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The Foundry

Eat. Drink. Listen Closely.  Formerly The Melting Point, The Foundry live music venue is a blend of old and new: vintage modern decor in the oldest building on the Graduate Athens property.  A 30 foot smoke stack anchors the venue's entry tower while three glass and metal garage doors blend the exterior patio with the interior space for al fresco dining and listening in pleasant weather.

Savor, sip and socialize in style with a mix of locals and travelers alike an atmosphere like no other. This intimate music venue hosts a variety of music styles and is a favorite of a wide range of fans.

Click on the Calendar tab above for upcoming performances, or see The Foundry at their website for full details and tickets.The Foundry offers a diverse menu of lighter fare, entrees and desserts that will tempt anyone’s taste buds.


  • Fitness Center: Yes
  • Free Parking: Yes
  • Handicapped Accessible Rooms: Yes
  • High-speed Internet Access: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: Yes
  • Pool - Outdoor: Yes
  • Free Local Telephone Calls: Yes
  • Suites: Yes
  • Exterior Corridors: Yes
  • Miles from Classic Center: 0.2
  • Max. Room Block: 100
  • # Rooms, Total: 122
  • # Rooms, Kings: 55
  • #Rooms, QQ: 59
  • # Rooms, Suites: 08


  • Breakfast: Yes
  • Lunch: Yes
  • Dinner: Yes
  • Private/Group Dining: Yes
  • Full Bar: Yes
  • Reservations Accepted: Yes
  • Handicap Accessible: Yes
  • Catering Services: Yes

Graduate Athens Meeting Facility

  • Total Sqft.: 12000.00
  • Theatre Capacity: 500
  • Banquet Capacity: 412
  • Classroom Capacity: 250



Meeting Facility Rooms

Rm. Name Sq. Ft. Dimensions Ceiling Theater Classroom Size Banquet Capacity Reception
Ballroom & Galleria I   4446.00   X       325     160     230     250  
Ballroom, Galleria I + Galleria II   6156.00   X       500     250     412     500  
Foundry Ballroom   2660.00   X       250     150     180     200  
Foundry Bar & Grill   600.00   X               35     50  
Galleria I (downstairs)   1520.00   X       80     32     70     80  
Galleria I + Galleria II   3230.00   X       250     122     172     200  
Galleria II (upstairs)   1710.00   X       225     90     90     125  
The Foundry   2571.00   X       175         190     275  
The Foundry + Terrace   2200.00   X                   375  
The Pavillion   1702.00   X       140         90     125  

Tailgate Tuesdays, at The Foundry

    From: June 02, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday
Fresh Country. Smooth Whisky. Cold Beer. If you love Country music and good times, TAILGATE TUESDAYS are for you. Every week The Foundry (formerly... View Details

Art Rocks Athens Presents: Glenn Phillips Band with Cindy Wilson of the B-52's

    From: August 28, 2015 - August 28, 2015
  Art Rocks Athens is about the art that made the music that made Athens, Georgia famous. The mission of the Art Rocks Athens Foundation is to... View Details

Shawn Mullins with Special Guest Sara Rachele

    From: September 11, 2015 - September 11, 2015
  There has been an overwhelmingly positive response from Shawn Mullins live performances- one that has not faltered a bit over the years; his... View Details

An Evening with Shemekia Copeland

    From: September 16, 2015 - September 16, 2015
Whether she's belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digg... View Details

Boybutante BINGO

    From: September 17, 2015 - September 17, 2015
  The Boybutante AIDS Foundation, Inc. has raised more than $500,000 for AIDS support services in Northeast Georgia. The Boybutante AIDS Found... View Details

The Kinchafoonee Cowboys

    From: September 18, 2015 - September 18, 2015
  The Kinchafoonee Cowboys began in December, 1991 in a pecan orchard in Terrell County, GA. The band's popularity soon spread to Athens, GA w... View Details

Mike Silverman aka That1Guy

    From: September 28, 2015 - September 28, 2015
  With an extensive and amazing track record of unique and imaginative performances featuring his curious instrument and copious amounts of or... View Details

Drivn' N' Cryin'

    From: October 02, 2015 - October 02, 2015
  DNC played their first show at Atlanta’s famed 688 Club in '85. The band quickly gained attention for its blistering live shows & ... View Details

Randall Bramblett Band CD Release Party

    From: October 10, 2015 - October 10, 2015
  The Foundry welcomes back one of their favorite songwriters, RANDALL BRAMBLETT and his stellar band to the Foundry for their release party f... View Details

The Bright Lights

    From: October 13, 2015 - October 13, 2015
  The Bright Light Social Hour contemplate a “Future South” on their second full-length album, Space Is Still the Place. The Austi... View Details

Brett Dennen with Special Guest Andrew Belle

    From: October 14, 2015 - October 14, 2015
  Brett Dennen's music career began humbly around the camps of the Sierra Nevada mountain range– a retreat to which he would eventually ... View Details

Mandolin Orange

    From: October 15, 2015 - October 15, 2015
  Mandolin Orange makes music that WNYC describes as being “laced with bluegrass, country and folk… often wistful and contemplati... View Details

The Bright Light Social Hour

    From: October 23, 2015 - October 23, 2015
  The Bright Light Social Hour convened while Curtis Roush and Jack O’Brien attended graduated school at the University of Texas in Aust... View Details

Striking Matches with Fairground Saints

    From: October 28, 2015 - October 28, 2015
  With their T Bone Burnett-produced debut album, guitar-wielding duo Striking Matches creates an unexpected and unique sound that defies easy... View Details

Halloween Concert: Unknown Hinson

    From: October 30, 2015 - October 30, 2015
  Tickets are on sale now for the 2015 Halloween Bash featuring Unknown Hinson! A review of his 2012 Halloween Show in Nashville stated: &ldqu... View Details

Loudon Wainwright III

    From: November 05, 2015 - November 05, 2015
  Born in Chapel Hill, N.C. in 1946, Loudon Wainwright III came to fame when “Dead Skunk” became a Top 20 hit in 1972. He had stud... View Details

Dom Irrera

    From: November 11, 2015 - November 11, 2015
  When Dom Irrera takes the stage, he does not simply get on it, he owns it! Dom projects a singular charisma that firmly engages audiences fr... View Details

Emi Sunshine

    From: November 13, 2015 - November 13, 2015
  It’s impossible to explain the exceptional talents of Emi Sunshine, a 10-year-old East Tennessee prodigy who has captured the nation&r... View Details

Benefit Concert: Pianist George Winston

    From: November 15, 2015 - November 15, 2015
  Pianist George Winston will perform at The Foundry in Athens, GA, on Sunday, November 15th at 7:30 p.m. 100% of the net proceeds from the sh... View Details

Denny Laine with The Cryers

    From: November 19, 2015 - November 19, 2015
  Denny Laine had his first hit with the Moody Blues in 1964. He opened for Jimi Hendrix as a solo artist in 1967. He then joined Ginger Baker... View Details

Tab Benoit

    From: November 20, 2015 - November 20, 2015
  Athens is proud to say that Tab Benoit has become something of an institution at The Foundry. Each time he visits town, it seems that his tr... View Details

Andy Mckee

    From: December 03, 2015 - December 03, 2015
  Andy McKee is among the world’s finest acoustic guitarists and his 200 million+ YouTube views underscore his emergence as one of today... View Details

Ray Wylie Hubbard

    From: December 04, 2015 - December 04, 2015
Ray Wylie Hubbard is a country singer/songwriter hailing from Oklahoma who has since secured his home as a pillar of the Texas music scene with his r... View Details
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