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John Lennon

Jackie O’s, Casa To Host 14th Annual Lennonfest

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Many wondered what would happen with Athens' annual Lennonfest after the Nov. 16 fire that destroyed The Union Bar & Grill's upstairs room and several other businesses along West Union Street, including Jackie O's Public House.

Eric Leighton, who founded Lennonfest 14 years ago, wants to assure everyone that a splendid time is still guaranteed for all. Casa Cantina agreed to co-host this Saturday's event and Jackie O's Public House, which recently re-opened, is ready to rock once again with dozens of local musicians performing Beatles classics.

Local Group Partners With Wayne National Forest To Promote Arts

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Representatives of the Athens Area Citizens for the Arts and the Wayne National Forest gathered Tuesday for a signing of a partnership agreement to contribute to a "culture of health."

The purpose of the gathering was to demonstrate the importance and value of the arts in rural economic diversification and cultural resource conservation in forest and/or natural resource-dependent areas.

Upstairs at The Union

More Than Just A Bar: Performers, Patrons Reflect On The Union

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The Athens music community was rocked by Sunday's news that a section of West Union Street was consumed by fire, impacting longtime music venues The Union Bar & Grill and Jackie O's Pub & Brewery.

While Jackie O's Brewpub plans to reopen soon, The Union's future is uncertain.

WOUB reached out to current and former Athens musicians and Union regulars to get their thoughts on Sunday's fire and one of the region's most storied music venues.