A reader named Robb sent me this scanned image of the back of an old Flagpole he had in storage and managed to scan, albeit in two parts. According to his email, this was the last SuperJam held, mainly because most of those bands managed to move to much bigger venues than the Theatre within the next year or so.
Just LOOK at that line up! Seriously, just think of the crowds that Widespread alone can gather. Add in Dave Matthews who was one of the top grossing touring acts of the past decade, old school cred with Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jackopierce, Allgood, and the Athfest 2010 headliners Kinchafoonee Cowboys… All for fifteen bucks.
Now, one point that Robb brought up in his email really caught my eye. There really hasn’t been a massive band to come out of Athens in a good while. We’ve got a lot of up and comers and quite a few indie/underground darlings, but where are the megastars? The Truckers and Whigs are gaining speed but have yet to enter a more mainstream consciousness. I wonder what has changed over the years to make this so.
Perhaps it’s the current cycle of the big music business. Fewer bands are breaking big, therefore, statistically, fewer bands from Athens will hit the mainstream. Or maybe it’s that the underground nature of Athens has taken such a hold that a certain level of fame and fortune is looked at as something that is in direct conflict with the very nature of creativity. OR it could be that the rise of other music cities like Seattle and Austin drew attention away from the Athenian hit machine, leaving incredible artists to just toil in obscurity.
So what is it? If it’s anything at all? We wanna know what you think
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