19th Hole Music Series featuring Packway Handle Band, Red Oak Southern String Band
The Red Oak Southern String Band
Packway Handle Band
May 3, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Doors open 6:00 PM
Ticket sales ended May 4, 2013 3:00 AM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
Packway Handle Band, since 2001 has been a fierce, tight-knit fighting force of Bluegrass. Upon forming, they stated hot and brought home plenty of hardware in the form of reader awards, band competitions, and favorable reviews. Their live show is frenzied, with the group whirling around two microphones, coming ever closer to blinding one another with their instruments in the chaos. Perhaps the best quote to sum up the experience of seeing Packway live is from a SXSW review: “This is how I like my bluegrass served up – dark and passionate, with a side of blood.” Catch them as part of our 19th Hole Music Series on Friday, May 3rd!
- 18+ Show -
Ticket Prices
General Admission
Reserved Table for Two
Reserved Table for Four
Event Schedule
The Red Oak Southern String Band
8:00 PM
Packway Handle Band
9:30 PM
The Red Oak Southern String Band is a Watkinsville/Athens, GA based acoustic music group that plays a mix of traditional bluegrass, folk and blues tunes as well more contemporary folk and blues music. The members of The Red Oak Southern String Band have played together for over 10 years. Our group of veteran musicians consists of two guitarists, Steve Pettis and Brian Foreman (formerly the Flint River Flat Pickers), Brian Drake a mandolin/harmonica player (who has played with the likes of Stewart and Winfield and Eric Culberson), Jeff Buckley a banjo player ( formerly of The Ohms, Kilgore Trout and Sweat Bee), Keith Weaver a bass player (formerly of Boscoe), Gretchen Pettis singer and guitarist (The Driftwood Band, Athens Creative Theater and the Athens Women's singing Circle), Andrew Heinerfeld on percussion and Eric Line on fiddle.

We have played such public venues as the Terrapin Brewery, the Athens Folk and Dance Societies' monthly HOOT at the Melting Point in Athens, The Art at the Rock Art Show at the 4H Center in Eatonton, The Railroad Arts District Art Show in Athens, The Jefferson Foliage Festival, The Oconee County Farmer's Market, Ashford Manor, The Green Room during Athfest, The Winterville Pavillion and many private events including weddings, birthday parties and anniversary parties. more >>>
“The Packway Handle Band serves up a dark and passionate folk aesthetic…with a side of blood” [Sarah Hagerman,]. The five members of Packway have wowed audiences for over a decade with near perfect 4-part harmonies and seemingly boundless on-stage synergy. Over the years the band has evolved as a premier gather-around-the-mic act. Their performance is focused around a tight cluster of microphones surrounded by an arsenal of acoustic and electric instruments: banjo, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar, upright and electric bass, and an ever-changing array of percussive accessories, sometimes called “The Rattletrap.” Packway’s sound is steeped in old-fashioned bluegrass, but they hold a niche in the American music realm that’s all their own. Clever songwriting, an eccentric mixture of modern folk music, dark themes, old-time religion, affectionate satire of Bluegrass, and devotion to apocalyptic infotainment leave the listener to decide what exactly a Packway Handle is.

"This is how I like my bluegrass served up – dark and passionate,with a side of blood.", Sarah Hagerman 3/20/10 SxSW review
"One thing is obvious to all: The Packway Handle Band is not your father’s bluegrass band.” – Bluegrass Now Magazine, Dave Higgs

"The Packway Handle Band mixes dark themes and old-time religion with a uniquely modern folk aesthetic that pins down just what American music is all about."– Splice Today, Z.N Lupetin

"Packway Handle's strength is in its cohesiveness. Vocal Harmonies and string syncopations lock together like Legos.…" – Aspen Daily News, Adam Preskill

"If you like Chatham County Line and/or The Avett Brothers, then you should catch this perpetually touring five-piece for a trad-absurdist experience delivered from exceptionally seasoned youths." – Flagpole Magazine, David Eduardo

2002-2008 consecutive Reader's Choice Flagpole Bluegrass
band/Americana band of the year awards
2002 4th place Telluride Folk & Bluegrass Festival band competition- Telluride, CO
2003 3rd place Telluride Folk & Bluegrass Festival band competition- Telluride, CO
2003 Winner Miller Light Battle of the Bands-- Athens, GA
2004 2nd place Telluride Folk & Bluegrass Festival band competition- Telluride, CO
2009 2nd place Rockygrass Bluegrass Festival band competition- Lyons, CO
2009 Winner Podunk Bluegrass Festival band competition- Hartford, CT more >>>