We’re just over a week away from the listening party extravaganzas which will be held here in Athens on November 13th and 14th to celebrate the release of the band’s hits retrospective R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982-2011. These events (listed below) will be the last in a long succession of fundraisers dating back to the release of Automatic For the People in 1992.

We’re expecting the Part Lies festivities to be the biggest and best ever. There will be great bands, great food, as well as some great venues, and we hope you can join us. At last count, tickets were going very fast, so please act quickly if you are interested in attending. Ticket information may be found at athensmusic.net.


Night #1: WELCOME TO THE RECONSTRUCTION – Athens Bands Play the Songs of R.E.M.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Doors at 6:00 p.m.


215 North Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30601

Ages 18 & up (under 18 can be admitted if accompanied by a parent)


Featuring (in alphabetical order): The Corduroy Road, David Barbe and the Quick Hooks, Futurebirds, Grogus, Jack Logan and Coventry Climax, John Keane and NathanSheppard, Kevn Kinney, Lera Lynn, Nanny Island, Romper Stompers (feat. Todd Nance of Widespread Panic, William Tonks & Jon Mills of Barbara Cue, and Daniel Hutchens of Bloodkin), 706, and Thayer Sarrano.

Advance tickets available at georgiatheatre.com and athensmusic.net

Night #2: BACK WHERE WE BELONG – R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982 —€œ 2011 CD Pre-Release Party

Monday, November 14, 2011

Doors at 7:00 p.m.

40 Watt Club

285 West Washington Street, Athens, GA 30601

All ages


The final CD pre-release party with silent and live auctions, exclusive video footage, raffle, and limited edition merchandise for sale. Auction items include a donated Rickenbacker guitar signed by all four members of R.E.M., framed signed guitar picks, an 8″x10″ open edition signed archival pigment ink print of R.E.M. in Walter’s Bar-B-Que from 1984 donated by photographer Laura Levine, R.E.M. set pieces from past tours, archived t-shirts, and more.

Advance tickets available at athensmusic.net.

Night #2 – 2nd Event: TOAST OF CHRONICTOWN – Athens Finest Eateries Bring Their Best

Monday, November 14, 2011

5:00-7:00 p.m.


234 West Hancock Avenue, Athens, GA 30601

All ages

$75 (ticket price includes admission to Toast of Chronic Town & both other release party events)

Sampling of food from more than 15 of Athens’ finest eateries, including Weaver D’s, The Grit, Five & Ten, Dondero’s, The National, The Four Coursemen, Ted’s Most Best, La Dolce Vita, The Last Resort, Loco’s, Marti’s at Midday, Mama’s Boy, Heirloom Cafe, Big City Bread, The Taco Stand, Taqueria Del Sol, Farm 255, Jittery Joe’s, DePalma’s, Gymnopedie and others. During the event, special screenings of R.E.M. live concert footage on an archived 35mm print and a special 90-minute R.E.M. video retrospective will be shown in each theatre.

Limited number of tickets available; number of tickets limited to 4 per order.


Please note that in addition to being a generally fun and happy time for those in attendance, a major point of the release parties is to raise some much-needed funding for some important local Athens Charities: Community Connection of Northeast Georgia & Family Connection / Communities in Schools of Athens / Whatever It Takes. Even if you can’t attend, consider a donation to these worthy organization making a difference in the lives of many people in Athens every day. Thanks

Advance tickets available at athensmusic.net


For out-of-town fans coming to the events, the Hotel Indigo (500 College Avenue) has special $119 room rates for Sunday, November 13 and Monday, November 14. To reserve a room, call 706-546-0430 or 877-834-3613, e-mail EmilyKarst@indigoathens.com, or make an online reservation at indigoathens.com with the code REM.

Please note: R.E.M. will neither perform nor be in attendance at any of the events.