The 2018 Sigh in July Music and Arts Festival featured musical talent on three stages, art all over the venue and a variety of new activities for this year's attendees. Even though the second night was cut short due to an unexpected hailstorm, the festival at Live Wire delivered a weekend of memorable moments.
Editor's note: On the new comedy podcast "R U Talkin' R.E.M. RE: ME?", hosts Scott Aukerman and Adam Scott dive deep into the legendary Athens band's discography. Local superfan Tim Kelly is reviewing the podcast for Flagpole.
The Classic City American Music Festival celebrated 10 years on Sunday at The Foundry in Athens. Twelve bands performed on two stages over the course of the afternoon and into the evening, featuring a combination of country, folk, rock, bluegrass and rockabilly sounds.
Photo Credit: Alec Stanley
Meticulous local indie-pop outfit Wanderwild released its debut LP, In Due Time, in November, which we called "an artful and ambitious full-length that pulses and shimmers its way through nine thoughtfully composed tracks." Today, we're pleased to premiere a video for the record's glimmering closing number, "Day 31."
A player in Athens' early-aughts melodic-indie-rock scene that centered on bygone venues like Tasty World and spawned fondly remembered acts like The Pendletons and The Eskimos, Fairburn Royals released three albums on Atlanta's Two Sheds Music before calling it quits in 2005. In 2016, singer Matt Lisle returned to Georgia, and the band was reborn.
Photo Credit: Savannah Cole
Over 150 acts played this year's AthFest Music & Arts Festival. Last week, we previewed the fest by highlighting 10 bands we thought were worthy of your time. Here are 10 additional acts our writers saw and loved:
Thursday evening, the 2018 Flagpole Athens Music Awards was held at the historic Morton Theatre. Hosted by local hip-hop artist and political activist Linqua Franqa, the evening was a spectacular success. Local musicians and artists received awards in 21 categories, including Jazz/World, Punk, Hip Hop, Live and Studio Engineer and Artist of the Year, to name a few.
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