COLORBEARER OF ATHENS, GEORGIA LOCALLY OWNED SINCE 1987

Monday, December 10

4 events

Live Music

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    10 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar.com

    SISTER MOON Rock project led by Atlanta singer-songwriter Ashley Rivera.

    THE MARCH DIVIDE Hooky indie-rock singer-songwriter from San Antonio.

    THE LITTLE STRONG Athens-based singer-songwriter formerly known as Carly Joy King.

    BLIND ASTRONOMER Local alternative rock band.

  • Go Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-5609

    JAKE MERRICK Local multi-instrumentalist and experimental composer.

    FRANK HURRICANE Experimental artist that describes his music as "spiritual mountain psych gangsta folk."

    SARAH SWILLUM Local artist playing hallucinatory beat-pop featuring existential chants and dance.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee.com

    OPEN MIC Showcase your talent at this open mic night most Mondays. Hosted by Larry Forte.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    SO NASTY Athens group led by saxophonist and vocalist Gnarly G and featuring a rotating cast of local musicians.

Tuesday, December 11

1 event

Live Music

  • Big City Bread Cafe

    6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0029

    KIRBY AIMICK Local guitarist and banjoist creating instrumental melodies derived from American and Celtic traditions.

Wednesday, December 12

7 events

Live Music

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18–20). www.caledonialounge.com

    THE HOLY KNIVES Psych-rock band from San Antonio led by two brothers.

    ZALE Classically trained singer-songwriter leads her alt-rock band.

    GUMSHOE Lean, darkly evocative rock songs with vivid imagery courtesy of frontman Andy Dixon.

  • Georgia Theatre

    7:30 p.m. $25 (adv.), $28 (door). www.georgiatheatre.com

    MARCUS KING BAND Bluesy, Greenville, SC-based psychedelic funk-rock group.

    IDA MAE Rootsy Americana group from the UK.

  • The Globe

    8 p.m. FREE! www.jazzathensga.org

    THE HOT HOTTY-HOTS Local swing and hot jazz ensemble playing music of the 1910s, '20s and '30s. 

  • Go Bar

    Volumes Poetry Jam. 9:30 p.m. $5. 706-546-5609

    THE FORMULA New local rock band.

    SHOEGAZERS Power-pop band from Kennesaw.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    SNAP! Organ-heavy funk/jazz tunes delivered by locals Jason Fuller, Benji Shanks, David Yoke, Carlton Owens and Stephen Spivey.

  • Porterhouse Grill

    6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990

    JAZZ NIGHT The longest standing weekly music gig in Athens! Enjoy an evening of original music, improv and standards.

  • Tif Sigfrids

    5 p.m. www.tifsigfrids.com

    JOHN FAHEY TRIBUTE Local musicians pay tribute to the guitar innovator, featuring Jeremy Kiran Fernandes, Michael Levasseur, Michael Potter, Tif Sigfrids, Jacob Sunderlin and Tom Watson.

Thursday, December 13

8 events

Live Music

  • Akademia Brewing Co.

    7 p.m. FREE! www.akademiabc.com

    THE FAMILY RECIPE New local fusion outfit blending jazz, jam and blues.

  • Boar's Head Lounge

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

    FREEHOLD Local five-piece band inspired by rock music new and old.

    ROBBIE O'SULLIVAN Local singer-songwriter influenced by classic rock and folk.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    10 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar.com

    VIC VARNEY Former Method Actors frontman credited with assisting the explosion of alternative rock in Athens. 

    DON CHAMBERS Longtime local favorite who delves into pastoral folk and experimental rock with equal passion. 

    JOE ROWE Local musician singing songs about life and death.

  • The Foundry

    7 p.m. $5. www.thefoundryathens.com

    THE ORIGINAL SCREWTOPS Crankin' the blues since 1962.

    THE GYPSY WILDCATS Local group laying classic gypsy swing tunes, as well as Americana and old vaudeville standards.

