AMG Weekend Picks: John Driskell Hopkins, The Packway Handle Band, Cigar Store Indians, Duran Duran, Linkin Park & Incubus, and More!

Happy Friday! The weather is cooling off a bit, Fall festival season is gearing up, new albums are coming out, and a bunch of Fall and Winter concerts went on sale today! I’ve noticed some excitement surrounding several upcoming concerts that just went ON SALE: Heart, Japandroids, Walk the Moon, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Lost in the the Trees, Alanis Morissette, John Legend, The Weekend, and Ben Gibbard! Sounds like Live Music Heaven!

Check out what’s happening around Atlanta this weekend:

Friday, August 17 & Saturday, August 18- John Driskell Hopkins (of Zac Brown Band) w/ Balsam Range at Swallow at the Hollow in Roswell

One of the best BBQ places in the Metro-Atlanta area is hosting seasoned musician, John Driskell Hopkins! Now, SOLD OUT!

Friday, August 17- The Packway Handle Band with special guest, Sans Abri at Eddie’s Attic

What PHB does best is rooted in thought provoking songwriting, clever choice and arrangement of bluegrass traditionals, and totally unexpected (even totally inappropriate) covers, all delivered with a crackling energy.

Friday, August 17- Col. Bruce Hampton, Ret. & The Pharaoh Gummit at Smith’s Olde Bar

Col. Bruce Hampton, Ret. has been making music since he formed his first band in 1963. The Colonel has been in constant motion ever since making music, writing poetry, and guessing birthdays along the way.

Friday, August 17 – The Six Shot Revival w/ Homeless Hill & Beitthemeans at Peachtree Tavern

If nasty is what you want, look no further than Atlanta’s Six Shot Revival. They ain’t your Daddy’s Southern Rock, but, like the titans of old, they will drink, they will fight and they will wager.

Friday, August 17- Sailing to Denver w/ No Parachute at Vinyl

Sailing to Denver is a band, comprised of veteran musicians from the deep South who simply want to sing their favorite songs together.

Friday, August 17- Waller w/ Julea Thomerson & The Banditos at The Earl

In less than a year, WALLER has evolved from a straightforward folk duo to a full-band powerhouse. The band is just as comfortable roaring through a country classic as they are pulling at your heart strings with a tender ballad.

Saturday, August 18- Decatur’s 12th Annual BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival- Harmony Park, Decatur

Head to Harmony Park in Oakhurst, south of downtown Decatur! The gates open at 4:00pm and there will be live music until 10:00pm. Kids 10 and under admitted free.

Saturday, August 18- Cigar Store Indians w/ The Bitteroots at Smith’s olde Bar

Cigar Store Indians is a roots rock, rockabilly band from Crabapple, Georgia.

Saturday- August 18- Cloudeater w/ Kebbi Williams at The Earl

Since emerging in 2009, Cloudeater has quickly established a strong presence in the Atlanta music scene, opening for acts such asN.E.R.D., Girl Talk, Cody Chesnutt, Metronomy and Little Dragon..

Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19- Jay Brannan CD Release with Special Guests at Eddie’s Attic

Brannan’s tenor voice combined with painfully honest lyrics surrounding taboo subjects has caught the attention of critics at such influential outlets as Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, which proclaimed that Brannan “makes even the saddest lyrics easy on the ear.” .

Saturday, August 18- JK & The Lost Boys w/ Simplified at Peachtree Tavern

JK’s lyrics take you through the experience of learning life’s hardest lessons while still trying to maintain a positive outlook.

Sunday, August 19- Duran Duran at Chastain Park Amphitheatre

We hear the tour is heavy on the hits and that make us happy!

Sunday, August 18- Linkin Park and Incubus at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park

These 2 solid bands are sure to put on a great show!


The Fox Theatre

Heart (Wednesday, November 7)

Smith’s Olde Bar

Soul Rebels Brass Band (Friday, September 28)

Soul Rebels Brass Band (Saturday, September 29)

I.O.Z. (Friday, October 12)


The Soft Pack (Saturday, September 28)

Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs (Saturday, October 20)

Lost In The Trees (Saturday, November 3)

Japandroids (Saturday, December 1)

The Loft

The Dirty Guv’nahs (Friday, November 2)


Old Crow Medicine Show with The Lumineers at The Fox Theatre, August 25-

Rufus Wainwright & Ingrid Michaelson at the Tabernacle on Saturday, October 20.

Maxwell at Philips Arena, July 27 –

Phish at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, August 28 –

Music Midtown 2012 at Piedmont Park, September 21 and 22 –

COUNTER.POINT Festival in Atlanta, GA, September 27-29


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