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Saturday, December 20

8 events

Live Music

  • Bishop Park

    Athens Farmers Market. 10 a.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net

    AMY ANDREWS Melancholy folk singer-songwriter.

  • Caledonia Lounge

    10 p.m. FREE! www.caledonialounge.com

    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." This is a special holiday show. 

  • 40 Watt Club

    8 p.m. $7. www.40watt.com

    CLASSIC CITY LEGENDS VOL. 1 Featuring the return of acclaimed Athens MC Ishues, as well as Versatyle Tha Wildchyld, Elite Tha Showstoppa, Whisper, Tony B, Duddy Ken, Backwood Slick, Dictator and Blacknerdninja

  • Go Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-5609

    FLIGHT MODE USA Kenny Aguar and Leslie Grove lead a trip down new-wave memory lane, with faithful homages to the dark, minimal pioneers of punk and synth-pop. They'll be performing the classic New Order LP "Movement."

    KUSA87 Local experimental band creating visual soundscapes through tapes, pedals, vinyl and more.

    DJ MAHOGANY Popular local DJ spins freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves.

  • Green Room

    10 p.m. www.greenroomathens.com

    BLASTING CAP Supergroup featuring members of Guadalcanal Diary, The Woggles, Hillbilly Frankenstein, the Swimming Pool Q's and Method Actors.

    NATE & THE NIGHTMARES Garage-rock act fronted by Cars Can Be Blue's Nate Mitchell and featuring members of Free Associates and Mother the Car.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m. www.hendershotscoffee.com

    HEIDI HENSLEY Local folk-rock singer performs a set of original music.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 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 Office Lounge

    7–10 p.m. $7. 706-546-0840

    THE NORMALTOWN FLYERS The long-running Athens-based band that labels its sound as "pickup truck rock and roll" performs for the Office's Christmas Party.

Sunday, December 21

1 event

Live Music

Monday, December 22

3 events

Live Music

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www.caledonialounge.com

    ARRAY Teenaged rock and roll group from Atlanta.

    FEEDBACK Local teenage rock band of Camp Amped alums playing covers and originals.

    STAY THE SEA Local instrumental post-rock band.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m. www.hendershotscoffee.com

    RICK WILLIAMS' BLUES OLYMPICS Blues supergroup led by the multitalented Rick Williams.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    WORKINGMAN'S MONDAY Enjoy the music of the Grateful Dead. Hosted by Bo Hembree.

Tuesday, December 23

1 event

Live Music

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    LEAVING COUNTRIES Local singer-songwriter Louis Phillip Pelot and company play a "mind-boggling wall of organic sound with upbeat, travel-driven lyrics."

Wednesday, December 24

2 events

Live Music

Friday, December 26

5 events

Live Music

  • Go Bar

    10:30 p.m. 706-546-5609

    KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic John "Dr. Fred" Bowers and featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m. www.hendershotscoffee.com

    THE GREEN FLAG BAND Playing traditional Irish music.

  • The Melting Point

    8 p.m. $7 (adv.), $10 (door). www.meltingpointathens.com

    CAROLINE AIKEN One of Athens' most talented and respected performing songwriters. Her bluesy voice and masterful technique guarantee a hypnotic performance. This show features special performances by John Keane and Ike Stubblefield.

    90 ACRE FARM Local Americana band featuring vocal harmonies and slide guitar.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    DARYL HANCE Formerly the guitarist for JJ Grey & Mofro, Hance steps out on his own with an "unrelenting sonic blast of groovin' rock and roll music."

  • The Office Lounge

    8:30 p.m. 706-546-0840

    TANGENTS This country-fried rock group from Watkinsville carries Lynyrd Skynyrd licks and John Mellencamp melodies.

Saturday, December 27

3 events

Live Music

  • The Melting Point

    8 p.m. $15(adv.), $20 (door). www.meltingpointathens.com

    RANDALL BRAMBLETT BAND This established Georgia singer-songwriter's Southern-tinged music pulls from a variety of influences.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    S-WORDS AND THE I REMEMBERS Local band playing funky pop-rock with a touch of Southern jam.

  • The Office Lounge

    9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840

    CARLA LEFEVER AND THE RAYS This band, led by longtime Athenian LeFever, is back with a new lineup and a new, more rocking sound.

Monday, December 29

1 event

Live Music

  • 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 BLOWPOP Joe Kubler (Bubbly Mommy Gun) spins a set of tunes.

Tuesday, December 30

2 events

Live Music

  • Green Room

    9 p.m. www.greenroomathens.com

    THE DICTATORTOTS These longtime Athenian chaos-cultivators stomp about and trash the night with post-grunge grooves. See Calendar Pick on p. 12.

    HAYRIDE Long-running three-piece local rock band.

