AMG Weekend Picks: Party in the Park, Funk Fest, Gladys Knight, and more!

[ 0 ] May 16, 2014 |

Party in the Park 2014

 

[Friday, May 16] The Electric Sons, NovaKord & Cousin Dan (Party in the Park pre-party) @ The Loft

Get pumped up for Party in the Park with this pre-party show featuring local legends The Electric Sons, Cousin Dan, and NovaKord.

The Electric Sons are an Atlanta electronic/alternative band founded by vocalist/guitarist, Andrew Miller, and keyboardist/vocalist, Ben Richards. The band formed in 2011 and quickly gained a following of local fans after releasing a home-recorded EP under the name “AM83”. Since then, the group has truly made a name for themselves. Whether it’s the energy of the fan-favorite track, “Breathing Electricity”, or the shimmering luster of the soaring “Kyoto”, listeners of the EP and observers of the band’s live performance agree: The Electric Sons could very well be the first big electronic band to come out of the South.

If you have been around the Atlanta music scene over the last couple of years, chances are you have heard the driving force that is NovaKord. This trio mixes powerful vocals, ethereal samples, incendiary guitar riffs, masterful bass lines and complex percussion with surgeon-like precision. Their music transcends mere comparison and deserves recognition in its own right because these guys create a sound that can’t be too quickly compared to other bands.

Cousin Dan born and raised in Texas, but has been doing his thing for the past year or so in Atlanta. Basically his moustache makes the ladies weak at the knees, he rips bibles in half, and shoots lazers from his fingertips and bounces them off of his junk. All the while mounted upon his personal dance floor equipped with lights and fog blasting from the sides. Oh yea and the music is kind of an 80’s throwback….2080’s that is.
Tickets are $15. Doors open at 7:30pm. Online and phone sales end at 6pm.

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[Friday, May 16 & Saturday, May 18] Funk Fest 2014 – Day One @ Wolf Creek Amphitheater

The 2013 Funk Fest music series marks the 19th anniversary of the festival which began as a small concert in an outdoor venue in Mobile, Alabama. Each year, Funk Fest attracts music enthusiasts from all 50 states to its specially-selected venues and adds significant tourism revenue to each city’s local economy. The music festival has played host to some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Frankie Beverly and Maze, the Gap Band, New Edition, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, Betty Wright, Doug E. Fresh, Rickey Smiley, the Ohio Players, the SOS Band, Cameo, Erykah Badu, Charlie Wilson and many others. Funk Fest celebrates the rich cultural heritage of “old school” music and has grown into a true celebration of human expression.

Friday’s artists include Heads of State (Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, and Ralph Tresvant), Goodie Mob, and SWV.
General Admission lawn tickets are $65. Gates open at 6pm. Online, phone and outlet sales close at 3pm.

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[Friday, May 16] Peter Bradley Adams with special guest, Caitlin Canty @ Eddie’s Attic

Peter Bradley Adams was formerly one half of the duo, Eastmountainsouth, signed by Robbie Robertson (of The Band) to DreamWorks Records in 2002. Since then, Peter has released four solo records as well as an EP with his side project, “Down Like Silver”. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Tickets are $18 at the door. Table seats are $17.50 and must be purchased in multiples of 4. Doors open at 6pm. Online and phone sales close at 5pm.

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[Friday, May 16] Neulore w/ Bootstraps @ Vinyl

NEULORE was formed in Nashville, TN in the Autumn of 2009 to tell stories of hope. With a live show that not only entertains, but affects, leaving the audience with a sense that anything is possible, Neulore is captivating the hearts of all who draw near. Describing their sound as “truth in modern tones” and boldly stating that “the new folk music has arrived” they are firmly rooted in the tradition of community, the pursuit of wisdom, and the telling of timeless stories from a fresh perspective.

Tickets are $10. Doors open at 7:30pm. Online and phone sales close at 6pm.

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[Friday, May 16] SKATERS w/ Turf War & Baby Baby @ The Drunken Unicorn

SKATERS formed in NYC in 2012. The group’s birth can be traced to a hectic 24 hours in Los Angeles in the summer of 2011, when singer and songwriter Michael Ian Cummings met English guitarist Josh Hubbard at a party at a “really fancy-ass house,” as Cummings recalls. Their debut record, MANHATTAN, shares stories of the city where they met.

