My favorite rapper of all time Slick Rick has been released from the bonds of incarceration and ready to spit out lyrics in the most eloquent of styles. He will be joined by Big Daddy Kane, Doug E. Fresh, MC Lyte and many others at The Masquerade Music park.
In my mind, a perfect way to spend 24 hours is The Drive Invasion. Righteous local and national act bands all day and B-movies treasures from dark till the wee hours. Think church lock-in meets cocktail party except the church is a drive in movie venue and the gospel is rock and roll. This year’s line-up for bands is headlined by local legends The Black Lips. The movies scheduled are Big Trouble In Little China,Blade Runner, Blacula and H.O.T.S. Camping in encouraged and it is perfectly acceptable if you don’t have a tent to get creative with your sleeping arrangements.
Head over to Cobb Energy Centre for Dead Can Dance
King of the make out music, Chris Issak feels likes he’s finally found his musical self with his latest album Beyond The Sun, set to release October 18. This wickedly debonair crooner will be playing no games while he melts hearts at The Cobb Energy Center September 6.
Multiplatinum band TRAIN has made its mark on music history with their GRAMMY-Award-winning song “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and chart-topping singles “Meet Virginia” and “Calling All Angels.” Catch them with with Mat Kearney & Andy Grammer.
Atlanta locals and cerebral hip hop phenom Arrested Development will be helping media phenom Creative Loafing celebrate its 40th anniversary at The Goat Farm on September 7.
The name Blackberry smoke has always made think of the latest strain being offered at a dispensary. In truth, they have been a part of the latest wave of southern rock since 2000. They will be headlining a the “Brothers and Sisters Festival” at The Masquerade Music park on September 8.
Slash don’t need no stinkin’ Axl to rock! The “Cousin It” of axe men has been showing the world for a while now that he can and does stand on his own. Dust of that top hat and tease you hair in homage to the legend when he plays the Tabernacle on September 12.
Spend a day at Aaron’s Amphitheater on September 12 with Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, Adelitas Way,
POD, Fozzy, Deuce, Redlight King, Mindset Evolution, In This Moment, Thousand Foot Krutch, Candlelight Red, Greek Fire, Cruz, Within Reason, Attika 7, Drown Mary, Silvertung, Switchpin and Uncrowned.
Blues Control’s shape-shifting qualities could lead us to type them as a mystic lounge act, with spacey guitar leads, a clarion synth and the punch of real drums. Only to suddenly discover they were instead playing inside a world music bag, wrapping their mellow drug-mospheres around a crisp keyboard center, evoking heat and nature with waves radiating from seemingly formal western scales! Come out to 529 in Atlanta to hear for yourself.
I’ve been sitting here for a while in front of my computer trying to figure out how to describe pro rock and i still can’t figure it out. If you are a fan of pro rock then you will surely be missing out if you don’t attend the two day festival honoring the genre at The Center Stage September 14-15.
Amanda Palmer is a performer, director, blogger and musician who founded the internationally acclaimed punk cabaret band The Dresden Dolls. In 2008, Amanda released her debut solo album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer, produced by Ben Folds and accompanied by a fine art photography book featuring text by esteemed author Neil Gaiman (who Palmer has since married). Read our feature interview with her HERE.
The EAV Strut is a unique family-orientated event that has something for everyone. The street of East Atlanta will become the playground for kids old and young on September 15.There will be live bands throughout the day and night, a parade, kids village, comedy stage and The Imperial Opa Circus.
If ever an artist has earned the right to title an album This Is Country Music, it’s Brad Paisley. See him live at Aaron’s Ampitheatre at Lakewood
If you have never seen Led Zeppelin before, here’s the next best chance you will have. Critically acclaimed tribute band will not be walking up the stairway to Heaven at The Masquerade rather, defending to the Hell stage of The venue on September 15.