  • Georgia Theatre

    Athenspets Benefit. 8 p.m. $10. www.georgiatheatre.com

    A WINTER REVELRY This "tacky holiday party" features music from New Madrid, Grand Vapids, Wanderwild, Deep State and Hank Sullivant. See Calendar Pick on p. 16.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    7:30 p.m. $10 (adv.), $12 (door). www.hendershotscoffee.com

    THE GOOD GRIEF TRIO Greg Hankins, Luca Lombardi and Seth Hendershot perform the music of Charlie Brown Christmas and more.

    HOT CLUB OF ATHENS Multinational four-piece jazz project featuring locals Kishi Bashi, Keiko Ishibashi, Antoon Speters and Elijah Smith. 

  • Mellow Mushroom

    7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-0892

    JOE WILSON Member of local hard-rock group Lullwater performs a solo set.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    MISNOMER Local nine-piece improvisational fusion group with a funky, jazzy sound.

Friday, December 14

8 events

Live Music

  • Akademia Brewing Co.

    7 p.m. FREE! www.akademiabc.com

    PARIS LUNA BAND Gritty, Georgia-based Americana outfit.

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18–20). www.caledonialounge.com

    PINKY DOODLE POODLE High-energy rock band from Japan.

    TELEMARKET Athens-based punk- and indie-influenced rock group.

    THE PROXIES Athens-based Pixies tribute band playing B-sides and deep cuts.

    SHUTTER New local post-punk group.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    9 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar.com

    FORBIDDEN WAVES Surfy local garage-rock combo.

    MATCHSTICK JOHNNY One-man band from Palm Beach, FL.

  • 40 Watt Club

    Toy Drive Slumber Party. 8 p.m. $5. www.40watt.com

    MONSOON Beloved local pop-punk band that dabbles in rockabilly and new wave.

    CALICO VISION Athens-based melodic psychedelic-pop group.

    DEAD NEIGHBORS Local band playing punky, emotive garage-rock.

    BENNYHONDA SUPERSHIFTER No info available.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    7:30 p.m. $10 (adv.), $12 (door). www.hendershotscoffee.com

    THE GOOD GRIEF TRIO Greg Hankins, Luca Lombardi and Seth Hendershot perform the music of Charlie Brown Christmasand more.

    WHITEHALL JAZZ COLLECTIVE Local jazz pianist Greg Hankins leads his group through an eclectic set of music.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    BLOODKIN & FRIENDS The long-running Athens quartet plays a bluesy style of roots-rock music with big guitars and sharply written lyrics. 

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    5 p.m. FREE! www.terrapinbeer.com

    KURT LEE WHEELER Georgia singer-songwriter blending folk, alt-country and rock.

  • VFW

    8 p.m. $10. www.vfwathens.com

    RAMBLIN' COUNTRY BAND Georgia-based traditional country band.

Saturday, December 15

7 events

Live Music

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    10 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar.com

    THOMPSON SPRINGS Melodic, noisy garage-rock project from Chicago.

    THE ELEVATORS Jazzy local alternative rock band.

    THE PIERRES Alt-rock group from Athens.

  • 40 Watt Club

    8 p.m. $7. www.40watt.com

    SARAH ZUNIGA Talented local singer-songwriter with a sweet, strong voice.

    TYLER JARVIS Indie-folk singer-songwriter from Atlanta.

    GU IS 9 Atlanta-based indie hip-hop project.

  • Go Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-5609

    L'OR Laura St. Martin uses electronics and interpretive dance to explore the human condition and the collective unconscious.

    THE DREAM SCENE Javier Morales' rhythmic, lo-fi avant-garde pop project. Christmas show!

    K-BEARZ Kara Hardesty plays soft Christmas jazz and elevator-style music.

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

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    BLOODKIN Long-running Athens quartet playing a bluesy style of roots-rock with big guitars and sharply written lyrics. 

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

  • The Office Lounge

    9 p.m. $10. 706-546-0840

    'MAD MEN' HOLIDAY PARTY A '60s-themed holiday party to benefit the Musicians Support Fund, featuring performances by MG3, The Mockingbirds and The Deadlines, dancing, a raffle and more.

  • Old Fire Hall #2

    7 p.m. $10. www.facebook.com/davemarrmusic

    DAVE MARR Local singer-songwriter and bandleader with a deep, resonant country twang. See Calendar Pick on p. 16.

