TGIF! It’s the first official weekend of fall and the season is off to a great musical start! Check out who’s playing around town this weekend.
Friday, September 26, 2014
TomorrowWorld @ Chattahoochee Hills
Enter the World of Tomorrow, in a realm hidden from civilization, deep within the forests of Chattahoochee Hills, Discover TomorrowWorld! Let yourself be amazed and experience hundreds of DJs, luxury camping, dining options from around the world, and America’s largest 21+ festival. See for yourself where this journey will guide you and secure your place in history! Hailing from Belgium, the mother festival of TomorrowWorld, Tomorrowland, celebrated its 10-year anniversary this past July. To mark this anniversary, two weekends played host to the sold out pilgrimage of over 360,000 International guests. The magic and inspiration of TomorrowWorld is crafted from Tomorrowland, where stages and concepts come to life, experiences are created, and musical explorations are made. This September 2014, the second edition of TomorrowWorld will take place on the mythical grounds of Chattahoochee Hills, just outside Atlanta, Georgia. Join thousands of friends from around the world for the experience of a lifetime!
The Dream Syndicate @ The EARL
The Dream Syndicate was an alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California, active from 1981 to 1989. The band was associated with the Paisley Underground music movement; of the bands in that movement, according to the Los Angeles Times, it “rocked with the highest degree of unbridled passion and conviction”. Though never commercially successful it met with considerable acclaim, especially for the songwriting and guitarplaying. Bandleader Steve Wynn brought the band back together for a festival in Spain in 2012, and the band was slated to tour the US and Europe in 2013.
Show starts at 6 pm.
Ballroom Thieves @ Eddie’s Attic
The room is dark, as feet shuffle and people slowly mill about the open space in front of the barely-lit stage. The hiss as beer cans are cracked open mixes in with the swilling of whiskey and the dropping of ice in glasses and throwaway cups. It’s a lively, talkative crowd that starts moving closer and closer to the stage as the room lights dim and the stage lights come on. All of a sudden, the simple, lightly-strummed chords of “Coward’s Son” echo over that intimate room, and as Martin Earley’s vocals come into play, the melody continues to build, adding layer after layer. The low end of Calin Peters’ cello adds a haunting, echoing rhythm to the bright chime of Earley’s guitar part, while the accents of cymbal hits, djembe, and floor tom from Devin Mauch introduce the heartbeat of the group, their soaring three-part harmonies, with a bang. As the song grows, the band transforms from a folk three-piece in a small room into an arena-filling orchestra of soul, spilling their raw emotions into every microphone and corner.Audiotree said of the performance, “Three unique voices separate and intertwine to emit one call, channeling sounds from the Delta and bits of old Gospel guises and transcends this Boston trio’s urban roots.”
Show starts at 7 pm.
Lil Dicky @ Vinyl
Lil Dicky is the voice of the voiceless. In an era where rap is dominated by racial, social, and economic minorities, LD decided to put the upper-middle class on his frail, Jewish shoulders. The results have been monumental. His debut mixtape, So Hard, has been categorized as “funny,” and “impressive” by his friends. A non-traditional rapper, Lil Dicky uses a mix of comedy, lyrical ingenuity, and self-deprecation to spew out entertaining and relatable content.When he was 14, he opened up for the R&B group 112 at his overnight camp. He’s been rapping ever since.
Show starts at 9 pm.
Delta Moon @ Eddie’s Attic
With the release of their seventh album Black Cat Oil in 2012, Delta Moon expands upon the sound that has sold thousands of records and allowed them to play for thousands of fans worldwide over the past several years. And with a live show second-to-none, the dual slide guitars of Delta Moon carry the listener deep into the heart of the American South, where sinuous Mississippi blues meets the gritty backwoods twang of Appalachia and winds around a rock-steady beat like kudzu on a barbwire fence. Net Rhythms calls it “Music as it should be – raw and honest.” We call it Blues-Infused American Roots. Delta Moon’s music is a strong mix of personalities and sounds. A chance meeting in an Atlanta, GA music store brought the two founders, Tom Gray and Mark Johnson, together. Tom tried to sell Mark a Dobro out of the back of his van. Tom remembers the girl with Mark whispering, “Let’s get out of here.” Mark didn’t buy the guitar, but the two exchanged phone numbers and soon were playing together regularly in coffee shops and barbecue joints around Atlanta. Mark came up with the name Delta Moon after a pilgrimage to Muddy Waters’ cabin near Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Show starts at 9:45 pm.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Mint Condition, Tony Toni Tone, Teddy Riley with Blackstreet @ Wolf Creek Amphitheater
Once upon a time there were great funk/R&B bands like Earth Wind & Fire, The Meters, War, Kool & The Gang, Slave, and numerous others who constantly broke down musical barriers. The musicality of these units was superior – they could rock or funk out as easily as they could move the crowd with a tenor soulful ballad. The rise of electronic music gradually undermined self-contained bands but in the 90s a dynamic young new band emerged—Mint Condition, now the greatest self-contained R&B band of our time. Anointed early on by superstar producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (formerly of the band The Time), Mint Condition does it all—delivering hard-bitten funk with a hip hop edge, rocking out with screaming lead guitar, and crooning lush, “baby-making” soul ballads. The much sought after band, who mark their 20th Anniversary this year, has amassed a string of hits and performs hundreds of live shows each year. In the Fall of 2010 when Prince took the podium at the legendary Apollo to announce his “Welcome To America,” and his plans to feature his favorite artists, it was no shock to many that Mint Condition was among them. The only band on his list that day? Mint Condition. During the month of February, TV One tapped Mint Condition as the house band seen and heard every night on the show “Way Black When,” which celebrated the biggest African American stars throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s. With not one but two current hit singles on board—the sumptuous “Caught My Eye” and lead singer Stokley’s duet with Kelly Price, “Not My Daddy,” Mint Condition marks the 20th anniversary of its first chart hit with the release of 7… (Mint Condition’s seventh studio album) due out on Shanachie Entertainment/Caged Bird April 5, 2011.
Rebecca Loebe @ Eddie’s Attic
Last spring, after three years of non-stop touring, indie folk singer Rebecca Loebe was working on new songs and preparing for her first tour in Europe when she received an invitation to audition for a new network reality show called The Voice. ”It didn’t really sound like my kind of thing,” she says, “but then again I happened to be home that weekend so I didn’t have a good excuse not to at least go to the audition.” As a contestant on the show, Loebe sang a stirring re-interpretation of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are,” that inspired both Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera to offer her mentorship. It also showed audiences worldwide the unique voice, effervescent personality and sharp wit that folk fans and festival-goers across the country had known about for years. This Georgia-bred, Austin-based singer and songwriter is both candid and self-deprecating, attributes that that shine through in conversation as well as in the writing of her Fall 2012, full length folk/pop release Circus Heart.
Show starts at 7 pm.
Styx @ The Fred
Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips (along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo), have performed more live since ’99 than all of the previous years of its career combined. Two Super-Bowl appearances, Pollstar Box Office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon, Bad Company (to name only a few), two more studio albums and no end in sight, STYX continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time. Spawned from a suburban Chicago basement in the early ‘70s, Styx would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late ’70s and early ’80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads.
Show starts at 8 pm.
Shonen Knife w/ Special Guests @ 529