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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.

Slingshot Festival with James Murphy DJ Set

    From: March 28, 2015 - March 28, 2015
The SLINGSHOT Festival takes over downtown Athens, Georgia March 26-28, 2015. Spread over 5 city blocks and dozens of venues, SLINGSHOT spotlights int... View Details

The Nth Power and Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles

    From: March 30, 2015 - March 30, 2015
Proving that soul music can be exponentially greater than the sum of its parts, The Nth Power’s transcendent live performances will inspire you... View Details

Delta Gamma's Anchor Jam featuring The John King Band

    From: March 31, 2015 - March 31, 2015
John took serious interest in guitar when he realized that he could figure out how to play his favorite songs, then went on to modify them. Once John... View Details

EOTO - ‘Outer Orbit’ Spring Tour 2015

    From: April 01, 2015 - April 01, 2015
Once again, the musical juggernauts, EOTO - a name synonymous with improvisation and live music true to its form - will embark on another journey as ... View Details

The War on Drugs

    From: April 02, 2015 - April 02, 2015
The War On Drugs, the Philadelphia-based project of Adam Granduciel, is set to release their third full-length album, the beautifully sweeping Lost In... View Details

Josh Ritter

    From: April 03, 2015 - April 03, 2015
A guileless, boy-next-door voice belies the depth and ambition of Josh Ritter’s songs, whether he is confessing a simple crush or following his... View Details

El-P and Killer Mike = Run the Jewels

    From: April 04, 2015 - April 04, 2015
El-P and Killer Mike, two of the most distinctive and celebrated names in rap, might have seemed like an unlikely pairing on paper, but the duo subve... View Details

Kristin Diable on the RoofTop

    From: April 04, 2015 - April 04, 2015
Kristin Diable has been exploring freedom and choice in her music ever since she picked up an open mic at a lounge in Baton Rouge and stunned the audi... View Details

The Last Waltz Ensemble w/ special guest Randall Bramblett, Steve Hunter, Eric Carter from Bloodkin

    From: April 06, 2015 - April 06, 2015
The Last Waltz Ensemble is a musical group that progressively plays the music of Bob Dylan and The Band. The group bolsters a play list of over sevent... View Details

Athens Potluck with Jason Thrasher

    From: April 07, 2015 - April 07, 2015
Jason Thrasher’s photographs of the local music scene, Athens Potluck, opens in the Georgia Theatre Gallery at 6:00PM, followed at 8:00PM by an ... View Details

Georgia Theatre Performances: Stars

    From: April 08, 2015 - April 08, 2015
A portion of proceeds will benefit the non profit organization Plus 1. Like their celestial namesake, Stars only come out at night. It&r... View Details

Georgia Theatre Performances: Doug Benson

    From: April 09, 2015 - April 09, 2015
Doug Benson (“Last Comic Standing,” "Super High Me") has been on an album-a-year schedule since 2008 (his most recent release be... View Details

Langhorne Slim

    From: April 10, 2015 - April 10, 2015
There is nothing like the challenges and camaraderie of the road to inspire a songwriter who thrives upon the emotional energy and exhilaration only t... View Details

JD McPherson

    From: April 14, 2015 - April 14, 2015
One could mistake JD McPherson for a revivalist, given how few other contemporary artists are likely to assert, as he boldly does, that “’... View Details

Future Islands

    From: April 15, 2015 - April 15, 2015
Future Islands believe in true love, you can tell that because their songs speak through our lives. It's as if their music has always been with us, s... View Details

Georgia Theatre Performances: Peter Hook & The Light

    From: April 21, 2015 - April 21, 2015
Peter Hook & The Light - A “Joy Division” Celebration performing Unknown Pleasures and Closer Peter Hook & The Light A “Joy ... View Details

Tyler, the Creator featuring Taco

    From: April 22, 2015 - April 22, 2015
Tyler Gregory Okonma (born March 6, 1991), better known by his stage name Tyler, The Creator, is an American rapper and record producer from Californi... View Details

Slow Magic

    From: April 23, 2015 - April 23, 2015
Slow Magic is the sound made by an unknown imaginary friend. View Details

Marilyn Manson

    From: April 24, 2015 - April 24, 2015
Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz. Th... View Details


    From: April 30, 2015 - April 30, 2015
Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. F... View Details

Georgia Theatre Performances: Keb' Mo'

    From: May 02, 2015 - May 02, 2015
Three-time Grammy winner and visionary roots-music storyteller Keb’ Mo’ embarks on a new chapter in his career with the April 22 release o... View Details

Keb' Mo'

    From: May 02, 2015 - May 02, 2015
  Three-time Grammy winner and visionary roots-music storyteller Keb’ Mo’ embarks on a new chapter in his career with the April 22... View Details

Dweezil Zappa Guitar Master Class - Dweezila on the Road

    From: May 06, 2015 - May 06, 2015
For The price of a fuzz pedal, learn techniques from the son of Frank Zappa. Dweezil Zappa's music camp Dweezilla has a motto "Learn And Destr... View Details

Georgia Theatre Performances: Dweezil Zappa Guitar Masterclass

    From: May 06, 2015 - May 06, 2015
The ticket to Masterclass does not include entry to concert later in the evening. For The price of a fuzz pedal, learn techniques from the son of Fran... View Details

Georgia Theatre Performances: Zappa Plays Zappa

    From: May 06, 2015 - May 06, 2015
This is an all ages event. Playing a long, ambitious set of Frank Zappa favorites and obscure gems to big audiences of crazed Zappa fans, Dweezil prov... View Details