Tickets are $10. Doors open at 9pm. Online, phone, and outlet sales close at 4pm.

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[Friday, May 16] Curtis Harding w/ special guests @ 529

Curtis Harding says that soul music, and his music, speak for themselves. It’s self-evident on the Atlanta artist’s debut, Soul Power. The driving sound of his electrified Stratocaster, the foot-stomping backbeat and the lyrics swimming in reverb — with something this flourishing, it’s almost reductive to just dig around the roots.

Tickets are $8. Doors open at 9pm. Online and phone sales close at 6pm.

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[Friday, May 16] Round Robin featuring Robin Meade and special guest @ Eddie’s Attic

Popular HLN anchor, New York Times Best Selling Author, and emerging country artist Robin Meade is the longtime host of “Morning Express with Robin Meade” and a singer-songwriter releasing her sophomore album. Her new album “Count on Me” was released in June 2013, reaching #29 on Billboard’s Heatseaker’s chart.

Tickets are $24 at the door. The show begins at 9:30pm. Table seats are $22.50 and must be purchased in multiples of 4. Online and phone sales close at 5pm.

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[Friday, May 16] Eagulls w/ special guests @ The EARL

For a band like Eagulls, touring is their lifeblood, as shown through the relentless bouts of gigging that have coloured their four years together, in between working tedious day jobs in the bars and retail outlets of Leeds together. Booking support slots with the likes of Iceage, Merchandise and Fucked Up they’ve carved out a reputation for chaotic and confrontational live shows. Their debut self-titled album released in March 2014, setting its stall out as a heavier, darker and more exhilarating step on from what’s come before.

Tickets are $12. Doors open at 9pm. Online and phone sales close at 6pm.

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[Friday May 16] Gunpowder Grey / Kickin’ Valentina @ Smith’s Olde Bar

** This event has been cancelled. Refunds are available through point of purchase. **

 

[Saturday, May 17] Party in the Park ft. Girl Talk, MGMT, Minus the Bear, The Joy Formidable, Stokeswood @ Centennial Olympic Park 

The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here! Gates open at 3:00 p.m. and the concert will run until 11:00 p.m., rain or shine. Find out more about the awesome lineup here.

Tickets are $45. Gates open at 3pm.

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[Saturday, May 17] Funk Fest Day 2 @ Wolf Creek Amphitheatre

The 2013 Funk Fest music series marks the 19th anniversary of the festival which began as a small concert in an outdoor venue in Mobile, Alabama. Each year, Funk Fest attracts music enthusiasts from all 50 states to its specially-selected venues and adds significant tourism revenue to each city’s local economy. The music festival has played host to some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Frankie Beverly and Maze, the Gap Band, New Edition, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, Betty Wright, Doug E. Fresh, Rickey Smiley, the Ohio Players, the SOS Band, Cameo, Erykah Badu, Charlie Wilson and many others. Funk Fest celebrates the rich cultural heritage of “old school” music and has grown into a true celebration of human expression.

Saturday’s artists will include Isley Brothers, Musiq Soulchild, Monica, Doug E Fresh, Slick Rick, and EU.
General Admission lawn tickets are $90. Gates open at 3pm. Online and phone sales close at 3pm.

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[Saturday, May 17] Gladys Knight @ Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater

The fabulous Gladys Knight will take over The Fred this Saturday as part of the venue’s Summer Concert Series.

Tickets start at $45 for the lawn. Gates open at 7pm. Online, phone and outlet sales end at 4pm.

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[Saturday, May 17] Firehouse Guitars’ Amp Student Showcase @ Eddie’s Attic

Led by Firehouse Guitars and Music’s instructor, Pete Lim, this unique program is geared toward students of all ages who want to join a band and learn how to perform in a group setting. At the end of every semester, a public performance at Eddie’s attic allows performers to show off their stuff.

Tickets are $8. Table tickets are $10 and must be purchased in multiples of 4. Doors open at 12:30pm. Online, phone, and outlet sales close at noon.

