AMG Weekend Picks: The Dirty Guv’nahs, Nas & Lauryn Hill, The Kicks, Brandi Carlile, Wolf Gang, Decatur Wine Festival, & More!

Happy November, ladies and gents! I’m finding it harder and harder to get out of bed each morning, which means the cold is approaching faster and faster. Some say that this is the month of staying bundled indoors and and some say it’s “No Shave November”, whatever it is, don’t sit at home! There are plenty of great concerts and festivals happening all around town. BONUS! We get an extra hour of sleep on Sunday, so all the more reason to get your groove on at your favorite venue.

Friday, November 2- The Dirty Guv’nahs’ W/ The Delta Saints at The Loft

After two independent releases and relentless touring, The Dirty Guv’nahs’ new album, Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies (Dualtone Music) raises the bar significantly for this explosive ensemble. Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies was recorded in Nashville, TN with producer Ross Copperman and Grammy winning engineer Richie Biggs (The Civil Wars).

Friday, November 2- Tim Easton & Patrick Sweany with Ken Will Morton at Eddie’s Attic

Like the bristly critter of its title, Tim Easton’s album Porcupine has some spikes in its hindquarters. And the Ohio-born, Joshua Tree, California-based singer-songwriter says the primarily aggressive style of the record was definitely by design.

Friday, November 2 – David Fuller’s Release of “Take My Art” at Hard Rock’s Velvet Underground

With guest performances from hip-hop artist Naj Murph, Keeyen Martin, India Shawn, performance painter Lionel Daniels, Sweet Release, and DJ Nick the Quick on the ones and twos. This concert is the celebration and showcasing of David Fuller’s first album, “Take My Art”. The 15 song EP encompasses and rekindles the true idea of R&B by taking listeners through a range of emotions; tugging ceaselessly on the heart strings. For lovers of live music, beautiful lyrics, and great performances, this is a show you don’t want to miss.

Friday, November 2 – DoryDrive CD Release at The 120 Tavern & Music Hall
Nashville, Tennessee/ Milwaukee, Wisconsin alternative, pop rock act DoryDrive sprung to life in the early spring of 2010. The bands make-up consists of former members of Echovalve (Rock Ridge/Warner) and Marashino. Seasoned veterans excited to embark on their new adventure, DoryDrive has toured relentlessly working hard, garnering the attention of major labels.Let your rock fist fly, it’s time to enjoy the journey together

Friday, November 2- Grant Hart at 529
Husker Du founder returns to our city! Beginning with his 1988 release, “Intolerance”, Grant’s solo records have been subtle, thematic renderings that move the listener along the route, building up to climaxes all the more dramatically. Grant’s 2000 release, “Good News for Modern Man” continues with his practice of laying down all the instrumental tracks himself. This record is acclaimed by his listeners as the most fully realized record he has been involved in.

Friday, November 2- Nas and Ms. Lauryn Hill at the Tabernacle
Hopefully you were able to snatch up some tickets because this concert is completely sold out! There’s no doubt that Nas and Hill will out on an amazing show. It’ll definitely be one for the record books!

Friday, November 2- Paul Collins Beat at The Earl
Paul Collins formed The Beat in 1979, recruiting members of various rock bands including Steven Huff, Larry Whitman, Dennis Conway and Michael Ruiz. The result was The Beat, a high energy rock group in the style of The Ramones, Blondie and The Dictators. As the story goes, Collins was awarded a record deal with CBS thanks to his friend Eddie Money and Bill Graham Management. The Beat played with many bands, including The Jam, Pere Ubu, The Police, Eddie Money, The Plimsouls and Huey Lewis. Going to be a legendary show that you shouldn’t miss.

Friday, November 2- Roger Creager at Peachtree Tavern
Roger Creager is an adventurist; he does not like to sit still while the world passes by.Roger is very fortunate that his music career allows him this lifestyle. But he gives it back by putting his life experiences and his infectious high energy and zeal for adventure right back into his songwriting and performances. Creager may travel the world, but he never strays far from his small-town South Texas roots and his music encompasses all of him.

Friday, November 2 – Rumblefish at Smith’s Olde Bar
An astonishing collection of talented local musicians that specialize in different styles that merge together into one awesome band!

Friday, November 2- Will Turpin at Steve’s Live Music

The bassist of well-known band Collective Soul is touring on behalf of his solo project!

