Music This Week Tonight Dec 23rd thru Jan 7th

Hey there,
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays or whatever good wishes appropriate.I hope your holidays are filled with friends and family, music, light, laughter, peace and love.
I am sending this out early because I had Hendershot’s  Cowboy Angel Christmas listed in my last post as happening yesterday not today.
This post also covers the next two weeks. I am not sure where I will be so I want to get the info out. Especially important to me is on Jan 4th @ 40 Watt is Garbage Island performing a tribute to a dear friend and incredible musician who passed away far too soon, Craig Lieske.
My favorite thing last week was Kelly and Ty’s wedding.
Suwannee Springfest tickets go up in price Jan 5th so get them now or make sure Santa knows about it. BTW ignore info on their web site about Magfest tickets. It is a mistake, I’m not the only one who makes them.
On the bummer side of things, I have lost the pole on one of my recorder stands. It is the one with the holster to hold the recorder that has been knocked over and broken and can’t be mounted any other way. I last used it to record St. Francis at the Green Room. This means I am down to two recorders. If you find it please let me know.
Here is a video I think you might like. It’s from a New York band Beecher’s Fault:
Here is something appropriate for the season:
Aaron Neville and MusiCorps the Wounded Warrior Band:—-silent-night-

Music recommendations:
Monday, December 23
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar A Cowboy Angel Christmas. 8 p.m. $3.
ADAM KLEIN & THE WILD FIRES Local songwriter playing a rustic blend of country, folk and Americana.
THE GRANFALLOONS Hum inducing, toe-tapping Athens group featuring members of the Randall Bramblett Band.
DANIEL AARON Late of Vespolina, local songwriter Aaron will play a solo set of original tunes.

Thursday, December 26
The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840
CARLA LE FEVER’S LOUNGE LIZARD JAM PARTY Local singer hosts an open full-rock 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, December 27
Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $10.
BLOODKIN The long-running Athens quartet plays a bluesy style of roots-rock music with big guitars and sharply written lyrics for darkly countrified bar-room rock.

Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609
MADELINE Bell-voiced songwriter Madeline Adams plays endearing songs of smalltown loves, hopes and other assorted torments and joys.
THEO HILTON Nana Grizol frontman returns to town to play a solo set.
DJ MAHOGANY Popular local DJ spins freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m.
THE GREEN FLAG BAND Playing traditional Irish music.

The Melting Point 8 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door).
GRAINS OF SAND This local band with a killer four-piece horn section offers up your favorite ’60s and ’70s beach and Motown music.

Saturday, December 28
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m.
PATTON/NELSON DUET Two local jazz musicians team up.

The Melting Point Annual Christmas Show. 8 p.m. $15 (adv.), $20 (door).
RANDALL BRAMBLETT BAND This established Georgia singer-songwriter’s Southern-tinged music pulls from a variety of influences.
CAROLINE AIKEN BAND One of Athens’ most talented and respected performing songwriters. Her bluesy voice and masterful technique guarantee a hypnotic performance.

Monday, December 30
Green Room 9 p.m.
MAGIC MISSILE Science-obsessed folk-pop band from Athens led by songwriter Jake Mosely and featuring members of Harvey Milk and Lona.
HAYRIDE Long-running three-piece local rock band.

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
STRAIGHT NO CHASER No info available.

Tuesday, December 31
Caledonia Lounge HAP Presents the Dirty Disney Ball. 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20).
SCOTT LOW AND THE SOUTHERN BOUILLON New project from the former Efren frontman, featuring Doyle Williams (Rehab), Clint Swords and Mike Strickland.
LOWDIVE Local ska/reggae band.
DANGFLY! Local rock band featuring an all-star lineup, including Adam Payne, Shawn Johnson, Jay Rodgers, Scotty Nicholson and Adam Poulin
SHOWTIME Elite tha Showstoppa’s band plays eclectic hip-hop mixed with rockin’ funky soul.

Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $17.50.
THE WHIGS Hard-driving formerly local rock trio with heavy pop sensibilities.
VELVETEEN PINK This quartet of funksters (including DJ Alfredo of Immuzikation) plays electro-based, groove-laden, upbeat stuff in the Prince, Stevie Wonder and Jamiroquai style.
NEW MADRID Echoing and atmospheric music, with folky vocals and swift, proficient guitar plucks.

