If you’ve spent even 6 months in Athens, there is a 90% chance you’ve heard someone mention Twilight. For our less-educated readers, Twilight is widely considered one of the best weekends in Athens for families and college students alike. It’s a weekend for bikers, riding Friday and Saturday, where women race 40k and men race 80k throughout a course downtown. Now I know, you’re probably thinking, “Rabekah – a bunch of people in spandex biking around in a circle? Booorrriinggg!” But oh, contraire my friends. Twilight marks the miraculous weekend in Athens where open container laws disappear and bands come out in full swing to entertain the masses of people looking for some good tunes in between races. So here’s my ranking of music to check out and places to go during your full-filled weekend:
Cicada Rhythm – Ted’s Most Best Music Stage
FREE // 7pm // 4.24
Sweet folk tunes and phenomenal guitar picking lead to an amazing
performance by local favorite Cicada Rhythm. Check them out for a chill night
out with a good beer and a (hopefully) warm night.
Son and Thief – Ted’s Most Best Music Stage
FREE // 11am // 4.25
These guys are the next big Athens band – I can feel it in their cool, indie rock sound and hip, but not hipster style. They’ve got this restful vibe that makes you wanna drive in your car for a couple hours around Watkinsville and just listen.
Dana Kelson – Ted’s Most Best Music Stage
FREE // 1pm // 4.25
Dana is a newcomer to the Athens scene, but when she sings, there’s a certain
familiarity and sweetness to the voice that’s undeniable. Although she’s only
been playing around Athens for a few months, you can count on her being a
staple for a while.
Wrenn – Ted’s Most Best Music Stage
FREE // 2pm // 4.25
If you’ve been following us for a little while here at SeeingTrees, you’ll know
we’re pretty big fans of Wrenn. She’s fun, pop, and can manage to put a smile
on almost anyone’s face – check her out before watching the amateur cycling
We couldn’t do a post on the famous Twilight Criterium weekend without covering the races themselves. The Amatuer Finals starts at 6:15, with the Women’s Criterium at 7:00 and the Men’s Criterium at 8:15. There’s nothing like the adrenaline vicariously felt while watching the bikers race for the grand prize of $200,000 – and getting watching with a nice beer in hand doesn’t hurt either. Check it out and enjoy one of the best weekends in Athens!
~ Rabekah Hansen