Saturday, November 3- Turquoise Jeep with Cousin Dan at Terminal West

Turquoise Jeep is the definition of complete artistic freedom with no limitations. Their videos on Youtube accumulated millions of views and began their international notoriety.

Saturday, November 3- Decatur Wine Festival in The Decatur Square

Sure music will be playing, but we’re going for the bottomless vino! Cheers!

Saturday, November 3- Kopecky Family Band at The Basement at Graveyard Tavern

Like all families, Kopecky Family Band beats with the same heart and writes in the same blood. Whilst the band might not share actual familial bonds, the ties that keep this Nashville 6-piece together are just as strong.

Saturday, November 3- Corey Crowder at Peachtree Tavern

Corey Crowder is a singer/songwriter from the small town of Covington, GA. Corey first reached national attention when his song, “Here’s Looking at You Kid,” was placed on the season finale of MTV reality series The Real World.

Saturday, November 3- Brandi Carlile at Eddie’s Attic

On the eve of Carlile’s 5th major label album release BEAR CREEK and after almost a decade of extensive touring, the trio and self-confessed “road dogs” and “dirty pioneers” are back with a bang. But it’s not record sales, industry accolades or commercial success that make Brandi Carlile a uniquely compelling artist; in fact some would say she has purposely gone out of her way to avoid it, “I would never write commercially or dress commercially or behave in any way that would inspire mainstream success”. It’s tales from the road, where she and the twins have spent the best part of their careers building Carlile’s fan base and audience, whilst remaining under the industry radar, that tells you the story of who she really is.

Saturday, November 3- Electric Six at 529

6-piece, Detroit Rock Band.

Saturday, November 3- Jennifer Daniels at Steve’s Live Music

Jennifer Daniels performs with a power that rivals Ani DiFranco, and combines it with angelic melodies and lyrical rhythms reminiscent of Dido or Sarah McLachlan. Her intense, raw passion captivates the audience while her humorous banter between songs endears them.

Saturday, November 3- Rebecca Loebe’s CD Release at Eddie’s Attic

Armed with an effervescent personality and sharp wit, award winning singer/songwriter, REBECCA LOEBE, is both candid and self-deprecating, attributes that shine through in her songwriting and laugh-out-loud storytelling. Last spring Loebe took a break from her 200-show-per-year tour schedule to appear as a contestant on Season 1 of NBC’s “The Voice,” with a performance of Nirvana’s ‘Come As You Are’ that inspired Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine to offer her mentorship and charted on iTunes worldwide.

Saturday, November 3- The Kicks at Smith’s Olde Bar

The Kicks. Nashville knockouts with class, gods of harmony, humans with soul, this four piece band is eclectic, electric, and will rock and roll you for days.

Saturday, November 3- Makeshift Jukebox at Vinyl

Some may think that MSJ’s lofty goal of “taking over the world with rock” is just silly, but after listening… after realizing that this is only the very beginning of something big… You have to at least consider that they just might be serious.

Saturday, November 3- The Script and Tristan Prettyman at The Tabernacle

Head to the Tabernacle Saturday night to hear the pop hits from talented band, The Script, but be sure to get there early because Tristan Prettyman is a skilled singer/songwriter with some incredibly catchy songs and a sultry voice!

Sunday, November 4 – Cadence Weapon at The Earl
Deemed by Dazed and Confused as “hip hop’s saviour”, Cadence Weapon continues to firmly establish his legacy as a sonic pioneer while constantly pushing the rap and electronic music envelope. Following his critically acclaimed, Polaris Music Prize nominated albums Breaking Kayfabe and Afterparty Babies and a two year term as
Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, he returns with Hope In Dirt City out now on Upper Class Recordings.

Sunday, November 4 – Wolf Gang at Vinyl

It was perhaps inevitable that Max McElligott would one day make an ornate pop album of near-symphonic grandeur named after a utopian place that came to him in a dream. It might not have been written in the stars that he would make said album, Suego Faults, with one of America’s best producers, Dave Fridmann, nor that he would do it under the guise of Wolf Gang, but the rest now looks something like a certainty when you consider his background.

Sunday, November 4 – Shannon Whitworth w/ special guest, Pegi Young & The Survivors

Whitworth has deep Southern roots. The strangeness and charm of her music defies any sort of strict categorization, giving her a sound that is smoky-jazz feeling with hot flourishes and honeyed flashes of Patsy Cline.


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