Friday, May 3

32 events

Live Music

  • Akademia Brewing Co.

    8:30 p.m.

    HIP-HOP MEGA-MIX Featuring DJs Chief Rocka & mon2, a Beat Wars battle between local producers, a Classic City Cypher freestyle competition and a performance by BYV.

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18–20).

    DONKEY PUNCH Raucous, long-running local hard-rock band.

    FART JAR Local experimental heavy-rock project. 

    FLEET OF PIGS New local death-metal five-piece.

  • Contact for Location

    8 p.m. $25.

    MATT TALBOTT Best known as the frontman of alt-rockers Hum, Talbott brings his solo Living Room Tour to Athens. See Calendar Pick on p. 21.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    10 p.m. $5.

    GOLDEN GARDENS Dreamy indie-pop trio from Seattle.

    LOTERIA Local pop duo featuring Jack Cherry (Juan de Fuca) and Anna Adams (Dagmar Vork).

    DIBBUK New local band.

  • The Foundry

    Retro Prom. 8 p.m. $25 (adv.), $30 (door).

    ELECTRIC AVENUE Tribute band that delivers "the '80s MTV experience."

  • Georgia Theatre

    8 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15 (door).

    COSMIC CHARLIE Grateful Dead cover band that adds their own flair to the classics. Tonight is a special "Dark Side of the Dead" show, featuring the music of Pink Floyd.

  • Georgia Theatre

    On the Rooftop. 6 p.m. FREE!

    CHECK THE SIGNS Uplifting local family band.

  • Georgia Theatre

    On the Rooftop. 10:30 p.m. FREE!

    SUPERET Los Angeles indie group led by songwriter Matt Blitzer.

  • Go Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-5609

    CULT OF RIGGONIA Experimental soundscapes with tribal, world music beats and ornate instrumentation.

    KONG MUST DEAD Experimental North Carolina project centered on the songwriting of Ben Hjertmann.

    ATRIA Macon-based folk project with a warm, ethereal sound.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m. $7.

    RYNE MEADOW "Acoustitronic" local singer-songwriter with a rich musical palette. Album release show!

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. $5. 706-546-4742

    HARVEY FUNKWALKER Athens trio steeped in deep funk roots and laced with tinges of jazz, blues and rock. Album release show!

    THE LAST JAMURAI Funky, Athens-based good-time rock and roll band.

  • VFW

    8 p.m. $10.

    RAMBLIN' COUNTRY BAND Georgia-based traditional country band.

  • The World Famous

    9 p.m.

    SUBURBAN LIVING Synthpop band from Philadelphia led by songwriter Wesley Bunch.


  • UGA Dance Building

    7–10:30 p.m. $3-5.

    Friday Night Dance Party

    Free beginner Rumba lesson at 7 p.m. followed by social dancing at 8 p.m. No partner required.

  • Madison Morgan Cultural Center

    10 a.m.–5 p.m. $25–40.

    Madison in May: Spring Tour of Homes

    Experience the living history of Madison while strolling through a selection of architecturally significant private homes.

  • The Foundry

    8 p.m. $25–30.

    Retro Prom

    Pick your decade, dress to the nines and dance the night away.  Proceeds benefit the Athens Community Council on Aging. Music by Electric Avenue.

  • Madison Morgan Cultural Center

    May 3–4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Hasan's Rugs: Educational Talks & Turkish Treats

    An exhibition and sale of handwoven Turkish rugs presented by Hasan's Rugs. 10% from the sale of each rug goes to support the Madison Morgan Cultural Center's mission. Educational talks, Turkish treats, rug talks and repair demonstrations throughout the day. 


  • Go Bar

    10:30 p.m. $3.,

    Athens Showgirl Cabaret

    Drag performances by local artists.

  • The Classic Center

    8 p.m. FREE! (tickets required).

    Athens Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert

    Bring a picnic dinner and listen to "An Evening With the American Songbook: The Music of Ellington, Young and Mercer. "

  • Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall

    7:30-8:30 p.m. $30.

    Steep Canyon Rangers

    This Grammy Award-winning group blends elements of pop, country and folk rock. 

  • Quinn Hall

    May 2-4, 7:30 p.m. May 5, 3 p.m. $12-15.


    Athens Creative Theatre presents Ruthless: A Musical Comedy

  • Athens Little Playhouse

    May 10-11, 7 p.m. May 12, 3 p.m. $5-10.

    A Play On Shakespeare

    A family-friendly production, very loosely based on William Shakespeare’s Henry V. This contemporary comedy was written by Athens’ own Lynne Thomas.


Lectures & Lit

  • No. 3 Railroad Street

    10 a.m.–2 p.m. FREE!

    Friends of the Oglethorpe County Library Book Sale

    CDs, DVDs, vinyl, handcrafted gifts and more. Proceeds benefit the library.



  • KA Artist Shop

    4:30-6 p.m. & 6:30-8 p.m. $15.

    Art Club Junior: Abstract Portraiture

    Class will incorporate a discussion, personal sketching/journaling and a hands-on project. All materials apart from your personal sketchbook and drawing tools will be provided.  

  • KA Artist Shop

    4:30-6 p.m. & 6:30-8 p.m. $15.

    Art Club Junior: Abstract Portraiture

    Class will incorporate a discussion, personal sketching/journaling and a hands-on project. All materials apart from your personal sketchbook and drawing tools will be provided.  


  • Rocksprings Community Center

    10-11 a.m. $4-6.

    Pre-Schooler Program: Lil Derby Dashers

    Make and name your own horses, play silly racing games and snack on some Derby worthy treats. Ages 1-6. 



    6-9 p.m. FREE!

    Concentrate: BFA Candidates from the Lamar Dodd School of Art

    This pop-up exhibition features BFA candidates Andrea Murillo, Alyssa Davis, Dianne Horgan, Emily Llamazales, Kira Hynes, Megan Sparks, Niel Hancock, Sabo Boden and Philip McClure.


  • The Globe

    6 p.m. & 7 p.m. FREE!

    Is Anybody Listening? & Isaac Pope: The Spirit of an American Country

    Paula Joan Caplan hosts the screening of two short films Is Anybody Listening? and Isaac Pope: The Spirit of an American Country as part of Athen's Human Rights Festival.