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Dreams So Real

- US Athens, GA Rock


Bio: Unreleased Dreams So Real demos, ca early 90s.

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  • 2012

    Apr 28

    Atlanta, GA, US | 8:00pm

    Atlanta, GA, US
    Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:00pm


    For more information on DREAMS SO REAL, please visit: www.realdreamssoreal.com Advance ticket sales close at 2 pm day of show. Dreams So Real, the Athens Georgia band perhaps best known for its 1988 album Rough Night In Jericho, will reunite to perform again in a short series of shows in Spring 2012 for just the second time in a decade and nearly 25 years since the release of Rough Night In Jericho whose title track garnered heavy airplay on radio and MTV and reached #28 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart. The group toured nationally and internationally over the next 4 years, released 4 albums and produced 3 music videos before unofficially disbanding in 1994. It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 30 years since Barry Marler met future bandmates Trent Allen and Drew Worsham in a Jackson Street record store in Athens and formed Dreams So Real. Ronald Reagan was a first term president, REM had released just their second album, and with the help of the B-52's and other early pioneers, the Athens music scene was newly established as a creative mecca of Punk and New Wave culture. The eyes of the nation and even the world were watching out for the next big thing from Athens, Georgia. In 1986, the next big thing was Dreams So Real. After releases produced by R.E.M.‘s Peter Buck on the independent label Coyote/Twin Tone in the mid-80s as well as appearing in the documentary movie Athens, Georgia – Inside/Out, the group went on to sign with Arista Records in 1988 and released their two most well-known albums, Rough Night and Jericho (1988) and Gloryline (1990). In addition they produced 3 music videos and toured nationally and internationally headlining and opening with other well known acts such as Melissa Etheridge, 10,000 Maniacs, ZZ Top, and The Church. After disbanding in the mid-90s, the lives of the three band members have gone in different directions – Marler entering the field of molecular genetics, Allen, the graphic design and photography business, and Worsham becoming a computer technician and miraculously surviving a gunshot to the head. Though music remains a large part of all three of their lives including writing and performing among groups of friends, it’s mainly become a pastime that they enjoy in within the margins of everyday life. Marler, the group’s founder and principal singer/songwriter, returned to school and graduated magna cum laude in biochemistry and molecular biology from UGA in 1998, and eventually became an analyst and bioinformatics systems manager at the Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory at the University of Georgia’s Center for Applied Technologies. Quite a contrast from the bespectacled singer who once dared fate to “Let the cold wind blow....” Allen, whose vocal harmonies and melodic bass lines helped shape the band’s trademark sound, founded a graphic design and photography company that grew to be a leading provider of the service better know as “Fan Photography”. Shortly after being named by the UGA Alumni Association as the #3 Fastest Growing Company among UGA Alumni in 2010, the business was acquired by a Silicon Valley-based company, Printroom, Inc., who retained Allen and named him to their executive team. Allen’s new company partners to conduct operations at over 75 sports and entertainment properties including Major League Baseball, the Kentucky Derby, The Price Is Right television game show and more. Both still live in Athens. Worsham, whose powerful drumming style formed the group’s musical bedrock, became a computer technician and remained involved with music off and on – playing in many bands and guest appearing on occasion with fellow Athenians Widespread Panic. But it was Worsham’s post-band experience that was by far the most dramatic. In December, 2003, a man reported to be Worsham’s girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend broke into Worsham’s Brunswick Georgia home and shot him in the head at point blank range. Then in a devastating run of violence over the next several hours, the man kidnapped and fatally shot Worsham’s girlfriend before killing himself. The bullet, which entered just below Worsham’s right eye, permanently damaged the eye’s optical nerve but miraculously did not penetrate his brain. He eventually lost the eye and after a lengthy physical rehabilitation was able to return to his music and work. In late 2008, Sony BMG, now in control of the Arista Records back catalog, re-issued the group’s two major label releases – Rough Night In Jericho and Gloryline – through digital music providers such as iTunes, Amazon, and Rhapsody among others. The group’s other two releases 1986’s Father’s House and the self-released retrospective Nocturnal Omissions remain out of print.

  • 2012

    Apr 27

    Athens, GA, US | 8:00pm

    Athens, GA, US
    Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:00pm


    Doors open at 6pm

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