Photo Credit: Sandra Rek
MOVIN’ ON UP: The first-ever Eastside Athens Spring Fling, which organizers say is designed to showcase and promote the often-overlooked Athens neighborhood, is happening at Southeast Clarke Park (4400 Lexington Road) this Saturday, Apr. 7 from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. The day will be packed with music, and featured acts are—in order of appearance, beginning at noon and happening on the hour—Nuclear Tourism, Cosmo Jr., Juan de Fuca, Five Eight, Linqua Franqa and Elf Power. There are a lot of other activities scheduled, too, like a day-long skateboard and BMX expo, yoga, a mobile gaming theater, a kids’ activities tent, an East Athens Business Leaders Association expo tent and more. The whole event is free, but please leave your dog at home, and don’t bring any alcohol. There will be food vendors and a beer tent on site for your convenience.
IF YOU BOOK IT, THEY WILL COME: Tickets are on sale now for the Classic City Music Festival, which happens at Southern Brewing Co. Sunday, Apr. 22. Presented by New West Records, this event is a jam-packed day of live music and runs from 2–7 p.m. This event is an annual production of the UGA Music Business Program, and it provides an opportunity for students to book, promote, plan and handle all aspects of the production. Proceeds will go to the Music Business Opportunity Scholarship Fund, which assists student interns who cannot afford to pay tuition while working for free at music internships. This is a wonderful way to increase opportunity and level the playing field for hard workers whose only lack is funding. Featured artists include Cracker, David Barbe & Inward Dream Ebb, Kaptivated, Hunter Callahan, Bahinz and the Band, Xanny P, The Powers, AFTM, Room 9, The Pink Stones and others. Tickets are a steal at $10, and kids and students are unbelievably priced at only $5. The event is all ages, rain or shine, and pets are welcome. For more information and to purchase tickets, see classiccitymusicfestival.com.
BLACK CELEBRATION: Local musician Will Anderson just released a new EP under his project Sephine, and it’s titled computerforest. The six tracks here are all performed under Anderson’s direction but fleshed out by a few other musicians—namely Patrick Doherty, Will Wise and Hunter Pinkston. Overall, this was a neat treat to hear, because it hit several referential high points with me, including Roxy Music, M, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk and even a little indie psychedelia. Standout tracks include “discothèque” and “black flowers (new spring).” Check it out at sephinemusic.bandcamp.com.
TURN THE BEAT AROUND: Echobass Records continues its track record of quality releases this month with the 10-track collaboration between Razzi King and Killa Cabbi named Dub Station. The pair deftly incorporate various styles in often slyly effective ways. There are instances of downtempo, tasteful happy hardcore, garage, trance and other associated styles, but in the end, the whole thing is a blissed-out and groovy listen. Grab it at echobassrecords.bandcamp.com.
ENJOY: The UGA African-American Choral Ensemble will present its spring concert Wednesday, Apr. 4 at the Performing Arts Center’s Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall at 8 p.m. Although the content of the performance is pretty under wraps, everything advertising it speaks to its being awe-inspiring and having a message. I can attest that this is some of the finest choral singing you’ll hear in the Classic City, so consider attending. For more information, see facebook.com/UGAAACE.
Celebrate the Eastside with artists, yoga in the park, skate park demonstrations, a play zone for children, food trucks, a beer garden and a business expo. See Story on p. 16.