Despite occasional heavy rainfall, this year's AthFest Music & Arts Festival drew large crowds downtown for three days of music, food, art and much more. Check out images from the weekend below, courtesy of Flagpole photographers Austin Steele and Caroline Elliott:
Photo Credit: Allie Duke
Local rock band Big Morgan formed a few years back and quickly became a favorite of the house-party set, thanks to its manic energy and appealingly goofy songwriting. Though the band's members are arguably better known for their other projects—Juan de Fuca, Trip Lacy and Mad Ace among them—Big Morgan remains an outlet for their more primal rock and roll desires.
Today, we're psyched to premiere a new Big Morgan tune, "Crater." It's from the band's upcoming debut LP, Superpunch!, out later this summer. Stream it below:
If you pick up a copy of this week's print Flagpole—and you really should!—you'll get a first glimpse at this year's Flagpole Athens Music Award, which stands proud and tall on the new issue's cover, surrounded by a bunch of its action-figure friends.
Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones
Need help planning your AthFest? Here's the full festival schedule, organized by date, venue and time. For performer descriptions, check out the Calendar. All of this info is also available in this week's print Flagpole, so pick one up today!
Photo Credit: Sean Dunn
Athens-based psych-rock band The Eskimos called it quits in 2002, but quietly reformed in recent years, after frontman Drew Sinclair's karaoke rendition of an ABBA tune drew rave reviews from fellow patrons at a Decatur, AL bar. Or so the band would have you believe.
Artwork by Graham Shirley.
In February, not long after President Trump was inaugurated, two area recording studios—engineer Mike Albanese's Espresso Machine in Athens and Jay Rodgers' Full Moon in Watkinsville—invited 20 local groups over for a marathon weekend-long recording session, during which the bands laid down new songs inspired by the election and its aftermath.
Folk trio Cicada Rhythm has been a Flagpole fave since the then-duo of Andrea DeMarcus and Dave Kirslis moved to Athens in 2013. In 2015, the group released its official debut via Normaltown Records. Since then, the band's been gigging steadily and working on new material.
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