Here’s a quick look at some of the best events Atlanta has to offer this weekend Thursday, August 30th through Sunday, September 2nd!
Michelle Malone w/ Webb Wilder at The Vista Room
Friday, August 31st at 8:00pm
Compared to most musical artists in the Americana genre, Michelle Malone seems like a pair of distressed blue jeans amidst a sea of pantsuits. Unlike the surplus of self-professed rootsy rebels, one listen to this woman from Georgia and you know you’re hearing the real thing. A singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer whose music is informed by roots rock, blues, folk and Georgia soul, Michelle Malone’s performances can go from contemplative coffeehouse quiet to rowdy and “Deluxe reverb on 10” at the turn of a dime.
A native of Hattiesburg, and a member of the Mississippi Music Hall of Fame, Webb Wilder crafted his signature brand of “Mid-Atlantic” (British and American) rock and roll, mixed with Country, Blues and Soul. In wonderfully superb timing, the band’s 1986 debut album, It Came from Nashville, was recently named one of the 50 Best Southern Rock Albums of All-Time by Paste Magazine.
Aha Gazelle w/ YourWelcome Shon at Vinyl
Friday, August 31st at 7:30pm
Raised in New Orleans, one of America’s most vibrant musical cities, Aha Gazelle grew up admiring the wide range of acts native to his Louisiana hometown. From PJ Morton and Lil Wayne to Jay Electronica and Frank Ocean, the city’s diversity, or musical-jambalaya, significantly shaped William G. Fields Jr. into the artist he is today.
The burgeoning rapper, producer and singer-songwriter learned early on he could excel without having to conform to stereotypical imagery. After deciding to lead with his own unique style and urbanity, Aha Gazelle is showing you can make an impact through art, quite simply, by being yourself.
Eddie Rascal EP Release ft. Baby Baby at 529
Saturday, September 1st at 9pm
Founded in 2014, Eddie Rascal grew and evolved over the following year into a rowdy four piece rock band featuring Mac Hunt on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Robert Smith on drums, Daniel Gadra on bass, and Yaar Hosseini on lead guitar. Drawing influence from turn of the millennia rock staples like Modest Mouse, Rage Against the Machine, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and At the Drive-In, the band quickly developed a unique sound mixing elements of grunge, pop, funk, and punk.
Baby Baby: Quit hatin. These dudes are fun. Raucous party tunes. Sometimes feete shufflink , sometimes a touch of metaltastic. These guys like hard work and ball sweat. If you haven’t started moving yet, then you are really really running out of excuses at this point. Save your excuses for when you need them, like the next day when you were supposed to meet this cute girl for coffee at eleven AM, which you make but then have to explain your godawful smell because you met her at bible study and want her to think you are something that you are not.
They have an album. That they recorded. Do that.
Wovenhand w/ Blood on the Harp at The Earl
Saturday, September 1st at 8:30pm
Winding dark, atmospheric lyrics with a fierce spiritual bent around elements of vintage folk and gospel music as well as rootsy rock & roll, Wovenhand was founded by David Eugene Edwards, formerly the frontman with brooding alt-country act 16 Horsepower. In 2001, 16 Horsepower went on hiatus, and as the group pondered a new creative direction, Edwards launched Wovenhand, built around similar musical and thematic frameworks but with a more powerful and personal approach.
Hailing from Atlanta, GA, Blood on the Harp bills themselves as simply, Songs about Death. This Americana/Folk string band is a ghostly tribute to the unfortunate struggles that life brings, as written and told by singer/frontman Miguel Olascuaga. Backed by punk rock, jazz, classical violin, and outlaw influences, BOTH bring out the call of the grave. Combined, this band is a solemn turn of the century gospel melody with a modern day string band fusion.
TWRP w/ Planet Booty at The Loft
Saturday, September 1st at 7:00pm
While TWRP’s (Tupper Ware Remix Party) brand of interstellar party funk is incredibly fun, the arrangements they compose are also technically demanding. The band members have created synchronized dance routines for most of their songs and wear elaborate costumes. TWRP is not normal. TWRP is literally out of this world.
Planet Booty is probably not what you think it is. If you haven’t yet experienced the infectious power of their live shows, or danced and sweated along with these impressively talented musicians, or felt the intense, penetrating gaze of frontman Dylan Charles Germick as he begs you, in all sincerity, to love yourself no matter what… then you don’t quite have the full picture yet.