Athfest Educates, a nonprofit organization committed to sustaining and advancing music and arts education for young people in Athens-Clarke County, announced the details for the 2016 AthFest compilation CD, which will be a special two-disc set this year in honor of the festival’s 20th anniversary.
“American Flag” is currently unreleased, but will be included in GSB’s next EP. Plans are to release the album in the late Summer or early Fall.
In addition to the usual CD of mostly-unreleased songs from local bands, this year’s comp will feature a bonus disc featuring a “Best of AthFest” tracklist. The best-of disc will include songs by R.E.M., Elf Power, Drive-By Truckers, The Whigs, New Madrid, Vic Chesnutt, Widespread Panic and more.
This year’s festival compilation, which was curated by a team of students in the Music Business program at UGA, features tunes by local acts Dream Culture, Son & Thief, Wieuca, Tarnation, Walden, The Orange Constant and Grassland String Band, among others.
A CD release party for the compilation is set for Thursday, May 5 at the 40 Watt featuring live performances from Walden, Dream Culture and The Orange Constant. The CD will be available for purchase at that show; the official release date is June 21.