Few bands are as influential to the power-pop genre as Memphis group Big Star. Although the original lineup only lasted three years, from 1971–1974, Big Star produced three albums of material that have influenced countless musicians. R.E.M. and The Replacements, for example, have found inspiration in the jangly musings of the band. Despite its vision, the life of Big Star was marred by turmoil and tragedy. Lack of initial commercial success combined with mental health issues and the death of core member Chris Bell gradually deteriorated the band. Thankfully, reissues and renewed critical success have secured Big Star’s status as a cult favorite band, and now an all-star cast of musicians, including the only surviving original Big Star member, Jody Stephens, will take the stage in Athens. The tribute band’s lineup features Jon Auer of Big Star and The Posies, Mike Mills of R.E.M., Pat Sansone of Wilco and Chris Stamey of The dB’s. The group will play Big Star’s #1 Record in its entirety in celebration of its 50th anniversary, as well as material from Radio City, Third and Bell’s solo releases.
WHO: Don’t Lie to Me!
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show)
WHERE: Georgia Theatre
HOW MUCH: $20
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