I’m still planning my itinerary for Georgia. I know Athens is a can’t-miss and Atlanta is of course a music mecca. Please leave any comments or suggestions below.

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  1. Hunter Chorey
    April 04, 2006 at 2:21pm
    I would second the Whigs recommendation. Great Athens Band, great sound :)
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  2. Susan Stephens
    April 04, 2006 at 8:04pm
    How come this is all gray and unreadable? And what's the matter with Savannah? You would come all this way and not come to Savannah?
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  3. Garrin
    April 05, 2006 at 6:15am
    Check out Eyedrum when you're visiting Atlanta. It's an alternative art/music/film space near Cabbagetown (one of Atlanta's neighborhoods). They frequently book bands/musicians that employ improvisation or make use of unusual instrumentation: http://www.eyedrum.org/ As for the record store mentioned by Tim (near Virginia and Highland), they unfortunately closed shop several months ago. But definitely stop by Criminal Records in Little 5 Points. Other indie shops include: Wuxtry in Decatur, and Ella Guru in Toco Hills. Tower Records in Buckhead (Piedmont/Peachtree) usually carries a number of independent releases as well. For music venues, check out Churchill Grounds for jazz (Midtown/North Ave.), Red Light Cafe (Piedmont Park area) for bluegrass/folk, Eddie's Attic for acoustic (Decatur), Smith's Olde Bar (Ansley) and Variety Playhouse (Little 5 Points) for rock. There's 10 High, underneath the Darkhorse Tavern (Virginia Highlands). Definitely check out The Earl in East Atlanta.
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  4. Cole
    April 05, 2006 at 12:30pm
    If you're looking for something a little different there's a venue called "Everett Brothers" up in Suwanee, about a 30 minute ride from downtown. Easily the best Bluegrass you'll find. Open only Saturday nights, all local acts with an ocassional stop from a bigger name coming through town. Truly an experience. The blues scene in town is great - anyone on Fat Matts BBQ's calendar will be worth listening to, though I recommend Mike Lowry and JT Speed both. The Atlanta Blues Society has a calendar online (http://www.atlantabluessociety.com/calendar/cal.htm) with lots of other good acts. For something a little funky, Jake's Toadhouse in Decatur is also worth a stop. Good jam music.
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  5. Tim Westergren
    April 05, 2006 at 5:38pm
    wow. My head is going to explode. Great stuff everyone - i'm going to see about timing it so I can hit Suwanee on Saturday - that sounds rockin' (thanks Cole). Sounds like there's definitely some consensus on the clubs. Definitely most interested in the local sound, and the obscure local sound at that. Bummer to hear about another record store going under - it's an epidemic. No town being ruled, don't worry Susan . . making it up as we go.
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  6. alica
    April 09, 2006 at 6:16pm
    Hey I just thought i might help your musical journey through Ga. Since no one have said anything about Augusta, i think i should say something. We hava alot of local talent that plays though out the local clubs and resturant. You can find some downtown at places like Lokal Loudness, first friday, the wild wing cafe and other places. I also want to put a plug in for a very good local band called The Edison Project is you get a chance to hear them you won't regret it. Well I hope this helps. ~Alicia
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  7. Mark
    April 09, 2006 at 9:25pm
    Since you're going to be in Georgia I was going to suggest that you stop at Montgomery, Alabama at around 8:00 P.M central time on April 23rd at Off The Wagon where a band called "Mute Math" will be playing. I'm only suggesting this to you because its only 2.5 hrs from Atlanta and shouldn't be too hard to find using Google Maps. However, if you can't just check out the band's webpage on http://www.myspace.com/mutemath
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  8. MARK
    April 11, 2006 at 9:50am
    ok, here are some bands to check out, hopefully some are playing when you are here... blame game snowden tora tora tora cinemechanica a fir-ju well we versus the shark i would set myself on fire for you sorry no ferrari and there are so much more these are just ones i like... well just go to atlantashows.org for listings of local shows. and listen to gerogia state radio when you are in town... its an amazing college radio station. http://www2.gsu.edu/~www885/
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  9. Michelle
    April 13, 2006 at 5:20pm
    Don't miss Matthew Kahler or the Damn Millionaires http://www.damnmillionaires.com. The DMs are best explored online, since I don't think they're performing right now, although they are an ATL band.
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  10. Elfie
    April 14, 2006 at 4:22pm
    Hi! Do have a listen to fine singer/songwriter Jason Chitwood on his radio station at http://www.independentartistcompany.com Have a great trip :-)
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