Friday, August 23

24 events

Live Music

  • Big Dog's on the River

    5–9 p.m. $20.

    RHYTHM ON THE RIVER A benefit for Chess and Community featuring music by Kishi Bashi, Linqua Franqa, Squalle, LB and more.

  • Boar's Head Lounge

    10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040

    PARKER LOUIS GRANT BAND Local trio playing soul, country, rock and R&B.

  • Caledonia Lounge

    8 p.m. $15 (21+), $17 (18–20).

    LUNAR VACATION Up-and-coming Atlanta band with dream-pop and surf-rock influences. See Calendar Pick on p. 15.

    GARDEN CLUB Poppy, lo-fi, femme-centric punk band from Philadelphia.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    9 p.m. $7.

    SUMMER HYMNS Local group led by songwriter Zachary Gresham, playing intricate and powerful indie-folk.

    BOYCYCLE Local folk-pop band featuring acoustics and synths and starring the vocals of Ashley Floyd.

    WET MEADOWS Folky local "botanical rock" four-piece.

  • 40 Watt Club

    8 p.m. $10.

    CHRIS HAMRICK Georgia-based country singer-songwriter.

    JOSH BRICKER Local country-rock artist.

    JAMES MASON Young, up-and-coming singer-songwriter from Blackshear.

  • The Foundry

    8 p.m. $15 (adv.), $20 (door).

    DEPARTURE Journey tribute band that replicates the power and emotion of the rock supergroup.

  • Georgia Theatre

    On the Rooftop. 6:30 p.m. FREE!

    B.B. PALMER Traditional honky tonk group from Auburn, AL.

  • Georgia Theatre

    8 p.m. $15 (adv.), $20 (door).

    WALDEN Local four-piece playing anthemic rock akin to U2, Mumford and Sons and Coldplay.

    LUTHI Funky, horn-centric group based in Nashville, TN.

    DOT.S Atlanta-based electropop five-piece. See Calendar Pick on p. 15.

  • Go Bar

    8 p.m. 706-546-5609

    ANNIE LEETH Local experimental violinist and multi-instrumentalist composer.

    MONSOON Athens-based band informed by punk, anime culture and new wave.

    OUTERSEA Athens-based psychedelic surf-rock five-piece. 

    DJ MAHOGANY Popular local DJ spins freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m.

    THE SHUT-UPS Five-piece new-wave power-pop band from Atlanta and Athens.

    SPACEFLYTE Experimental pop project led by Apples in Stereo founder Robert Schneider.

  • Nowhere Bar

    9 p.m. $3.

    PREACHERVAN Alt-pop four-piece band from Atlanta.

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    3 p.m. FREE!

    JIM COOK Local solo performer playing acoustic blues, classic rock and Americana.

  • That Bar Athens

    10 p.m.

    DIABLO SANDWICH & THE DR. PEPPERS Local all-star Southern rock band blending country, gypsy, jazz and more.

  • Veronica's Sweet Spot

    7 p.m. FREE!

    TRISHA ADAMS Folk-pop singer-songwriter.


  • Little Kings Shuffle Club

    10 p.m. FREE!

    DJ Osmose

    DJ OSMOSE Internationally touring vinyl-only DJ spins disco, funk, soul, hip hop and more.

  • The Globe

    11 p.m. FREE! 706-353-4721

    Silent Disco

    SILENT DISCO Dance the night away with three channels of music. One of them is a request line!

  • Georgia Theatre

    On the Rooftop. 10:30 p.m. $3.

    Taking Control Dance Party

    TAKING CONTROL DANCE PARTY Dance to the biggest indie hits of the 1980s and 2000s.


  • Big Dog's on the River

    5–9 p.m. $20 suggested donation.

    Rhythm on the River

    The family-friendly festival includes volleyball, badminton, cornhole and games of chess. Food is included in the admission and kayaking is available for an additional charge. Performances by Life the Griot, Linqua Franqa, Kishi Bashi, Sqaulle, LB and more. Proceeds benefit Chess and Community.

  • Ciné

    6:30–9:30 p.m. FREE!

    Milonga Tropical

    Join the Athens Tango Project for a milonga, an Argentinian dance party, with plenty of live music and salsa performances by DanceFx. Includes Tango lessons from 6:30–7:15 p.m. before the party begins. All skill levels welcome.



  • Ciné

    7 p.m. FREE!

    Milonga Tropical: Tango Lessons

    UGA Spanish professor and dance instructor Fuad Elhage teaches a quick Tango lesson before the Milonga Tropical dance party.


  • Moonlight Theater

    Aug. 23–24, 8 p.m. $8–14.

    August Wrestle Fest

    A comedy show inspired by the original 1985 Wrestlemania. The night features live music by Honeychild on Friday and performances by drag queens.


  • Go Bar

    8 p.m. $5.

    Space is the Place

    The Athens Area Arts Council presents a space-themed fundraiser featuring music by Annie Leeth, Outersea and Monsoon, plus tarot readings and a late-night disco with DJ Mahogany. Proceeds help provide grants to local artists and arts organizations. Sparkly, far out attire strongly encouraged!