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Monday, November 9, 2009

Artist of The Day: Eddie And The Public Speakers

Photo by Brent Fink

Local Athens rock-infused blues brothers, Eddie and The Public Speakers, recently snagged the opening act spot for the Atlanta Rhythm Section in a competition put on by The Classic Center as part of the Budweiser Select Music Series.

Philip Verrastro, assistant executive director of The Classic Center and the man responsible for Theatre programming had this to say about the selection of Eddie and The Public Speakers as the Opening Act winners:
“This band simply rose to the top for our selection team with their sound. We felt Eddie & The Public Speakers would be a great complement to Atlanta Rhythm Section on several fronts. We liked that they’re fairly new on the local scene, have classic rock roots and that they’re on the verge of doing their first original album. It should be fun for them and the ARS crowd alike, and provide a chance for the theatre to assist in their exposure to a wider audience.”

The competition required each act to submit a performance CD or DVD along with their a contestant entry form. Eddie Speaker, lead vocals for Eddie and The Public Speakers, and his cohorts battled it out against other local and regional acts. Not only did they band win the chance to open for ARS with a 30 minute set, they also received cash money and some freebie concert tickets.

The ARS will perform at The Classic Center Theatre on Friday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. with Eddie & The Public Speakers as its opening act.

For tickets or information call 706.357.4444, visit or stop by The Classic Center Box Office at 300 N. Thomas St. in downtown Athens. The Classic Center Theatre can also be found on Facebook and followed on Twitter.

-Marie Baginski
Currently listening to "Step Back" By Eddie and The Public Speakers

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