Friday, June 19, 2009

Georgia Theater Fire

Sad news from Athens, GA this morning that a major fire broke out at the Georgia Theater around 7:00 AM. From the pictures in the local media it looks bad.

The Athens-Banner Herald reports:
Wilmot Greene, the building owner, said the building is a total loss but exterior walls are "probably alright." Green said he hopes to rebuild and he does have insurance. Greene has already talked with organizers of AthFest about holding AthFest events in the Classic Center or at Legion Field.

The historic theater turned music venue is a focal point of UGA culture and for many years was the home base of Widespread Panic, making the venue something of a Warfiend Theater of the South.

It was also the site of the 1991 recording of the Aquarium Rescue Unit's self titled live album, consider by music geeks (and me) to be one of the best live recordings of all time.

Spend a few minutes this morning checking out ARU on Utube and hope for the best on Lumkin Street.

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