Performing the Music of R.E.M.

N.E.W. Athens is a band dedicated to performing the music of R.E.M. The band includes four veteran musicians who have come together to honor one of the great American bands. The name N.E.W. athens pays tribute to Athens, GA., where R.E.M. was formed. N.E.W. athens' set list covers a wide range of R.E.M.'s work focusing mainly, but not exclusively, on the band's earliest albums. Lifelong R.E.M. fans and new fans will hear great music and have a great time.

To book N.E.W. athens, email us at or call 240-994-1309.

N.E.W. athens at Bethesda Blues & Jazz (8/3/17)

The Band

John Ohly, Guitars/Vocals

Steve Aaron, Drums/Vocals

Will Styne, Bass/Vocals

Dana Tofig, Keys/Vocals

Photos and Videos

Jammin' Java, Vienna, Va. (1/24/17)

Photo Credits: Rob Riddle

Villain & Saint, Bethesda, Md. (11/13/16)

University of Maryland Tailgate (10/28/17)

Upcoming Shows

Wed. Dec. 27: The Hamilton, 600 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC

We are excited to come back to The Hamilton to open for Start Making Sense, a nationally known Talking Heads tribute band. We'll kick off the show at 7:30 p.m., so get there early, have some dinner and enjoy a great night of music! Tickets, $12-$25.50. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

More info and tickets!

Sat. Jan. 6: The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., Baltimore, MD

Join us as we open for Girlfriend in a Coma for their last show as a band. Girlfriend is the area's premier Smiths/Morrissey tribute band and, after many years together, are playing the Ottobar for the last time! Join us for a great night of music and one last gig with GIAC! Tickets, $15. Doors open at 8 p.m.

More info and tickets!

Fri. March 2: Private Event, Rockville MD.

Want to book N.E.W. athens for a private gig? Shoot an email to

Thu. April 26: Bethesda Blues & Jazz, 7719 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD

We return to BBJ for a charity gig. Stay tuned for more information!

Learn more about Bethesda Blues & Jazz

Sat., May 19: Villain & Saint, 7141 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD

We're excited to be back at Villain & Saint for a headline gig. Stay tuned for more information!

Learn more about Villain & Saint

Past Gigs

Location Date
OaktoberFest Party October 22nd, 2016
Villain & Saint November 13th, 2016 Video
Ottobar January 7th, 2017 Video
Jammin' Java January 24th, 2017 Photos
Brookeville Beer Farm March 4, 2017 Photos
The Ottobar March 17, 2017 ("Yer Covered" Tribute Night)
Villain & Saint April 8, 2017 (w/ Flo Anito)
The Hamilton June 24, 2017 (Open for Start Making Sense)
Bethesda Blues & Jazz August 3, 2017 Video
Villain & Saint September 29, 2017 Photos
The Blue Side October 13, 2017 Video
The Ottobar October 30, 2017

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Thank you

The members of N.E.W. athens would like to thank everyone who has come out to our shows and has supported this project. Thanks to the musicians we've shared the stage with, including Ivan Katz (Mandolin), Rob Riddle (Mandolin) and Elena and Matt from Manta Rat (Pixies tribute). Special thanks to Patrick Ryan and Rob Riddle (again), for providing us with great photos and Will Tofig, for designing (& redesigning) and maintaining our website. And a very special thanks to Debbie, Morgan and Remi, who put up with our rehearsals!