    THE ARCS Long-running local rock band featuring Dave Gerow, Kevin Lane, Brandon Reynolds and Ben Spraker.

  • The Melting Point

    Terrapin Tuesday. 7 p.m. $5. www.meltingpointathens.com

    BORDERHOP TRIO High lonesome pickin' and singing from Athens' own bluegrass outfit.

Wednesday, December 31

12 events

Live Music

  • Athens Moose Club

    7:30 p.m. 706-546-0543

    THE SENSATIONAL SOUNDS OF MOTOWN Six veteran musicians entertaining crowds in the Southeast for nearly 20 years promise an exciting, live-energy show. Featuring Mr. Motown!

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www.caledonialounge.com

    DANGFLY Local rock band featuring an all-star lineup, including Adam Payne, Shawn Johnson, Jay Rodgers, Scotty Nicholson and Adam Poulin. See story on p. 10.

    LOWDIVE Local ska/reggae band.

    SHOWTIME Elite tha Showstoppa's band plays eclectic hip-hop mixed with rockin' funky soul.

    SCOTT LOW AND THE SOUTHERN BOUILLON New project from the Efren frontman, featuring Doyle Williams (Rehab), Clint Swords and Mike Strickland.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    9 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar.com

    TONGUES Dreamy local pop-rock band. See story on p. 10.

    BLUNT BANGS Local indie-pop band featuring Black Kids frontman Reggie Youngblood.

    BROTHERS Local band plays swirling, folky tunes with haunting vocals.

    NEW WIVES Charming Athens indie rockers inspired by groups like Modest Mouse and Cursive.

  • 40 Watt Club

    9 p.m. $11. www.40watt.com

    REPTAR Highly praised local synth-pop band offering fun, irreverent tunes with angular rhythms and danceable beats in the vein of Vampire Weekend and Talking Heads. See story on p. 10.

    MURK DADDY FLEX Laid-back, sample-driven, old-school hip-hop beats from Terence Chiyezhan.

    SHADE Dissonant, groove-oriented local post-punk band.

  • Georgia Theatre

    8:30 p.m. $15. www.georgiatheatre.com

    THE REVIVALISTS This New Orleans band plays a vibrant mix of funk, jazz and rock accented by warm pedal steel and sax. See story on p. 10.

    AJ GHENT Funky slide-guitar player.

    LARKIN POE Two sisters from Atlanta who sing and shred a unique blend of "Swampadelic Americana."

  • The Globe

    10 p.m. FREE! 706-353-4721

    BREATHLANES Athens musical collective playing organic, atmospheric improv. Featuring Luke "Gnarly G" Powell.

  • Go Bar

    9 p.m. 706-546-5609

    MUUY BIIEN The local doom-punk band poses as the Rolling Stones for a special New Year's Eve show. See story on p. 10.

    DIP Electronically composed, over-the-top pop music with hip hop vocal delivery. The band humorously and compulsively mentions "dip" in every song.

    COOMBSBOT Athens-based robot-in-disguise regenerates live electronic covers of looped pop classics from the '80s,' 90s and today!

    DJ BLOWPOP Joe Kubler (Bubbly Mommy Gun) spins a set of tunes.

  • Little Kings Shuffle Club

    10 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/lkshuffleclub

    DJ MAHOGANY Popular local DJ spins freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves.

  • The Melting Point

    7 p.m. $50. www.meltingpointathens.com

    MARTHA REEVES Enjoy an evening with the legendary Motown singer. See story on p. 10.

    THE GRAINS OF SAND Local band with a four-piece horn section offering up your favorite '60s and '70s beach and Motown music.

    TRAE GURLEY A tribute to Frank Sinatra.

  • New Earth Athens

    9 p.m. $10. www.newearthmusichall.com

    SEVEN HANDLE CIRCUS A rowdy, fun and modern interpretation of traditional bluegrass and folk. See story on p. 10.

    THE DARNELL BOYS The three Darnell brothers play and sing country blues originals backed by upright bass, singing saw and junkyard percussion.

    THE KINKY APHRODISIACS Southern progressive rock trio.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    PERCY SLEDGEHAMMER New local cover band playing soul and R&B classics.

  • Porterhouse Grill

    7 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990

    JAZZ NIGHT The longest standing weekly music gig in Athens! Join drummer Nicholas Wiles with bassist Drew Hart and pianist Steve Key for an evening of original music, improv and standards.

Thursday, January 1

3 events

Live Music

  • Barbeque Shack

    7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-6752

    OPEN BLUEGRASS JAM All pickers welcome! Every Thursday!

  • Go Bar

    6 p.m. 706-546-5609

    VELOCIRAPTURE Brash local experimental rock group that names Velvet Underground and Stooges among its influences. 

    THE HERNIES Local indie rock band led by Henry Barbe.