Green Room 9 p.m. $10.
GHOST OWL Local group featuring former members of Perpetual Groove that partially diverges from that band’s sound but still retains a jammy vibe.
THE PEOPLE’S BLUES OF RICHMOND A crazy three-piece psychedelic rock/funk group from Richmond, VA.

New Earth Athens 8 p.m. $10.
GRO/CONSCIOUS Members of Latin-jazz group Grogus and dub-reggae ensemble DubConscious team up for a 90-minute set.
JUBEE & THE MORNING AFTER Smooth, soulful hip-hop/funk hybrid featuring local MC JuBee and his band of electric rockers.
SQUISCH This new local three-piece band is a genre-shuffling enigma that will keep you grooving all night.
ANDY BRUH & ROBBIE DUDE Two local EDM hotshots ring in the new year and spin sets in between bands all night long.

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
THE HEAP Funky indie-soul band based here in Athens with a killer horn section and fronted by Bryan Howard’s low, bass growl.

The World Famous 9 p.m.
YIP DECEIVER An infectiously fun blend of feel-good pop, R&B grooves and noise-bending electro from right here in Athens.

Thursday, January 2
Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20)
THE DICTATORTOTS These longtime Athenian chaos-cultivators stomp about and trash the night with post-grunge grooves.
THUNDERCHIEF Local act with a West Coast punk sound influenced by classic rock.
PANIC MANOR Rock group from Augusta.
SNAFOO No info available.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE!
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.

Friday, January 3
Green Room 9 p.m.
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.
THE HONEY SLIDERS Says the band: “Featuring Jonathan Walker, playing original music from Catopolis inspired by Rocket Gizmos and Gomez The Multi-Colored Snake.”
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. $15.
JONATHAN BYRD & THE PICKUP COWBOYS Lauded North Carolina-based songwriter who brings together the Texas songwriting tradition with Southern storytelling and hot guitar-picking in the line of North Carolina greats Doc Watson and Tony Rice.
ADAM KLEIN Local songwriter playing a rustic blend of country, folk and Americana.

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

Saturday, January 4
40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $5.
GARBAGE ISLAND Loud, metallic and edgy, the band dips into krautrock and progressive thought, earning it the “experimental” tag. This is a tribute show in memory of the band’s late guitarist Craig Lieske.
TERRARIUM Local band Circulatory System plays a set of improvisational experimentations.
THE 19TH BROOD New noise/drone project from local musicians Don Chambers and Lukas Cane.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m.
ANNA HAMILTON Talented blues singer-songwriter and activist based in Northern California.
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.

The Office Lounge 9 p.m. 706-546-0840
MATT JOINER BAND Local guitarist draws inspiration from blues and classic rock.

Sunday, January 5
ACC Library 3 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650
THE SOLSTICE SISTERS Old-time country ballads, traditional folk and ’40s-style swing with sweet, warm harmonies.

Tuesday, January 7
The Melting Point Terrapin Tuesday. 7 p.m. $5.
DRIFTWOOD Local Americana collective plays darkly accented folk music.
RED OAK SOUTHERN STRING BAND This Watkinsville-based band plays rootsy Americana tunes.

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 Anna Hamilton and the Rick Fowler Band.

This is not a good time of year for me. My momma passed away on Christmas day so the holiday isn’t the same for me. I was always known for epic Christmas parties, many of them lasting until after New Years. In hind sight I think that those of you that have known me for years but can’t remember when we met probably were at one of my parties. You definitely lost brain cells if you attended. Try as I might, I can’t always shake the depression that sets in and I don’t go out. Therefore I’m not sure of my schedule.  I will be at Patton/Nelson this Sat and will try to catch Caroline Aiken and Randall Bramblett as well. If  I’m out New Year’s Eve I will bounce between New Earth and Caledonia. I will definitely be at Garbage Island’s tribute to Craig Lieske at 40 Watt Jan 4th.
I hope to see y’all at the shows.
Peace and Love,

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