagpole Magazine) and Your Band (Your Pie).
Green Room 10 p.m. $5.
MAMA’S LOVE Local progressive rock band plays an intimate acoustic set.
Friday, February 1
40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $10 (adv), $13 (door).
YACHT ROCK REVUE Atlanta-based ’70s soft-rock tribute band, covering everything from Billy Joel to Hall & Oates.
Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20).
MATT HUDGINS & HIS SHIT-HOT COUNTRY BAND Local band playing “songs about drinking, jail, love and death, all done in the popular ‘country and western’ musical style.”
THE KERNAL Jackson, TN-based singer-songwriter playing stark “imaginary country music.”
THE WYDELLES Local band playing country and melodramatic popular songs.
CARSIE BLANTON New Orleans and Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter showcasing her classic, American pop music style.
The Melting Point 8 p.m. $8 (adv.), $12 (door).
GROGUS The local and long-running ensemble plays jazz and salsa accentuated with reggae, hip-hop and Afro-Cuban styles.
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m.
DEBRIS Featuring seasoned local players Isaac Bramblett, Damian Kapcala, Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz, Kyle Pilgrim, John Steffl, Nic Walton and Britt West playing a selection of originals and choice cover tunes.
ISAAC BRAMBLETT BAND Southern soul singer with a roots-rock band.
JULIE HOLMES Local singer-songwriter.
Saturday, February 2
Amici 11 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0000
UNIVERSAL SIGH Athens-based jazz-fusion/funk-oriented rock band that strives to create a unique musical experience with each and every performance.
Little Kings Shuffle Club Athens Healing Place Benefit! 9 p.m.
THE HOBOHEMIANS This six-piece, acoustic band utilizes banjo, ukulele, flute, accordion, saxophone, piano, various percussion, drums and bass to perform popular American and European roots music of the 1910s, ’20s and ’30s: a potent mix of proto-jazz, blues and folk. CD release party featuring dancers from The Modern Pin Ups, The Tap Company and Swung.
Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
KEN WILL MORTON AND THE CONTENDERS With his gritty, soulful rasp, Morton trudges through Americana’s roots with rock and roll swagger and a folksinger’s heart. His new band features Doug Blakeman on bass and Louis Phillip Pelot on drums.
LEVI LOWERY Storyteller and singer-songwriter from Dacula. Birthday celebration show!
The Melting Point 8 p.m. $17 (adv.), $20 (door).
THE ENGLISH BEAT Celebrated English 2 tone ska revival band that combines pop, soul, reggae and punk rock.
LOWDIVE Local ska/reggae band.
New Earth Music Hall 8 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door).
SAINT FRANCIS Local roots-rock band led by Scott Baston (Moonshine Still).
ALARM CLOCK CONSPIRACY DUO Acoustic duo from Asheville, NC.
Sunday, February 3
Ten Pins Tavern 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-8090
SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE BOWLING ALLEY BLUES BAND Featuring locals Paul Scales, Randy Durham, John Straw, Dave Herndon and Scott Sanders playing blues jams.
Monday, February 4
Nowhere Bar     10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
BLUES NIGHT WITH BIG C Nobody in Athens sings the blues quite like Big C (frontman for Big C and the Ringers). Expect lots of soulful riffs, covers and originals
Tuesday, February 5
Green Room 6 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, 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.
JASON WALLER Atlanta-based acoustic singer-songwriter
MARK CUNNINGHAM Cunningham draws from Athens stalwarts R.E.M. and Chickasaw Mudd Puppies and classic country artists like Johnny Cash, Gram Parsons and Steve Earle.
THE BREAKS Feel-good local rock band with alternative and jam influences.
I am not sure of my schedule for this week. I am certain I will be at the 40 Watt from 2-4pm for Craig’s public memorial. Sunday I’m watching the Superbowl (just not sure where BTW Logan’s Roadhouse has buy one get one free all day Sun.) and Mon at Big C’s Blues Jam. I will probably be at Mama’s Love Thurs and Grogus Fri but may be recording Ike’s show w/ Col. Bruce and am waiting to see if anyone wants me to record on Sat. Tues is Kenosha Kid.
Finally, I’m going back to Suwanee Music Park in FL for the AURA festival Feb 15th thru Feb 17th.  Let me know it you need a ride.
I hope to see y’all at the shows.
Peace and Love,

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