7 Music Venues Worth Exploring In Athens

7 Music Venues Worth Exploring In Athens

Because there's no better combo than live music and Athens, Georgia.


Since the B-52's and R.E.M., Athens has been known as one of the biggest music destinations for bands and audiences in the south. Music can be heard blaring out of multiple music venues around town. Read about just a few of the music venues that Athens has to offer.

1. 40 Watt Club

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According to the 40 Watt Club's website, the venue is one of the "most famous and iconic music venues in the world." During the past 35 years of it being opened, the venue has welcomed a wide range of bands and musicians, including R.E.M., the B-52's, Drive-By Truckers, Pylon, and a lot more. The venue is located on 285 W Washington St. in downtown Athens, and it still continues to welcome tons of bands each year.

2. The Caledonia Lounge 

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This venue welcomes many indie-rock bands and alternative bands each year. The venue is located in downtown Athens on 256 W. Clayton St. For more information on their upcoming shows, visit their website here.

3. The Classic Center 

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The Classic Center is not usually a music venue that people think of, but it is a place for people to come see their favorite performances. It is located off 300 N Thomas St. at the edge of downtown. The center has a big theatre with great acoustics, making it the perfect place for bands to perform.

4. The Foundry 

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The Foundry offers a wide range of musicians as long as plenty of seating. They also serve food to the audience as people enjoy the show. Their menu includes burgers, fish tacos, salads, as well as non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks. The venue opens the stage for well-known artists, as upcoming artists in the local music scene, such as Shawn Mullins, Randall Bramblett, and Strawberry Flats.

5. Georgia Theatre 

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If you live in Athens, and you don't know what the Georgia Theatre is, you have been living under a rock. This venue has a giant stage inside, a bar, as well as a rooftop for audiences to enjoy. Many notable musicians have performed at the Georgia Theatre, including Family and Friends, the B-52's, and R.E.M. Since it's beginning, the venue has had many different purposes, including an Athens YMCA until 1919, a hotel, and even a Masonic temple. Today, it continues to be the place where many people come to jam out to their favorite bands.

6. Live Wire Athens 

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Live Wire has both indoor and outdoor areas for people to listen to music performances. Other than concerts, the venue also is the place where many Greek Life events, charity events, and more occur.

7. Nuci's Space 

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Nuci's Space's vision is to end the epidemic of suicide and to get rid of the stigma attached to mental illness. The venue maintains a health and resource center for musicians, as well as education for mental illness. The venue was open up to musicians after a student at the University of Georgia and musician committed suicide in 1996. To find out more about the venue and its services, visit here.

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"I like being able to believe there is more to life than our time on Earth."


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Both of my parents are Catholic and so are their parents and so on and so forth. I attended religious education classes my whole childhood and when I was 15, I chose to get confirmed which basically says you are choosing to continue your faith.

As a kid, I didn't really understand why we went to church every Sunday and there were some Sundays where I just didn't want to get out of bed to go. When I'm on the verge of not going to mass I tell myself that it is just 1 hour of my time, 1 hour each week and that is all I have to give. Everyone has 1 hour to spare.

Now that I am older, I'm grateful my parents have introduced me to the Catholic Church. I like having something to believe in and being able to have faith. I'm a huge optimist in my daily life and a big part of that is because I trust God's plan for me, whatever happens is with his best intentions for me. I like being able to believe there is more to life than our time on Earth.

It seems that the word "Catholic" has a negative connotation nowadays and that makes me extremely sad. No one should be judged or profiled based on their religion.

Being Catholic to me means always striving to better myself and bring myself closer to God. Being Catholic might mean something else to another person and that's what is great about religion and faith, they affect everyone differently and it is up to you to decide what to do with these 2 things.

At the end of the day, I am grateful for being brought up in the Catholic family I was because it gave me my morals and made me the person I am today, whom I am proud of.

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