Sat May 14 2016

8:00 PM Doors

Smith's Olde Bar

1578 Piedmont Avenue NE Atlanta, GA 30324

Ages 18+

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  • The Pylon Reenactment Society

    The Pylon Reenactment Society


    When people talk about the beginnings of the music scene in Athens, GA the discussion usually begins “The B-52’s, R.E.M., ….” Those who know will continue the list, “Pylon.” They were every Athens band’s favorite Athens band. Their musical naïveté, southern upbringing, art school smarts, and house-party roots exploded together to create something quite improbably amazing, hitting the listener on mental, physical, and spiritual levels simultaneously. On the surface, their angular guitar parts and propulsive rhythm section had something in common with UK post-punk bands like Gang of Four and PiL. But Pylon was more fun and less studied. And they had a secret weapon in Vanessa Briscoe Hay, whose inimitable vocal textures and phrasing defined the band’s sound for most listeners.
    Pylon’s celebrated history came to a sudden end with the death of iconic guitarist Randy Bewley in 2009. Pylon was and always will be Vanessa, Randy, Michael, and Curtis. It is a certainty that the band will not reform with a new guitarist.
    But hey, kids. Everything is still cool! Vanessa has gathered members of Athens bands Casper & the Cookies, The Glands, and world renowned pianist Damon Denton to create Pylon Reenactment Society. Is it a cover band if Vanessa is singing? Technically, it’s the next best thing. PRS are here to have fun and perform in the spirit of Pylon. Don’t be discouraged! Let’s dance!

  • The Nightporters

    The Nightporters

    Rock & Roll

    Back when dive were dives and college radio was in its infancy ... The Nightporters came storming from the southland like infant banshees running wild on bathtub meth ,(while the record companies quipped, ahh non for me thanks i just hadda decaf) ...This was tucked just after the melodic commercial structure of ARS's Champagne Jam and the gutt wrenchin soulful howls of Ronnie and his hard luck survivors. Happening just a tee bit before the onslaught of Atlanta's soon to be discovered late eighties, early nineties, shopem and popem every corner signem, splurge....
    Sharing 58's with REM,The Replacements,RuPaul and Wee Wee Pole,86,Raybeats The Fleshtones,Peter Tork,Richard Hell,Jonathan Richmond,Lords of the New Church, English Beat, The Brains,OH-OK, Killkenny Kats , Cheetah Chrome ,The Clash, Jim Carroll,The Restraints (at age 15) and buckets of so many many more , The Nightporters paid there dues .....and then some, if not only for themselves but most certainly for those who tread after.... 
    The Good :east coast tours (full of piss and vinegar), three sold out pressing of our single (Mona Lisa), meeting and hanging with the likes of The Clash,REM,Replacements, and finding you favorites to be as great in person as they sound...The Bad: Pershing Point set for destruction, the Blue Rats being evicted and our own growing sense of importance, setting the stage for our now seemingly very dense parting of the ways.
    Immediately after the Porter split, Tim Nielsen (bass) and Paul Lenz (drums) went straight to hell with Drivin n Cryin ,while both Ray Dafrico (The Shanghai Gesture) and Andy Browne (ABT) continued to turn up the Fenders on their own.

  • The Swimming Pool Q's

    The Swimming Pool Q's

    New Wave

    Founded in Atlanta in 1978, The Swimming Pool Q’s were among the first generation of Georgia’s celebrated New Wave bands that included THE B-52’s, THE BRAINS, PYLON and R.E.M. When original members Jeff Calder and Bob Elsey were joined by Anne Richmond Boston, the initial configuration of the Q's quickly established a reputation for superb musicianship and originality. With a barrage of East Coast and regional dates beginning in 1979 (including the Southern leg of the first major POLICE tour), The Swimming Pool Q's developed the confident live presentation they have maintained into the present era.

    The Q’s first full-length release, The Deep End [1981, DB 55], reissued in 2001 as a deluxe CD, was an immediate classic of the new creative pop sound being forged in Atlanta and Athens at the turn of that decade. The band signed with A & M Records in 1984 and released two highly acclaimed albums, The Swimming Pool Q’s [A&M SP5015,1984], produced by David Anderle with Ed Stasium, and Blue Tomorrow [A&M SP5107, 1986], produced by Mike Howlett.

