Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Georgia Theatre Update

CMA's New Artist of the Year Nominee Zac Brown Band Host & Perform Benefit Show To Revive Iconic Athens, GA Venue

Amid a schedule packed with arenas and amphitheatres, CMA's New Artist of the Year nominee Zac Brown Band will make a hometown stop on their "Breaking Southern Ground" tour this fall for a Georgia Theatre benefit show at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia on October 30. Proceeds from the show will go to rebuild the dearly beloved and recently decommissioned Georgia Theatre. Prior to a devastating fire earlier this year, the movie-palace-turned-music-club hosted performances by all the local legends including R.E.M., B-52s, Drive-By Truckers and Widespread Panic.

“My band and many others have come up playing there," explains Zac Brown. "That building means far more to us, and the community, then its brick and mortar foundation. We want to make sure that it gets proper funding so we can rebuild it better than it was. It will remain a center for art and music long into the future with everyone's help.”

"The Zac Brown Band are showing their incredible generosity and their love for the Athens music scene by hosting this benefit,” says Wilmot Greene, Georgia Theatre owner. “The presence of the Theatre in Athens has allowed bands to find an important early audience that helps to bring bigger success later. That's a big part of the tradition of the Theatre and is an important aspect of why it needs to be rebuilt. This concert will be a huge help."

While the Zac Brown Band are hosting the show and mark the first confirmed performers on the bill, the concert hopes to host a variety other well-known and successful acts who also came up through this legendary local venue. Tickets will cost $100 and are available via Ticketmaster.

Presented by Outback Concerts, proceeds of the show will go directly to The Georgia Theatre Rehabilitation Fund, handled by The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

For more information on Zac Brown Band, please contact Rebecca Shapiro ( or Elizabeth Lutz ( at Shore Fire Media, 718.522.7171 or Sheila Richman at Atlantic Records, 212-707-3063 or Liz Norris at ROAR 917-755-1005

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For more on the Georgia Theatre Rehabilitation Fund and how to make donations, visit:

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