Automatic for the People

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Relive the R.E.M. experience

On Saturday, August 10, 2019, Atlanta History Center welcomes the return of ATL Collective for their third annual partnership, celebrating the best of the Southeast’s top-shelf musical legacy. ATL Collective will recreate R.E.M.’s eighth album, Automatic for the People in the Center’s Grand Ballroom with a collective of local musicians. Released over 25 years ago, the album name refers to the motto of Athens, Georgia eatery, Weaver D’s Delicious Fine Foods and includes the singles Nightswimming, Man on the Moon, Everybody Hurts, and Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight.

Get your tickets now and join in celebrating the emotional angst of this powerhouse record and our city and state’s top shelf musical legacy. As with all ATL Collective presentations, expect some of the finest local musicians coming together to collectively recreate the finest music ever recorded. Join us for what promises to be an incredible evening of music and history.

ATL Collective has assembled an incredible lineup of musicians from Athens and Atlanta to revive the album start-to-finish: Palace Doctor, Thayer Sarrano, Aslyn, Reuben Bidez, The Tin Man, Robby Handley, Matthew Kaminski, Marlon Patton, Rob McMaken, Nirvana Kelly, Nan Kemberling, Serena Scibelli, and Adan Bean.

The event offers cash bars and tasty barbecue for purchase. Ticket buyers receive full access to Atlanta History Center exhibitions before fans gather in the Grand Overlook Ballroom for the concert.

General Admission tickets are $44 and are “standing room” only. VIP tables with eight seats are $1,000. VIP tables with four seats are $500. VIP tables include seating, alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages, meet & greets with the bands, and ATL Collective swag for all guests, including t-shirts and posters.

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Established in 2009, ATL Collective first began curating musical events that celebrate classic albums, each concert with a different cast of Atlanta voices and performers. ATL Collective sought to illuminate the deeper meaning within each album, along with the album’s individual and cultural impact, thereby connecting people to one another through music. In its 10 year history, ATL Collective has curated over 100 shows at over fifteen Atlanta venues while featuring nearly 600 musicians. In early 2019, ATL Collective transformed into a nonprofit organization with the revised mission to enrich Atlanta’s music community by connecting artists to professional development, financial resources, and exposure to audiences.


The Atlanta History Center was founded on the big ideas and relentless fascination of 14 Atlantans who were emphatic about our city’s historical relevance in society. In a sense, our organization was created by Atlanta’s biggest fans, and we love that detail. In 1926, these founding members introduced the Atlanta Historical Society into the world with one mission: to help preserve Atlanta’s history. In 1990, after decades of collecting, researching, publishing and celebrating the early stories of our great Southern community, the Atlanta Historical Society and all of its holdings officially became the Atlanta History Center.

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Contact Rhiannon Klee for more info! 404–909–4157 or @rhiklee

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