Performing the Music of R.E.M.

N.E.W. Athens is a band dedicated to performing the music of R.E.M. including the classics, the big hits, and the deep cuts. We've performed at some of the D.C. area's best venues, including The Hamilton, The Ottobar, Villain & Saint, Tally Ho, and more. We also play private and corporate events.

The group 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, alike, will hear great music and have a great time.

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

Just a Touch of N.E.W. athens (October 2019)


The Band

John Ohly, Guitars/Vocals

Steve Snyder, Drums/Vocals

Peter Smorodin, 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

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, Hank Dietel's Tavern, 11010 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD

The boys go back to Rockville (Pike) with a show at Montgomery County's legendary roadhouse, Hank Dietle's Tavern. Come drink some cold beer and hear some great tunes, all for a low cover charge. Show starts at 9 p.m. but the place fills up. Get there early! MORE INFO ABOUT HANK DIETLE'S

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
The Hamilton December 27, 2017
The Ottobar January 6, 2018 Photos
Villain and Saint May 19, 2018 with Caligula Blushed (Smiths tribute)
Tally Ho Theater August 11, 2018 with Caligula Blushed (Smiths tribute)
Villain and Saint Oct.13, 2018
Tally Ho Nov. 9, 2018 with Caligula Blushed (Smiths tribute)
Tellus 360 Dec. 1, 2018 with April Skies
Villain and Saint February 9, 2019 with The Crosstown Sounds
Harrisburg Midtown Arts April 6, 2019 with The April Skies
Rams Head On Stage May 25, 2019 Photos
Villain & Saint Sept. 7, 2019 with What's Up!
Public Bar Live Nov. 22, 2019
Amp by Strathmore May 16, 2020 Postponed
The State Theatre Aug. 23, 2020

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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. We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to Will Styne, who helped us launch this band and make it a success. Thanks to the many other musicians we've shared the stage with, including Quinn (Girlfriend in a Coma & Caligula Blushed), Josh Himmelsbach (Mandolin/Guitar), Don Lee (Guitar) Ivan Katz (Mandolin), Rob Riddle (Mandolin), Alan Tofig (Mandolin/Guitar), Elena Fox and Matt from Manta Rat (Pixies tribute), Steve Pimpo and Sam Baumel. Special thanks to Shantel Mitchell Breen, Patrick Ryan and Rob Riddle 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!