    STRAYS Local garage-pop band featuring members of Velocirapture and Muuy Biien.

    JO RB JONES Local experimental acoustic pop songwriter performs with her new live band.

    U*S*A Local experimental rock band.

  • The Office Lounge

    8 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. He hosts an "all-star jam" every Thursday.

Friday, January 2

1 event

Live Music

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    THE HERITAGE A blend of classic funk, roots, and rock and roll with a modern groove.

Saturday, January 3

7 events

Live Music

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    9 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar.com

    GEORGE TYLER HUNTINGTON Padre's frontman performs a solo set. 

    SONS OF KATIE ELDER New local folk-rock group.

    SHARK WEEK Soulful rock group from Chattanooga, TN.

  • Georgia Theatre

    8 p.m. $15. www.georgiatheatre.com

    CHARLES BRADLEY Dubbed "The Screamin' Eagle of Soul," the late-blooming Bradley distills the best of James Brown and Otis Redding into one powerful soul punch. See Calendar Pick on p. 12.

    NATE & THE NIGHTMARES Garage-rock act fronted by Cars Can Be Blue's Nate Mitchell and featuring members of Free Associates and Mother the Car.

  • Go Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-5609

    JIANNA JUSTICE Experimental musician leads a collection of ensemble performances.

    ALEC LIVADITIS Local musician performs a duet for violin and violincello.

    JOHN FERNANDES Performing a piece for solo instrument and tape player.

    RICHARD HUNSINGER Performing solo guitar works and more.

    DJ BLOWPOP Joe Kubler (Bubbly Mommy Gun) spins a set of tunes.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m. www.hendershotscoffee.com

    RALPH RODDENBERRY Eclectic Southern blues-rock artist.

  • The Melting Point

    3:30 & 9 p.m. $10 (adv)., $13 (door). www.meltingpointathens.com

    ABBEY ROAD LIVE Beloved local Beatles tribute band known for its attention to detail and musical proficiency. 

  • The Melting Point

    3:30 & 9 p.m. $10 (adv)., $13 (door). www.meltingpointathens.com

    ABBEY ROAD LIVE Beloved local Beatles tribute band known for its attention to detail and musical proficiency. 

  • The Office Lounge

    9 p.m. 706-546-0840

    GASOLINE BROTHERS The band says they are the "loud kings of Hipster-billy rawk."

Monday, January 5

1 event

Live Music

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    BLUES NIGHT WITH BIG C Nobody in Athens sings the blues quite like Big C. Expect lots of soulful riffs, covers and originals.

Tuesday, January 6

5 events

Live Music

Wednesday, January 7

4 events

Live Music

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    Athens AMP. 9 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar.com

    MOTHERS Local songwriter Kristine Leschper performs gorgeous, haunting folk tunes. See story on p. 11.

  • Georgia Theatre

    7 p.m. SOLD OUT. www.georgiatheatre.com

    GREGG ALLMAN Legendary member of the Allman Brothers Band plays a two night run. See Calendar Pick on p. 12.

    AMANDA SHIRES Americana singer-songwriter and violinist.

  • The Melting Point

    7:30 p.m. $15 (adv.), $18 (door). www.meltingpointathens.com

    GLEN PHILLIPS Former frontman of alt-rock mainstays Toad the Wet Sprocket performs solo.

    NATALIA ZUKERMAN Brooklyn, NY-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

  • Porterhouse Grill

    7 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990

    JAZZ NIGHT The longest standing weekly music gig in Athens! Join drummer Nicholas Wiles with bassist Drew Hart and pianist Steve Key for an evening of original music, improv and standards.

Thursday, January 8

5 events

Live Music

  • Barbeque Shack

    7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-6752

    OPEN BLUEGRASS JAM All pickers welcome! Every Thursday!

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    9 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar.com

    EL HOLLIN This Athens band plays haunting pop music with minimal instrumentation and ethereal vocals.

    JUNIOR JULY No info available.

  • Georgia Theatre

    8 p.m. $5. www.georgiatheatre.com

    THE FUNK BROTHERHOOD Local party band does a tribute to Kool & The Gang.

    GRAVY Smooth New Orleans prog-funk band named after flavorful liquid.

  • Normaltown Hall

    8:30 p.m. $8. www.facebook.com/NormaltownHall

    CHRIS FORSYTH AND THE SOLAR MOTEL Philadelphia-based virtuoso guitarist plays far-out, Television-inspired psychedelic rock.

    GRAND VAPIDS This local alt-rock band has a dense, dreamy, slowcore-inspired sound.

    BLUE BLOOD Melodic psych-pop project from Hunter Morris, formerly of Gift Horse.

  • The Office Lounge

    8 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. He hosts an "all-star jam" every Thursday.

