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TAUK AT VARIETY PLAYHOUSE OCTOBER 23

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/15/21

TAUK with The Orange Constant

October 23rd 

Variety Playhouse

The long-awaited seventh, full-length cinematic studio album, Chaos Companion, from electro-prog quartet TAUK is finally here. The collection, complete with nine instrumental tracks, takes listeners on a celestial journey reminiscent of 70’s film scores, 80’s video games, 90’s R&B and modern dance music. The newest offering from the band elevates their sound to new heights as they seamlessly blend futuristic electronic elements with old school rock, funk and soul. Through the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing remained constant: the music, and amidst this uncertainty and struggle, TAUK’s Chaos Companion was born.

Listen to Chaos Companion in full, out everywhere now: smarturl.it/ChaosCompanion

Yesterday, HeavyBlogIsHeavy shared “New Age Trip,” a track that drummer Isaac Teel says is inspired by Sci-Fi movies and video games with a locomotive feel and tangible momentum.

Dormammu,” another notable track from the album, merges TAUK’s organic sound with digitally composed EDM. Bassist Charles Dolan describes the unique fusion as, “a trap drum machine-meets-Led Zeppelin sound & beat, with builds and drops along the way. A danceable and anthemic journey accompanied by syncopated and soaring sounds of Eric Bloom (Trumpet) and Ryan Zoidis (Saxophone) of The Shady Horns (Lettuce, Soulive).”

As the world slowed down due to the pandemic, the band suddenly had more down time to explore new creative avenues and ultimately evolve. “Songs like ‘Moon Dub‘ and ‘The Let Out‘ demonstrate a blend of hip-hop and electronic sounds that bring TAUK’s sound into new territory,” explains keyboardist Alric Carter.

Carter continues, “These songs are presented with a different approach where we used a lot more tracks and layers to create a more cinematic sound. A lot of our material has been live performance-based, but with this album, we used Ableton Live and digital audio workstations to expand our musical palette.”

Beyond sonically experimenting, the band broadened their approach visually with directors, Dani Barbieri and Sophia Conger to launch a new era of TAUK. With cinematic videos to match their fresh cinematic sound, the band found a new groove they are bringing to stages throughout the U.S.

Experience the brand new songs and favorites from the band’s back catalog this fall when TAUK tours around the Southern and Eastern U.S. The band recently announced a three-show October run through Missouri as well as a pair of New Years Eve shows in CharlestonSC. A full list of dates and corresponding support can be found on the band’s website and below.

Keep up with TAUK via the band’s Facebook & Instagram. Shop new merch, including Chaos Companion apparel and vinyl, at hellomerch.com/collections/tauk. And don’t miss Chaos Companion, now streaming on your favorite platform.

TAUK ON TOUR
9/30 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met ^
10/01 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place ~
10/02 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl ~
10/8 – Martinsville, VA – Rooster Walk Reunion Music Festival
10/9 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
10/12 – Oxford, MS – The Lyric Oxford +
10/13 – Little Rock, AR – The Rev Room
10/14 – Columbia, MO – Rose Park
10/15 – St. LouisMO – Old Rock House *
10/16 – SpringfieldMO – Outland Ballroom !
10/19 – Jackson, MS – Duling Hall +
10/20 – Huntsville, AL – Sidetracks Music Hall &
10/21 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn %
10/22 – Tuscaloosa, AL – Druid City Music Hall $
10/23 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse $
10/26 – Indianapolis, IN – HI-FI @
10/27 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater @
10/28 – Memphis, TN – Railgarten &
10/29 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East =
10/30 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater #
10/31 – Falls Church, VA – The State Theatre #
12/10 – Miami BeachFL – North Beach Music Festival
12/29 – HarrisburgPA – XL Live
12/30 – RichmondVA – The Broadberry
12/31 & 1/1 – CharlestonSC – Charleston Pour House
2/4 – 2/6 – TusconAZ – Gem and Jam Festival
3/4 – PhiladelphiaPA – Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia

