Friday, June 30, 2017

Location of Athens Oct. 20th WIZARD'S BALL confirmed

Event producer Markster Con is excited to announce the the Athens WIZARD'S BALL (18+) on Oct. 20th, 2017 will be hosted at the infamous 40 WATT Club.

The 40 WATT Club is one of the most famous and iconic music venues in the world. In addition to national acts, the club has served as a music home base for many of Athens’ most beloved bands over the last 35 years, including R.E.M., the B-52’s, Pylon, Love Tractor, Vic Chesnutt, Olivia Tremor Control, Five Eight, Neutral Milk Hotel, Jucifer, Drive-By Truckers, of Montreal, The Whigs, Maserati, and more. Originally a nickname given to Pylon’s rehearsal space located above 171 College Ave, the first “40 Watt Club” was christened in 1979 with a Halloween party hosted by drummer Curtis Crowe.

In April 1991, the 40 WATT Club moved to its fifth and present-day location, at 285 West Washington Street, into a building that housed one of the first grocery stores in Downtown Athens and was then being used as overflow storage for the Potters House. Some of the earliest shows featured local stalwarts Flat Duo Jets (featuring Dexter Romweber) and a reunited Pylon.

Other artists that have graced the “fabulous” 40 Watt Club stage since it's birth—ranging from punk to pop and country to rap—include: Nirvana, Snoop Dogg, Iggy Pop, Flaming Lips, The Strokes, Sonic Youth, Pavement, Run-DMC, the Black Crowes, My Morning Jacket, Dierks Bentley, X, Sugar, Patti Smith, The Killers, Ween, John Mayer, the Melvins, Kings of Leon, Kenny Chesney, Gnarls Barkley, Band of Horses, Sugarland, Against Me!, Jamey Johnson, and Guided By Voices to name a few.

With all of that being said, the 40 WATT Club will be a great fit for what Markster Con plans to bring to Athens on Oct. 20th with the first event of WIZARD WEEKEND – 'Early Wizard Tickets' go up for grabs at noon this Saturday (July 1st, 2017) for those that already plan to attend either/both the Athens Wizard's Ball (18+) and Wizard Pub Crawl the following day on October 21st (21+).