Classic City American Music Festival 2022 at Southern Brewing Company

Classic City American Music Festival 2022 at Southern Brewing Company

Presented by Aubrey Entertainment
ALL AGES

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$10 – $15

Performers

Grassland String Band, Norma Rae, Dom Flemons, Hibbs Family Band , MrJordanMrTonks, A. Lee Edwards Trio, Red Oak String Band, String Theory

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Southern Brewing Company

231 Collins Industrial Blvd

Athens, GA 30601

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Join us on Sat July 2 to celebrate July 4th w/ a great lineup of Americana acts, amazing beers and BBQ at Southern Brewing Co in Athens, GA!

About this event

AGES: All ages welcome - Kids 12 & under are FREE!

TICKETS: $12 tix June 1-June 30, $15 tix July1st-2nd and at door

LINEUP:

Grassland String Band @ 8:15pm

Norma Rae @ 7pm

Dom Flemons @ 6pm

Hibbs Family Band @ 5pm

MrJordanMrTonks @ 4pm

A. Lee Edwards Trio @ 3pm

Red Oak String Band @ 2pm

String Theory @ 1pm

Doors open @ 12 pm

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Grassland began their journey in late 2012. Beginning as a bluegrass duo, then soon after as a trio with a drummer, the pieces began to fall into place and Grassland String Band was born. A few years later, the band had grown into a multi-generational six-piece band that boasted members with master’s degrees in classical organ and guitar and a jazz-folk-pop and bluegrass influenced, improvisational live performance style -a hybrid the group called Amerigrass.

You would never have put together a band like this using a formula.

In the summer of 2014, GSB’s debut album Before the Feast was released and quickly brought attention to the band. The album was a first glimpse into the group’s palpable chemistry, strong songwriting and virtuosic musicianship. In 2015, a live performance from the EOP Red Clay Music Foundry (Duluth, Ga) was successfully released as their 2nd album. Clearly the band was in control of its unique sound and headed to success. Shows during that time included a performance at the Ted, the Atlanta Braves former stadium.

In the fall of 2016, the band released the Echo Mountain Sessions EP, recorded during an epic January snowstorm in Asheville. The album, named after the famed studio in which the recording took place, elevated the band to yet another level in its journey. The EP received much praise and recognition from noteworthy media outlets including NPR Atlanta, Stomp & Stammer, Flagpole Magazine, and the Alternate Root (Calif.)

In 2018 and 2019, the band released singles “Dreamers” and “Heartache and Drifting”. Dreamers debuted at number 4 on the Alternate Root’s list of top ten songs and was used by NPR Atlanta in a piece they aired about the struggles faced by DACA youth. The band is currently recording their next EP to be released later this year.

At live shows, every element of the band is turned up to eleven. This is not a show you’ll see fans chatting through. The crowd yells “woo”s of encouragement. They slap their thighs. They sing along. They dance. The band’s chemistry positively fills the room as they grin their way through the set, extending some of their tracks into improvised jams. Sometimes it looks a little like bluegrass. Sure, it has a banjo, a fiddle and a mandolin on occasion. But there is the electric guitar and a drum kit. It’s jazzy, bluesy, soulful, country and rock. It’s something much more, something modern and amorphous. It’s music that crosses generations, crosses genres, and will cross your soul. It just happens.

Grassland is: Jody Daniels, banjo, guitar, mandolin; Bo Hembree, Guitar; Todd Ferguson, Drums; Adam Poulin, Fiddle, Guitar; Given Graber, Bass; Leanne Daniels, acoustic guitar, vocals; Jason Badia, guitar, mandolin.

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Athens, Georgia, band Norma Rae writes songs about the South, blending original lyrics with inescapably Southern vocals into its Americana sound. All the stories –inspired from true Southern experiences—are indelibly sown from the unpretentious, and unpredictable, “soggy” part of the real South – the part where both good and evil take root in the same soil, and where certainly everything grows…

Norma Rae was formed in Athens, Georgia, in 2008 as an independent music project – a collection of songs addressing contemporary Southern concerns, told from a female perspective, hence the project’s name. The “Norma Rae project” would grow into a full, permanent band by the summer of 2011.

In 2013 the band released a self-titled EP, and in 2014, Norma Rae’s song “Muscle Shoals” was featured nationally on the PBS series Independent Lens.

Norma Rae’s songwriters Jeff Soileau and Kelly Hoyle, were featured in Southern Distinction magazine’s 2017 article, “Best of Unknown Athens --Athens Best Kept Secret”. Jeff Rieter, Zach Wright and Wade Newbury round out the Norma Rae line-up.