^ w/ Eggy
~ w/ paris_monster
+ w/ Subcontra
* w/ FiLiBuSta
! w/ Level Up
& w/ Captain Midnight Band
% w/ Waker
$ w/ The Orange Constant
@ w/ Cycles
= w/ Three Star Revival
# w/ LITZ

WILDWOOD REVIVAL RETURNS TO THE FARM WITH AN AMAZING FIRST ROUND LINEUP, OCTOBER 8 – 10, 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/29/21

The 7th Annual Gathering at Historic Cloverleaf Farm Will Feature Jenny Lewis, Sharon Van Etten, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Hiss Golden Messenger, John Moreland, White Denim, The Bones of J.R. Jones, Tré Burt, Elizabeth Cook, Packway Handle Band, and More 
General Admission and VIP Tickets Options on Sale Now
Wildwood Revival, a thoughtfully curated and intimate gathering and festival, has made good on its pledge to return to Cloverleaf Farm with the release of its first round of artists for the seventh installation, October 8 – 10, 2021. Embodying the magic of a Deep South setting out into the wildwood while celebrating Athens’ storied music scene, this year’s lineup will have hands counting the days until they can return to the Farm.  Wildwood Revival’s exploration into music, food, and friendship, this coveted festival is a little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll, and everything in between.
With tickets on sale now, the initial lineup for 2021 has been released, and it is the most exciting to date. This year’s performers will keep fans guessing and dancing from Country, Blues, and early Jazz to Gospel, Soul, Rock n’ Roll, and beyond. Featured performers include Jenny Lewis;  Sharon Van EttenSt. Paul & the Broken BonesHiss Golden MessengerJohn MorelandWhite DenimThe Bones of J.R. JonesTré BurtElizabeth CookPackway Handle BandEarly JamesSuzanne Santo, and The Pink Stones. Fans can catch performances at the Pecan Grove as well as inside the farm’s open-air barn. Beyond the stage lights, there are late-night picking sessions around the campfire where the best stories are often sung.
The festival also features a dynamic artisan market with vintage clothing, antiques, printmakers, woodworkers, 1800’s-era tintype photography, leather makers, handmade crafts and more.  Celebrating what’s old is new again, Wildwood Revival  embraces its history as a cultural revival; making it a true antithesis to what people have come to think of festivals. Around the grounds, festival goers can experience great food, cold craft beers from Creature Comforts Brewing Co., and meals made with local produce.  In addition, this is a plastic-free experience with no plastic single use cups or bottled waters, with YETI offering festival goers stylish drink ware options. All the water is filtered, cold and free. Camping is encouraged for the full experience, but if guests prefer a king bed and AC to a shady patch of grass, there are plenty of lodging options in nearby Athens.
All tickets to Wildwood Revival include three full days of music. VIP tickets include access to a 7,000- square foot historic mansion; featuring chef-driven catered meals, multiple bars, and lounges with craft cocktails; Creature Comforts Beer and wine, private restrooms, outdoor lounges, experiential programming and entertainment, and all food and beverage options. Layaway ticket options are also available to secure your tickets without having to pay the total upfront. The farm opens Friday at 12 p.m. and music starts at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $112. To purchase tickets, visit https://wildwoodrevival.com/tickets. Stay connected via Instagram and Twitter at @wildwoodrevival and Facebook at www.facebook.com/wildwoodrevival.

DANNY WIMMER PRESENTS ANNOUNCES LINEUP UPDATES FOR 2021 FESTIVALS AND 2022 FESTIVAL DATES

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/29/21

Disturbed, Volbeat & Atreyu Added To Louder Than Life, 

September 23-26, 2021 In Louisville, KY

 

Slipknot, A Day To Remember & Gojira Added To 

Welcome To Rockville, November 11-14, 2021 in Daytona Beach, FL

 

Tickets On Sale Now, Including New 2021 And 2022 Layaway Options For Both Festivals

Danny Wimmer Presents has announced lineup additions to two of its fall festivals. For Louder Than Life, rock heavyweights DisturbedVolbeat and Atreyu will now appear at the festival, scheduled for September 23-26, 2021 at the Highland Festival Grounds At KY Expo Center. And Welcome To Rockville welcomes SlipknotA Day To Remember and Gojira for the massive four-day event, November 11-14, 2021 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The changes come after previous headliners Nine Inch Nails and Deftones canceled all 2021 tour dates and the DWP team worked around the clock to secure new acts for fans.

