New Earth Music Hall (or New Earth Athens, depending which logo you trust) has quietly but continually reinvented itself throughout its existence, and the venue continutes to wear many hats: electro hotspot, jam-band base, Freekfest headquarters, etc. Many clubs in town claim to present a metaphorical rainbow of music; few actually do so as consistently.
New Earth has also undergone a physical transformation of late, turning from dingy concrete room to sleek, wood-paneled B corp. On Friday and Saturday, the venue will celebrate the official opening of its newly remodeled outdoor area and garden stage with a two-day "Garden Party" featuring 18 local and regional acts that run the gamut from folk to rock to reggae and beyond.
On Friday, things kick off at 5 p.m. on the garden stage, featuring music from Delta Cane, Cortez Garza, the Josh Perkins Band and more. At 10:30, the party moves indoors for sets from Mahkato and The Higher Choir. Grateful Dead cover band Cosmic Charlie will close out the night at 12:30 a.m.
Saturday's happening kicks of at 2 p.m. with a "pickin' party," followed by outdoor sets from 90 Acre Farm, Sam Sniper, Grassland String Band, Underhill Rose and others. Scott Low and the Southern Bouillon, The Salt Flats and Dangermuffin play indoors starting at 10.
Admission for each day is $5.