There’s usually such a gap between the downtown music scene and UGA that one wouldn’t know the other even existed if not for WUOG, frat bands, and the countless art/English majors that make up 80% of the groups. That fact is why I was surprised when a Telecommunications professor announced an “Athens Music” day in his class. I nearly died.
The class began with a youtube video of a certain famous Athens band playing its most famous song. Something about being in a spotlight… Anyway, it was interesting to see how many people recognized the song. Most disturbing though was the number of whispers I heard asking “Wait, they’re from Athens?!”. We need to do a better job training the freshies. That’s all I’m saying.
Students had been invited to bring in local artists from around town. It was a pretty decent mix of genres and levels of talent. First up was the Corduroy Road. Three of the members played a bouncy little tune about a flood. Lovely sense of humor those guys have. The crowd responded pretty well and fired a few questions which were easily answered.
Next came two singer-songwriters. The first sounded a bit like Death Cab for Cutie and the second sounded like Dave Matthews. Say what you want about wearing your influences on your sleeve but I find it helpful in deciding if I’m interested in an act or not.
Paul McHugh of Mother Jackson and the Ginger Envelope was next, picking a slow and twangy tune on a dark and wicked old looking guitar. It sounded like it should’ve been a part of the “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?” soundtrack. The class really seemed to get into the mood of it.
Paul was followed by a rap/hip-hop group called Wild Kard. I’m not the best of judges when it comes to this kinda stuff but I liked their song. Sure, a lot of it was about bumping and grinding and getting ‘underneath the covas’ but it was a change of pace and thusly enjoyed.
Overall, the class was pretty happy about being treated to a free concert. It’s not how I might’ve handled an Athens Music Day (we’d be there for hours, possibly days), but as far as classes go, you should be kicking yourself if you skipped.
What were the names of the Dave Metthews wannabees?
I'm not sure. One was named Mike something and it was his first time performing. The other was D… Dixon(?) I think? Can't read my own notes..