“I want to say a massive thank you to Slipknot, Disturbed, A Day To Remember, VolbeatGojira and Atreyu for immediately stepping in when we called them last week on such short notice. The last few weeks have been a wild ride, but these bands made it clear how much they want to be out there playing for their fans and will be ready to take the stage. We also talked to Metallica last week, who have confirmed their excitement to play our festivals in September, October and November. The road is going to be bumpy, but the team at DWP is undeterred and will continue to adapt to any road blocks. We are committed to putting on the rock reunion(s) we’ve all been waiting for. Keep On Keeping On,” says Danny Wimmer Presents founder Danny Wimmer.

Disturbed cannot wait to get back at it. We are beyond excited to share the stage with the legends and friends Metallica, Judas Priest, Volbeat, Mudvayne, Korn and so many others at next month’s Louder Than Life. See ya in Kentucky,” adds Disturbed.

And A Day To Remember says, “I can’t wait to play Rockville this year! It will be the first time in A Day To Remember’s career to play Daytona. This line up is not going to be one you will want to miss. So many amazing bands!“

Tickets for both events are on sale now at https://louderthanlifefestival.com/ and https://welcometorockvillefestival.com/.

IMAGINE MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ARTIST-BY-DAY FOR SEVENTH ANNUAL EVENT, SEPTEMBER 17 – 19, 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/22/21

Pool Parties, An Unprecedented B2B Lineup, Local and Regional Acts, and More Await Fans
 
Single Day Tickets On Sale Now

 

As excitement continues to build for Imagine Music Festival, organizers are pleased to release additional details for the festival’s return September 17 – 19, 2021. After the Poseidon level announcement of the seventh annual festival’s move to Bouckaert Farm in the City of Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, and an equally monumental lineup, Imagine is ready to welcome fans to the Aquatic Fairytale. To help fans plan their experience at the farm, the artists-by-day, including local and regional artist additions, are as follows:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

3LAU; Abelation; Adventure Club B2B Riot Ten; Blackgummy; Blunts & Blondes; CharlestheFirst; Dabin; Deeper Purpose; Dillon Nathaniel; Excision; Fisher; GRiZ; Kasbo; Lee Foss; Lick; Madeon; Moore Kismet; No Mana; Peekaboo; Protohype; Tsu Name, and Westend. Local and regional talent to include Bandikook; Bloodcrest; Chozen; Curra; Daniels Jack; DJ Red; Drinkurwater; Finderz Keeperz; Flozone; Julian Gray; Ian Live; Mikes Revenge; NOA | AON; Otica; Pryzms; Reginald Simpson; Rudashi; Skyhye, and Stephanie Laine.
 
