Flagpole Athens Music Awards Preview and Finalists


Hundreds of readers voted for their favorite local musicians in 20 categories, and on Thursday, June 20 at the Morton Theatre, we’ll reveal the winners of this year’s Flagpole Athens Music Awards, lovingly designed by local artist and musician Eli Saragoussi.

The 20th annual Flagpole Athens Music Awards show will feature musical performances from Yip Deceiver, Pinky Doodle Poodle, Kxng Blanco and Annie Leeth, and it’ll all be hosted by the returning dynamic duo of DJ Mahogany and Count Zapula. Per tradition, Kenosha Kid will provide a funky, fluid soundtrack for the evening. As always, there will be special guests galore!

Tickets are available at the Morton website and box office and Flagpole’s office at 220 Prince Ave. They’re $10 in advance and $12 at the door, or $7 for those with an AthFest wristband. (Finalists receive two free tickets. Email to claim them.)

Doors are at 7:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8 sharp. See y’all there!

Here are this year’s finalists:


Hot Club of Athens
The Hot Hotty-Hots
Whitehall Jazz Collective 


Athens Middle East Orchestra
Beto Cacao
Bichos Vivos


Grand Vapids
Mean Queen
T. Hardy Morris


Calico Vision
Marshmallow Coast
Nicholas Mallis


Kites with Lights
Lambda Celsius
Yip Deceiver


Kenosha Kid
The Orange Constant
Velveteen Pink

Live DJ

Chief Rocka
Kountry Boi
Reindeer Games


Claire Cronin
Emileigh Ireland
Lydia Brambila


Deep State

Metal/Noise Rock

Beast Mode
Pinky Doodle Poodle

Hip Hop

Kxng Blanco
Seline Haze


Big C
Minnie Lea
Stella Groove


Cicada Rhythm
Georgia Dish Boys
Ty Manning and the Slawdog Biscuits


Annie Leeth
Goddess Complex
Immaterial Possession

Tribute Band

Abbey Road Live
Bit Brigade
The Dookie Brothers

Live Performer

Double Ferrari
Linqua Franqua
Nihilist Cheerleader

Music Video

Deep State: “Son”
Caulfield: “Stigmata”
Wieuca Feat. Javae: “Human Shield”


Elijah Johnston
Nuclear Tourism
Vision Video

Album of the Year

Cicada Rhythm: Everywhere I Go
Family and Friends: Felix Culpa
The Glands: Double Coda
Kenosha Kid: Missing Pieces

Artist of the Year

Calico Vision
Family and Friends
Nuclear Tourism
The Orange Constant


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