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Pylon Reenactment Society & Zenith Man: A Music + Literary Event

Join Avid Bookshop at the Fabulous 40 Watt Club for a night with Pylon Reenactment Society & Zenith Man: A Music + Literary Event. This event is Saturday, August 3, 2024, with doors at 7pm. Regular admission is $10 and a VIP ticket is $33. Your VIP ticket includes a copy of Zenith Man: Death, Love, and Redemption in a Georgia Courtroom by McCracken King Poston Jr. and an exclusive meet & greet with Pylon Reenactment Society. There will be books for sale and an author signing.

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It's easier to explain what Pylon Reenactment Society isn’t than what it actually is. It’s not a continuation or a reunion, because Vanessa is the only member in both groups. It’s neither a tribute act nor a cover band, although they do perform Pylon songs. Led by Vanessa Briscoe Hay of the legendary post-punk band Pylon, Pylon Reenactment Society also features Jason NeSmith and Kay Stanton (Supercluster, Casper & The Cookies) and Gregory Sanders (Casper & The Cookies). Their debut album ‘Magnet Factory’ and live performances have been met with critical acclaim. Uncut Magazine awarded the album an 8/10 rating, saying “Magnet Factory finds the quartet in scintillating form, shifting smartly between angular noise-pop and nervy punk-funk, topped with Hay’s spiky vocals… a terrific debut from American post-punk veterans.” The Associated Press said, “...Briscoe Hay remains a distinctive, boundary-defying songwriter… Amid the algorithm-driven din that now fills earbuds, ‘Magnet Factory’ sounds as fresh as Pylon first did…the band is an irresistible blend of simplicity and synchronicity, the music both edgy and therapeutic.” Rolling Stone Magazine noted of their performance at SXSW 2024 “…Pylon Reenactment Society dodges nostalgia partially because Pylon was hardwired for the future…”

Pylon Reenactment Society has supported the release of ‘Magnet Factory’ by going on whirlwind tours of the West Coast and mid-Atlantic states—which included opening for Teenage Fanclub on their first U.S. tour date. Current plans include continuing to perform select US dates and festivals in support of the album which has charted on the NACC Top 200 Chart peaking at #62.


McCracken King Poston, Jr., is a criminal defense attorney and former state legislator in the Georgia House of Representatives. He gained national attention for handling several notable cases featured on CNN Presents, Dateline NBC, A&E's American Justice, and Forensic Files. He lives in Ringgold, Georgia. Visit him at or @RealZenithMan.


Like a nonfiction John Grisham thriller with echoes of Rainman, Just Mercy, and a captivating smalltown Southern setting, this is the fascinating true story—sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking—of an idealistic young lawyer determined to free an innocent neurodivergent man accused of murdering the wife no one knew he had.CrimeCon 2024 Clue Award Book of the Year FinalistWas this small-town TV repair man “a harmless eccentric or a bizarre killer” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution). For the first time, Alvin Ridley’s own defense attorney reveals the inside story of his case and trial in an extraordinary tale of friendship and an idealistic young attorney’s quest to clear his client’s name—and, in the process, rebuild his own life. 

Event Location

40 Watt Club

285 W Washington St

Athens, GA 30601

Avid Bookshop

1662 S. Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30606

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