If you've ever driven a few miles east to catch a show in Athens, you might know what the the Daily Beast is talking about when it calls the University of Georgia an underrated college setting.
In its compilation of 25 "amazing but overlooked" schools, ones with some unique traits that don't show up on the rankings, the publication had this to say:
University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
Overlooked Merit: Music scene
The intense music curriculums of Berklee, Juilliard, and Curtis Institute may have merit, but Athens should be a beacon for students interested in a thriving live music scene outside the classroom. Home to the 40 Watt Club, the Melting Point, and the Georgia Theatre, Athens is known as one of the best places to catch live music in the country. The list of big-name bands that started on its stages is long, including REM, Drive-by Truckers, Indigo Girls, and Of Montreal. “What’s cool about the music scene here it that it’s so varied,” said Hilary Butschek, arts editor for the university’s paper, The Red & Black. “A lot of local band members say they came here because of the music scene.”
Do you think UGA is overlooked in national rankings? Have you been to a musical performance in Athens lately? Tell us in the comments.