Music This Week May14th thru May 20th

Hey there,
Thank you so much to everyone who helped with the 36th AHRF. Man, what a fantastic weekend!  Great weather, great speakers, great music and a great vibe. It really hit me walking up the closed off street Sun afternoon, what a wonderful thing a handful of dedicated people can accomplish. I hope y’all enjoyed it. I also hope y’all took my warning to heart, the T-shirts were almost sold out on Sat and I think we only had two adult size small and a few children’s shirts left on Sun. While the formal AHRF committee goes into hibernation until the first of next year, I will be trying to put together a couple of fundraisers (I hardly get any sleep anyway). Anyone interested in helping put together something like Jay Rodger’s Birthday Bash and AHRF fundraiser or any other ideas, please contact me. Let’s keep Athens in the record books for having the longest Human Rights Festival in the country. 37 is my lucky number!
I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to send out my email last week, I was a little busy. I started at 5 pm Fri helping close the street and building the stage until 2 am Sat. Back Sat at 11:30 am hugging, dancing, partying, listening and recording for 12 hours. Back again Sun doing it all over again from 2 pm until after 10 pm and then taking down and packing up the stage until around 3 am Mon morning. I then started packing Mon for the Purple Hatter’s Ball and left Tues morning for FL. There was a fish fry waiting on me when I arrived Tues evening. I spent the day at the beach Wed. Around 3:00 on Thurs I was working in the garden with my friend Lynn when she asked me if I had checked to see if they added an extra day to the Purple Hatter’s Ball. I hadn’t cheeked of course so it was a surprise to find out the music started in 4 hours.  I hit the shower, packed and drove 100 miles to get there. I then spent the next 4 days hugging, dancing, partying, listening and recording. It was great seeing Athens represented on stage with Dubconscious and Carl Lindberg also sat in with Rising Appalachia.I got home yesterday and have been working with my plants.
I was starting to worry about withdrawals as I don’t have another festival scheduled until Lockn’ in Sept. I then started this email and found I have the Marigold Festival this Sat. Athfest is next month and also Riverbend in Chattanooga so I think I’ll survive.
There are a lot of new bands popping up all over Athens. I’m not going to have time to check them out for awhile so if you hear any outstanding ones, please let me know.

Music recommendations:
Wednesday, May 14

Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m.
DON CHAMBERS Local singer-songwriter who has taken an experimental turn of late.
THAYER SARRANO Local songwriter playing hazy, desolate, Southern-inspired rock tunes.

Max 8 p.m. 706-254-3392
THE DICTATORTOTS These longtime Athenian chaos-cultivators stomp about and trash the night with post-grunge grooves.

Thursday, May 15
Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 6 p.m. FREE!
KINKY WAIKIKI Relaxing, steel guitar-driven band following the traditions of Hawaiian music.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE!
JAZZ JAM Some of our town’s most talented jazz musicians have been getting together to make America’s music at this monthly happening. Bring your axe and join us, or grab a brew and a table and give an ear.

The Melting Point 7 p.m. $5 (adv.), $7 (door).
MARY SIGALAS QUARTET Visiting jazz standards and not-so-standards from the ’20s through the ’50s.

Friday, May 16
Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m.
SLOW PARADE No info available.
MICHAEL BOWMAN Local alt-country/blues singer-songwriter, originally from Harrisonburg, VA.

New Earth Athens 8 p.m. $5.
KEN WILL MORTON With his gritty, soulful rasp, Morton trudges through Americana’s roots with rock and roll swagger and a folksinger’s heart.
AMIGO South Carolina-based Americana outfit.

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
ERIK NEIL BAND Local trio playing blues/rock covers and originals.

The Office Lounge 6 p.m. 706-546-0840
REV. CONNER MACK TRIBBLE Newly relocated back to his old stomping grounds of Athens, Tribble is a Georgia rock and roll fixture.

The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. 706-549-0840
THE HANDS OF TIME Soul, funk, pop, R&B, Motown and classic old-school hits from the ’60s and ’70s that will get you out on the dance floor.

Saturday, May 17
Bishop Park Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE!
SCOTT BAXENDALE Guitar dynamism from the owner of Baxendale Guitars. Classic bluesy riffs and a lot of soul. (8 a.m.)
DALE WESCHLER Local fiddler performs a set of old-time mountain music. (10 a.m.)

Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20).
SAM SNIPER Local alt-country band playing grunge-influenced, energetic and heartfelt tunes.
JINX REMOVER Formerly known as Close Talker, this local band plays driving, melodic indie rock.
BOYCYCLE Local folk-pop band, featuring the beautiful clash of acoustics and synths and starring the confident vocals of Ashley Floyd.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m.
BETSY FRANCK Soulful, brassy Southern rock and country songs rooted in tradition, but with a modern sensibility.
DAVE DESMELICK Local Americana singer-songwriter.

The Melting Point 7:30 p.m. $7 (adv.), $10 (door).
GROGUS This long-running local ensemble plays jazz and salsa accentuated with reggae, hip hop and Afro-Cuban styles.
ATHENS TANGO PROJECT Local group playing Argentine tango, featuring the upright bass talent of Laura Camacho

Pittard Park 9:45 a.m.–9 p.m. FREE!
WINTERVILLE MARIGOLD FESTIVAL Featuring an all-day lineup of music, including Red Oak Southern String Band, Jim White, Betsy Franck, The Welfare Liners, Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy, Scott Low and the Southern Bouillon, March and Abbey Road Live.

Monday, May 19
Georgia Theatre Americana Mondays. On the Rooftop. 7 p.m. FREE!
CANDID COAL PEOPLE Local foot-stomping dance-folk group.
DODD FERRELLE Longtime local songwriter performs a set of his worn-in Americana tunes.
ADAM POULIN & FRIENDS The local fiddler leads a groove session with the help of various guests.

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
JAZZ FUNK JAM WITH DREW HART Local musician and Juice Box bassist leads a jam session.

Tuesday, May 20
Green Room 8 p.m.
ADAM KLEIN & THE WILD FIRES Local songwriter playing a rustic blend of country, folk and Americana.
JOHN MORELAND Singer-songwriter from Oklahoma.
SAILORS AND SHIP Local singer-songwriter Jeremy Wheatley (Crooked Fingers, Ruby the RabbitFoot) plays a set of stripped-down folk tunes.

The Melting Point Terrapin Tuesday. 7 p.m. $5.
MRJORDANMRTONKS Collaboration between longtime Athens musicians Tommy Jordan and William Tonks, featuring rootsy guitar picking and paired vocal melodies.
ANNE RICHMOND BOSTON The frontwoman of seminal new wave outfit The Swimming Pool Q’s performs a solo set.

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 Alexis Vear and Stephen “Blues Dude” Duncan.

I have such a backlog of music I only plan on coming to town for the Marigold Festival and I may try for the end of Grogus on Sat.
I hope to see y’all at the shows.
Peace and Love,

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