Monday, June 20, 2011

Athens, Georgia music festival kicks off Wednesday.

Athens, Georgia is such a cute town you really don’t need an excuse to visit, but this week the college town gives you a good reason to with Athfest. Athfest, the annual arts and music festival begins Wednesday with films (including hometown heroes Drive-By Truckers: the Go-Go Boots Episodes) and a comedy showcase. Now in its 15th year, Athfest features a lot of homegrown live music on three outdoor stages and at area clubs and venues like The 40 Watt Club and Go Bar as well as children’s activities at KIDSFest, a juried artisan market, film screenings, comedy, dance, and awards.

Live music, which emphasizes acts from Athens and the surrounding area, gets underway Friday and the schedule is vast. Friday’s acts include Futurebirds, Centro-Matic, Thomas Hardy of Dead Confederate, the Corduroy Road, the Orkids, Twin Tiger, Gringo Star and Modern Skirts. Saturday’s line-up includes the 30th anniversary of Guadalcanal Diary, Chickasaw Mudd Puppies, Nappy Roots, the Knockouts, Dodd Ferrelle, Five Eight, Love Tractor, Ken Wil Morton, and Bloodkin. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Col. Bruce Hampton and the Pharoah Gummitt, and the Kevn Kinney Band help close out the festival on Sunday.

All outdoor shows are all ages and free. Wristbands are required for entrance to venues participating in Friday and Saturday’s club crawl. Those will also get you discounted admission to LaughFest, the 2011 Flagpole Athens Music Awards, Sprockets Film Festival and Cine` Athfest films. Wristbands are $15-$20 and are available at or at club entrances Friday and Saturday. For more info on the overall event watch the video below:


  1. I think it's brilliant that all outdoor shows are free and it's not too unreasonable to ask for $15 to $20 for the festival wristbands considering the places you get to visit on the club crawl. It's great to see the whole community out enjoying themselves and I'd love to see more events like this being hosted. In these tough times the community needs to stick together and help each other through it.