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 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.
May 31, 2017
Blue Sky Concerts return to downtown Athens- no better way than live tunes to escape the midweek blues! The…
Jun 23, 2017
The AthFest Music and Arts Festival takes place in historic downtown Athens, GA, showcasing more than 100…
Jul 1, 2017
The Star Spangled Classic Fireworks Celebration will be back downtown this year! The fireworks display Is…
Jul 2, 2017
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