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[Saturday, May 17] The Bitteroots with Sydney Rhame 6th Anniversary Show @ Eddie’s Attic

The Bitteroots are an Atlanta/Decatur-based original jam-rock band founded in 2008. Fronted by female vocalist Laura Dees, the band has a sound that’s been called a “unique brand of soulful rock.” The Bitteroots’ groove-oriented approach to rock n roll has drawn comparisons to the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Melissa Etheridge, and Janis Joplin. From pop melodies to extended jams, The Bitteroots’ sets run the gamut with something for everybody.

Tickets are $12. Doors open at 6pm. Table seats are $10 and must be purchased in multiples of 4. Online and phone sales close at 5pm.

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[Saturday, May 17] The Mad Violinist & The Symphony Crack Orchestra w/ Evil Empire ATL @ Smith’s Olde Bar

Trained from an early age in strings and percussion and having a mastery of music theory, Ashanti Floyd is considered a “melodic, rhythmic genius”. While being a five time Grammy nominated violinist, composer, producer & multi-instrumentalist of 30 instruments, Ashanti is also part time violinist for double platinum recording artist Lupe Fiasco.

Tickets are $12. Doors open at 7pm. Online and phone sales close at 2pm.

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[Saturday, May 17] ATL Collective: Nirvana’s “Nevermind” @ Smith’s Olde Bar

The ATL Collective moves into the Earl Saturday, May 17th to re-create Nirvana’s epic album Nevermind. Released in 1991,Nevermind boasts some of the band’s biggest hits: “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Come as You Are” and “Lithium.” If you don’t know the Collective, this is your chance. They put on some of the finest musical events in town, hand-picking the best in local (and national) talent to collectively cover a classic album.

Tickets are $13. Doors open at 9pm. Online and phone sales close at 6pm.

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[Saturday, May 17] Ex-Cult w/ GHB, Zoners, & Carmen @ 529

Taking cues from the psychedelic noise of the 1960’s, the art-damaged post-punk of the late 1970’s, and the aggression and immediacy of early 1980’s US Hardcore, Ex-Cult has curated a sound that audiences nationwide find accessible, yet not quite like anything else they’ve heard.

Tickets are $8. Doors open at 9pm. Online and phone sales close at 6pm.

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[Sunday, May 18] We Are Scientists @ the EARL

We Are Scientists shocked themselves and impressed many others with their 2005 debut With Love & Squalor, which sold over 100,000 copies in the UK on the strength of dancefloor standbys Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt; It’s A Hit; and The Great Escape. The band released their latest album, TV en Français, in March.

Tickets are $15 day of show. Doors open at 8pm. Online and phone sales close at 6pm day of show.

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[Sunday May 18] DANCEFX @ Smith’s Olde Bar

Dancefx is a non-profit dance organization dedicated to bringing professional quality, cutting-edge dance to the Athens and Atlanta area communities. Dancefx provides continuing dance education and a performance outlet for dancers and artists to express themselves creatively. Join Dancefx Atlanta as they present their first adult program concert, featuring adult studio classes and companies. The show will feature everything from jazz, contemporary, hip hop to tap and burlesque.

Ticket are $10. Doors open at 7pm. Online and phone sales close at 2pm day of show.

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[Sunday, May 18] Dan Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, Stevie Monce and Kyle Andrews @ Eddie’s Attic

After well-deserved accolades from music blog ‘Consequence of Sound’ for their 2012 CMJ showcases, DE&TGL are gaining momentum as a band you should go to bat for. From the source, their songs are: “rock songs, heavy and dark, light-hearted and danceable, observational and introspective.”

Tickets are $14 at the door. Table seats are $12.50 and must be purchased in multiples of 4. Doors open at 6:15pm. Online and phone sales close at 5pm.

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Erika is a Public Relations and English student at Georgia State University, a wandering intern, and a budding startup enthusiast. She enjoys reading and creative writing, discovering new music, attending concerts and shows, and soaking up the local scene. She's also a fan of traveling, politics, blogging, and exploring all sorts of new technologies.

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