A lively summer of music in Athens and Athens County continues this weekend in the form of the 16th Athens Community Music Festival on Saturday.
With a little more festivus for the rest of us, the ACMF will feature 32 musical acts in six venues over the course of the night. Fifteen bands will make their respective ACMF debuts. Donkey Coffee, The Union, Jackie O's (both Public House and Brewery side), Casa Cantina and the Smiling Skull Saloon will all present acts in their respective locations.
Festival organizer Scott Winland, who books bands at the Union and plays in local bands, lent a few words of advice and perspective for the festival. "Some venues may lean a little on the heavy or lighter side; other may host more solo acts. We try to mix up the genres," Winland said. "I encourage everyone to check out a set at each venue. It won't be long before Athens is a much busier place. Take it all in before it gets taken from you."
Proceeds will go to the Gathering Place, ARTS/West, Athens Rock Camp for Girls, and the Bryan Winland Memorial Arts and Music Scholarship.
"Providing extra funds towards these organizations certainly helps them and their respective missions" said Winland. "I'm also proud that my family is involved in the creation and maintenance of the Bryan Winland Memorial Arts & Music Scholarship. It is a great way to help support budding artists from our community, and honor the memory of my brother."
The jams will start out at Donkey Coffee and The Union at 7 p.m.
You can get a wristband for all the venues at any one of them, or else just pay a lesser amount for each venue you decide to patronize.
Acts performing at Donkey include:
• 7 p.m. - Alayna Locke
• 7:45 p.m. - Valerie Mash
• 8:30 p.m. - Ragamuffin
• 9:15 p.m. - Intermittent Animals
Bands playing at The Union are as follows:
• 7 p.m. - JJ Reed
• 8 p.m. - J.D. Hutchinson
• 9 p.m. - Super Nobody
• 10 p.m. - Speaking Suns
• 11 p.m. - Blam Blams
• Midnight - Sportfishing USA
• 1:00 a.m. - Blond
Jackie O's Public House will be hosting:
• 8 p.m. - Corbin Marsh
• 9 p.m. - Paranormals
• 10 p.m. - Night Sweats
• 11 p.m. - Whole Hearted Half-Wits
• Midnight - Zapple Pie
• 1:00 p.m. - Bright At Night
The Brewery side of Jackie O's will feature:
• 8 p.m. - The Curd Jergihns Vocal Group
• 9 p.m. - Steve Zarate
• 10 p.m. - Fever Dream
• 11 p.m. - Watch Them Rot
• Midnight - Unmonumental
• 1 a.m. - County Pharaohs
Bands playing at Casa Cantina include:
• 9 p.m. - Laura Nadeau
• 10 p.m. - Summoners
• 11 p.m. - Coal Cave Hollow Boys
• Midnight - Fathers of The Revolution
• 1 a.m. - Dox City
Finally the Smiling Skull Saloon:
• 9 p.m. - Dead Hand of Man
• 10 p.m. - Pegasister
• 11 p.m. - Red Feathers
• Midnight - Weird Science
• 1 a.m. - Slut Castle