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 newathensband@gmail.com 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)



Upcoming Shows

Fri., Sept. 29: Villain & Saint, 7141 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD

Ready for some 80s Alternative? The music of R.E.M., the Pixies, and the Police will come to life as we return to Villain & Saint for a show with Manta Rat and Synchronicity. Join us for a great night of music, food, and drink in one of the area's coolest music venues.

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Fri, Oct. 13:The Blue Side Tavern, 6 South Bentz St., Frederick, MD

We're coming for you, Frederick County! We'll team up with Manta Rat (Pixies Tribute) for a gig at The Blue Side, a great tavern and venue in Frederick.

More info coming soon!


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

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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) and Rob Riddle (Mandolin). 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!