Here’s a quick look at the best shows and events happening in Atlanta this weekend Thursday, September 5th through Sunday, September 8th!
The National Parks & WILD at Vinyl – Atlanta
Thursday, September 5th at 8:00pm
The National Parks was formed by Brady Parks in 2013 in Provo, Utah and has since independently released three studio albums. Upon the release of their debut LP, Young (2013), the band climbed to #13 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart and with their sophomore record, Until I Live (2015), the 4-piece became a Billboard Regional Heatseeker. The National Parks’ third studio album, Places, was released in late 2017 followed by a deluxe version in February 2018. In the first month after the release of Places (2017), the record had been streamed more than 1,000,000 times on Spotify alone with individual tracks landing on major Spotify playlists like Pop Chillout, Indie Pop and Morning Commute. Despite operating as a true independent, the band has built and maintained an impressive following with a Spotify monthly listenership nearing 400,000 and appearances at SXSW, CMJ, Snowmass Mammoth Fest, Oyster Ridge Music Festival, School Nights at Bardot’s. Praise has come from major press outlets such as NPR, Paste, Baeble Music, The Vinyl District, and The National Parks create atmospheric and “anthemic indie-folk as boundless as their name would suggest” (Paste Magazine) centered around male/female harmonies backdropped by guitar/piano/violin instrumentation. The band’s earliest touring was done as a three-piece but as the music has evolved, so has the band. A wide cast of musicians have joined as touring members of The National Parks but by 2015, the group had settled into a consistent four-piece setup with original members Brady Parks (vocals/guitar) and Sydney Macfarlane (vocals/keys) playing alongside, Cam Brannelly (drums) and Megan Parks (violin).
Bambara, Pure Adult, The NEC and Harmacy at The EARL
Friday, September 6th at 9:00pm
Bambara are a Brooklyn-based group who play harsh, punishing post-punk with a distinct Western Gothic bent. Their songs combine walloping drums and dark, twangy guitar riffs with unsettling noise loops and howled, ranting vocals which examine the seedy side of life. The group was founded in 2009 by guitarist and vocalist Reid Bateh, his twin brother Blaze Bateh, and bassist William Brookshire. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, they released an EP titled Dog Ear Days on their own Emerald Weapon label before relocating to Brooklyn. Following a 2012 experimental noise EP, Rings, the group released their home-recorded proper debut full-length, Dreamviolence, on Arrowhawk Records in 2013. Bambara then toured with the likes of A Place to Bury Strangers, METZ, and Algiers before releasing another noise EP, Night Chimes, and sophomore album Swarm, which was recorded by Ben Greenberg (the Men, Uniform). The band continued touring, both as headliners and as the support act for Girl Band and Liars, and began performing as a quintet after Reid broke his hand on-stage in late 2016. Reid and Blaze subsequently joined the touring lineup of Liars in 2017. The following year, Bambara signed to Wharf Cat Records and released Shadow on Everything, which placed more of a spotlight on Reid’s lyrics without sacrificing the lacerating guitar noise or sheer power of the group’s prior work.
Amy Amy Amy – A celebration of Amy Winehouse at The Vista Room ATL
Friday, September 6th at 9:00pm
ELEPHANT MOUSE PRESENTS
Amy! Amy! Amy! is a lively Celebration of Amy Winehouse. Relive the hits from her stunning debut Frank, Back to Black, and more! The night will feature four of the finest Soul singers in the country, coming together to celebrate this iconic singer who influenced many of today’s chart-topping ladies. An electrifying performer and bafflingly advanced songwriter, Amy’s genre-hopping catalog will make for a guaranteed Joyride!
BIG HAIR AT THE FAIR ft. Liliac and more at Rosati’s (Cumming, GA)
Saturday, September 7th at 11:00am
Don’t miss out on Big Hair at the Fair, the ultimate 80’s & 90’s party event!!! Come dressed in your favorite 80’s and 90’s outfit for cash prizes. Music will start at 11:00 am with local favorites and some amazing tribute bands to follow. We will finish the festival with our headliner: Liliac, the family of rock.
OMF2019 with Wu-Tang, DMX, Gucci Mane, KP w/ Pharrell, Usher and more at Centennial Olympic Park
Saturday, September 7th – Sunday, September 8th
ONE Musicfest 10 Year Anniversary will be absolutely legendary!
Wu-Tang, DMX, KP the great w/ Pharrell Williams & Usher, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, Rae Sremmurd, Raphael Saadiq, The Return of Three 6 Mafia, Ari Lennox, Busta Rhymes, Summer Walker, Tory Lanez, Teyana Taylor, Musiq Soulchild, Trina, Trick Daddy, T-Pain and MORE!!!
A SONIC CULTURAL HOMECOMING. ALL ARE INVITED.