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    5 p.m. FREE! www.terrapinbeer.com

    NINE TIMES BLUE Power-pop band from Atlanta.

Sunday, December 16

4 events

Live Music

  • Cali 'N' Tito's Eastside

    6 p.m. FREE! 706-355-7087

    THE LUCKY JONES Local band playing old-school rockin' rhythm and blues.

  • The Foundry

    5 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15 (door). www.thefoundryathens.com

    THE SEGAR JAZZ AFFAIR WXAG radio DJ Dwain Segar curates a night of smooth jazz. This month's show features Tony Exum Jr. See story on p. 11.

  • No. 3 Railroad Street

    3 p.m. $5. www.3railroad.org

    SUNDAY AFTERNOON SONGWRITERS' REVIVAL A monthly event hosted by Mark "Mojo" Wilmot. This month's show features Woody Garrison, Ty Manning and Uncle Dave Bridges.

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    3 p.m. FREE! www.terrapinbeer.com

    COUNTRY RIVER Local classic country group that has been together for 30 years. 

Monday, December 17

4 events

Live Music

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    9 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar.com

    EMPEROR X Hard-touring, eccentric noise-pop alter ego of Florida musician Chad Matheny.

  • Go Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-5609

    JAKE MERRICK Local multi-instrumentalist and experimental composer.

    FRANK HURRICANE Experimental artist that describes his music as "spiritual mountain psych gangsta folk."

    SARAH SWILLUM Local artist playing hallucinatory beat-pop featuring existential chants and dance.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee.com

    OPEN MIC Showcase your talent at this open mic night most Mondays. Hosted by Larry Forte.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    JAZZ JAM Enjoy jazz sounds from talented local musicians.

Tuesday, December 18

2 events

Live Music

  • Big City Bread Cafe

    6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0029

    KIRBY AIMICK Local guitarist and banjoist creating instrumental melodies derived from American and Celtic traditions.

  • Go Bar

    10 p.m. $5. 706-546-5609

    THE MICHAEL POTTER BAND Local group playing western-inflected psych-folk with improvisational elements.

    LUCAS BRODE Avant-free-jazz guitarist from New York City.

    GODDESS COMPLEX Athens-based avant-garde project led by composer Cloud Powers.

    PETER WEBB Atlanta musician playing meditative, jazz-influenced experimental folk.

Wednesday, December 19

3 events

Live Music

  • 40 Watt Club

    8 p.m. $20. www.40watt.com

    WARD DAVIS Country singer-songwriter who has written for Trace Adkins, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.

  • The Globe

    8 p.m. FREE! www.jazzathensga.org

    THE HOT HOTTY-HOTS Local swing and hot jazz ensemble playing music of the 1910s, '20s and '30s. 

  • Porterhouse Grill

    6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990

    JAZZ NIGHT The longest standing weekly music gig in Athens! Enjoy an evening of original music, improv and standards.

Thursday, December 20

4 events

Live Music

  • Akademia Brewing Co.

    7 p.m. FREE! www.akademiabc.com

    CHYANN ROSE Young country singer-songwriter from Statesboro.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    10 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar.com

    HOBBYIST Experimental post-punk and electro group from Chicago.

    SOCIAL CIRCLE Local lo-fi experimental lounge singer that aims "to turn the support group into a party."

    THE ICE CREAMS Local garage-punk band with classic pop influences.

  • The Foundry

    7:30 p.m. $7 (adv.), $10 (door). www.thefoundryathens.com

    ATHENS A-TRAIN BAND Instrumental group performing traditional jazz standards, swing, latin, ballads, blues and boogie. This is a "Jingle Bell Jazz" show with a festive twist.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee.com

    JAZZ JAM Some of our town's most talented musicians get together at this happening. Bring your axe, or grab a table and give an ear.

Friday, December 21

4 events

Live Music

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18–20). www.caledonialounge.com

    TIDALIST New local alternative rock group.

    NUCLEAR TOURISM Local college-rock band playing surf-punk originals.

    SHUTTER No info available.

    THE PECAN SANDEES Alternative rock band from Flowery Branch.

  • The Foundry

    8 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). www.thefoundryathens.com

    MONDAY'S ALIBI Local band specializing in '70s and '80s rock and roll.

