What happens to our favorite Bobcat bands after graduation?

College is a chance to discover the real person that’s been cultivating under the parental units for the last 18 or so years. For some it’s exploring the vices their parents attempted to curtail, others it’s the chance to think differently how they were raised, but in general it’s a time for self-discovery.

A few braves souls chose to do this in front of crowds atop one of the many stages in Athens. The music scene in Athens is unique as the influx of new blood from the university allows for a large diversity of musical acts to form and flourish.

The constant flow of new musicians is sadly accompanied by the older generation leaving Athens as they graduate or decide to move on. While the desire to play may linger on, it can be extremely difficult to continue when members may be scattered across the country. As their time in Athens comes closer to the end Wes Gilbert of Smizmar and Evan Amerio of Apemode spoke of their personal experiences.

What’s up, Athens!


We are finally done hibernating! Now that the nasty winter is over it is time to take to the streets and have some fun. Here are some things you are not going to want to miss this spring.


3/12 ACRN presents: Pinegrove, Palm, Warehouse and Wished Bone. Doors open at 7 p.m. at Galbreath Church. The chapel is going to radiate the sounds of “Post-country indie rock jams you know & love,” “Rock that makes you feel like yr floating in water,” “Artsy-ass rock,” and “local magic folk,” according the event’s Facebook page.

Flyer by Sara Krivicich
Flyer by Sara Krivicich


3/12 The Crooked Spines, a local folk, pop-rock Athens band, is playing with Chicago band MAKS the Fox at Casa Nueva this Saturday at 9 p.m. “This will be our celebration after successfully achieving our fundraising goal, and completing our new EP, which will be out later in March,” according to the Facebook page.

Crooked Spines EP cover

3/14 When the Monday blues get you down and all you want to do is go to a grimy place and listen to some harsh music, you are covered. Neutral Fixation II, a punk band from Massachusetts, is playing at the Smiling Skull. Locals Weird Science who are coming off of a tour and newly released album and Stardaddy Dixie are also on the bill. Note: bring your earbuds.

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3/10  Ohio men’s basketball defeated Northern Illinois, 79-62, Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena. The second-seeded Bobcats now advance to the MAC Tournament semifinals to play the third-seeded Buffalo Bulls on Friday, March 11 at 9:00 p.m.

PHOTOS: Ohio vs. Northern Illinois

3/11 –  Four things to know ahead of Ohio (21-10) vs. Buffalo (18-14) MAC Tournament semifinals matchup.

Follow Ohio Men’s Basketball: @OhioMBasketball


3/11 – The Bobcats play its 2016 home opener today at 4:00 p.m. against IPFW. In their last game on Wed., March 9, Ohio won, 4-1, against Marshall to improve its record to 5-7 on the season.

Follow Ohio Baseball: @Ohio_Baseball


3/12 – Ohio softball travels to Bloomington, Ind. this weekend to participate in the Indiana Classic. The Bobcats (8-6) will kick-off competition with a doubleheader on Saturday, beginning at 12:15 p.m. against Drake University (7-7) then playing Indiana (11-8) at 2:30 p.m. Check out a preview of the Indiana Classic here from ohiobobcats.com

Follow Ohio Softball: @OhioBobcatSB


3/17 – The Ohio wrestling team will play in the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championship, which takes place Thursday, March 17, to Sunday, March 20, at Madison Square Garden (NY). Three Ohio Bobcats drew overall seeds for the tournament (ohiobobcats.com).

Click here to purchase tickets for the event.

Follow Ohio Wrestling: @OhioU_Wrestling

Campus Events:

Pride Week at Ohio University

3/7 through 3/12 – Pride Week is hosted by the OU LGBT Center from now until Saturday. Check out the Pride Week event calendar and stay connected by following @OULGBTcenter on Twitter and using the hashtag #bobcatpriderainbowstyle

Egg Shells for Shelter Dogs

3/20 – Help raise money for Bobcats of the Shelter Dogs at this family-friendly event hosted at 1 p.m. in TailGreat Park by Her Campus Ohio U and Tau Beta Sigma. There will be a door prize, 50/50 raffle, and some furry friends, too!

Mom’s Weekend

4/1 through 4/3 – While you’re out there shaking what your mama gave ya for fest season, you should give Ma a good time during Mom’s Weekend. Yeah, bar-hopping is a popular choice, but check out the calendar of events for all the other cool activities going on, including concerts, comedy, food and more.

Strictly Social:

Photo by Andrew Spear https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwivkKrEybnLAhWGRiYKHZ1KDVYQjB0IBg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fandrewbspear.blogspot.com%2F2009%2F05%2Fpalmerfest-few-more.html&psig=AFQjCNGNA847gDaB729A84xPttis-Ikz-Q&ust=1457818030326243
Photo by Andrew Spear


3/12: It’s the second half of spring semester, Bobcats, and everyone knows what that means: fest season. Saturday, March 12th marks the official start of the season with Mill Fest. If you’re jonesing for a fest fix, check out last year’s video from the party.


If you’re one of the thousands of partygoers who will be hitting the streets this fest season, consider taking a look at these tips from the Athens News on how to stay safe.


And while you’re at it, here’s the lineup for the rest of fest season!


3/18: If you’re a Bobcat looking for big hair, bold colors and bomb bands, Casa is the place to be on March 18th. 80’s Night will be in full swing with DJ Barticus. Stop by for a good time with good people.


Official flyer for 80's Night at Casa on March 18th.
Official flyer for 80’s Night at Casa on March 18th.


If you’re like most of us and are counting down the minutes until Fetty Wap, The Chainsmokers, Niykee Heaton and more arrive in Athens, this video from a previous #Fest will get you pumped.






4/16: The official site for The Number Fest even has a real-time countdown for the big day. Until then, keep calm and party on.