Family Recipe performs at Klassikó Music Festival. Klassikó Music Festival, the first student-run musical festival, took place on Saturday, April 27, 2019 in Athens, Georgia, with a two-stage lineup of local music acts. (Photo/ Erin Schilling, 404 291 9654)

Once upon a time, bands like the B-52s and R.E.M. were considered “underground.”

The B-52s formed in 1976 and played their first concert a year later at a Valentine’s Day house party for their friends, according to Rolling Stone. R.E.M.’s first show? The group performed as an opening band for a birthday party in 1980, at a church on Oconee Street, according to Salon.

Every band has their own beginning story, whether its at a house party or in a garage. Every band has to start somewhere. For now, here are eight homegrown, Athens bands to check out and where and when you can see them next.

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