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Athens, GA Live Music

Live Music Central

From a few bands that started something different (The B-52's, Pylon, R.E.M., and Widespread Panic) and gave Athens national attention, there are now hundreds of active bands, over 10 recording studios, and several independent record labels. World-famous venues, such as the 40 Watt Club and the Georgia Theatre, continue to attract up-and-coming musical acts as well as old favorites.With jazz, classical, blues, country, and rock performances occurring on a regular basis, Athens provides one of the most diverse and affordable music scenes in the world.Athens' music scene first arrived with alt-indie sensations the B-52s and R.E.M. We've since launched Widespread Panic and the Drive-by Truckers. Today, the Athens GA music scene is as alive as ever, with hundreds of bands in all genres calling Athens home.

 No visit would be complete without sampling a bit of Athens' world-renowned music scene.  

  • See our music performance calendar at the bottom of this page, or pick up a free Flagpole Magazine (published every Wednesday) for performing artists' schedules. Another resource for the local music scene is athensmusic.net.
  • Take an Athens Music Walking Tour, spend Happy Hour on the rooftop of the Georgia Theatre or one of our breweries, then stay out late in the clubs.
  • AthFest in late June attracts over 100 bands that play on indoor and outdoor stages throughout the weekend. 

We've put together a complete Bands and Brews Itinerary for music lovers who want to experience the music scene in Athens Georgia. 


Check out the Athens episode of
"Music Voyager" 

Georgia: Athens/Macon from Tantra on Vimeo.

Music Voyager travels into the heartland of Georgia to understand the culture, arts and people that have helped create the ‘sound’ of America. In Athens, the home of the University of Georgia,  this episode features performances and adventures with Kishi Bashi and The Whigs.