Can you believe it’s already April?? As I wrap up my final school year, I can already feel the hot sun beating down and hear the sweet tunes coming from the car on long road trips to the beach. So as the semester draws to a close, here’s my list of things not to miss out on this April.
AthFest 2015 Compilation CD Release Party
$5 // 4/18 @ 9 // Georgia Theatre
We’ve chatted a bit about the ATHFEST compilation CD and how cool it is to see AthFest Educates and UGA’s MBUS program partner up to make a killer album featuring some of Athens brightest stars. But the cool thing about this release party is the 5 bands for $5 bucks deal going on – Tedo Stone, Dana Swimmer, New Wives, Uncle Dad, and Saturn Valley will all be rocking out at this release party from 9pm till 1am. The best part? A part of all proceeds are going to AthFest Educates to support music and arts education in the Athens-Clarke County Youth programs.
Sam Burchfield with WrennPop and Grant Cowan
$7-$10 // 4/11 @ 9 // 40 Watt
If you’ve followed our interviews at all, you’ll know we love Wrenn and Grant a whole lot. Which is why we’re pumped they get to open up for Athens’ favorite singer-songwriter Sam Burchfield. Burchfield’s currently working on his first album, and has got a voice that doesn’t quit. His passion and love for all things music is obvious in every performance and he’s built quite a following here in Athens. Check him out on the 11th and catch some of his sweet, soul-soothing music.
Athens Farmers Market
FREE // Saturdays in April-November from 8am-12pm // Bishop Park
I genuinely believe food tastes better when it’s goes from the farm to your plate in a matter of days. Even if you’re not into the organic, gluten-free fad sweeping the Athens hipster population, check out the market for really good food and have fun shopping local at the same time. The Farmers Market in Athens happens every Saturday from 8am-noon AND NOW every Wednesday from 4pm-7pm at Creature Comforts.
$19 // 4/14 @ 8:30 // Buckhead Theatre
There’s something about OK Go makes me feel like I’m in high school again, blasting Here It Goes Again in my Toyota Highlander while cruising with my friends down 141 on a Friday night. They’re quirky, fun, and full of energy, with songs that make you get up and dance without hesitation, and videos that make you attempt dumb stunts with treadmills at 2am, resulting in almost broken limbs (sorry Mom!) If you want to relive sweet memories of high school and dance like no one’s watching, check them out when they swing into Atlanta later this month.
Athens Twilight Criterium
FREE // 4/24-4/25 // Downtown Athens
If you’ve lived in Athens for any amount of time and haven’t heard of Twilight, then who have you been hanging out with?! Twilight is hosted by the Orthopedic Clinic annually and is one of the coolest times to visit the Classic City. With bike races happening downtown for 2 full days, you can catch some fun events just hanging out on Clayton street, or head down to Ted’s Most Best to check out their music events happening this year. Everyone from Cicada Rhythm to WrennPop will be bringing their A-Game to the famous Athens affair, so grab a beer, check it out, and then watch some great music.
Darnell Boys Record Release Show with Blair Crimmins and the Hookers and Cicada Rhythm
$5-$7 // 4/10 @ 9 // Caledonia Lounge
All you have to say is Darnell Boys and you’ve immediately got my attention. These guys have a blues-y, bluegrass sound with just a touch of badass-ness that simultaneously will peak your interest and makes them distinct. And with their new record coming out, you know that they’re bringing it all to the Lounge to kick off the album with a bang. Check them out on the 10th this month at the Lounge.
~ Rabekah Hansen