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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.

Kinky Waikiki on the Rooftop

    From: July 31, 2014 - July 31, 2014
Aloha and muka laka hiki Athens! The Georgia Theatre is excited about the "The Summer Sunset Series" on the rooftop featuring Kinky Waikiki... View Details

Cosmic Charlie: Jerry Garcia's Birthday Show

    From: August 01, 2014 - August 01, 2014
Cosmic Charlie was born in the musical Mecca of Athens, Georgia. From its summer 1999 inception, the band has been swiftly cementing its reputation a... View Details

Freaky Fridays with DJ Daffy Duck and Friends with Twin Powers

    From: August 01, 2014 - August 01, 2014

Americana Mondays Rooftop Series: 6 String Drag

    From: August 04, 2014 - August 04, 2014
 6 String Drag plays Roots Rock 'N' Roll music. Formed in 1993. View Details

Manchester Orchestra

    From: August 06, 2014 - August 06, 2014
The Atlanta band found itself at a crossroads as they approached making their fourth studio album -- in between labels, uncertain of Manchester Orche... View Details

Stereo Reform on the Rooftop

    From: August 07, 2014 - August 07, 2014
 Hailing from Greenville, SC, Stereo Reform is a fusion of the creative talents of Neil Turner on bass, keys, and lead vocals, and Will Evans on... View Details

Americana Mondays Rooftop Series: The Higher Choir

    From: August 11, 2014 - August 11, 2014
The Higher Choir is Atlanta homegrown southern roots rock! Takes place on the Rooftop. View Details

Lines in the Sky

    From: August 14, 2014 - August 14, 2014
Nashville, Tennessee's majestically accessible Lines In The Sky mine a staggeringly mature aesthetic for a band of three young guys barely old enough... View Details

The Casket Girls on the Rooftop

    From: August 16, 2014 - August 16, 2014
 So many pieces of Savannah, GA three-piece The Casket Girls seemed to happen by accident. From their beginning - when electronic sound-shaper R... View Details

Americana Mondays Rooftop Series: Betsy Frank and Clay Leverett

    From: August 18, 2014 - August 18, 2014
Come check out two of Athens' favorite singer songwriters. They will play together and separate over the course of a great evening. View Details

Sam Burchfield (Trio) on the Rooftop

    From: August 19, 2014 - August 19, 2014
 Sam Burchfield's sound ranges from clever lyrical ballads like 'Doctor' to upbeat funky compositions such as 'She Got Your Love'. Add in some b... View Details

Gov't Mule

    From: August 21, 2014 - August 22, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
Few bands have a reputation for making music as consistently honest, organic and daring as Gov't Mule. Now the enduring group fronted by visionary si... View Details

AJ Ghent on the Rooftop

    From: August 22, 2014 - August 22, 2014
A lust-filled, swaggering, stormy slide-guitar playing front man who sings tales of heartbreak, betrayal and beauty, AJ Ghent is reminiscent of James... View Details

Family and Friends & Matrimony

    From: August 23, 2014 - August 23, 2014
Family And Friends began as a lowly seedling of inspiration. “Good music, good people.” A stalk gave yield to branches. One became six, a... View Details

Quaildogs on the Rooftop

    From: August 23, 2014 - August 23, 2014
Focused on playing hard and writing unique but familiar songs, the members of Atlanta-based The Quaildogs put their all into making sure that anyone ... View Details

Americana Mondays Rooftop Series: Emily & The Complexes

    From: August 25, 2014 - August 25, 2014
After Emily & the Complexes' frontman, Tyler Verhagen, spent several years hitch-hiking the U.S. playing songs on street corners, he settled down... View Details

Sol Cat on the Rooftop

    From: August 26, 2014 - August 26, 2014
There is no such thing as a landlocked island, except the one where Sol Cat seems to live. It's like a place where the mind isn't fully aware of its ... View Details

Bootsy Collins with The Funk Brotherhood

    From: August 28, 2014 - August 28, 2014
Bootsy (born William Collins, October 26, 1951, Cincinnati) is one of the all-time great funk and R&B bassists/singer/bandleader. He formed his f... View Details

Moon Taxi

    From: September 04, 2014 - September 04, 2014
 For the members of Moon Taxi, their third album, Mountains Beaches Cities, represents the idea of exploration – searching both the world ... View Details

Josh Abbott Band

    From: September 05, 2014 - September 05, 2014
 Weeks before its Valentine’s Day release on iTunes, the Josh Abbott Band’s “Touch” was already well on its way toward b... View Details

Wick It & NiT GRiT

    From: September 06, 2014 - September 06, 2014
 Wick-it the Instigator is a multi-genre DJ and producer known as a breath of fresh air in an otherwise over-crowded EDM scene. His SoundCloud p... View Details

Americana Mondays Rooftop Series: The Novel Ideas

    From: September 08, 2014 - September 08, 2014
The Novel Ideas are a country folk quintet of friends from the great state of Massachusetts. Featuring the voices of three different songwriters, The... View Details

The Floozies with special guest Exmag

    From: September 12, 2014 - September 12, 2014
 The Floozies are producer/guitarist Matt Hill and drummer Mark Hill. These two brothers from Lawrence, KS are bringing their fresh approach to ... View Details

Ty Segall

    From: September 13, 2014 - September 13, 2014
 The clarion call/siren sound of Ty Segall's guitar....the helium-steamed ride of the vocals....track after track, releasing the thought that ha... View Details

Proverbial on the Rooftop

    From: September 16, 2014 - September 16, 2014
 Drawing from a diverse musical palette of funk, rock, reggae, and hip-hop, Proverbial seamlessly intertwines their music with heart-felt vocal ... View Details