VERIZON WIRELESS PRESENTS ATHFEST JUNE 20-24, 2007
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, PERPETUAL GROOVE & THE WHIGS
TO HEADLINE FREE OUTDOOR STAGES
CD RELEASE SHOW TO BE HELD MAY 4 AT TASTY WORLD
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.