Shiny Happy People: a benefit supporting suicide prevention for veterans
Dead Letter Office
Robert Dean Lurie
Artist 2 Artist Info & Doors open @ 6pm
May 19, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Doors open 5:30 PM
Ticket sales ended May 20, 2019 1:00 AM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
Artist2Artist is pleased to present another unique event which will be of keen interest to Athens Townies, REM fans, devotees of the early Athens music scene, and avid readers alike! Join us for Robert Dean Lurie's newest book release party for "Begin the Begin - R.E.M.'s early years". Be prepared to dress in your happiest, shiniest finery as you take to the dance floor to enjoy the musical genius of R.E.M. performed by the Dead Letter Office Band. The evening will begin with a book signing (stay tuned for where to purchase the book) with critically acclaimed author Robert Dean Lurie. Although not being released until May 14, his book has received stunning advance reviews!
- All Ages Show -
Dead Letter Office has dedicated themselves to faithfully reproducing the music and energy of a live R.E.M. show. Since 2014, Dead Letter Office has been thrilling audiences throughout the U.S. & Canada, providing a show that's been sorely missed since R.E.M called it quits.

Dead Letter Office not only performs R.E.M.'s major hits, but also dives deep into their catalog to please the die-hard fans!

Based out of Western New York, Dead Letter Office is now booking shows (including festivals, concert series, private parties, etc.) worldwide! more >>>
Robert Dean Lurie is a writer and musician based in Tempe, Arizona. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is the author of "No Certainty Attached: Steve Kilbey and The Church" and "We Can Be Heroes: The Radical Individualism of David Bowie." more >>>
Artist2Artist and Avid Bookshop are stoked to present another unique fundraising event which will be of keen interest to Athens Townies, REM fans, devotees of the early Athens music scene, and Avid (as co-sponsor) readers alike!

The Cause
All proceeds will be targeted to support Artist2Artist's program to address veterans and suicide prevention by providing emotional support animals to VETERANS SUFFERING PTSD. Animals will be selected from local rescue groups and professionally assessed for compatibility

The Event
Join us for Robert Dean Lurie's book release party for "Begin the Begin - R.E.M.'s early years". Our launch kicks off with a book signing and opportunity to meet the author. We then take to the dance floor to enjoy R.E.M. tribute artists Dead Letter Office. YOU ARE ALSO INVITED TO DRESS AS YOUR INTERPRETATION OF “HAPPY SHINY PEOPLE”! PRIZES will be awarded to 3 imaginative winners.

The Skinny
6:30 – 8:00
The evening will begin with a book signing with critically-acclaimed author Robert Dean Lurie. Early reviews include:

"Meticulously researched and always elegantly written, Begin the Begin is a critical but glorious tribute to its subject. It's hard to believe that there will ever be another book that contributes more to an enlightened enjoyment of the work of R.E.M."
--Christopher Sandford, author of "Bowie: Loving the Alien"

Hope, yearning, and fear are visceral here, and the portrait painted is of something joyous, mad, and brilliant all at once."
--David Guterson, author of Snow Falling on Cedars

Athens’ favorite Avid Bookshop, our co-sponsor, will be on site to sell books as long as they last, so DON’T BE LATE!

8:00 – until
In our dedication to craft themed events that inject adrenaline into your senses, we are thrilled to announce Dead Letter Office will be premiering here. Coming to us all the way from Western New York, especially for this one night, they will return you to the golden days of our early music scene!

Among their reviews:

“[The] greatest R.E.M. tribute band is called Dead Letter Office, and they rule. If they come to your town, go.”
--Patrick Hosken (@patrickhosken) @MTVNews @Stereogum @Billboard

[an] excellent R.E.M. tribute band."
-- Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone

Author Robert Lurie will take to the stage around 8:45 and share a reading from his book.

And don’t forget! Prizes will be awarded to 3 of the the most imaginative Shiny Happy People present.

The Tickets
Buy your tickets at

Individual Tickets $10 / $15 after 5/17
Limited Reserved Tables are SOLD OUT for this event! more >>>
Ticket Prices

General Admission Ticket


Event Schedule

Artist 2 Artist Info & Doors open @ 6pm

6:00 PM

Robert Dean Lurie

6:30 PM

Dead Letter Office

8:00 PM