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New Mantra Live at The Hummingbird in Downtown Macon
August 4, 2017 @ 10:00 pm - 2:00 am| $5
Named for its hometown of Athens, GA, the famed birthplace of some of the most celebrated names in music, “Athens” is one of the newest bands that’s got this town in a frenzy. The members, all younger than 17, are well on their way to establishing themselves as an incredible force of pure rock. Headed by 16-year old vocalist and rhythm guitarist Chase Brown, they’ve come a long way from their early days of playing sidewalks and parties. Along with 17-year-old Zak “Blond Blur” Smith ruling the drums, 17-year-old Justin Granados killing it on the bass, and 14-year-old lead guitarist Beau “Monkey” Anderson leaping, writhing, and shredding away in true rocker form, “Athens” has gathered quite a following. As well-loved performers and often headliners in the scene, these guys give their fans an unbelievable mix of impressive original songs as well as awesome covers of rock classics, and they keep getting better and better, entrancing the whole crowd as they take over every stage they play.
Over the past few years, “Athens” has drawn the interest of several big names in the industry. Veteran rocker Carl Jah of Dread Zeppelin heaped praise upon the band, offering to write their song “Roll On” for their first album. Steve Taylor, lead guitarist for Bill Gentry of Wild Bills fame and 80s band The Blondz, was completely wowed by the boys and chose to help produce their upcoming CD which is due out by the end of the year. The band’s newest original songs are already blowing audiences away, and fans are sure to be thrilled with the release of this album. Helped along the way by members of countless bands including Back N Black, HOLDCELL, and Mad Margritt of Atlanta, “Athens” has established itself throughout the state, and there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that a record deal will soon be in the cards for these guys. They are eternally grateful for all of the support, encouragement, and praise they’ve received over the years, and truly, they’ve only just begun. It’s certainly not about the novelty of their youth anymore. “Athens” just simply rocks!