Friday, January 9

3 events

Live Music

  • 40 Watt Club

    8 p.m. $5. www.40watt.com

    BIG MORGAN Local band consisting of former members of Atlanta band Lotus Slide.

    WIEUCA A fuzz-heavy, slightly countrified alt-rock version of the sort of wistful slacker-rock pioneered by Pavement and Dinosaur Jr.

    STRAYS Local garage-pop band featuring members of Velocirapture and Muuy Biien.

  • Georgia Theatre

    8 p.m. $12. www.georgiatheatre.com

    FAMILY AND FRIENDS Buzzworthy local folk-rock sweethearts featuring double percussion and anthemic vocals.

    ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR Folk-influenced rock six-piece from Deland, FL gaining national attention.

    SEMICIRCLE Lush, captivating folk-rock project of Reptar's Andrew McFarland and Ryan Engelberger.

  • The Melting Point

    8:30 p.m. $20 (adv.), $25 (door). www.meltingpointathens.com

    THE SWINGIN' MEDALLIONS Perhaps best known for their 1966 hit "Double Shot (of My Baby's Love)," today the Medallions are made up of children or other relatives of the original lineup and bill themselves as "the party band of the South." 

Saturday, January 10

4 events

Live Music

  • 40 Watt Club

    8 p.m. $7 (w/ student ID), $10. www.40watt.com

    WILLIE ZIAVINO AND THE C.O.T. BAND Atlanta group playing a fusion of trova, jazz and Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms.

    ATHENS TANGO PROJECT Local group playing Argentine tango, featuring the upright bass talent of Laura Camacho.

    DJ DANCE PARTY Playing a mix of pop, salsa, swing and tango music.

  • Georgia Theatre

    8 p.m. $15. www.georgiatheatre.com

    THE DIRTY GUV'NAHS Roots-rockers from Knoxville, TN.

  • Go Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-5609

    PAPA LEGBA New project that plays neo-New Orleans blues, voodoo folk and zydeco, capturing the spirit of the bayou with inspired originals as well old favorites flavored with a Louisiana twist.

    DJ HOT WAX Max Wang (The Rodney Kings) spins '60s pop/soul and punk rock.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    RUNAWAY GIN Phish tribute band.

Monday, January 12

2 events

Live Music

  • Georgia Theatre

    8 p.m. $5. www.georgiatheatre.com

    MONSOON Female-fronted local post-punk band that dabbles in rockabilly and new wave. Album release show!

    SHADE Local three-piece skews stoner riffs by sleight-of-hand over oceans of confusion. Frontwoman Phelan LaVelle throttles through dark, unlearned outsider jazz. 

    CONCORD AMERICA Slightly out-of-control Atlanta-based band that touches on punk and garage.

    CHIEF SCOUT Bracing local psych-rock band led by songwriter Trey Rosenkampff.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    MUSCLE SHOALS MONDAY Local artists pay tribute to the Alabama hotspot.

Tuesday, January 13

1 event

Live Music

Wednesday, January 14

2 events

Live Music

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    MILLI FUNGUS Jam band from Greenville, SC.

  • Porterhouse Grill

    7 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990

    JAZZ NIGHT The longest standing weekly music gig in Athens! Join drummer Nicholas Wiles with bassist Drew Hart and pianist Steve Key for an evening of original music, improv and standards.

Thursday, January 15

4 events

Live Music

  • Barbeque Shack

    7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-6752

    OPEN BLUEGRASS JAM All pickers welcome! Every Thursday!

  • Georgia Theatre

    8 p.m. $12. www.georgiatheatre.com

    CHRIS KNIGHT Kentucky-based Southern rock singer-songwriter whose 15-year career has been described as "where Cormac McCarthy meets Copperhead Road."

  • Nowhere Bar

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

    THE GET RIGHT BAND Asheville, NC-based funk/rock/boogie trio. 

  • The Office Lounge

    8 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. He hosts an "all-star jam" every Thursday.

Friday, January 16

2 events

Live Music

Saturday, January 17

2 events

Live Music

  • Georgia Theatre

    8 p.m. $15. www.georgiatheatre.com

    GREENSKY BLUEGRASS Well-regarded, well-traveled, Michigan-based bluegrass group.

    THE LAST BISON Chesapeake, VA-based act playing mountaintop chamber music that combines elements of alternative indie-folk with classical sensibilities.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    SATURN VALLEY Local progressive jam fusion band.

Monday, January 19

2 events

Live Music

  • Georgia Theatre

    7 p.m. $15. www.georgiatheatre.com

    THE NILE PROJECT Songs and sounds of the Nile, played in the style of traditional Egypt and Sudan.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    JAZZ FUNK JAM WITH MASON DAVIS Local jazz musician Mason Davis hosts a jam session.