The listening party for COLLAPSE INTO NOW will be held tonight at the 40 Watt Club on West Washington St. in downtown Athens. The event begins at 7:00 P.M. and will feature a live and silent auction in addition to the new record being played through twice.

Here are all of the details:

R.E.M. Collapse Into Now Pre-release Listening Party in Athens, GA

Benefiting Community Connection of Northeast Georgia & Family Connection / Communities in Schools of Athens / Whatever It Takes

Monday, March 7, 2010

Doors at 6:30 p.m. (event begins promptly at 7 p.m.)

40 Watt Club

285 West Washington Street

Athens, GA 30601

All ages

Tickets: $10 advance

Advance tickets available at athensmusic.net


– Preview of Collapse Into Now album

– Live auction of signed memorabilia

– Screening of exclusive R.E.M. videos from Collapse Into Now

– Raffle

– Exclusive pre-release party t-shirts

– & more!

A benefit preview listening party for each R.E.M. album of all-new material has been held in the band’s hometown since the release of 1992’s Automatic for the People.

Please note that the band will neither perform nor be in attendance at the event.

For more information about the release party, contact Jeff Montgomery at 706-380-8269 or jeff@athensmusic.net.

About the Beneficiaries:

Community Connection of NEGA is the umbrella agency that oversees three crucial services in Northeast Georgia. They connect individuals in the 14 county area to resources via our 2-1-1 Information and Referral Helpline, which provides more than 30,000 referrals to the individuals in need of services each year; they connect thousands of interested citizens to volunteer opportunities in our community via our Hands On Northeast Georgia program; and they connect organizations to resources (including each other) via the Non-Profit Development Alliance, which helps non-profit organizations receive the training, support and assistance they need while ‘incubating’ new programs to fill gaps in services. For more information, visit Communityconnection211.com or call 211 or 706-353-1313.

Family Connection / Communities In Schools of Athens / Whatever It Takes brings the community together to toward a simple goal: that all children will succeed in school and in life. Family Connection / Communities In Schools of Athens is a partnership of 90 organizations working with families to research, plan, implement, and evaluate strategic approaches to improve results for all children and families. It is the official planning and coordinating body for services for children and families in the community and is nationally recognized for its work. Whatever It Takes seeks to ensure that every child in Athens-Clarke County will graduate from a post-secondary education. For more information, visit witathens.org, e-mail tim.johnson@witathens.org, or call 706-369-9732