    SCARLET STITCH Straight-up rock and roll band from Athens.

  • Go Bar

    9 p.m. $5. 706-546-5609

    IMMATERIAL POSSESSION Darkly tinged local underground-pop project. 

    NAAN VIOLENCE Psychedelic sitar sounds from Atlanta musician Arjun Kulharya.

    HARTLE ROAD Psychedelic art-rock group from Columbus, MS.

    THE CRADLE Experimental pop band from Brooklyn, NY.

    DJ SHRYMPANATI DJ alter ego of local experimental artist Frank Hurricane.

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    5 p.m. FREE! www.terrapinbeer.com

    ZACHERY KALLUM Singer-songwriter from Easley, SC.

Saturday, December 22

4 events

Live Music

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9 p.m. $15 (21+), $17 (18–20). www.caledonialounge.com

    REPTAR Synth-pop favorites playing irreverent tunes with intricate rhythms and playful melodies.

    BREATHERS Synth-pop group from Atlanta.

    DOUBLE FERRARI Local metal band playing virtuosic, riff-laden, instrumental rock.

  • The Falls

    6 p.m. FREE! 706-850-2217

    LEAVING COUNTRIES Louis Phillip Pelot plays solo sets of country-rock and acoustic Southern soul.

  • The Foundry

    7:30 p.m. FREE! www.thefoundryathens.com

    BASKETBALL TEAM Local supergroup plays the hits from 2016's "A Very Christmas" and other favorite Christmas songs, from the Kinks to Elvis to Mariah Carey.

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    5 p.m. FREE! www.terrapinbeer.com

    4TH QUARTER Folky blues band.

Sunday, December 23

1 event

Live Music

Monday, December 24

1 event

Live Music

Tuesday, December 25

1 event

Live Music

  • Big City Bread Cafe

    6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0029

    KIRBY AIMICK Local guitarist and banjoist creating instrumental melodies derived from American and Celtic traditions.

Wednesday, December 26

1 event

Live Music

  • Porterhouse Grill

    6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990

    JAZZ NIGHT The longest standing weekly music gig in Athens! Enjoy an evening of original music, improv and standards.

Thursday, December 27

2 events

Live Music

  • The Foundry

    8 p.m. $7 (adv.), $10 (door). www.thefoundryathens.com

    SPUZZY FROUTS A revival of the music of Athens party band Fuzzy Sprouts, featuring founding member Timi Conley on guitar, Kevin Sims on bass and Michael Crane on drums.

    CAROLINE AIKEN The local guitarist and songwriter is joined by David Herndon on guitar, Eddie Glikin on percussion and Adam Poulin on violin.

  • Georgia Theatre

    7 p.m. $5 (adv.), $7 (door). www.georgiatheatre.com

    HAYRIDE Long-running three-piece local rock band.

    WIEUCA Local band playing cheeky, guitar-driven indie rock.

    THE SEARCHIN' DESTROYERS Experimental psych-rock group. 

Friday, December 28

3 events

Live Music

  • 40 Watt Club

    8 p.m. $20 (adv.), $25 (door). www.40watt.com

    DRIVIN' N CRYIN' Hard Southern music from these legendary Atlanta rockers.

    DAN BAIRD AND HOMEMADE SIN Baird, originally of the Georgia Satellites, performs with his rock band.

  • The Foundry

    8 p.m. $10 (adv.), $13 (door). www.thefoundryathens.com

    THE GRAINS OF SAND Local band with a four-piece horn section offering up your favorite '60s and '70s beach and Motown music.

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    5 p.m. FREE! www.terrapinbeer.com

    LOST ON PEACHTREE Rock power trio influenced by music from the '60s through today.

Saturday, December 29

7 events

Live Music

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18–20). www.caledonialounge.com

    LONA Long-running local alt-country band led by songwriter Clay Leverett.

    CEILING FAN Straightforward, melodic rock and roll from these longtime locals.

  • The Falls

    6 p.m. FREE! 706-850-2217

    LEAVING COUNTRIES Louis Phillip Pelot plays solo sets of country-rock and acoustic Southern soul.

