Atlanta Music Guide Weekend Preview 01/24/2019 – 01/27/2019

Here’s a quick look at the best upcoming events in Atlanta this weekend Thursday, January 24th through Sunday, January 27th!


Zale / Big Brutus / Kerfchief at The EARL

Thursday, January 24th at 8:30pm

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ZALE is a boundary-pushing, unapologetic alternative rock 5 piece based in Atlanta, GA. Ethereal melody meets massive carnal beats and catchy rude riffs to deliver alternative music with moxie. This young indie group has sold out venues like Eddie’s Attic, The Georgia Theatre, and Terminal West, touring the southeast supporting debut release Fortress. ZALE released their second LP “Eye See You” with Madison Records on August 31, 2018. ZALE opened for The Revivalists and Bright Light Social Hour, played Bragg Jam and Dogwood Festival and looks forward to a full fall tour schedule.

Big Brutus is the musical project of singer-songwriter and guitarist, Sean Bryant. Ranging from earnest and heartfelt, to abrasive and jarring, Big Brutus writes songs that challenge the listener to dig a little deeper. His first release, Tiny Box, came in March of 2016 and followed the timeline of a relationship from the innocent beginning to the bitter end. The Odd Willow arrived in early 2017 and assumed a contemplative tone, exploring elements of mortality, aging, sickness, love, and loss. Following this release, Sean embarked on a bicycle tour up the East Coast, raising money for the International Rescue Committee and talking with as many folks as he could. He used this journey to try to re-connect with fellow Americans in a very divided time. His revelations on the trip poured out into what has become his latest work, America Circa. The album strays from those familiar themes found on his previous albums – themes of love, loss, death, and the pursuit of fulfillment – and, instead, calls out and dives into the racism, oppression, and political corruption rampant in America today. Big Brutus has written an important, self-aware album about what it means to live and lose in this country, and calls the listener to address centuries of abuse.

Pop Evil with Don Jamieson & Savage After Midnight at The Loft

Friday, January 25th at 7:30pm

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When North Muskegon, Michigan native Leigh Kakaty formed Pop Evil, he chose the band’s name for a reason. He loved hard rock songs with good melodies but he also dug loud, crunchy guitars and propulsive metal rhythms. Five albums into Pop Evil’s career, combining strong hooks with knockout punches is more important than ever. The band’s new record, simply called Pop Evil, is a surging, contemporary sounding release that incorporates metal, alternative, hard rock and even electronic music. 


Sonic Youth | Daydream Nation at 529

Friday, January 25th at 9:00pm

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On January 25th, ATL Collective is piloting a new series called “Double Take,” as we relive albums that have been disruptive and innovative in popular music. In doing so, curation will prioritize bold improvisation and interpretation. We can think of no better album to inaugurate this program than Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation – an album that, in many ways, gave voice to the attitude we file as “indie.” Come listen with us as tip our hats to these pioneers of underground rock at East Atlanta’s 529.

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Daniel DeWitt Music
Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel


Smyrna’s 8th Annual Oysterfest at Atkins Park

Saturday, January 26th – Sunday, January 27th at 11:00am

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Only two days a year to celebrate these delicious shellfish are definitely not enough. There will be an abundance of deliciously raw, grilled, and fried oysters and shucking will begin at 11AM each day, with plenty of Abita to wash it all down.

While enjoying the amazing food, you will also experience live, New Orleans inspired music in a Mardi Gras style environment. This year’s music is not to be missed. Tickets are available NOW! And include admission + entertainment.

Doors open at 11:00am and live music begins at 12:00 pm on the outdoor stage. Don’t worry about the weather, the main stage will be in a heated tent!


Saturday, January 26

12:00 Cody Matlock Band
3:30 Tyler Neal Band
7:00 SuperJam
10:00 DJ Wesley GC

Sunday, January 27

12:00 Trombone Jesus + The Disciples
3:30 Wasted Potential Brass Band
7:00 Crane


The Beach Boys – Now & Then at UGA Tifton Campus

Sunday, January 27th at 7:30pm

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The Beach Boys have sold over 100 million records worldwide and have received more than 33 RIAA Platinum and Gold record awards. The Rock And Roll Hall of Famers where also honored at the 2001 Grammy Awards with the Lifetime Achievement Award. With more than five decades of touring under their belts, The Beach Boys have performed more concerts than any major rock band in history. Get your tickets before they sell out! 


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