By: Shelby Lum
Atlanta: the Mecca of Music in the South, and this weekend is no exception. Shaky Knees Festival (May 4th & 5th) will host Band of Horses, The Lumineers, and about 2 dozen more buzz-worthy bands and artists. Gladys Knight will be serenading fans at Wolf Creek Amphitheater on Friday night. And if you’re looking for something more intimate, pop into Drunken Unicorn, Smith’s Olde Bar, Eddies Attic, The Earl, or Vinyl – they always have something great stewing.
Friday, May 3rd-Assembly of Dust at Smiths Olde Bar
This jam band made from former Strangefolk frontman, has been hit nearly every major festival including Bonnaroo, to Newport, to Wakarusa. With that kind of experience AOD will be shaking Smiths Olde Bar with the kind of performance only they can give. They released their newest album earlier this year in February, so don’t miss their show for new tunes!
Friday, May 3rd-David Jacobs-Strain at Eddie’s Attic
The Oregon native’s bluesy rock and roll will be filling Eddie’s Attic on Friday. Listen close and you will hear his lyrics calling for the open roads and spaces of his home state.
Friday, May 3rd-Larkin Poe at Eddie’s Attic
These Georgia sisters have skills well beyond their young age. The sisters in their young 20s weave together poetic music similar to musicians with far more experience than they have. Don’t miss this high energy folk duo!
Friday, May 3rd-Sounds of Venus at Vinyl
Another young talent, this singer is a full of soul, folk, and pop. Her album “Wake and Rise” was made completely on her own, and her move to go to school at Spelman College here in Georgia has done nothing but influence her music and grow her ever adapting style.
Saturday, May 4th-All the Locals at Smiths Olde Bar
This Atlanta based act is one to see for sure. Seductive, edgy, and powerful, All The Locals have created a blend of live sound engineering, and rock and roll for a unique melding of music. Beginning with rock and then adding a producer and bringing in hints of R&B, All the Locals is unlike anything you have heard before!
Saturday, May 4th-Amy Speace at Eddie’s Attic
Without giving up, Amy Speace, has slowly crept into the Americana and folk industry. Her songs have sat on the top of Americana charts and have gained critical acclaim since she signed with Wildflower Records.
Saturday, May 4th-IAMX at The Loft
Head to The Loft and get swallowed into the visual performance that is IAMX. Part concert, part performance, and part surreal experience, IAMX creates music for both the ears and the eyes, leaving no senses untouched! He gives the audience everything from visual art to dance music to electronic to ballads. Don’t miss this truly unique experience.
Saturday, May 4th-Mandy Gawley at Eddie’s Attic
She’s a mother, a daughter, and a wife, and all those roles tie into her heart wrenching lyrics and songs. The Georgia based singer has known emotional tragedy, and she infuses those life events into her lyrics and into her song. Personally and completely relatable, her music has provides an up close look at her life.
Saturday, May 4th-Telekinesis at The Drunken Unicorn
Michael, the essential main man of Telekinesis is moving forward. His lyrics are going forward, his music is going forward, and so is he. Pushing the boundary of his music and his song writing, he is also expanding his repertoire and talents.
Saturday, May 4th-The Dreaded Marco & Greedy White Citizens at Peachtree Tavern
Dirty rock n roll? You’ve got to see this for yourself. The Atlanta natives have been churning out guttural and raw rock music since they began.
Sunday, May 5th-Kristy Lee at Eddie’s Attic
By just 18 years old, Kristy Lee had albums selling nationwide. Today, she is pushing her music to even more audiences with her sweet southern voice, fresh out of Alabama. She doesn’t set boundaries on her song writing and allows herself to create music without limits.