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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.

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)

The Georgia Theatre's website has current coverage plus links to follow them on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.

Big Smo

    From: November 29, 2014 - November 29, 2014
Word of mouth, charged by the Internet, meant Smo could count his YouTube views in the millions before he talked to a record label. Low-budget videos... View Details

106.1 WNGC Welcomes Eli Young Band

    From: December 03, 2014 - December 03, 2014
Somewhere in the midst of 10,000 towns, along a lonely highway between packing clubs in their native Texas years ago and more recently performing sta... View Details

Dank Sinatra and Funk You

    From: December 04, 2014 - December 04, 2014
Aboard the Dank train you will find an electric mix of live show experimentation and meticulous songwriting. There is humor, wit, and gregariousness.... View Details

Centro-Matic "Farewell Tour" with Dead Confederate & Thayer Sarrano

    From: December 05, 2014 - December 05, 2014
The work’s the thing, the joy, the end in itself. Triumphant, defiant, sprawling, content but never complacent—Centro-matic’s lates... View Details

Bloodkin and Friends

    From: December 12, 2014 - December 12, 2014
Bloodkin and Friends in Conjunction with the 5th annual Celebrate Wayne/Conquer SADS Memorial  Bloodkin’s 25-year history has been a rol... View Details

The Revivalist, Aj Ghent, and Larkin Poe

    From: December 31, 2014 - December 31, 2014
Since forming in 2007, The Revivalists have earned their standing among the best original bands in New Orleans. The group's combination of danceable ... View Details

Gregg Allman

    From: January 06, 2015 - January 07, 2015
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Chris Knight

    From: January 15, 2015 - January 15, 2015
Chris Knight doesn’t like to say much. Won’t chat about his worldview or engage in conversations on his creative approach. For 15 years, ... View Details


    From: January 16, 2015 - January 16, 2015
We play music that reflects “our way of life,” says bassist Erick “E.D.” Coomes, who is joined in the groove onslaught by his... View Details

Greensky Bluegrass

    From: January 17, 2015 - January 17, 2015
“There’s this great duality to our band,” reflects Greensky Bluegrass mandolinist, vocalist, and songwriter Paul Hoffman. “We... View Details

The Infamous Stringdusters - 2 Day Pass

    From: January 23, 2015 - January 24, 2015
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Dismiss labels. Forget trying to fit into a scene. Be true and play your songs. That encompasses the prevailing spirit of Let It Go, the fifth studio... View Details

Rebelution with Katchafire

    From: January 28, 2015 - January 28, 2015
This is an all ages event. The seeds of Rebelution germinated in Santa Barbara’s college town of Isla Vista in 2004. A student named Marley D. ... View Details

Shooter Jennings with Waymore's Outlaws

    From: February 06, 2015 - February 06, 2015
The only son of country legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings literally spent his childhood on a tour bus. Born Waylon Albright ... View Details

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

    From: February 27, 2015 - February 27, 2015
This is an all ages event. Medicine is by far the best music we have ever made. When I played it for a respected friend, I asked, “What do you ... View Details