A preview listening party to celebrate the release of R.E.M.’s new album, Around the Sun, will take place on Monday, October 4 from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. at Little Kings Club on the corner of Hull Street and West Hancock Street in downtown Athens.

Guests will be able to hear the full album before its release and bid in live and silent auctions on a variety of unique items. Dinner will also be served.

Tickets for the event are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Proceeds from the listening party will benefit Community Connection and Family Connection/Communities In Schools, local organizations that provide valuable support services for the Athens area. Tickets are available at Low Yo Yo Stuff, School Kids Records, the Athens Welcome Center, Musician’s Warehouse (both locations), Jittery Joe’s Eastside, and online at www.athensmusic.net. If remaining, tickets will also be available at the door the night of the event.

Some of the live and silent auction items will include:

*a Fender guitar donated by Musician’s Warehouse and signed by R.E.M.;

*a special package for the October 23, 2004, R.E.M. concert at Gwinnett Arena that includes two tickets and a limousine ride from the Athens area to the show and back;

*lyric proofs from Around the Sun signed by R.E.M.;

*a Hail to the Thief poster signed by Radiohead;

*a poster signed by Widespread Panic;

*out-of-print mid-1980’s R.E.M. t-shirts signed by the band:

*a copy of Rolling Stone signed by Dave Matthews

For more information, contact Jeff Montgomery at 380-8269 or Tim Johnson with Family Connection at 369-9732. To purchase tickets online, please visit

The band will not be present at the preview listening party due to their current tour schedule.