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Zac Brown Band slates Atlanta theatre benefit

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 – The Zac Brown Band is holding a late October benefit for their Georgia Theatre benefit show in Atlanta.

Little Big Town, Joey + Rory and Shawn Mullins are among the artists appearing at the Oct. 30 benefit. Proceeds will go to rebuild the decommissioned Georgia Theatre. Prior to a fire earlier this year, the movie-palace-turned-music-club hosted performances by all the local legends including R.E.M., B-52s, Drive-By Truckers and Widespread Panic.

"My band and many others have come up playing there," said Brown. "That building means far more to us and the community than its brick and mortar foundation. We want to make sure that it gets proper funding so we can rebuild it better than it was. It will remain a center for art and music long into the future with everyone's help."

"The Zac Brown Band are showing their incredible generosity and their love for the Athens music scene by hosting this benefit," said Wilmot Greene, Georgia Theatre owner. "The presence of the Theatre in Athens has allowed bands to find an important early audience that helps to bring bigger success later. That's a big part of the tradition of the theatre and is an important aspect of why it needs to be rebuilt. This concert will be a huge help."

Tickets are $100 and are available via Ticketmaster.

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