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

Carnage B2B Borgore; Champagne Drip B2B Luzcid; Devault; Dieselboy w/ Mc Armanni Reign; Eddie Gold; Esseks; G-Rex; Kaivon; Kaskade; Kaskade (Pool Party); Kayzo B2B Subtronics; Kyle Walker; Liquid Stranger; Lucii; Malaa; Reaper; Shiba San; Shlump; Sidepiece; Sully; Virtual Riot B2B Barely Alive, and Wakaan Takeover Family Set. Local and regional talent to include Alber-K; ALTI2D; Chris Robert; Cut Rugs; Cyrus; Daddydough; Devious; Foreign Suspects; Johnny Goodtime; Infexzion; JA Farrell; James Kennedy (Pool Party); Kirby Bright; Mantis; Mettapattern; Niko the Kid; Organik; Subrinse; Svble; Thomas B; Torch Block; Vivid; White Rhino; Xtals; Yuki-San; Zeplinn, and Zubah.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
Black Carl!; Black Tiger Sex Machine; Brondo; Clozee; Corrupt UK; Dion Timmer; Dirtysnatcha B2B Rico Act; Elah; Ghost Rydr (Ghastly B2B Joyryde); Gryffin (DJ set); Illenium; Jinx; Joyce Muniz; Leah Culver; Lizzy Jane; Meduza (Pool Party); Mersiv; Noizu; Of the Trees; Sphongle Droid (Simon Posford Live feat. Android Jones); SNBRN; Subtronics: Wooked on Tronics (Sunset Set); VNSSA, and Walker & Royce. Local and regional talent to include Avion; Deadman; Diskull; DJ Aladdin; Domii; Frisbae; Juju Beats; Malik HD; Midnite Panda; Nctrnal; Nhexis; Ployd; Pretty Hippie; Sam Wolfe; Scales; Sparkbox; Teriyaki Noize (Pool Party); United; Vitillaz, and VLCN.
 
Imagine has a few other additions this year, with the Thursday Night Pre-Party*, and the campground stage which hosts the Silent Disco throughout.
 
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Ganja White Night; ATLiens; Freaky, and PLSMA
*Guests must have a separate Pre-Party pass to attend.
CAMPGROUND STAGE / SILENT DISCO
3Nterline; Akuarium; AshleyMadison; Black AMigo; Comisar; Cozm & Naught; Deep Technicians; Don Genesis; Dose; exit 9; Krrushendo; Kymera; Laser; Assassins; Masked Beatz; MC Word; Odiggs; Sidd Kel; Tape B; Traitell, and Zoe Gray.
With the safety of the fans, artists, and staff as Imagine’s number one priority, organizers have also released their COVID-19 Health Policy & Entry Requirements. The festival developed new entry requirements by working closely with the City of Chattahoochee Hills, leading public safety experts, and following all recommended CDC and WHO guidelines. Everyone entering Bouckaert Farm will be asked to take a Health Pledge, including health verification- negative COVID-19 result within 72 hours of entering or full vaccination verification, festival wristband, health check wristband, and mask. Organizers will continue to update patrons with important information, including any changes to policies and procedures needed to know before entering the festival. Full details, including helpful resources, can be found at www.imaginemusicfestival.com/covid19policy.
 
Limited weekend passes for Imagine Music Festival are still available including, Car Camping Passes which are sold on a per car basis rather than per person. As an extension, Imagine Music Festival now offers a Companion Camping Pass which allows attendees to join and share a campsite with friends. Tent-Only Camping Passes are now available, which comes with two GA Camping Wristbands and one 10×15 campsite. VIP Car Camping, Single-day passes, Thursday Early Arrival Passes, and more parking options are available. Find tickets online at www.imaginefestival.com. Imagine Music Festival is an 18 and over event.

Imagine Music Festival is produced by Iris Presents. Visit www.imaginefestival.com for the most up-to-date information. Fans can stay connected on Instagram www.instagram.com/imaginemusicfestival, Twitter www.twitter.com/imaginemusicfes, and Facebook www.facebook.com/imaginemusicfestival.

LIVE MUSIC RETURNS TO MABLE HOUSE BARNES AMPHITHEATER JULY 10TH

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/21/21

Saturday, July 10th 8pm

Mable House Barnes Amphitheater

Remember When Rock Was Young: The Elton John Tribute

Following the shut-down of its venue due to the pandemic, the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre will once again be hosting LIVE music beginning July 10 at 8pm! Their premiere concert is the internationally touring show Remember When Rock Was Young-The Elton John Tribute. That they are an Atlanta based show only adds to the feeling  of coming home to live performances.


