About an hour and a half from Atlanta, Athens, home to the University of GA, has quite an underground scene that one wouldn't expect in a Southern college town. Best Coast and Wavves, two well-known indie rock bands, played at the 40 Watt Club and I explored the venue for the first time.
A short hour and a half drive away from Atlanta, Athens, GA is home to many – and not the stereotypical Southerners you might think. My boyfriend, my Olympus XA2 and I made our way up this past weekend for an indie rock concert, Best Coast & Wavves at the 40 Watt Club.
After waiting in a line that according to the locals usually does not exist, we walked into this dark open space with a stage, a bar on the right, raised platform in the back for merch, and a make-shift coat rack near the decently clean restrooms. We grabbed our $4 24-oz PBR’s, the best deal in the bar, and headed to the floor under the hanging colorful Christmas lights draped to give some mood lighting. Hanging out in the middle area during Wavves and dancing was quite fun; then we moved up to see the headliner, Best Coast, as people moved away to get drinks and cool off. Dancing insanely and seeing Bethany Coastantino up close was great and after I snapped a few shots a bit closer, we moved to the back near the merch table to cool off and grab a drink.
Buying merch from the show was a must, seeing as most of their products harbored cats in their designs (one of my cuteness vices!). The guys from Wavves were at the merch table signing autographs. We got them to sign our things and the bass player gave me a hug after I said that his hair was my favorite part of their show (it was whipped back and forth in every which way). The extra room in front of the merch table allowed us to dance without any inhibitions. All in all, the 40 Watt Club made for a great venue to a fun show.