Drive-By Truckers
ATHENS, GA-April 5, 2007—Verizon Wireless presents AthFest 2007 June 20-24, 2007, in historic downtown Athens, GA. This annual family-friendly music and arts festival presents over 150 bands and artists, representing the best in local, regional, and nationally recognized Athens-based talent, on two outdoor stages and in an evening "club crawl." Most outdoor events, including KidsFest, are free of charge. Wristbands for the club crawl are only $15. Since 1997, the mission of AthFest has been to educate citizens and visitors about the music and arts scene of Athens, GA, and to showcase the incredible musicians, artists, businesses and residents of the Athens community.

Southern rockers DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, one of the most highly acclaimed bands to emerge from the Athens music scene, will close the festival on Sunday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m.

PERPETUAL GROOVE, one of the most popular experimental jam bands on the Athens scene, will headline the outdoor stages on Friday, June 22 at 9:00 p.m. Perpetual Groove recently released their third album, LIVELOVEDIE. Power pop trio, THE WHIGS, will headline on Saturday, June 23 at 9:00 p.m. Rolling Stone once called them "the best unsigned band in America" while Relix Magazine named them "the next big thing from Athens."

Each year, Ghostmeat Records releases a compilation in conjunction with AthFest. This year there will be two AthFest compilations. AthFest 2007 will be pressed onto CD and will be released on May 1, 2007. AthFest 2007 Volume Two will be released on June 19, 2007, and will only be available via digital download at I-TUNES and other digital retailers. AthFest 2007 comprised tracks from the following artists: ATHENS BOYS CHOIR*, NOW IT'S OVERHEAD*, M COAST, NANA GRIZOL*, LIZ DURRETT*, SLEEPY HORSES, KING OF PRUSSIA, DOWN WITH THE WOO*, THE RENEGADEZ, NELO*, MUSIC HATES YOU*, TIN CUP PROPHETTE, BLOODKIN*, TRAVIS WILLIAMS*, DARK MEAT*, KIMBERLY MORGAN & THE EVERLOVIN' BAND*, MIKEY DWYER*, BEYOND TOMORROW, THE EMPTIES* and THE LOVENOTES FAMILY*. *Denotes previously unreleased tracks. All tracks on Athfest 2007 Volume Two are previously unreleased. Full track listing can be found at WWW.ATHFEST.COM.

The annual CD release show will be held Friday, May 4 at 8:00 p.m. at Tasty World. Performers include Tin Cup Prophette, The Renegadez, The Empties, and Beyond Tomorrow. The event is for patrons 18 and older, and is free of charge. CDs will be available for purchase at the show.


[Published on: 4/5/07]

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vida421 Thu 4/5/2007 11:37AM
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craikes13 Thu 4/5/2007 12:39PM
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cmaxwell starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/5/2007 01:33PM
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Two of the best touring bands in one weekend in their own backyards, so count me in! BTW, what does PGroove have to do with Verizon Wireless? Isn't Verizon associated with a number of music festivals?

jambandfan starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/5/2007 01:36PM
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^^ I agree, I think I might drive down for PGroove's set on that Friday.

willm1 starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/5/2007 03:37PM
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drive by truckers are the best touring rock band right now. no doubt. DBT rules im definately gonna try to drive down from memphis

vida421 Thu 4/5/2007 06:45PM
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Sorry I wasn't rying to be a dick...but if you know the truckers, well its in their songs.

raygilly Fri 4/6/2007 09:27AM
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hmm. i don't understand the pgroove/verizon connection. can you please explain craikes13?

Rainking04 starstarstarstarstar Fri 4/6/2007 09:52AM
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awesome gotta love both of these bands

craikes13 Fri 4/6/2007 12:56PM
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It was mainly aimed at the folks who think that the scene has gone mainstream. If it were any other band, this comment section would be ripped to shreds regarding bands selling out and such.
bah.........the moment has passed. I just found it amusing.

bigfro Sat 4/7/2007 05:18PM
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What? People were sayin gthat when he Dead stoped playing and then when phish did and then when Bonnaroo got shitty but something new alwayus comes to replace it and many of you choose to be left in the past

wierath starstarstarstarstar Sun 4/8/2007 08:47PM
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f-n pgooove yourself

cocheese Mon 4/9/2007 06:29AM
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DBT is all over the scene right now. good for them and us cause they rock your face off!

shimoner Thu 4/19/2007 12:51PM
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Very exciting~!~ This is going to be a great AthFest for sure!

DeadStickLanding starstarstarstarstar Tue 6/19/2007 07:45AM
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For those of you with the club crawl wristbands, check out Dead Stick Landing, an eclectic rock trio whose sound, which revolves around hook-laden rock while incorporating progressive elements, genre-crossing, and improvisation, is influenced by 90's alternative (311, Ween, Primus, RHCP), classic rock (Jimi Hendrix, Rush, Frank Zappa, The Police, Talking Heads), and progressive jamrock (UM, phish)