  • 40 Watt Club

    9 p.m. $5. www.40watt.com

    MIXTAPE RELEASE PARTY Local rapper Squalle celebrates the release of a new mixtape with additional performances by Caulfield, Kxng Blanco, J WO, Shalyse, Ke Turner and Zac Chase.

  • The Foundry

    8 p.m. $20 (adv.), $25 (door). www.thefoundryathens.com

    RANDALL BRAMBLETT BAND This established Georgia singer-songwriter's Southern-tinged music pulls from a variety of influences.

  • Georgia Theatre

    7:30 p.m. $22 (adv.), $25 (door). www.georgiatheatre.com

    PAPADOSIO Asheville, NC-based electro-rock band.

    UNIVERSAL SIGH Athens-based jazz fusion/funk-rock band.

  • Live Wire

    8 p.m. www.livewireathens.com

    HEART OF PINE Roots-rocking local group with jam and country influences.

    TOMMY TOWNSEND Nashville songwriter who has performed with Shooter Jennings and others.

    BOONE HOOD Local songwriter and American primitive guitarist.

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    5 p.m. FREE! www.terrapinbeer.com

    KURT LEE WHEELER Georgia singer-songwriter blending folk, alt-country and rock.

Sunday, December 30

2 events

Live Music

Monday, December 31

5 events

Live Music

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18–20). www.caledonialounge.com

    TRIBUTE NIGHT Featuring the music of System of A Down (by allcaps), Rage Against the Machine (by Inhouse Driveby) and Nirvana (by Cheese Dream).

  • 40 Watt Club

    9 p.m. $25 (adv.), $35 (door). www.40watt.com

    KISHI BASHI Talented local songwriter and violinist creates exuberant, loop-driven, experimental pop music.

    LINQUA FRANQA Rapper and ACC Commissioner Mariah Parker spits politically charged lyrics over boom-bap beats.

  • The Foundry

    8 p.m. $50. www.thefoundryathens.com

    THE HIGHBALLS Athens music vets perform a totally awesome set of '80s dance hits. Farewell show!

  • Georgia Theatre

    9:30 p.m. $10. www.georgiatheatre.com

    BOOTY BOYZ DJs Immuzikation, Twin Powers and Z-Dog ring in the new years with fresh jams and old-school favorites. 

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee.com

    OPEN MIC Showcase your talent at this open mic night most Mondays. Hosted by Larry Forte.

Tuesday, January 1

1 event

Live Music

  • Big City Bread Cafe

    6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0029

    KIRBY AIMICK Local guitarist and banjoist creating instrumental melodies derived from American and Celtic traditions.

Wednesday, January 2

1 event

Live Music

  • Porterhouse Grill

    6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990

    JAZZ NIGHT The longest standing weekly music gig in Athens! Enjoy an evening of original music, improv and standards.

Thursday, January 3

1 event

Live Music

  • The Foundry

    8 p.m. $20 (adv.), $25 (door). www.thefoundryathens.com

    CHARLIE STARR Eclectic Southern singer-songwriter and leader of Atlanta band Blackberry Smoke. He's joined by local musician Benji Shanks.

    LEVI LOWREY Storyteller and country singer-songwriter from Dacula.

Friday, January 4

2 events

Live Music

Saturday, January 5

2 events

Live Music

  • The Foundry

    8 p.m. $20 (adv.), $25 (door). www.thefoundryathens.com

    THE SWINGIN' MEDALLIONS Best known for their 1966 hit "Double Shot (of My Baby's Love)," today the Medallions are made up of relatives of the original lineup and bill themselves as "the party band of the South." 

  • Georgia Theatre

    7:30 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15 (door). www.georgiatheatre.com

    DANIEL LEE BAND Local Southern rock/country outfit.

    ASHLAND CRAFT Country singer-songwriter and past Top 10 finalist on "The Voice."

    CHRIS CHAPMAN Southern singer-songwriter from Winder. 

Monday, January 7

1 event

Live Music

Wednesday, January 9

1 event

Live Music

  • Porterhouse Grill

    6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990

    JAZZ NIGHT The longest standing weekly music gig in Athens! Enjoy an evening of original music, improv and standards.