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Flagpole Magazine
A local weekly with extensive coverage of the Athens music scene. Music news, record reviews, profiles of upcoming shows, interviews, and more.

Music of Athens Georgia
Wikipedia article on the Athens music scene past and present. carries music, tickets, videos, t-shirts and other items related to the Athens music scene.


UGA Performing Arts Center
Hosts performances by a diverse array of internationally-renowned artists. The center features the 1100-seat Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall and the 360-seat Ramsey Concert Hall.

The Classic Center
This 2,050 seat theatre hosts Broadway touring productions, symphonies, and other music, theatre, and dance events.

Georgia Theatre
The renovated and remodeled Georgia Theatre features jam, reggae, rock, folk, blues, and country bands on both the local and national level.

40 Watt Club
One of the Southeast's premiere music venues, the legendary "Fabulous 40 Watt" features Athens bands as well as regional & national headliners.

The Foundry
Three levels of seating all within 50 feet of the stage provide an intimate experience in this music venue hosting jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, etc.

Caledonia Lounge
A small music hall booking both local and touring underground bands.

Flicker Theatre & Bar
A cozy venue hosting local and undergound acts ranging from acoustic and intimate to edgy and experimental music.

Hendershot's Coffee Bar
Cozy coffee bar where jazz and Americana are the main attractions.

Live Wire Athens
An event space and venue with three stages hosting a variety of national touring acts, local bands, open jams and special events.

The Morton Theatre
One of the oldest surviving African-American vaudeville theatres in the United States, the restored Morton Theatre serves as a community-based performing arts venue catering to local and touring groups hosting musical concerts, dramas, dance concerts, lectures, pageants, and more.

Normaltown Hall
The intimate listening-room venue at the local headquarters of New West Records hosts intermittent performances.

Nuši's Space
Nuši's Space is a non-profit resource center for musicians. Provides rehearsal space and a performance area, as well as educational resources and support groups. Operated by musicians for musicians.


For additional schedule information see individual venue websites.

Music Calendar
Check out Flagpole Magazine's calendar for a complete listing of performers and bands playing Athens this week.

UGA School of Music Events

festivals & events

Art Rocks Athens
Art Rocks Athens celebrates the interaction and interplay of pop art and rock that made Athens, Georgia famous with annual exhibitions of art, film, and photography along with musical performances.

AthFest :: The Athens, GA Music and Arts Festival
Annual music and arts summer festival in downtown Athens with over 150 local and regional bands playing outdoor stages and downtown clubs. Features an artists market, film screenings, a KidsFest, music business seminars, and more. The event kicks off each year with the Flagpole Athens Music Awards at the Morton Theatre.

Athens Business Rocks
Ever wondered what would happen if you got together with your co-workers and formed a band? Well, here's your chance to find out! A competition and fundraiser benefit for Nuši's Space.

Athens Intensified
A hand-curated, artist-driven music event in and for the city of Athens GA with a wide scope of musical tastes.

Athens Hip Hop Awards
Celebrating hip hop music and culture in Athens with an award ceremony, live perfomances, celebrity guest appearances, and more.

Athens Human Rights Festival
Brings together political activists, musicians, and artists to share information about human rights issues across our nation and around the world. Offers a wide range of featured speakers, local music, and more.

Athens Popfest
An annual gathering of music fans, artists, travelers, and locals featuring over 50 artists performing during the four days of the festival.

North Georgia Folk Festival
Features music styles traditional to the North Georgia region such as bluegrass, blues, and old time music along with traditional crafts.

Slingshot Festival
Spread over 4 city blocks and dozens of venues, Slingshot spotlights international, national, and local music acts on stage, boundary pushing artworks, and a tech conference with leading innovators.

Sprockets Music Video Festival
The longest running film festival exclusively for music videos in the world. Highlights an art form which is rarely seen on the "big screen" and is often overlooked on the traditional festival circuit.

Sunflower Concert Series
Features outdoor concerts during the months of June through September at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.

audio & images

Southern Shelter
Live MP3 recordings of performances by local and touring bands.

Deadly Designs
Photos and live recordings of performances around Athens.

Live Music!
Audio recordings from shows at venues in Athens and Atlanta.

RockAthens Jukebox
Create your own playlist from 300+ tracks by Athens bands present & past
Videos and photos taken at music shows around town featuring mostly bands local to Athens dating from the present back to 2001.


Art Rocks Athens Foundation
The mission of the Art Rocks Athens Foundation is to recognize the artists who gave birth to and helped shape the Athens music scene; to present, preserve, and promote their art; and to foster the continuing interplay of the visual and musical arts in Athens.

Athens Chamber Singers
A small audition-only choral ensemble performing sacred and secular pieces of all eras.

Athens Choral Society
A community chorus with membership open, without audition, to anyone who enjoys learning and performing major works of choral music.

Athens Folk Music & Dance Society
Promotes traditional music, dance, and art in Northeast Georgia.

Athens Master Chorale
A non-profit select 50+ member volunteer concert choir.

Athens Music Teachers Association
A non-profit organization whose objective is to promote professional fraternity among music teachers and to stimulate professional growth.

Athens Symphony Orchestra
A non-profit community orchestra founded in 1978.

Athens Youth Symphony
The Athens Youth Symphony is comprised of elementary, middle, and high school musicians from Athens-Clarke County and the surrounding counties.

Georgia Children's Chorus
A non-profit auditioned choral organization featuring boys and girls ages 8-18 in a child-centered environment that fosters musical growth and a love of singing.

Nuši Phillips Memorial Foundation
Operates Nuçi’s Space, a non-profit health and music resource center. The aim of the organization is to prevent suicide by providing free treatment for musicians suffering from depression and other disorders as well as to assist in the emotional, physical, and professional well-being of musicians.

Performing Ensembles at the University of Georgia
Information about the student and faculty performance groups within the UGA School of Music.

UGA Community Music School
An outreach program designed to bring musical instruction to community members of all ages in and around the Athens area.

radio stations

WUGA 91.7/ 97.9 FM
Athens' public radio station based at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education, serving the Athens area with news and cultural programs.

WUOG 90.5 FM
Staffed, operated, and funded by UGA students, 90.5FM is one of the largest college radio stations in the U.S. Plays alternative and independent music with numerous 'specialty shows' featuring a wide variety of music.

WPPP Rock 100.7 FM
A community-oriented, non-commercial alternative radio station operated by the non-profit Athens Community Radio Foundation, Inc.

WPLP Bulldog 93.3 FM
A non-profit rock station in Athens featuring local shows and local talent.

WPUP Power 100.1 FM
Commercial rock format.

WGMG Magic 102.1 FM
Commercial Top 40.

WNGC Country 106.1 FM
Commercial country.

WMSL 88.9 FM
Christian music and news.

WRFC 960 The Ref AM
Athens sports radio.

WGAU News Talk 1340 AM and 98.7 FM
Commercial talk and news.


Athens has served as wellspring of musical talent
'Few cities in the world can claim a musical identity that has become as well-known, diverse and entrenched as Athens'.' This article orginally appeared in 'Historical Perspective of Clarke County, Part 4, 1950-2001' as part of the Athens-Clarke County Bicentennial.

Music scene exploded after strike by B-52's
'A seminal event in the Athens music scene occurred on Valentine's Day in 1977 when the B-52's made their debut at a house party across from the Taco Stand on North Milledge Avenue.' This article chronicles the growth of the Athens music scene since that time.

Athens Music History Walking Tour
Experience Athens' world-renowned musical roots in this self-guided walking tour, developed by Flagpole Magazine, the Athens Welcome Center, and The guide explores over 30 important sites throughout Athens.