Forward Forecast: January 2023 Edition

Yes, I did write 2022 in the title by accident. I can never make heads nor tails of the first week of the year, especially when we’re “observing” New Year’s Day on the Monday after it has happened. My work week is all thrown off. I’m not going to complain too much because I did get to make a cheese ball today and do some long neglected chores during the break. I hope everyone had a good holiday and that we’re all ready for this upcoming week, month, year, etc. I’m messing around with new formats again so if this one makes more sense, please let me know. Anywho…

Here’s what is happening in January 2023.

If you, like me, missed getting tickets to see the B-52s last tour date in Athens, I’d like to point out that UGA is now playing in the College Football Finals on January 9th. What this means is there’s a small number of folk who’ll choose that over the Bs and put their tickets up for grabs ahead of the B’s return to the Classic Center on January 10th. And if all that fails, you can catch the party punks themselves at their newly announced Vegas residency.

The Shut-Ups have a new full length LP entitled “The Shut-Ups Are Girls Singing Songs.” Catch the catchy tunesmiths and their special guests FLAP at the Shut-Ups album release show at Cine on January 20th.

I’m pleased to let you know that Burns Night continues once more with Bob Hay & the Jolly Beggars performing the Scottish bard’s songs at the World Famous on January 25th.

If you’re looking for an absolutely stacked night of musical programming, consider heading to the 40 Watt on Saturday, January 28th for The Bad Ends Album release party. The night will also feature Lo Talker, Pylon Reenactment Society, and A.D. Blanco.

If old school isn’t your style that night, Jameson Tank is playing the Georgia Theatre (Sat, Jan. 28th). It’s been fascinating watching this band take off during the pandemic era. And the tunes are good too. They’re bringing Angelics and the Ocho along for the ride this time.

The awe-inspiring blues man Bobby Rush is performing at Hendershot’s on January 15th. We’re fortunate to have a place for artists of this caliber to land and this is my big “don’t miss it” show for the month.

Buvez is quickly becoming my new go-to for alt-rock so it’s no surprise to me to see Surfwax, Swear Jar, and Murder the Mood have a gig there on January 12th. Not a bad Thursday night out, I’d wager.

I haven’t mentioned a gig at Cine yet so consider heading to their lab for some straight up rock coming from Pilgrim and Bat Factory on Friday, January 13th. It’s been too long since I’ve watched a Paul McHugh gig and I need to correct this immediately.

If you’re looking to perform instead of just passively watch, Dark Entries Karaoke is at Buvez on January 20th. Catch me mangling your favorite goth, post-punk, and industrial standards. For real, I’m the type of karaoke genius that thinks “Hm. Maybe I SHOULD do the Cure song with a five minute intro…”

Anywho, if you’ve read this far, lemme know if this is a better long read format for show dates than what I usually do. Everyone is apparently moving back to blogs and newsletters now that Twitter is a shitshow. At least this ol’ blog never left. HA!

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