We are very excited to announce that there will be three events held in Athens next month in conjunction with the release of R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982-2011.

As has been the case in years past, proceeds from each of the events will benefit some of the band’s favorite local non-profit organizations: Community Connection of Northeast Georgia & Family Connection / Communities in Schools of Athens / Whatever It Takes.

Here’s how the events will unfold:

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 Chronic Town – 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.

Advance tickets available at athensmusic.net

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


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.

History of R.E.M. Listening Parties and Contact Info

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. This will be the last preview listening party. 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 the 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 communityconnection 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 or call 706-369-9732.