The Athens Americana Music Festival, a celebration of local folk, country, and bluegrass music featuring Athens’ and the region’s finest acts of the inclusive Americana genre will be held Thursday, April 24th, through Sunday, April 27th. Currently in its seventh edition, the festival will once again feature the Twilight Americana Outdoor Stage in association with the Athens Orthopedic Clinic Twilight Criterium bike race. Participating venues include Little Kings, Hendershot's Coffee, Flicker, The World Famous, Georgia Theatre, and 40 Watt Club.
The festival will feature an opening night performance onat Little Kings by seminal Athens band Dashboard Saviors, celebrating its 25th Anniversary show, along with a rare appearance by elder statesmen of local roots-rock, Workhorses of the Entertainment/Recreational Industry.
, festival performances will take place at Little Kings, Hendershot's Coffee, Flicker, and The World Famous, along with Georgia Theatre (North Mississippi Allstars) and 40 Watt (Packway Handle Band). , shows will occur at The World Famous and Flicker in addition to Georgia Theatre (The Dirty Guv'nahs) and 40 Watt (Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy). A closing party will be held Sunday evening, , at Hendershot's Coffee with, among others, Nashville-based artists Aaron Lee Tasjan (songwriter and Drivin' n' Cryin' guitarist) and lauded singer/songwriter David Olney.
This year’s Twilight Americana Outdoor Stage will feature Big C & The Velvet Delta, Blair Crimmins & The Hookers, and Little Country Giants.
Additional acts include Darnell Boys, High Strung String Band, Dave Marr, The Skipperdees, Atlanta acts The Higher Choir and Rolling Nowhere, Adam Klein & The Wild Fires, Dodd Ferrelle, Scott Low & The Southern Bouillon, Junker, The Hobohemians, Savannah bluegrass band City Hotel, Nashville songstresses Caroline Spence and Elise Davis, Shoal Creek Stranglers, The Wydelles, Clay Leverett, Norma Rae, Burning Angels, Borderhop 5, Michael Bowman, and more.
Past festival performers represent a who's-who of Athens' Americana blues and roots scene, as well as national acts, including Leon Russell, Mike Cooley, Leftover Salmon, Deer Tick, Shovels & Rope, Joe Pug, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Jim White, Hope For Agoldensummer, Don Chambers & Goat, Bloodkin, Lera Lynn, T. Hardy Morris & The Outfit, The Mastersons, Jonny Fritz, Vigilantes of Love, Caroline Herring, Andrew Combs, The Whiskey Gentry, Futurebirds' side project Bobby's Shorts, Ruby the Rabbitfoot, Viking Progress, and others.
Little Kings: 223 W. Hancock St.
Hendershot's Coffee: 237 Prince Ave.
The World Famous: 351 N. Hull St.
Flicker: 263 W. Washington St.
40 Watt Club: 285 W. Washington St.
The Georgia Theatre: 215 North Lumpkin St.
Tickets (wristbands) will be on-sale shortly at www.athensamericana.com. Wristbands will provide entry into all shows except for those at 40 Watt and Georgia Theatre. Wristbands will, however, allow for a discounted ticket price for the 40 Watt and Georgia Theatre shows during the festival. These “add-on” prices will be announced in the coming days,
Entry for all Little Kings, Hendershot’s, Flicker, and The World Famous shows will be first-come first-served at the door, for $5. Priority for entry will be given to wristband holders.
Athens American is presented by the Athens Orthopedic Clinic Twilight Criterium, Schweppes, Cowboy Angel Music, and Justin Evans Photography.