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Georgia Theatre

After a devastating fire in 2009, The Georgia Theatre was rebuilt and reopened in August 2011, reclaiming its place as a keystone of the Athens music scene.

HISTORY:
The Georgia Theater is part of the Downtown Athens National Register Historic District and also the Downtown Local Historic District, which was designated in 2006. It was built as the Elite Theater in 1935 on the "foundation" of the original YMCA which had been constructed on that site in 1889. The upper part of that YMCA building was demolished in 1920 and it then served over the years as the Majestic Hotel, Masonic Temple, Dorsey Furniture Company, and Burnstein Brothers Furniture Company until the Elite Theater was built. It is unclear how much of the original YMCA building was incorporated into the Elite Theater.

As a live music venue, The Georgia Theatre has been the site of

  • Live performances from a long list of acclaimed bands
  • Music videos such as R.E.M.'s "Shiny Happy People" (1992) and John Mayer's "No Such Thing" (2002)
  • Live album recordings from Corey Smith (2008) and the Derek Trucks Band (2004)

KEEP UP WITH LATEST GA THEATRE NEWS:
The Georgia Theatre's website has current coverage plus links to follow them on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.

The Train Wrecks

    From: May 18, 2015 - October 31, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
A musical force from the moss-draped Old South, The Train Wrecks are a hard-working band of songwriters and performers who love nothing more than goo... View Details

The Hobohemians

    From: May 25, 2015 - May 25, 2015
The term “Hobohemian” denotes a unique form of Americanized vagabond-style bohemianism which guides the group’s approach towards po... View Details

The Honeysliders

    From: May 26, 2015 - May 26, 2015
Grab a friend and head up to The Rooftop to hear The Honeysliders -- Detroit-influenced, original rock and roll straight from the gritty streets of C... View Details

Shilpa Ray

    From: May 27, 2015 - May 27, 2015
Grab friends and head up to The Rooftop to hear Shilpa Ray. View Details

Chris Stapleton

    From: June 05, 2015 - June 05, 2015
Kentucky-­born singer, songwriter and producer Chris Stapleton is one of Nashville’s most revered craftsmen, with a 15-­-year career th... View Details

Rooftop Ramble Series: Susto Susto

    From: June 08, 2015 - June 08, 2015
SUSTO is the brainchild of Justin Osborne. It was born out of collaboration between Osborne & various colleagues including but not limited to Joh... View Details

The Jerry Garcia Band

    From: June 12, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
For lovers of the Grateful Dead, the Jerry Garcia Band has brought as much pleasure to fans for over 20 years. Even some folks who have never underst... View Details

BRONCHO

    From: June 16, 2015 - June 16, 2015
Just Enough Hip To Be Woman is a bold step forward for BRONCHO. Though it certainly bears the hallmarks of their previous work — fuzzy, guitar-... View Details

Rooftop Ramble Music Series: Ken Will Morton and Alex Guthrie

    From: June 22, 2015 - June 22, 2015
Alex Guthrie may only be 21 years old, but when his honey-rich voice bathes you with his life-earned lyrics, you’ll say what everyone does &hel... View Details

6th Annual Laughfest: The Official Athfest Comedy Showcase with Caleb Synan

    From: June 24, 2015 - June 24, 2015
Caleb Synan’s act is a deceptively smart blend of Southern charm and razor sharp wit. His instant likability and absurd view of the world have ... View Details

Hunter Callahan featuring Michael Lesousky

    From: June 29, 2015 - June 29, 2015
With twelve amazing new songs, all of which could be hit singles, Hunter Callahan is well on his way to making his mark in the music business. Gifted... View Details

Between the Buried and Me featuring Animals and Leaders and The Contortionist

    From: July 07, 2015 - July 07, 2015
The men of BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME have once again charted an expedition into undiscovered country. Colors, BTBAM's fifth and newest release, is a ... View Details

Hunter Callahan featuring Michael Lesousky

    From: July 07, 2015 - July 07, 2015
With twelve amazing new songs, all of which could be hit singles, Hunter Callahan is well on his way to making his mark in the music business. Gifted... View Details

Relix Presents Aquarium Rescue Unit

    From: August 08, 2015 - August 08, 2015
With the daring, iconoclastic Hampton at the helm, the Aquarium Rescue Unit played a seminal role in fostering today’s vital, thriving improvis... View Details

An Evening with the Watkins Family Hour

    From: September 15, 2015 - September 15, 2015
An evening with the Watkins Family Hour featuring Sean Watkins & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg, ... View Details

Father John Misty

    From: September 30, 2015 - October 31, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
Father John Misty is an American folk singer-songwriter, guitarist, and drummer. Maintaining a steady output of solo recordings since 2004, Tillman i... View Details

Young The Giant with Wilding

    From: October 30, 2015 - October 31, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
Father John Misty is an American folk singer-songwriter, guitarist, and drummer. Maintaining a steady output of solo recordings since 2004, Tillman i... View Details