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.

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)

University of Maryland Tailgate (10/28/17)

Upcoming Shows

Sat., December 1, 2018: Tellus 360, 24 East King St, Lancaster, PA

Our first Pennsylvania gig at the legendary Tellus 360 in Lancaster, PA. Local favorites the April Skies will kick the night off at 8 p.m. and then get ready for a great set of R.E.M. classics and deep cuts. Tickets are just $10. TICKETS AND MORE INFO

Sat., February 9, 2018: Villain & Saint, 7141 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD

Back where it all began for N.E.W. athens. V&S is a great venue in the heart of Bethesda. More information on tickets and an opening act 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
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)

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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 Quinn (Girlfriend in a Coma and Caligula Blushed), Josh Himmelsbach (Mandolin/Guitar), Don Lee (Guitar) Ivan Katz (Mandolin), Rob Riddle (Mandolin), Alan Tofig (Mandolin/Guitar) and Elena Fox and Matt from Manta Rat (Pixies tribute). 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!