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Monday, November 2, 2009

Show Pick of the Day: The Vic Chesnutt Band at the 40 Watt


Athens is full of musicians, both good and bad. Some make a mark on the musical landscape with a hit song, a hit album, or maybe even have a few good years of popularity before its members move on to other towns and other bands or quit playing altogether. Then there are those artists who have influenced music in Athens for years and years, keeping this one of the best music towns around. And one of the most influential of these Athens musicians is Vic Chesnutt.

Tonight you can catch Mr. Chesnutt playing at the 40 Watt with his eponymously named band.  He has a large catalog of music, from his Michael Stipe-produced 1990 debut Little to the dark introspection of At the Cut and the live album Skitter on Take-Off, both released in 2009.

Expect to hear Chesnutt playing his guitar and singing songs that are at the same time unique and gloomy and passionate. And he's known for collaborations with many other musicians, including Athens' own Widespread Panic and Elf Power;  Chesnutt and Elf Power released the 2008 album Dark Developments under the moniker The Amorphous Strums. So you never know who might be there at the 40 Watt tonight.

Opening for tonight for The Vic Chesnutt Band is Clare and the Reasons, a Brooklyn based orchestral pop group that performs songs in both English and French.

Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show costs $10.

-Kristen Callihan
currently not listening to anything

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