Athens GA Live Music Recap: Drive-By Truckers’ HeAthens Homecoming, Classic City Wrestling, The Pierres, Blunt Bangs and More

Drive-By Truckers

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We started this past week off with System Exclusive (Pasadena), Palace Doctor and Outersea on Tuesday, Apr. 5. Though originally scheduled to be held on the Georgia Theatre Rooftop—what would’ve been the rooftop’s second show since reopening after the pandemic’s onset—rain had other plans. Luckily, the show was moved over to Normal Bar. This week’s rooftop shows include Spencer Thomas on Apr. 13, Well Kept on Apr. 14, Normaltown Sound Machine on Apr. 15 and Austin Miller on Apr. 18.

The Drive-By Truckers‘ annual HeAthens Homecoming tradition at the 40 Watt Club returned this week with four sold-out concerts attended by fans who traveled from all over the country. Jay Gonzales & The Guilty Pleasures opened for the first night on Wednesday, Apr. 6.

Blunt Bangs played their own homecoming show at Flicker Theatre and Bar that night after returning to Athens from a month-long tour. Joining them was Asheville band Wednesday.

On Thursday, Apr. 7 we returned for night two of The Drive-By Truckers‘ HeAthens Homecoming with Pilgrim.

Quick stop next door to Flicker to catch Nashville “friendship-punk” band Tayls.

Saturday was a jam-packed day, especially for DBT fans. The annual DBT HeAthens Homecoming Cookout & Auction successfully raised $60,000 for Nuçi’s Space! At Flicker, Avid Bookshop hosted book signing and talk with Stephen Deusner, author of the new biography Where the Devil Don’t Stay: Traveling the South with the Drive-By Truckers. Over at Southern Brewing Co., DBT’s former tour manager Cole Taylor emceed Classic City Wrestling, which consisted of a half dozen live wrestling matches and music by Classic City Jukebox. If you missed CCW, it’ll return to the ring on June 4.

Over at Flicker later this day, Nihilist Cheerleader joined The Pierres, who celebrated the release of a music video for “Something Not Worth Doing.”

David Lowery and the Georgia Crackers helped close out DBT’s HeAthens Homecoming on Saturday, Apr. 9 at the 40 Watt.