Athfest Club Crawl

Luthi (Main Stage)

With Booty Boyz (Rooftop), Palace Doctor (Bridge Stage), Sleepwalkers (Main Stage), The Medium (Bridge Stage), Nihilist Cheerleader (Main Stage), Thayer Sarrano (Bridge Stage), Vision Video (Main Stage)

Georgia Theatre

Saturday, June 22
08:00 doors / 09:00 show
18 and Over
  • Price$10.00 - $25.00
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Luthi (Main Stage)

LUTHI routinely brings the party, and it’s a big one. “Boogie Circus” is the most colorful description of their sound so far. “We like the term Cumberland Funk too,” says frontman Christian Luthi, an homage to the river that flows through its Nashville home and a sound that blends the city's often under-appreciated musical history. What’s very evident in talking with (what they call) “The LUTHI Crew” is the shared passion for helping others let loose. And let loose they will. Traveling in a pack that can be likened to big bands of days gone by, LUTHI has honed in on the one thing that all of them can agree on; “keeping it weird”. Drawing from influences that include soul and R&B acts from the 1960’s, psychedelic funk and groove from the 70’s, and New Wave rock and roll from the 80’s. LUTHI then turns the ingredients into their own stew of modern dance music, with lyrics and melodies that only continue to open themselves up to listeners with each new spin. "...unreal vocals...hypnotizing stage presence, and contagious, fun energy" - Live for Live Music "Funky...LUTHI is known for it's live shows" - American Songwriter "LUTHI has provided one of Nashville's finest grooves, and it's safe to assume they won't be stopping any time soon" - Lockeland Springsteen

Booty Boyz (Rooftop)

Athens, GAs fave DJs

Palace Doctor (Bridge Stage)

Palace Doctor is a rock trio featuring Phillip Brantley, Jeremy Wheatley, Nick Robbins.

Sleepwalkers (Main Stage)

It was the winter of 2013, when a casual lunch at Burger King manifested the hearts of four lost souls and transformed the gang into an unstoppable courier of smash hits. SLEEPWALKERS, a group of outlaws who rose from the blue collar depths of a glorified suburban landscape, seek to recreate the golden age of songwriting. Combining the soothing sounds of Yanni with the angelic melodies of Enya, SLEEPWALKERS are sure to be the butter to your bread. Matthew McConaughey says, "SLEEPWALKERS songs are more historically significant than the Declaration of Independence...Nick Cage won't have to look far to find this National Treasure." SLEEPWALKERS have diamonds on the soles of their shoes, but let me tell you, they're not going to Graceland. SLEEPWALKERS are bringin' the heat and they're about to burn it up, baby.

The Medium (Bridge Stage)

Once the vibe has worn off and the post-Busch delirium sets in, switch on "Good Ol' Days." Oddball baroque psychedelia broadcasted from a basement on the east side. This is a bonafide earworm thanks to a loose piano melody and singular vocal stylings. Nice to find the kids that aren't afraid of writing a hook. Play the demo again and again until the tape wears out or the sun comes up. (Aquarium Drunkard)

Nihilist Cheerleader (Main Stage)

Nihilist Cheerleader is making a name for themselves in the thriving Athens/ Atlanta music scene with their raw, Riot Grrrl- inspired punk sound. The band formed in 2015 in Athens, Ga, and found early success in a saturated scene with their new take on an established concept of “punk”. The band brings a charged energy to their live and recorded performances that is engaging and refreshing. Nihilist Cheerleader’s sound appropriately reflects the band’s name in it’s duality- both turbulent and controlled, angsty and uplifting, thoughtful and effortless. What sets them apart from other musicians in their midsts is their story-like songwriting. Like the artists that have inspired them, the band’s music is largely rooted in political and social commentary. Their lyrics command the listener to take a closer look at social injustices related to gender and power structures, and ones internal dialogue. Rather than aimlessly identify problems they see, the band’s intention is to start a constructive conversation about how we can combat and resolve such issues. Their songs inspire rebellion, self exploration, change, and especially dance.

Thayer Sarrano (Bridge Stage)

"You know sometimes you can just feel another world at the same time, maybe it is some higher self or just being more connected," asks Athens, GA-based THAYER SARRANO rhetorically about the inspiration for her new album Wings Alleluia which is set for release on March 29, 2019 via The Guildwater Group. Deeply poetic and musically pastoral, her fourth album is an exploration of textures and melodies reinforcing the title that Americana UK bestowed upon her as “The New Queen of Shoegaze.” The follow-up to 2015's Shaky, Wings Alleluia displays the layered tapestry she musically weaves that Huffington Post called “a Southern-psych dreamland, bottling up ghosts and bringing them to life through her ethereal hymns." From the moody opening track “O My Soul” that tickles the lower registers while Thayer’s otherworldly vocals soars above, to the guitar-led meditation “These Arms” which traipses over a backwoods-ian twang, to the dramatic “White Shores”, the album exists on an almost transcendental level, a mindset that she subscribes to. Thayer explains, “I’ll be dealing with whatever is happening in front of me or the emotion of a beautiful or terrible situation, and the lyrics that I’ll get for some reason usually tend to come more from the abstract higher place because it provides more clarity.” A multi-instrumentalist – she is a classically-trained pianist and also plays pedal steel guitar, oboe, and percussion, Thayer has been composing instrumentals since she was a child while also feeding her visual creative outlet through paintings, drawings and sculpture. Uniquely finding lyrical inspirations from her own artwork, it allows her to tap into her emotions and internal dialogue better than writing a linear storyline. “I have always done a lot of paintings and drawings - sometimes little sculptures - that help me translate something,” she explains. “For this album, there were a lot of fragments of drawings that would help me create a lyric, so my sketchbook is filled with drawings that inspired lyrics throughout the album.” Since 2009, she has released three LPs and toured heavily, headlining tours in the US and Europe, as well as supporting Drive-By Truckers, Television, Robyn Hitchcock, Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker, Nicole Atkins, The Whigs, she has also been a featured guest vocalist at a Big Star’s Third show in Athens amongst other things. Her songs have been featured on network television, in the Netherlands' Groninger Museum, and she won the Flagpole Music Award for Music Video of the Year (2016) for "Shaky." Last October, she released a 7 inch with a book of drawings for the stand alone track, “I Will Never Be Used to Your Beauty,” with a cover of Leonard Cohen’s "If It Be Your Will" as its b-side, featuring producer and artist Andy Lemaster. Her new LP will be released on March 29, 2019 and features the Athens Cowboy Choir, T. Hardy Morris, Justin Collins, Parker Gispert, Billy Bennett, and more on backing vocals.

Vision Video (Main Stage)

Dan Geller ( I Am The World Trade Center, Booty Boyz), Jason Fusco (Shehehe) and Dustin Gannon present the first show of their new band "Vision Video". Bringing a post-punk core with punk-rock and goth-rock sensibilities, Vision Video explores themes of love, loss, war, and mental illness. Highly danceable, yet introspective and dischordant. A melancholic 80s sound with sharper teeth. After the performance, Geller and Gannon will be spinning dance tunes into the night, with Fusco dancing his beard off in kind. Heavy on post-punk, new wave, Brit pop, and more. "Dance, dance, dance to the radio....."