“We always love coming to Athens, just a great town with a great venue, the Georgia Theatre, and always really great people. What’s not to love? We had a lot of fun after the show up on the rooftop listening to local band Norma Rae, who were great. Check ‘em out! ----Lucinda Williams (Facebook, May 5th 2016)

Norma Rae is:

Kelly Hoyle - Vocals and Guitar

Jeff Rieter-Bass

Zach Wright - Pedal Steel

Wade Newbury- Drums

Jeff Soileau - Guitar

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GRAMMY Award Winner, Two-Time EMMY Nominee, 2020 U.S. Artists Fellow

Dom Flemons is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and currently lives in the Chicago area with his family. He has branded the moniker The American Songster® since his repertoire of music covers over 100 years of early American popular music. Flemons is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, actor, slam poet, music scholar, historian, and record collector. He is considered an expert player on the banjo, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quills, fife and rhythm bones. Flemons was selected for the prestigious 2020 United States Artists Fellowship Award for the Traditional Arts category which was generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

In 2020, Dom Flemons re-issued his album titled Prospect Hill: “The American Songster Omnibus on Omnivore Recordings. The two CD album features three parts: the original Prospect Hill album, the 2015 EP What Got Over, and The Drum Major Instinct which includes twelve previously unissued instrumental tracks. His original song “I Can’t Do It Anymore” was released on a limited edition wax cylinder recording. Recently, he released a cover of the Elmore James classic “Shake Your Money Maker”, recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis, alongside Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band and featured guest, legendary guitarist Steve Cropper. He played his six-string banjo (Big Head Joe), Quills, and Bones on Tyler Childers groundbreaking album Long Violent History and played jug alongside Brandford Marsalis on the soundtrack to Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on Netflix.

In 2019, Flemons was chosen to be a "Spotlight Artist" at the Soundtrack of America event curated by the World Renowned Quincy Jones and EMMY Award Winning Director Steve McQueen. He was featured in the Bank of America and Ken Burns ‘Country Music’ commercial that airs regularly on PBS. Also, Flemons had a successful international solo tour in Spain, France, Belgium, Holland, and served as an U.S representative at the YodelFest in Munich, Germany.

In 2018, Flemons released a solo album titled Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys on Smithsonian Folkways and received a GRAMMY Nomination for “Best Folk Album” at the 61st GRAMMY Awards. This recording is part of the African American Legacy Recordings series, co-produced with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

The Black Cowboys album peaked at #4 and has spent over 55 weeks on the BILLBOARD Bluegrass Charts and Flemons was nominated for “Artist of The Year” at the International Folk Music Awards, “Best Acoustic Album” at the Blues Music Awards, and “Best Folk Album” at the Liberia Awards. He won a Wammie Awards for “Best Folk Album”, won a Living Blues Award for “New Recordings/ Traditional & Acoustic album”, and received the ASCAP Foundation Paul Williams “Loved the Liner Notes” Award.

Flemons had his major solo debut on the Grand Ole Opry, on a night with Carrie Underwood and Old Crow Medicine Show and was included in the American Currents Class of 2018 exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit alongside Reba McEntire, Jeannie Seely, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Kane Brown, Dan Auerbach, Dan + Shay, John Prine and more.

At the 2018 National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Mid-America Awards Flemons was nominated for TWO EMMY's for PBS Episode: Songcraft Presents Dom Flemons and for the co-written song “Good Old Days” with Songwriter Ben Arthur.

He was the first Artist-in-Residence at the “Making American Music Internship Program” at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in the summer of 2018.

In 2017, Flemons served as the only U.S. performer at the Rainforest Music Festival in Kuching, Malaysia. He was featured on David Holt’s State of Music on PBS and performed as bluesman Joe Hill Louis on CMT’s original television show “Sun Records”.

In 2016, a duo album with British musician Martin Simpson titled “Ever Popular Favourites''was released on Fledg’ling Records. He launched a podcast, American Songster Radio, with two seasons on WUNC Public Radio and filmed two instructional DVD’s through Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop.

In 2007, Flemons had an acting role as a Juke Joint Musician in and recorded songs for the Golden Globe nominated, Oprah Winfrey executive produced, Denzel Washington directed feature film The Great Debaters, starring Denzel and Forest Whitaker.

In 2005, Flemons co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops who won a GRAMMY for “Best Traditional Folk Album” in 2010 and were nominated for “Best Folk Album” in 2012. He left the group to pursue his solo career in 2014. In 2016 the Carolina Chocolate Drops were inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame and are featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Flemons has archived the legacy of the CCD’s in his personal collection at the Southern Folklife Center at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC and at the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville, TN.

