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Chickasaw Mudd Puppies Play the Bot Garden, and More Music News and Gossip

PORCH SONGS: Legendary stomp-blues band Chickasaw Mudd Puppies will play the State Botanical Garden of Georgia Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for garden members and $5 for ages 6–12. Organizers note that the “ticket price for this outdoor concert includes beverages and light snacks. Chairs [are] allowed on concession level only; picnic blankets [are] encouraged on other levels.” So, keep that in mind. Time was, circa ’88–’92-ish, that you couldn’t throw a rock in Athens without hitting a townie dressed in overalls and worn-out work boots in Mudd Puppies fashion. But, I suppose since the garden is literally filled with glass houses, it’s probably a good thing the stone-throwing has subsided. The Puppies’ shows always brought some high energy to whatever event they were playing, and this will likely be a cool place to see them, too. For more information, see and

FIND THE RIVER: The annual fundraiser held by the Broad River Watershed Association will happen at the 40 Watt Club Saturday, Aug. 25. Doors open at 7 p.m. Featured artists include former local Nic Goodson (Sleepy Horses), who hasn’t played in town in a while, as well as Leaving Countries, Summer Hymns, Joe Willey and the Movin’ Men and Diet Dangfly. Spoken-word performances are courtesy of Davis Ripley Keller and Bret Eades. The master of ceremonies is Veronica Darby. Advance tickets are $10, and more information can be had by visiting and

SING OUT LOUD, SING OUT STRONG: What if I told you that, if you’re a UGA student, you could combine your love of ecology with your love for a capella? Well, you’re in luck, crunchy! The UGA Ecotones are holding auditions for new members at the Odum School of Ecology Sunday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. If you’re interested, prepare a verse and chorus from two songs of differing styles. Organizers also mention that they’re in need of vocal percussionists, too. The Ecotones perform at many events throughout the year and hold their own big end-of-year concert, too, so don’t audition if you aren’t willing to go the distance. For more information, see

AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME: A few weeks ago, I mentioned that AthFactor Entertainment was hosting a screening of the early-1990s movie Juice. Unfortunately, that screening was canceled, but it’s been rescheduled for Friday, Aug. 24 at 10 p.m. at Ciné. As always, your hosts Montu Miller and Chief Rocka will host an after-event gathering in the Ciné lab, where Rocka will spin tunes. All are welcome for this post-film hang, even if you miss the screening. The music for the night is planned to be a major mega-mix of 1990s hip hop, so match your shoes to your hat and keep one strap of your overalls loose. Also of note: This is the second time in a single column I’ve mentioned overalls, so don’t tell me there’s not some symmetry happening here. For more information, see

GET GROOVY: Project Safe, committed to ending domestic violence and supporting its victims, will host its annual Groovy Nights lip sync battle Saturday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. at The Foundry. The theme this year is “The Battle of the Decades: ’70s vs. ’80s,” which is a match so primed for battle I can hear the machinations of cola wars buzzing as we speak. This night is to be filled with “dancing, lip sync contests, out-of-this-world hairdos, costume contests, henna tattoos, tarot readings and snack and drink specials from the past.” Tickets are $25, and student tickets are $18. Yeah, that’s a little on the high side, but this is a fundraiser, y’all, and Project Safe does good work, so cough it up. For more information, see and (no, there’s no O in that URL.)