Giorgos Katsaros & Mimis Plessas | Athens | July 18

Enduring Greek musicians Giorgos Katsaros and Mimis Plessas band together for a performance at the Papagou Garden Theater. Katsaros, a seasoned saxophonist, and Plessas, the respected pianist, will be joined on stage by Lena Alkaiou and Nikos Karagiaouris in a celebration of the two veterans' impressive careers. The concert begins at 9 p.m., and tickets start at 13 euros.

Drop Festival | Athens | July 12 & 13

Gathering Greece's best breakthrough hip-hop artists, the first-ever Drop Festival will feature a lineup aimed at underground music aficionados. Lyrical creativity and satisfying rhymes are sure to pump up audiences as rappers like Phi Beta Sigma and PaiFan take to the stage. The Drop Festival is the latest in many new rap festivals, celebrating Greece's young creatives.

Shaqir Hoti – Keeping Sound of Albanian Folk Music Alive

Kosovars and Albanians in general who cherish folklore, Albanian melodies and traditional music all admire the man who was born in Rugova e Hasit, about 50 km from Prizren, which is where he attended high school.

"My generation was raised in 'informational darkness' and we didn't have a lot of news while we were thirsty for knowledge," he recalls.

Alice in Chains | Athens | June 24

Seattle-based grunge legends Alice in Chains headline the Release Athens Festival on Monday, June 24, where the setlist will include numbers that helped shape what was an exciting new genre in the 1990s as well as songs from their latest album, the critically acclaimed "Rainier Fog." The two other acts set to take the stage on the night both specialise in stoner rock: California's Fu Manchu and