Flemons currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Steve Martin Banjo Prize, Music Maker Relief Foundation and is a Governor on the Board of Directors for the Washington, D.C Chapter of the Recording Academy.

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Hibbs Family Band - Fresh off their debut album, “Tears in Missouri”, Hibbs Family Band embraces the Southern tradition of music in the home and the history of family bands in country music. A family of four, brothers Rob & Garrett join parents Henry & Judy to blend sounds in ways that are not only noticeable in pitch but felt in the soul. Hibbs Family Band’s music represents everything that an afternoon with the Hibbs’ is about; having a good time, mixed with the right amount of good natured mischief, great stories and some painfully honest revelations about life.

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MrJordanMrTonks is a collaboration between longtime Athens musicians, Tommy Jordan on acoustic guitar and banjo and William Tonks on dobro and electric guitar. Individually, they could play with anyone, anywhere. Together, the effortless blend of their wide range of musical experiences and styles results in a synergy that is pretty special. Their performances reveal a joyful and relaxed musical relationship between two exceptional musicians. Flagpole Magazine calls them “two of Athens favorite pickers.”

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A. Lee Edwards has been a songwriter for over 30 years, and became the main singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the band Lou Ford. Punks, alt-country fans, and glam rockers alike agreed there was an honesty there, an authenticity not built on outward style but inner substance. The songs spoke mostly of the ebb and flow of personal relationships, and of the existence most of us south of "middle-class" immediately recognized as our own. They had critical respect, too, and from some of the best music magazines in the world -- Uncut and Mojo both talked the band up breathlessly, and they shared space on British "best of" compilation CDs with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Richard Thompson and Paul Simon. Often lumped into the Americana catch-all, they nonetheless mined the sunnier side of the street musically, with Edwards’ biggest influences (Beach Boys, Big Star, Nick Lowe) never far from the surface. The very first published music review I ever wrote was on Lou Ford's debut full-length, Sad, But Familiar. Something about that review still sticks with me: it was (if nothing else) deeply felt, and if indeed the words served well, it was because they served the point. I think this is something that A. Lee Edwards and I have in common: a belief in a plainspoken good thing, without unnecessary or undue adornment. After Edwards’ post-Ford band The Loudermilks folded, Alan did as he had famously promised in song years before and took his things and moved up to the mountains. Edwards has revisited his burgeoning back catalog of songs and become something of a road warrior. It is music that is personal without being personal-specific — call it “universal personal.” It is a sort of composting of shared experience, something that is rather impossible to fake without a huge helping of empathy and a great set of ears. It is music that is direct, and which can occasionally make you uncomfortable, but later console you like that old friend you rarely get to see.

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The Red Oak String Band gets the audience singing along to a feelgood blend of Bluegrass, Blues, Folk, Rock and Classic Country. Featuring Mike Harrison on Banjo and Electric guitar, Red Oak switches seamlessly between traditional Bluegrass Spirituals and the Grateful Dead. Brian Drake provides a driving back beat on mandolin when he’s not wailing on the Blues harmonica. Eric line saws on the fiddle while Jeff Buckley and Brian Foreman strum the six-strings. Marshall Walker provides world-class bass lines. Dave Forker holds down the beat and takes a turn singing now and then. Over the past 15 years, Red Oak has played weddings, farmers markets, funerals, festivals, benefits, bars and sub-freezing campfire sing-alongs.

Athens area musicians get the audience singing along to a feelgood blend of Bluegrass, Blues, Folk, Rock and Classic Country. Featuring Mike Harrison on Banjo and Electric guitar, Red Oak switches seamlessly between traditional Bluegrass Spirituals and the Grateful Dead. Brian Drake provides a driving back beat on mandolin when he’s not wailing on the Blues harmonica. Eric line saws on the fiddle while Jeff Buckley and Brian Foreman strum the six-strings. Marshall Walker provides world-class bass lines. Dave Forker holds down the beat and takes a turn singing now and then. Over the past 15 years, Red Oak has played weddings, farmers markets, funerals, festivals, benefits, bars and sub-freezing campfire sing-alongs.

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String Theory (Athens, GA) plays old time, bluegrass and Americana music and is made up of some of Athens finest acoustic musicians. The music is high energy and refuses to let the audience sit back and simply listen: they have to move, dance or even just tap their feet. The lineup includes Tommy Jordan (banjo, guitar, vocals), Dick Daniels (bass, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Antoon Speters (mandolin, banjo, vocals), Susan Staley (guitar, vocals), and Dale Wechsler (fiddle).

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