Special Alert

Athens: Live Music Central

By night, Athens GA is alive with a variety of music clubs and bars that offer entertainment suited to every taste. No visit would be complete without sampling a bit of Athens' world-renowned music scene.

The New York Times calls Athens
"Live Music Central"


Rolling Stone Magazine named Athens the 
#1 College Music Scene in America.

From a few bands that started something different (The B-52's, Pylon, R.E.M., and Widespread Panic) and gave Athens national attention, there are now hundreds of active bands, over 10 recording studios, and several independent record labels. World-famous venues, such as the 40 Watt Club and the Georgia Theatre, continue to attract up-and-coming musical acts as well as old favorites.With jazz, classical, blues, country, and rock performances occurring on a regular basis, Athens provides one of the most diverse and affordable music scenes in the world.

  • See a free Flagpole Magazine (published every Wednesday) for performing artists' schedules. Another resource for the local music scene is athensmusic.net.
  • AthFest in late June attracts over 100 bands that play on indoor and outdoor stages throughout the weekend.  


Check out filmmaker Tim Nackashi's take on "Indie-Town: Athens"