    "Visionary pop eccentrics from Atlanta," noted Melody Maker. "Some of the most compelling rock sounds in all of America...lofty architectural style distinguished by the elegant and muscular guitar duets between Jeff Calder and Bob Elsey and [Anne] Boston's rhapsodic alto phrasings," said The Village Voice. In Rolling Stone, Kurt Loder wrote, "Overlaid with Calder's unusually literate songwriting sensibility, this musical melange is one of the freshest sounds coming out of the South." The Swimming Pool Q's were chosen as support act for LOU REED on his New Sensations comeback tour.

    Anne Richmond Boston departed in 1987, though she continued to provide her artistic and vocal expertise over the years, returning in 1998. As a quartet, The Q's released their prescient satire of televangelism, The Firing Squad for God EP [DB 87] and, in 1989, the angry World War Two Point Five [Capitol/DB C1-91068]. In early 1993, The Swimming Pool Q's began recording their cosmogonical magnum opus, Royal Academy of Reality.


    In 2003, to great acclaim, THE SWIMMING POOL Q’s released their disc, Royal Academy of Reality (BRN-CD-145) on BAR/NONE RECORDS. Produced by Q’s singer/songwriter JEFF CALDER and producer/engineer PHIL HADAWAY, this was the first Swimming Pool Q’s full-length album in over ten years. Across the spectrum of American media, RAR has generated the highest praise.

    Royal Academy contains 20 tracks recorded at various studios and remote locations in Atlanta and Savannah. During the sessions, The Q’s’ core line-up since 1982 [BILL BURTON, drums; Jeff Calder, vocals, rhythm guitar; BOB ELSEY, lead guitar] was augmented by Neill Calabro (vibes), Marty Kearns (keyboards) and percussionist Pete Jarkunas, who played bass on The Q’s’ 1981 debut, The Deep End.

    ANNE RICHMOND BOSTON, The Swimming Pool Q’s’ exquisite vocalist, returned to active service as the making of Royal Academy entered its final stage. Her alto achieves its characteristic emotional effect, most evident on the duet, "Radio in Memphis". The Q’s received additional support from a distinguished cast of more than two dozen musicians, including: BRENDAN O’BRIEN (producer of BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, TRAIN, PEARL JAM &c); MOE TUCKER (drummer of THE VELVET UNDERGROUND); TOM GRAY (composer of "Money Changes Everything" by Atlanta greats, The BRAINS); SAMARAI CELESTIAL (the late drummer for SUN RA).

    Contributing to the album’s rare atmospheric beauty and reinforcing the Royal Academy’s themes, The Q’s supplement their guitar-based sound with glass harp, Clavioline, harpsichord, dulcimer, bagpipes, Leslie steel guitar, muted trumpet, turntables, tamboura, sitar and the Chinese version of the koto, known as the chang.

    As fans of The Q’s previous work might expect, the group’s incomparable lead guitarist, Bob Elsey, conducts his solos in trigonometric fashion throughout (see, "Yin Yang" and "For No Reason"). Drummer Bill Burton’s undiminished powers of invention are of particular note on the closing 5/4 jam, "Alpha Centauri’s Rise", The Q’s tribute to coastal net-casters who secretly serve as interstellar senders-and-receivers.

    The composition of Royal Academy of Reality is punctuated by ambient interludes ("Cosmogonical Heliopolis") and ecological concerns ("The Earth Makes Us Feel Things"). Still, "Everybody Knows Tomorrow" and "Out of Nothing" affirm that The Swimming Pool Q’s have lost none of the Pop sensibility that defined their mid-80s’s work. Jeff Calder’s familiar growl and wicked sense of humor remain intact, especially on rambunctious jaunts like "The Do What and The Who What", wherein the song’s protagonist has a flashing light on the top of his head, so the planes won’t hit him in the dark. Among the Royal Academy’s many highlights, The Velvet’s Moe Tucker pounded drum and tambourine one afternoon between 2:45 and 3:00, forming the basis for "Wheel of the Sun".

    Royal Academy of Reality reestablishes The Swimming Pool Q’s as an American band of first consequence.

  • Scarred But Smarter

    Scarred But Smarter


    The spark that built a fire which fueled a talented and diverse group of musicians under the direction of Kevn Kinney and Tim Nielsen down many long drivin' n' cryin' roads was originally the energy between Kevn, Tim and Paul Lenz, known every now and then as a band called Scarred But Smarter. When these three get together and play they might simply rip through every song on the album of the same name or  maybe Kevn just takes off to riff town singing what's on his mind with Tim and Paul staying steady on the gas, either way it's a journey worth taking, it's real rock n roll.

Smith's Olde Bar Presents


Sat May 14 2016 8:00 PM Doors

Smith's Olde Bar Atlanta GA
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