Live Music in Athens, GA
Live Music Central
The Athens, Georgia live music scene is one of a kind. Athens-based acts like R.E.M., The B-52’s, Drive-By Truckers and Widespread Panic have gone on to achieve international acclaim. In addition to creating the Athens sound, this legacy has helped establish Athens as a well known destination for musicians seeking a little inspiration and music lovers looking to check out rising stars and local favorites.
A Legendary Musical Hotspot
Today, Athens' vibrant music scene continues to thrive with regular performances at venues throughout the city. The Foundry offers an intimate, historic setting where attendees can absorb a variety of music, from jazz to Americana. The Classic Center Theatre is a spacious venue that regularly hosts the Athens Symphony Orchestra for those who prefer classical music, Broadway shows and more.
For a complete Athens experience, make sure your itinerary allows time for a live performance at one of Athens’ internationally known venues, including:
- 40 Watt Club: This 500-person-capacity venue is often considered one of the nation’s most iconic, playing host to Athens-associated artists – such as R.E.M., Neutral Milk Hotel and of Montreal – as well as other acclaimed acts, from Nirvana to Snoop Dogg.
- Georgia Theatre: Though the space that houses this historic venue was built in the late 1800s, the site as it’s known today is the result of renovations following a 2009 fire. Since its inception, the Georgia Theatre has seen its fair share of notable artists, too, including big names, like Dave Matthews Band, Wu-Tang Clan and Sufjan Stevens.
Visiting in the summer? Consider planning a trip around AthFest, a three-day musical extravaganza uniting notable artists from Athens and across the region to support local nonprofit AthFest Educates. Other summer music festivals include PopFest, Classic City American Music Festival, and Sunflower Music Series.
A Music Lover’s Guide to Athens GA
Eager to experience Athens’ diverse music scene firsthand? Be sure to grab a free copy of the weekly Flagpole Magazine, where you’ll find a convenient schedule of the city’s musical happenings.
Plus, if you’re looking to dedicate a full day to exploring the sounds of Athens, embark on our Bands and Brews itinerary, which combines the city’s burgeoning craft beer scene with its long-established musical history for an exciting day that includes the Athens Music Walking Tour, delicious downtown eats and an evening full of drinks and live music.
Experience Live Music in Athens, GA
Complement your time in Athens with live music by browsing our list of events below, or explore our list of Athens, GA live music venues to learn more about the local scene.
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.
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