As we reported earlier this week, Athens is abuzz with activity this weekend in anticipation of R.E.M.’s 30th anniversary which takes place on Monday, April 5th. Music, film, and a music history tour are on tap. Also, be sure to have a look at two great features from our local papers this week: Onlineathens.com highlights 30 things that connect R.E.M. to Athens. and Flagpole.com has an interview with Bertis in which he discusses R.E.M. over the years.
Here is the schedule for the weekend and next Monday:
R.E.M. 30 AT THE MELTING POINT
Tonight, the Melting Point will host “R.E.M. 30,” a celebration of R.E.M.’s 30th birthday, featuring performances by Cindy Wilson & Dana Downs and the Debauchelors, Mitch Easter, The HEAP, VieTNam, John Keane, Supercluster, and Casper and the Cookies. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Music at 8:00 p.m. Ticket information is available at the Melting Point’s website.
Read more about R.E.M. 30 at flagpole.com.
PLEASE NOTE: R.E.M. will not be in attendance.
R.E.M. @ 30: A VIDEO RETROSPECTIVE
Saturday through Monday, CINÃâ° will screen “R.E.M. @ 30: A Video Retrospective,” which will highlight the entirety of R.E.M.’s career with rare footage and clips from performances, videos, interviews, and much more. Running time is approximately 90 minutes and cost for the film is $5. “R.E.M. @ 30” will be the feature for the “Dinner and a Movie” offered by CINÃâ° and The National on Monday April 5. Cost for the Monday night dinner and movie is $25.
Sat., April 3 – 3 p.m.
Sun., April 4 – 3 p.m.
Mon., April 5 – 7:30 p.m.
234 West Hancock Avenue
Athens GA 30601
ATHENS MUSIC HISTORY TOUR
The Athens Welcome Center & Classic City Tours are offering an Athens Music History Tour this weekend beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and again on Sunday. Tickets are $15 per person and space is limited. For ticket information, please call 706.208.8687.
WUOG, 90.5 FM R.E.M. MONDAY MARATHON
WUOG 90.5 FM, the student run station at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, will celebrate R.E.M.’s 30th anniversary by playing R.E.M. songs for 5 STRAIGHT HOURS on Monday, April 5th, 2010, from noon until 5 p.m. EST.