Performing the Music of R.E.M.

N.E.W. Athens is a band dedicated to performing the music of R.E.M. The band 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 will hear great music and have a great time.

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

N.E.W. athens at The Ottobar (1/7/17)



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)



Upcoming Shows

Thu., Aug. 3, 2017: Bethesda Blues & Jazz, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD

Time for a little hometown cooking as we play our first gig at Bethesda Blues & Jazz, a café and club in the heart of downtown Bethesda. We are psyched to be playing again with Girlfriend in a Coma, a veteran Smith/Morrissey tribute band. This will be a great night of 80s alternative music and tickets are just $15. The show starts at 8 p.m. It's Serious!

Get Tickets and More Information

Learn more about Girlfriend in a Coma


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)

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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 Ivan Katz (Mandolin) and Rob Riddle (Mandolin). Special thanks to Patrick Ryan and Rob Riddle (again), 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!