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Friday, May 15, 2009

Weekend Picks

May 15-17
Hoopee Jam
Grab a few of your buddies because it's about time for a little roadtrip. Head on down to Swainsboro for a 3-day music festival held on a private farm along the Ohoopee River (only 2 hours and 48 minutes from Athens). You can expect blues, funk, soul, jam and everything in between with acts like Randall Bramblett, Blueground Undergrass, Jimmy Hall, and the Yonrico Scott Band. See the full lineup here. Tickets are going for $70 for the whole weekend with a limited amount of one day passes available for $30. And don't forget to BYOB. Yay no $5 beers!

However, if you're planning on hanging in Athens this weekend, there is a lot to listen to.

Friday, May 15
Matthew Barber, Moth Vamana
Farm 255, 11p.m., FREE
You've got to go out and see Matthew Barber, an acclaimed folk-rock Canadian singer-songwriter. He is only making five stops on his first U.S. tour and how lucky are we that one of those is Athens! He has made it big in Canada and just re-released his record in America. This is a great chance to go out and see some really great music for free. Listen to some of his tunes here

Saturday, May 16
A Benefit for Georgia Nature Center featuring Caroline Aiken with Kate Morrissey Band and Mad Whiskey Grin
Georgia Theatre, 10p.m., $7
The Georgia Nature Center was hard hit during the tornadoes that recently touched down and ripped their way through Oconee County. With more than 1000 trees toppled, Jeff Gold's efforts and good work at the center have been severely hampered. Local musicians Caroline Aiken and Kate Morrissey are joined by Mad Whiskey Grin in a benefit concert to help him rebuild. Doors open at 9PM, Show starts at 10PM. Cover is 7.00.In addition, a silent auction will be held,eaturing items autographed by R.E.M. and the B-52s.
Caroline Aiken will go on at 10p.m., with Kate Morrissey Band at 11, and Mad Whiskey Grin wrapping it all up at midnight.

Sunday, May 17
Ken Will Morton and Andrew Vickery
Jot 'Em Down Country Store & BBQ, 3p.m., FREE
Local singer-songwriter, Ken Will Morton, will pair up with Andrew Vickery to deliver some of his Americana/Southern Rock tunes. Tasty BBQ and great music, can a Sunday afternoon get any better?

-Kristen Lee
Currently listening to "Wasn't Born to Leave You" by Matthew Barber

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