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  • This Athens railroad trestle appeared on the back cover of R.E.M.'s debut album "Murmur."

    This Athens railroad trestle appeared on the back cover of R.E.M.'s debut album "Murmur."

  • Wuxtry Records is an independent music store that is a must-stop for music lovers in Athens, Georgia.

    Wuxtry Records is an independent music store that is a must-stop for music lovers in Athens, Georgia.

  • Enjoy live music in downtown Athens at the 40 Watt Club.

    Enjoy live music in downtown Athens at the 40 Watt Club.

  • Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise performs at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia.

    Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise performs at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia. Credit: Jason Thrasher

  • Five Eight performs at Melting Point in Athens, Georgia.

    Five Eight performs at Melting Point in Athens, Georgia. Credit: Cara Pastore

  • The Georgia Theatre in Athens, Georgia, is known for its live music shows.

    The Georgia Theatre in Athens, Georgia, is known for its live music shows.

  • Catch a bluegrass show on Terrapin Tuesday at the Melting Point in Athens, Georgia.

    Catch a bluegrass show on Terrapin Tuesday at the Melting Point in Athens, Georgia.

  • Tours of the Terrapin Beer Co. in Athens, Georgia, often feature live music.

    Tours of the Terrapin Beer Co. in Athens, Georgia, often feature live music.

  • Terrapin Brewing Co. in Athens, Georgia, combines great brews with live music.

    Terrapin Brewing Co. in Athens, Georgia, combines great brews with live music.

  • Athens featured in "Trouble with the Curve"

    Athens featured in "Trouble with the Curve"

  • Athens. Ga. was featured in the film "Trouble with the Curve"

    Athens. Ga. was featured in the film "Trouble with the Curve" Credit: Norman Bielowicz

  • This Athens soul food restaurant inspired an R.E.M. album title.

    This Athens soul food restaurant inspired an R.E.M. album title. Credit: Rachel Bailey

  • Brantley Gilbert scored his first No. 1 hit with "Country Must Be Country Wide" in 2011.

    Brantley Gilbert scored his first No. 1 hit with "Country Must Be Country Wide" in 2011. Credit: 2011 The Valory Music Co., LLC

  • The crowd went crazy when fellow Georgian Ludacris joined Jason Aldean onstage April 13 for their hit, "Dirt Road Anthem."

    The crowd went crazy when fellow Georgian Ludacris joined Jason Aldean onstage April 13 for their hit, "Dirt Road Anthem." Credit: Chris/Todd Owyoung

  • Jason Aldean, who will host the 2013 CMT Music Awards in June, performed at Sanford Stadium in Athens in April.

    Jason Aldean, who will host the 2013 CMT Music Awards in June, performed at Sanford Stadium in Athens in April. Credit: Chris/Todd Owyoung

  • Jason Aldean's Night Train Tour drew more than 66,000 fans to Sanford Stadium in Athens.

    Jason Aldean's Night Train Tour drew more than 66,000 fans to Sanford Stadium in Athens. Credit: Chris/Todd Owyoung

  • Modern Skirts will play its last show at AthFest on June 21, 2013.

    Modern Skirts will play its last show at AthFest on June 21, 2013.

The eclectic college town of Athens, home to the University of Georgia, is nestled just below the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains 61 miles northeast of Atlanta. A vibrant, restored and funky Victorian-era downtown offers a multitude of choices for dining, local brews, shopping and live music. The shady tree-lined streets of the city coupled with the classic on-campus looks make Athens a special place to film and a killer place to visit.