Athens Rockin Roots Oct. 7

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Wednesday, 05 September 2012 13:14

We had a great time at Athens Rockin' Roots Revisted! Don't worry if you missed it, because we have it archived for you:


Drawing of a guitar

Athens is known for its lively music scene.  There is a long list of musicians and bands that populated Athens with country, rhythm and blues, jazz and rock since the late 1950's. Some of these musicians and bands are still entertaining audiences.  They were here before the B-52's and R.E.M. They are Athens Rockin' Roots.

A special community event, Athens Rockin' Roots Revisited, will explore Athens special breed of music and the places where the music was played in the 60's and 70's. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. with a time to meet up with friends and talk to some of the musicians.

A full evening of events awaits: a panel discussion, a tribute to musicians who have died from the Voices of Truth Community Choir, a jam session, a performance by the Normaltown Flyers and ending with the lively music of the Dodd Ferrelle Band.

Among the musicians on the panel are David Blackmon, founding member of Blueground Undergrass, a veteran of the Normaltown Flyers and Widespread Panic; Brian Burke, leader of Normaltown Flyers, a beloved straight-ahead country-pop band; Donny Whitehead of the tremendously popular Jesters band; Kemp Jones, an Athens musician whose band Silent Partner played up and down the East coast in colleges and coffee houses; and moderator John Straw, bass player with the Acme Blues Band and T. Graham Brown. More detailed information about these musicians will be posted on this website soon.

The second of three events, Athens Rockin' Roots is designed to help people share their memories with family and friends.  It is also a great way for newcomers to Athens to learn about some of their adopted community's history.

Everyone is welcome, boomer or not, but get your tickets ahead of time.