Drive By Truckers, Bela Fleck, Chuck Leavell among Georgia Theatre re-opening schedule


Performers Include Chuck Leavell, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Big Boi, Drive By Truckers and Many More!

Completely Renovated Theatre Slated with Rooftop Restaurant to Open Nearly Two Years After Devastating Fire

Athens, Georgia (June 1, 2011) – Nearly two years after an early-morning fire decimated the 122-year old venue on June 19, 2009, the Georgia Theatre is thrilled to announce the performers that will take the stage during its official two-week re-opening celebration in Athens, Ga. beginning Monday, August 1 through Saturday, August 13, 2011. The lineup includes: The Glands with Madeline; Chuck Leavell and Friends with SNAP!; Kenosha Kid; Blackberry Smoke; RJD2; J. Roddy Watson and the Business; Don Chambers; Goat; Bela Fleck and the Flecktones; Big Boi; Drive By Truckers; and Gillian Welch. Additional artists and further details will be announced in the coming weeks. Single show tickets for the two-week long celebration go on sale Monday, June 6th at 10 a.m., from $10 to $30 and are available online at

"As construction nears completion we can feel Athens and the Southeastern music community getting excited with us.  We can’t wait to unveil what we believe will be he finest music venue of our size in the region,” says Wilmot Greene, co-owner of the Georgia Theatre. 

“It’s exciting to give back to the people and community that has been so supportive of us. The light at the end of the tunnel is becoming blinding and it looks glorious!,” adds Scott Orvold, co-owner and talent buyer for the historic venue.

Although the Georgia Theatre has stood in the heart of Athens since 1889, it has only been used as a concert venue since 1978 after opening with a performance by the fusion-rock band Sea Level, developed by Chuck Leavell, longtime member of The Rolling Stones. It’s only fitting that for the re-opening celebration this August that Chuck Leavell will be among the diverse range of talent that will be the first to showcase the rebuilt venue. Other than a brief stint in the 80s when the Georgia Theatre served as a movie house, in the 31 years it was open before the fire, the popular mid-sized venue regularly hosted internationally renowned artists like The Police, R.E.M., the Ramones, Beck, Dave Matthews, Widespread Panic, and Tom Waits, to name a few. In 2004, Wilmot Greene took over the theatre, where he along with business partner Scott Orvold transformed it into one of the Southeast’s premiere music destinations. In 2009, a tragic fire gutted the historic venue, which is now set re-open just two years later thanks the ongoing and generous support of the Athens community, music lovers, artists, and groups like The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and Terrapin Beer Company.

While Orvold and Greene worked to preserve the setup and overall feel of the original Theatre, they also welcomed the opportunity to make numerous improvements including building a larger stage, adding a third viewing level, bigger dressing rooms and bathrooms, and upping its capacity to hold over 1000 guests. Patrons will be greeted by the original marquee and brick walls and may also spot an impressive support beam that withstood the fire. The enhanced venue also features reclaimed wood from the original venue that will be used for the bars and as decorative pieces throughout the building. Old breaker boxes that no longer work and part of a historic underground coal tunnel will be in public view in the basement. The new building was also designed in a way that the duo coined, industrial deco, creating a modern feel with industrial elements and sweeping curves. Finally, music and food lovers alike can take advantage of a rooftop restaurant and bar via a separate entrance and elevator that has all outdoor seating. More details will be announced in coming weeks. 

The Georgia Theatre is located at 215 N. Lumpkin Street in
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Performer Schedule for Re-Opening Celebration: 
August 01:             The Glands, with Madeline.  Post-show free dance party with Immuzikation
August 02:             Chuck Leavell and Friends, with SNAP!
August 03:             Open House with Kenosha Kid 
August 05:             Blackberry Smoke
August 06:             RJD2
August 09:             J. Roddy Watson and the Business, Don Chambers and Goat
August 10:             Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
August 11:             Big Boi
August 12:             Drive By Truckers
August 13:             Drive By Truckers

August 14:             Gillian Welch