Here’s a quick look at the best shows and events happening in Atlanta this weekend Thursday, May 30th through Sunday, June 2nd!
Dilly Dally w/ Twisty Cats and Reverends at The EARL
Thursday, May 30th at 8:00pm
Recorded with producer Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck), ‘Heaven’ highlights Dilly Dally’s rough edges in all their ragged glory, drawing every potent ounce of energy from the foursome’s swampy tones, raspy vocals, and volatile rhythm section. While the music is undeniably ferocious, there’s uplift woven into the fabric of every track. ‘Heaven’ opens with the dreamy “I Feel Free,” which begins as a floating, untethered soundscape before transforming into a soaring anthem for a world that’s ready to finally turn the page on all the darkness and disillusion the last few years have wrought. The inexorable “Believe” insists on self-confidence, while the driving “Sober Motel” celebrates the lucidity a clear mind, and the lilting “Sorry Ur Mad” makes a case for releasing yourself from the prisons of anger and resentment. Escape is a frequent goal—from the bruising “Marijuana” to the epic queer tragedy of “Bad Biology”—but it ultimately solves very little, at least in any permanent way, and so the album carves out its own atheistic religion to get through the day, a faith that validates our pain as real but responds with a beaming light of hope (and maybe a little bit of weed).
Pabst Sound Society x Dope Girls present: Estoriafest
Saturday, June 1st at 2:00pm
GET SOAKED. After all, Dr. Lonnie Johnson, legendary inventor of the Super Soaker, has some Atlanta roots.
But seriously—Pabst Sound Society is joining forces with Dope Girls to properly see off city staple and total harbinger of joy, Luis Sandoval, before he ditches us for Chicago. (JK, no hard feelings. Adventures are dope and we know he’ll visit. He better…)
Expect a full-ass day jam-packed with killer tunes, light (and not) drinks, and some of the babeliest people from the city of Atlanta (sorry, but… them’s the facts). Speaking more about those jams, though, we got—
**21 and up**
Roll up! Just a measly $5 and you’re in. Sip a brewski, dance with a QT, and support some great organizations. Stick around for some games, an interactive photo booth… and maybe even Super Soakers? Who knows?? It’s almost summer, baby. All bets are off.
Grab a very special PBR x DG pin—available only to the first 100 folks. Show up early!!
Rival Entertainment Presents: 2019 Candler Park Music and Food Festival
Friday, May 31 (4pm – 11pm) & Saturday, June 1 (12pm – 11pm), 2019
WHAT TO EXPECT
+ Live music (Lineup coming Tuesday, March 26, 2019)
+ Dozens of Atlanta’s Food Trucks & Festival Food Favorites
+ Artist & Craft Market
+ Brewed by Terrapin Beer Co.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN GEN ADM & VIP TICKETS
GENERAL ADMISSION Tickets Include:
- Complimentary Bicycle Valet
- Festival entry each day
– Artist Market, Food Court, Concert Field, & Terrapin Brew Lounge
VIP Tickets Include:
New & Improved VIP Program for 2019!
– All of the benefits of a General Admission ticket, plus…
– Terrapin Beer, Wine, Fontis Water, & Soda Complimentary at VIP bars!
– VIP security check & entry gate with unlimited in/out privileges
– Exclusive VIP Area in front of concert field with stage front access
– Rival Skydeck towering 30′ high for the best festival view
– Expanded VIP restroom trailer area
– VERY limited availability
**Must be 21+ w/ valid ID for entry in to VIP Area
Crispin Wah/Rude Dude and the Creek Freaks/Monochrome Sweatsuit at Smith’s Olde Bar
Saturday, June 1st at 9:00pm
Atlanta’s Crispin Wah are the proclaimed pioneers of the genre, “shredgaze”. A style of music that relies on guitar loops, odd tones, hazy drum-work and overall structure of back and forth creating a dreamlike, astral quality to the music. Crispin Wah has played live twice on Adult Swim & was listed as one of the 25 bands to look out for by the Immersive Atlanta zine. Music video for “Splat” available on YouTube!
Savannah quintet, Rude Dude and the Creek Freaks, is a collaboration of best friends creating garage rock with a healthy dose of psychedelia. Originally formed as a three-piece in the summer of 2016, the band picked up momentum fast, playing numerous shows throughout town. Rude Dude released their debut album, ACID BATH, in July of 2017 and toured the album the following month. Shortly after their return, the band added another guitar and keyboard player, truly rounding out the sound of the Creek Freaks. After recording their self titled sophomore album in February 2018 in Athens, GA, they’ve been bringing new sights and sounds for all states of consciousness ever since.
The Monochrome Sweatsuit Trio is the new offering from the Shredgaze camp. Shredgaze is a subgenre of music where the intersections of Shred,Psychedelic, Shoegaze, Hip Hop, Electronic and Ambient hang out. Monochrome Sweatsuit is THE OG Shredgazer. Comprised of 3/5’s of the Atlanta Shredgaze band “Crispin Wah”, the trio will leave your eyes peeled open and your face melted off.
Irrelevant Music Presents: Thelma w/ Peeko & Nadia Marie at The Bakery
Saturday, June 1st at 8:00pm
In 2017, Natasha Jacobs—a Brooklynite who performs as Thelma—released her self-titled debut. In the months that followed, she found herself in and out of doctors’ offices while her future as a musician hung in the balance—twice. Her first scare came with mysteriously painful & dislocating joints and the conclusion of surgery, where she lost most of her ability to play guitar. The second, the discovery of thyroid cancer threatened her voice. In time, it was finally discovered she has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a genetic disorder affecting joint form and function. With her primary instruments in jeopardy and ableist attitudes in the music industry thinning her patience while in recovery, Jacobs retooled the process for her second album while trying to reclaim her life and learning to live with chronic pain and physical limitations.
The Only Thing is more liberated, upbeat, and adventurous than its predecessor. Nine tracks are primarily constructed around burbling synthesizers, and Jacobs’ expressive vocals which find themselves vaulting for new territory. While still retaining her haunting vocal quality, there is a newfound playfulness even as she sings about trying times: a last ditch effort to find humor & lightness in a painful situation. The Only Thing is her first claim at marking her identity in the wake of critical change, and it’s fully on display: it’s fearless, mobile, and active. And that might be the bravest thing she can be.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts with special guest BAST at The Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
Sunday, June 2nd at 7:30pm
The iconic Queen of Rock N Roll and Godmother of Punk is taking the Fred stage this year. Singer, songwriter, composer, musician, record producer, and occasional actress, Joan Jett has helped to define rock culture and is an inspiration to many. Jett’s brand of rock & roll is loud, gritty and stripped-down, yet with overpowering hooks that have created such rock anthem’s as “Bad Reputation,” “I Hate Myself for Lovin You,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Cherry Bomb,” and the classic “I Love Rock N Roll.”