Background story: My hometown, Athens, Georgia, is a famous pretty little music city here in the South (nation-wide really). Think R.E.M., The B-52s, Jeff Mangum/Neutral Milk Hotel, Drive-By Truckers, Widespread Panic, Of Montreal, Vic Chessnut, Olivia Tremor Control, Lera Lynn, etc. The Georgia Theatre is a huge part of my little city’s musical history. Sadly, it burned down during the summer of 2009. This was absolutely devastating for music lovers in Athens and the bands who played there for years. This venue was one of the most famous in town (equally so with the 40 Watt) and hosted huge acts in our little corner of north Georgia. The Avett Brothers actually called The Georgia Theatre their “home away from home” once in an interview. They played here many, many times. The point is, this venue was incredibly important to many musicians and many immediately started playing benefit concerts. The Avetts came in here in March of this year and played a benefit concert for rebuilding the theatre. It was a wonderful gesture. Thanks to generous donations, advocacy, and love from many people, The Georgia Theatre was rebuilt opened its doors again in August and is back to hosting amazing acts.
Onto the story about the picture: A teenager came up with the idea to build a guitar from the remains of the theatre a few days after it burned down. He did just that! This young guy built this guitar with his very hands from different parts of the theatre like the floor, the tables, the refrigerator, and even the kitchen sink! From the get-go, he has planned to raffle it off and give the proceeds to the theatre. The raffle is finally coming up on December 16th. What makes this guitar even more special is the signatures of many members of many bands who went out of their way to get the the theatre back on its feet.
I personally kind of love the one on the bottom left.