AMG Weekend Picks: Taste of Atlanta, Antibalas, Gotye, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Michelle Malone, Bananarama, and FadoOktoberfest Outdoor Block Party!

There’s something about the month of October that makes us happy! Perhaps it’s the seasons changing, the weather cooling off, Halloween decorations, picking out costumes, and festivals galore, but we love it! It’s also “the calm before the holiday storm”. So enjoy this carefree October weekend and take in a great festival! The weather is going to be perfect!

Friday, October 5- Sunday, October 7th- Taste of Atlanta at Tech Square

We know food is the focus here, but Yacht Rock Schooner is playing at The Big Grill on Friday night! Taste of Atlanta is the premier food festival of the Southeast. Cooking demos and challenges, top Atlanta restaurants, Family friendly zones, wine tasting and so much more! It’s a Feast and one of the best Atlanta events!

Friday, October 5-Antibals at The Goat Farm

Antibalas — Afrobeat’s premier second-wave ensemble — are back with their fifth full-length release. Simply titled Antibalas.

Friday, October 5- Big Business with House of Lightning at The Earl

Big Business started as a two piece band composed of Jared Warren of Karp and The Tight Bros From Way Back When, and Coady Willis of Murder City Devils. Their sound has been characterized as a bombastic and frantic low end attack, marked by Warren’s signature vocal delivery.

Friday, October 5- Connor Christian & Southern Gothic at Peachtree Tavern

Equal parts modern troubadours, back road poets and outlaw rockers, Connor Christian & Southern Gothic create gritty, soulful songs of experience, revealing solace in hardship, hope in destitution, and a dustbowl sensibility. Advance Ticket buyers have an opportunity to win Connor’s signed guitar!

Friday, October 5- honeyhoney at Smith’s Olde Bar

With fiddles threading the melodies, big acoustic guitar sounds and banjos plinking as percussively as melodically, there is an old world feel to honeyhoney that is as fresh and right now as it is tube radios and old lace..

Friday, October 5- Jackie Greene at Smith’s Olde Bar

While difficult to pigeonhole his music, (frequent comparisons are to Bob Dylan and The Band) there is a consistent influence of Americana Roots Music that runs through the themes in his large musical catalog. At times, his songs are playful – other times they are sorrowful. But always, they are soulful.

Friday, October 5- Lord Huron at Drunken Unicorn

Lonesome Dreams, the first full-length album from rising LA-based band Lord Huron, will be released October 9 on the independent label IAMSOUND Records. Lord Huron is a musical and visual project created by lead-singer and Michigan native-turned-Angeleno Ben Schneider.

Friday, October 5- Gotye at Chastain Park Amphitheatre

This radio chart topper will spend the evening at Chastain Friday night.

Saturday, October 6- 7th Annual FadOktoberfest Outdoor Block Party at Fado Atlanta

Doors open at 3pm. Stein Holding Strongman and Brat Eating Contests start at 5:30pm. Live Music with Astral Freaks at 6pm and Desire at 8:30pm with German Music throughout the day!

Saturday, October 6- Crane w/ BNMC at Vinyl

Best described as crossover music, Crane has a sound that is all their own. Their musical influences range across the board. Critics and fans use genres such as Southern Rock, Soul, Hip Hop, Funk, and Blues to describe their sound. However, it’s impossible to pigeon hole these boys into one category..

Saturday, October 6- Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at the Tabernacle

“During this a la carte age, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals have boldly pushed against the current, making a bona fide album that demands to be heard in its entirety.”

Saturday, October 6- Michelle Malone’s CD Release Party at Eddie’s Attic

“From bluesy growling to sweet crooning, Malone shows remarkable range on her new record. A breakout hit waiting to happen.”-PASTE MAGAZINE. 2 show times: 7PM and 10PM.

Saturday, October 6- Bell X1 at Smith’s Olde Bar

Bell X1 are a band from Dublin, Ireland known for their wide range of styles, powerful live performances, intelligent and witty lyrics, and dedication to touring. NPR says they deliver “a brilliant co-mingling of electronic music and anthemic pop rock..

Saturday, October 6– The Blind Shake at The Earl

Known for ferocious live shows and collaborations with psychedelic noise legend Michael Yonkers, The Blind Shake have toured North American basements and bars for several years and have released six albums and a handful of singles.

Saturday, October 6- The Lee Boys at Peachtree Tavern

The Lee Boys are one of America’s finest African-American sacred steel ensembles. This family group consists of three brothers, Alvin Lee (guitar), Derrick Lee and Keith Lee (vocals) along with their three nephews, Roosevelt Collier (pedal steel guitar), Alvin Cordy Jr. (7-string bass) and Earl Walker (drums).

Saturday, October 6- Yarn w/ Caroline Story at Smith’s Olde Bar

Since their start in 2007, Yarn’s original Americana sound has developed into music that seekers of the unique see as the soundtrack to their lives. Yarn’s first four albums were recognized by the AMA’s and R&R radio charts, spending time in the top 5 at their highest point.

Sunday, October 7- Hard Rock Pinktober Breast Cancer Benefit Show with Bananarama at Hard Rock Cafe’s Velvet Underground

The show is a benefit for Hard Rock Atlanta’s Breast Cancer charity partner, It’s the Journey and the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.

Sunday, October 7- David Leinweber’s CD Release with guests, including Jean Moon at Eddie’s Attic

He has shared the stage with many fine musicians. His influences include Dylan, Neil Young, The Dead, Clapton, Norman Blake and Doc Watson..

Sunday, October 7- Themestock at Smith’s Olde Bar

Theme Music is bringing its eccentric, eclectic, and altogether charming act to the stage to perform a multitude of songs under an event-specific theme, for one evening only. It promises to be highly spontaneous, collaborative, and utterly devoted to the sheer joy of making music. .

Sunday, October 7- R. Stevie Moore w/ special guests at The Earl

Moore’s music, a blend of classic pop influences, arty experimentalism, idiosyncratic lyrics, wild stylistic left turns, and homemade rough edges, is one of a kind, but entire generations of lo-fi enthusiasts and indie trailblazers, from Guided By Voices to the Apples in Stereo, owe much to Moore’s pioneering in the field. .

Sunday, October 7-Marc Scibilia & Angel Snow at Eddie’s Attic

With touches of both Matt Nathanson and Amos Lee, Scibilia sings poignant songs littered with second-person verses that are aimed directly at the listener, touched with the slightest tinge of soul..


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