For four years, Athens, Georgia, musicians and activists have used every MLK holiday weekend to cross the lines of genre and race to make music together. In this piece penned for The Bitter Southerner, REMHQ’s Bertis Downs discusses his turn at the mic last month. Athens in Harmony https://berto.fyi/TBSxAthensInHarmony
Congratulations to our good friend and colleague Jim McKay whose film En El Séptimo Día just received The Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award (For best feature made under $500,000) in the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards.
f you’ve been around the Athens music scene much at all, it’s likely you’re familiar with the name Chris McKay. Chris has been a stalwart on the scene for quite some time both as a musician and a photographer for Flagpole, not to mention a much-beloved Athenian and friend of REMHQ.
Michael and David Belisle attended the changetheref.org news conference today in NYC along with Emma Gonzalez, Susan Sarandon, Katie Couric and the sister of Joaquin Oliver who was killed in Parkland one year ago today. Check out their website advocating for sane gun legislation and education. Get involved if you can! Pictured: the candy they handed out … Continued
Rolling Stone has posted an interview with Filthy Friends — Corin Tucker & Peter Buck– along with the premiere of the band’s new song “Last Chance County.” The track is slated to appear on their upcoming album, Emerald Valley, due out May 3rd. Read and listen here: http://bit.ly/2SrR1ff Filthy Friends has plans to tour in May with the following … Continued
Here’s a review of Mike’s Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra with Robert McDuffie and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra this past weekend. Read all about it: berto.fyi/UnclutchThePearls
Get your tickets now for Mike and Robert McDuffie’s upcoming February performance of Mike’s rock concerto and Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Ticket info here From the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra website: VIVALDI ROCKS with Robert McDuffie and R.E.M.’s Mike Mills GRAMMY-nominated violinist, Robert McDuffie joins the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for … Continued
OUR FRIEND JONAS MEKAS Dec.24, 1922—Jan 23, 2019 “In a meadow full of flowers, you cannot walk through and breathe those smells and see all those colors and remain angry. We have to support the beauty, the poetry, of life.” ~Jonas Mekas “As a film-maker and a poet, I feel it’s my duty to be … Continued
If you’re in and around Nashville tomorrow, Bertis is on a panel at City Winery with Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers and Chuck Reece of The Bitter Southerner as part of the WHO KNEW series. The panel, which also includes Ken Paulson, dean of MTSU’s College of Media & Entertainment and director of the Free Speech Center, Chastity Brown, singer, songwriter, … Continued
Joseph Arthur and I gave an impromptu performance for the students of the The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. last Friday. We played songs and listened to some songs played by the children, and we had a question and answer session. It was by far the most moving experience of this entire journey, and … Continued
A Special Night at St. James in London (by Danny Watson) September 15th 2004.. that’s the answer whenever I get asked for the highlight of my career. Actually it’s rivaled by a date a few months earlier but the two are connected. On that date, R.E.M. played a special show at St.James church in Piccadilly … Continued
Tickets are still available for Rock 4 Relief, the benefit concert Mike is playing this Sunday, January 13th, at Los Angeles’ Theatre at Ace Hotel. Proceeds from the show will benefit the victims, fire fighters and first responders of the CA Wildfires. Mike says everyone can look forward to a lot of great music to … Continued
Arthur Buck Fans: Peter and Joe have added a second show at the Todos Santos Inn (Saturday, January 12, at 8pm) with proceeds to benefit the The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. Here’s footage from show #1 this past weekend to give you a taste of what’s in store: “Crying Like a Man” with Joseph … Continued
We just got off the phone with Peter, and he wanted us to let everyone know that he and Joseph Arthur will be playing a set at theTodos Santos Inn on Saturday night with proceeds to benefit the Palapa Society of Todos Santos. Stay tuned for photos and video footage.
We send out our birthday wishes today to Michael who was born on January 4, 1960.