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Published: 2012/04/04

The Athens Americana Festival: Bloodkin, Jonyy Corndawg, Futurebirds’ Grateful Dead Band Bobby’s Shorts and More

The 5th annual Athens Americana Festival will take place from April 18-22 at venues throughout Athens, GA. The festival will kick off on the roof of the recently re-opened Georgia Theatre on April 18 with performances by Andrew Combs and Dead Confederate sideband Hardy Morris And The Outfit. The celebration will then move downstairs and inside where Bloodkin, Shovels and Rope and Jonyy Corndawg will perform.

The festival will continue over the next few days at Athens clubs like Little Kings Shuffle Club, The Globe, Little Kings and Baxendale Guitar studio. Other acts confirmed to perform include: Shonna Tucker, Corduroy Road, New West Records’ The Mastersons, Dave Marr (ex-Star Room Boys), Thayer Sarrano (of Montreal), Atlanta’s The Whiskey Gentry, Borderhop 5, Ruby Kendrick, Athens’ longstanding blues band The Healers, Vespolina, Packway Handle Band side project Sans Abri, Old Smokey, Viking Progress, The Charlie Garrett Band, Justin Evans and Adam Klein & The Wild Fires.

The Grateful Dead cover band Bobby’s Shorts, featuring members of Futurebirds, will also perform a rare set to close the festival on Sunday, April 22. In addition, the event will feature an open house and guitar-making workshop by local master luthier Scott Baxendale.

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