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Let’s say the Nashville Pussy and Nine Pound Hammer had a baby and it grew up to sing punk rock gospel, that baby’s name would be Kentucky Bridgeburners. Get praised in the holy rock and roll spirit Friday August 3 at The Star Bar.
Kip Winger was the prettiest boy in the business in the late ’80s early ’0s when his band Winger went platinum. Kip Winger’s gorgeous eyes and tresses were sometimes a distraction from the validity of Winger’s rock. August 4, the band will prove that it has stood the test of time with more than just good looks.
A band named after an article of clothing most closely associated with Sears, old men and prisoners must be good. Red Jumpsuit Apparatus plays the Masquerade on August 8.
8/11 and 8/12 Archers of Loaf
At the same Nirvana was shopping at thrift stores in Seattle for oversized flannel, Archers of Loaf were doing the same thing in Chapel Hill North Carolina. A band that’s so good and has such a devoted following that they can sell out not one but two night any time they are placed on a bill. The band that I nicknamed “Angels of Laziness” are playing The Earl August 11 and 12.
Jazz artists to perform include Will Downing, Lalah Hathaway, Gerald Albright, David Sanborn, Norman Brown and Brian Culbertson. Trust Chastain Park Amphitheater to delight jazz fans with this dream tour. This show starts early – at 4pm
His name is Simon and he dances on a stage… at Chastain Amphitheater on August 19. These romantic rebels are still maintaining the same line up that had when I was 12 and shopped for their posters at a mall and from what I’ve heard still make the fans cry.
Brian Jonestown Massacre has definitely had some ups and downs and a little drama here and there boasting over 40 members since its inception in 1990. The main stay of this band is a man that some might call an evil genius, Anton Newcombe. Brian Jonestown Massacre will be evil geniusing at The Variety Playhouse on 8/20.
8/22 Ted Nugent
Wouldn’t it be cool if Ted Nugent still rode buffalos and wore loin clothes? Uncle Ted has firmly placed himself with the help of millions of albums sold and legions of fans into the annals of rock history. With or without large beasts and small clothes, Ted Nugent will undoubtedly give a memorable performance at The Center Stage on August 22.
Out of respect, I will not make the obvious jokes about the unique-to-the-rock-world spiritual beliefs of Matisyahu, but without a doubt this is a man who creates and worships in his own way without barriers. Matisyahu, the artist and singer, will be at The Masquerade on 8/23. L’chaim! ( I tried, I really did.)
8/24 The Evils
Local Atlanta and legendary rockers form The Evils. On August 24, the band will be playing its ONLY southeast summer appearance at The Star Bar. I’ll be there, will you? Let’s get EVIL together!