This year's Athens in Harmony concert, designed to promote cultural sharing and racial reconciliation, took place at The Foundry on Sunday, and Flagpole photographer Whitley Carpenter was there to document the night. Check out photos from the show below:
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Everyone knows Carole King’s music, even if they don’t know they know Carole King’s music. The critically acclaimed songwriter wrote (with her then-husband Gerry Goffin) her first No. 1 hit at age 17—“Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” famously sung by The Shirelles. Her repertoire from the 1960s and '70s is full of hits like “Some Kind of Wonderful” by The Drifters, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin, “Chains” by The Beatles and more. It wasn’t until 1971 that King released a full album, Tapestry, of songs written and performed by herself.
Photo Credit: Jessie Goodson
On Thursday night, the Caledonia Lounge transformed from a rock-centric party den into a homey, intimate, queer-friendly room full of quiet, respectful people. On night three of her tour, Laura Stevenson graced Athens with her soulful tunes and playful personality.
The 2019 Flagpole Athens Music Awards show kicked off AthFest at the Morton Theatre on Thursday, where local musicians took home awards in 20 categories based on a reader vote. The night's big winner was folk-rock group Family and Friends, which took home both the Album and Artist of the Year awards.
Photo Credit: Whitley Carpenter
About 30 people wearing orange to symbolize their opposition to gun violence braved a looming thunderstorm Friday night for a rally featuring Athens Mayor Kelly Girtz and Police Chief Cleveland Spruill.
"We wear orange to say we will be seen, we will be heard, we will show up—even when it's raining—and we will work to end gun violence," said Emma Jones of Moms Demand Action, which organized the rally.
The group also tried to light up City Hall orange, though as they acknowledged, the coloring wasn't really visible in the dim light.
Photo Credit: Jason Thrasher
Thursday evening at The Foundry, the 2019 Vic Chesnutt Songwriter of the Year Award was presented to Lydia Brambila, a local singer-songwriter who was nominated for the song "Sirena," from her 2018 album Migraineur.
In this week's issue, we reveal the 2019 Flagpole Athens Favorites winners—the local businesses our readers voted as being the most magical in town. Last night at Little Kings Shuffle Club, we celebrated with lots of this year's winners and runners-up. Congrats to this year's Favorites! Check out photos from the party below, courtesy of contributor Zach Tate:
Lauren Haynes is working towards the day when it is the norm for female artists and artists of color to inhabit museum collections with the ease and frequency of white males. She also wants to get people excited about contemporary art.
Haynes spoke to a full auditorium last night at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. The Curator of Contemporary American Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, she is in Athens to serve as this year’s guest juror for the Lyndon House Art Center’s 44th Juried Exhibition. Speculation is high among local artists about how the show might look and feel in the hands of this bold young curator. Babs Kall, a local artist who works with fused glass, said “I’m curious and anxious to see what Lauren chose for the show. I am expecting a vibrant and colorful, tactile exhibit.”
Photos by Abigail Sherrod Sykes
Folks trickled in on a very cold Wednesday evening for Post Animal's openers, Shane T and Illiterate Light. Nashville-based Shane T, accompanied by bassist Taylor Cotton and drummer Matt Martin, gave a cohesive performance, with a fuller setlist than one might expect from an artist who has only released one single since going solo. A graduate of the Music Business Program at UGA and former frontman of Athens band Son & Thief, Shane gave a shoutout to the Georgia Theatre, where he interned before graduating.
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