AMG Weekend Picks: Labor Day Edition

Friday, August 29th

Kudzu Kings @ The Loft

Kudzu Kings are a musical outfit from Oxford, MS. Their sound is a unique blend of country, bluegrass and improvisational rock & roll. The band was actively together for almost ten years (1994-2003). In those years together, the band gained moderate success in the Southeast, Colorado, and Texas filling several prominent music venues, in addition to spreading their talent the rest of the nation and Canada with a number of successful tours. They have shared the stage many times with Widespread Panic (whom with longtime Kudzu guitarist George McConnell eventually joined up with in 2002 and has since left) as well as with many other prominent artists of that time (including Bob Weir & Ratdog, Banyan, Leftover Salmon, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Junior Brown and Aquarium Rescue Unit, just to name a few). Kudzu Kings have also welcomed a number of guest musicians to collaborate over the years (sometimes sitting in for several shows for absent members) including Chris Etheridge (Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons, Willie Nelson), Bucky Baxter (pedal steel and guitar w/ Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams, Los Lobos), John “Jojo” Hermann (Widespread Panic), Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi All-Stars), Tony Furtado, and Jeff Austin (Yonder Mountain String Band).


The Blasters @ The EARL

The Blasters exemplify the best traditions of American Music, performing with passion and honesty that for over three decades has won the hearts and souls of fans worldwide. Composed of founding members vocalist-guitarist Phil Alvin, drummer Bill Bateman and bassist John Bazz with Keith Wyatt on guitar, they carry on a hard-won legacy as one of the most recognizable and credible bands in American Music.


Lyle Lovett and His Big Band @ Atlanta Botanical Garden


The Features @ Vinyl

Two weeks. That’s how long The Features had to work up roughly a dozen new tunes before they traveled some 2500 miles from their native Tennessee to Vancouver, Washington to make their new album “The Features” (Serpents and Snakes/BMG). There, the Nashville-based band spent a month crafting the most inventive and assured album of their career.


The Hood Internet @ Graveyard Tavern

Tickets are $5. Ages 21+.




Saturday, August 30th

Wolf Creek Funk Party @ Wolf Creek Amphitheater


The Polyphonic Spree @ The Loft

Doors 8 / Show 9 / All Ages

$18/Adv, $20/Day Of Show


Mike Hicks @ Eddie’s Attic

Michael Hicks is an unique blend of talent and humility which is rarely found in today’s emerging talent. As an artist, writer, and performer, Mike is revered as one of the best in the diverse Funk and Soul music scene in Nashville and beyond. His Freshman album, This Is Life, highlights the talents of his writing ability, the moral message of his music, and the production talents of both himself and James Waddell. The album is brought to life by his incredible (18 pieces at it’s fullest) funk group, Mike Hicks and the Funk Puncs. When he’s not writing and performing his own original music, Hicks is on the road touring the world with Blues icon, Keb’ Mo. International touring has lent him years of maturity that most young artists never get to experience. This interesting blend of influences and experiences have made him “the” artist to watch in Nashville.

GA tickets are $10 in advance, $14 at the door.
Table seats are $12.50 and must be purchased in multiples of 4.




Sunday, August 31st

Annie Sellick @ Eddie’s Attic

Annie and the Hot Club in homage to the Hot Club genre (Django-Reinhardt gypsy-swing) bring fiery guitar and violin soloing on repertoire from the 1930’s and 40’s such as Honeysuckle Rose and Sweet Georgia Brown…and to top it off, the perky storyteller and hard-swinging singer, Annie. Nashville native vocalist Annie Sellick was voted Best Jazz Artist by readers of the Nashville Scene five years in a row, and has since toured all over the world and performed and/or recorded with many of her musical heroes including Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing, Tommy Emmanuel and jazz organ royalty Joey DeFrancesco.

GA tickets are $12 in advance, $16 at the door.
Table seats are $15 and must be purchased in multiples of 4.


Mood Rings @ The EARL 

Forming (ca. 2009) from mists of solid-state polished chrome out of cavity closets, Mood Rings fought against the constraints of modern/shit desk programs to create a new name for themselves in the basements and damp sections of Atlanta. Guitarist / Singer / Songwriter Will Fussell stands, outlined in brick and neon, whispering faded tones into the busted echo box. The guitar tones resulting from his interactions with Tymb Gratz might remind you of a molded cassette of Felt or Durutti Column. The proceedings are grounded by the solid-without-oppressive rhythm section of Chris Alley (bass) and Peter Cauthorn (drums.) Meta-harmonies attributed by Seth Bolton (synth/guitar) careen through the balance to sensitize their compass. Mood Rings rip the captions off the stairs and explode moonlight panels with alcohol and mint. This is not political music. These are not ringtones. There is no mystery man in the plasma tent. The floor tom is the new kick. Don’t forget the scale of mercury. – Bradford Cox

Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 on the day of the show.




Monday, September 1st

Songwriter’s Open Mic @ Eddie’s Attic

For over 20 years, we’ve hosted Atlanta’s premiere SONGWRITER’S OPEN MIC for the performing songwriter. National and local acts perform 2 songs each, with 3 finalists returning for a third song at the end of the evening for a chance to win a cash prize and a spot in our bi-annual, nationally acclaimed Open Mic Shootout.  This is a great opportunity for up and coming talent to hone their skills and for listeners to see and meet tomorrow’s stars.

Doors open at 7pm.

General admission tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the door.
Table seats are $6.25 each and must be purchased in multiples of 4.



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