This is like your last tryptophan-free weekend of the year so you better do it up right. There’s plenty of opportunities for fun with a no longer M.I.A. Matt Wertz, a classical violinist with an Atlanta attitude, an epic open mic night at Eddie’s Attic and more.
Friday, November 22 – Matt Wertz @ Vinyl
Melding his classical training with years of Colorado mountain woodshedding, Bobby Yang is reinventing the sound of the acoustic violin. His inimitable sound combines the virtuosity of the violin with the dirt of a bluegrass fiddle and the rawness of a guitar. He has surrounded himself with musicians who share his madness, his Unrivaled Players, while touring internationally. Doors at 6:30pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $16 on the day of the show.
Friday, November 22 – Chris Knight @ Brewhouse Music & Grill
One of the Brewhouse’s favorite songwriters of all time is finally back and ready to jam in Rome! Doors at pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the show.
Friday, November 22 – Third Eye Blind @ The Tabernacle
Because you totally still know all the words to “Semi-Charmed Life.” Doors at 7pm. Tickets are $30.50 – $36.50.
Friday, November 22 – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis @ Gwinnett Arena
We respect Macklemore for proving to the world that not only can white guys can rap, redheads can do it too! Grab your favorite thrifted duds (some house slippers and a wolf for your noggin perhaps) and head to the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Doors at 6:30pm. Tickets are $29.50 – $49.50.
Saturday, November 23 – Songwriter’s Open Mic Shootout @ Eddie’s Attic
BI-ANNUAL SONGWRITERS OPEN MIC SHOOTOUT #39 is a head-to-head competition of Open Mic Winners from the past six months. Each act performs only one song, and single elimination determines if they move on to the next round. Eddie’s will give away $1,000 to the ultimate winner plus a number of other sweet prizes. Previous winners who have gone on to national acclaim include John Mayer and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland. Tickets for this event sell out quickly! Doors at 6pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the show.
Saturday, November 23 – Paper Lights @ Vinyl
By writing songs as if they were tailored to film, Paper Lights has created an EP that sounds indeed, like a soundtrack. Hear them with the Howling Tongues and Tall Bear this Saturday. Doors at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10.
Saturday, November 23 – Swamp Dogg @ The Earl
Raunchy, satirical, political, and profane, Swamp Dogg is one of the great cult figures of 20th century American music. In sheer musical terms, Swamp Dogg is pure Southern soul, anchored on tight grooves and accentuated by horns, but the Dogg is as much about message as music. Williams incorporated all the mind-bending psychedelic ideas of ’60s counterculture — drugs, sex, radical politics, social politics — into the framework of deep soul, establishing his blueprint in the 1970s then spinning out variations over the next several decades, never making hits but earning a rabid cult following and raking in royalties through his behind-the-scenes work. Doors at 9pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 on the day of the show.
Saturday, November 23 – Johnny Marr @ The Loft
Johnny Marr is an English musician, singer and songwriter. He was co-songwriter with Morrissey and guitarist of The Smiths between 1982 and 1987. He has also been a member of Electronic, The The, Modest Mouse and The Cribs, as well as a prolific session musician. In 2013, he released a solo album titled The Messenger. Here’s to your angsty phase. Doors at 8pm. Tickets are $24 in advance, $29 Saturday.
Sunday, November 24 – Jesse Terry @ Eddie’s Attic
Jesse Terry is a nationally touring, award-winning singer-songwriter and road warrior. His music has been compared to the likes of Ryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon and James Taylor. Jesse has toured relentlessly in support of his two full-length albums. He’s once again ready to share his songs with the ATL. Doors at 6pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $16 on the day of the show.
Sunday, November 24 – Ben Deignan w/ Betti@ Eddie’s Attic
The buzz about Ben Deignan is blanketing the metro area like sausage gravy on a big fluffy biscuit. John Mayer was getting this kind of chatter back when he played as a virtual unknown, so catch Deignan on the way up. Doors at 5pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $14 on the day of the show.