Music This Week June 25th thru July 1st

Hey there,
I survived another AthFest! Fantastic bands, great lineups, wonderful artists and good food. I don’t think the festival was as big as previous ones and attendance seemed lighter as well. Noticeably absent in my praise was the sound. I was extremely disappointed with the sound at both stages, so much so that unless asked I’m putting AthFest in the posting queue and will post it after I get caught up with the other festivals already in queue. Maybe I’m too critical but the sound was nowhere close to the quality Paul Lee, Jay Rodgers and Adam Payne provided at the AHRF. BTW AthFest took over 200 volunteers, we did AHRF with about a dozen.
I really enjoyed Kishi Bashi, The Po’ Boys, Timi Conley & Friends, Squat, Drivin’ N Cryin’, and Life is a Flower, Life is a Gun.
I liked Kishi Bashi so much I waited after the show to talk with him about playing at the 37th AHRF.
Wow! If you are thinking about Hulaween w / SCI at Suwanee you better get moving. AthFest cost me $30 since I was too busy with preparing and attending AthFest I didn’t see the Tier 1 $149 early bird tickets email on Fri. I saw it this morning and bought a Tier 2 $179 ticket. When I went back to copy the links for this email I found out the Tier 2 tickets are sold out as well. It is now for a limited time $209 and then goes to $239 and $269 at the gate. Here are the links for the lineup and tickets:
Bear Creek tickets are already Tier 2 until Sept 15th.
AURA Festival has a very limited number of Early Bird tickets on sale July 1. Early Bird Presale tickets start at $135 for a 3-day weekend pass or $165 for a 4-day weekend pass which includes the Thursday pre-party.
Although I missed Redneck’s Festered Hookers, my friend Matt at recorded them so keep checking there. I heard it was a blast.
I also completely spaced Adam and Holly’s show last night. Hopefully Matt recorded them as well. In case you don’t know Matt records Fester’s Tues. Confessional shows.
With the passing of Herb Guthrie and the exodus out of Athens of Tony Oscar, Jon Daniels, Mike Strickland and soon Nic Wiles (probably several others I haven’t heard about yet) drummers will be scarce. If you are multi-instrumental and drums are one of them, I’d concentrate on drums.

Music recommendations:
Wednesday, June 25
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m.
WORD MUSIC NIGHT Hosted by David Oates

Thursday, June 26
DePalma’s Italian Cafe 7 p.m. FREE! 706-552-1237 (Timothy Road location)
BREATHLANES Athens musical collective playing organic, atmospheric improv. Featuring John Miley (guitar), Dan Roth (keys), Steve Abercrombie (bass) and Jamie DeRevere (drums).

Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 7 p.m. FREE!
KINKY WAIKIKI Relaxing, steel guitar-driven band following the traditions of Hawaiian music.

The Melting Point 7 p.m. FREE!
CARL LINDBERG AND TREY WRIGHT Local jazz musicians team up for a set.

Friday, June 27
Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20).
HOT FUDGE Local project helmed by psychedelic guitar wizard Kris Deason. Album release show!
PRIMOVANHALEN “Psych-sludge” project out of Winston Salem, NC.
FUTURE APE TAPES Local group creating psychedelic, experimental music driven by loops, beats, guitars and synths.

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 Adam Poulin.

Green Room 9 p.m. $5.
DON CHAMBERS [4] Local singer-songwriter who has taken an experimental turn of late.
HAND SAND HANDS Experimental, highly psychedelic sounds from Jonathan Miller.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 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.

Hi-Lo Lounge 9 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door).
THE PAUL COLLINS BEAT Legendary power-pop figure Paul Collins (The Nerves, The Beat) heads this rotating cast.
CANCERS New local band playing poppy, grungy space jams, featuring members of Dead Dog and Unfun.
SHERBERT Energetic fuzz-pop band from Nashville.
CEILING FAN Straightforward rock and roll from these longtime locals.

Main St. Pickin’ on the Green. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-453-7674
THE DARNELL BOYS The three Darnell brothers play and sing country blues originals backed by upright bass, singing saw and junkyard percussion.
PULLIN’ STRINGS Bluegrass band from Greene County, GA playing a mix of originals and covers from the likes of The Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan.

The Melting Point 7 p.m. $6 (adv.), $8 (door), $6 (w/UGA ID).
ATHENS A-TRAIN BAND Instrumental group performing traditional jazz standards, swing, latin, ballads, blues and boogie.

Saturday, June 28
Bishop Park Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE!
SYE ELAINE SPENCE Singer-songwriter from New York City, currently residing in Atlanta. (8 a.m.)
MARY SIGALAS Mary sings classic jazz/blues from the 1920s–’50s with surprise arrangements and unexpected tunes along with velvety originals. (10 a.m.)

40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $5.
BELUGA BASH Local record label King Beluga offers up a night of dance and beat-oriented sounds from groups like WesdaRuler, Holotropic, JUJU, AstroShaman, ‘Panski, Phiness and Mob Knarly.

Front Porch Book Store 6 p.m. FREE! 706-372-1236
SCOTT LOW Solo set from the Efren frontman.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m.
LURAY Shannon Carey plays minimalist, ethereal nu-folk inspired by the sounds of traditional Appalachia.
REDLEG HUSKY Bluesy Americana group from Boone, NC.

The Melting Point 8 p.m. $5.
GRASSLAND STRING BAND New local traditional and progressive bluegrass group.
NORMA RAE This local four-piece plays soulful, distinctively Southern Americana.
BEAUTY AND THE BEARD Kelly Hoyle Fuller and Ty Manning play country-tinged folk-rock.

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742

The Office Lounge 8:30 p.m. 706-546-0840
THE SHORTBUS ALLSTARS Long-running local rock band.

Monday, June 30
Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $10.
HUNDRED WATERS Mournful and experimental electro-folk outfit from Los Angeles.
GEMS Sexy electronic-pop duo from Washington, D.C.
LITTLE TYBEE Atlanta-based folk band drawing from a variety of influences like jazz, Tropicalia and even Motown to color its indie-folk pop ballads.

Georgia Theatre Americana Mondays. On the Rooftop. 7 p.m. FREE!
MARK CUNNINGHAM Cunningham draws from Athens stalwarts R.E.M. and Chickasaw Mudd Puppies as well as classic country artists like Johnny Cash and Steve Earle.
JOE CATANESE Local troubadour whose influences range from Steve Earle and Townes Van Zant to Johnny Cash.

Tuesday, July 1
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’ve said it before but I’m really cutting down or recording. breathlanes is one of the bands I never miss, so I will be there at DePalma’s on Thurs. I hope to catch Hot Fudge on Fri. Sat is Mike Strickland’s going away party so I’ll definitely be there. It said No info available in the listing but I feel None needed. Mike is a good friend with a ton of musicians who love him and will provide fantastic music and drunken debauchery to appropriately send him off. A Don’t Miss. I may make Little Tybee on Mon, I really enjoy their show.
I hope to see y’all at the shows.
Peace and Love,

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