Never been to Athens, so I wouldn't know. What makes it so great?
Awesome music scene, culture, a beautiful campus, tons of good bars/restaurants/shops, a walk-able downtown, beautiful women, and a very comfortable small town feel.
That town just oozes soul.
Was a bit of a hike for us coming from Tusc/BHam but I have plenty of semi-blurry memories from the 40Watt in the late 80's. Athens was always fun to visit. Would love to get back down there and see Drivin N Cryin live again.
40 watt and Georgia Theater are both hallowed grounds.
B-52s, REM, Bloodkin, Drivin N Cryin, Widespread Panic, Drive By Truckers...I'd put that lineup against any.