The show stars the multi-talented singer/pianist/actor/creator Craig A Meyer and features the incredible Rocket Band! When asked what it felt like to be facing a hometown audience, Meyer replied, “Atlanta has the best audiences and we are honored they chose us to reopen the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. We have a long history with the MHBA and we could not be more pleased.”


Tickets are available on Ticketmaster here.


The spectacular outdoor venue regularly holds 2500 but will have reduced capacity of 1300 for these first performances. Limited tables are available. The venue has food vendors on site, but also allows guests to bring their own food and drinks. Gates will open approximately 90 minutes prior to the concert.

 

‘INTO THE WILDWOOD’ SUMMER CONCERT SERIES ANNOUNCES ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES, JULY 24, 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/20/21

The Intimate Concert Series Continues Following a Successful Kick-Off with Old Crow Medicine Show
General Admission, Premium, and VIP Tickets Options on Sale Now
With electricity in the air and plenty of friendly vibes, live music returned to Cloverleaf Farm for the first time in over a year, as Old Crow Medicine Show and opener Caleb Caudle welcomed fans back. Created by the team behind Wildwood Revival, the new concept helped remind fans of the curated gathering that has created a community of music fans outside of Athens, Georgia, for the past six years. In this spirit,  ‘Into the Wildwood’ is happy to announce that St. Paul & the Broken Bones will be the next edition of this safe and socially distanced live music experience, July 24th. With the dates for Wildwood Revival 2021 being announced for October 8 – 10, ‘Into the Wildwood’ is the perfect primer for the South’s best reason you need to get out of the city.
‘Into the Wildwood’ features local restaurants Maepole and Cafe Racer onsite with options of ordering meals in advance.  There will also be multiple beverage options, including craft beers from Creature Comforts Brewing Co, kept cold thanks to series sponsor YETI.
 
All tickets for the July 24th date of ‘Into the Wildwood’ are on sale now, at $45 per person plus fees. VIP tickets with seating closest to the stage are on sale now at $125 per person plus fees. The ticket includes exclusive access to the VIP event space with complimentary wine and Creature Comforts Beer, chef-made pizza from a wood-fired pizza oven, as well as oysters from Athens’ own Seabear Oyster Bar, and private restrooms. To purchase tickets, visit www.WildwoodRevival.com. ‘Into the Wildwood’ Summer Concert Series is an all-ages event.

LOST ART MUSIC FESTIVAL 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/7/21

Metro Atlanta’s First Music Festival of 2021 Kicks Off This Weekend

Lost Art Music Festival on June 11-12 at Foxhall Resort in Douglasville

Nationally-touring artists include St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Shovels & Rope,
 The War And Treaty, Ben Nichols of Lucero, Aaron Lee Tasjan, The Pink Stones, The Sundogs

Music festivals are back for Atlanta with Lost Art Music Festival Presented by Cathead Distillery on June 11-12, 2021. As we emerge from the pandemic, the area’s first music festival of 2021 with nationally-touring artists takes place at the spacious Foxhall Resort in Douglasville, just 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta.

Lost Art celebrates the Americana fan community through high energy performances and immersive experiences in a spacious, outdoor setting.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Shovels & Rope, The War And Treaty, Ben Nichols of Lucero, and The Pink Stones round out the eclectic and diverse lineup of Americana acts, which blend elements of Southern soul, folk, alt-country, cosmic country, and more.

Aaron Lee Tasjan performs a Friday night kickoff show on June 11. Late night Saturday, The Sundogs Present The Tom Petty Show. Tasjan and The Sundogs shows are available as separate, standalone tickets.

Inner Circle Experiences, which connect artist and fans through shared, handpicked outings include a BBQ cookout and bocce ball/horseshoes tournament with St. Paul and The Broken Bones, ATV tour and short performance with The War and Treaty, and more. More info on the Lost Art website.

“Music festivals are back for Atlanta! It’s been almost two years for fans, and people can’t wait to enjoy great music outdoors in Georgia again,” said Lost Art Music Festival Founder Jim Ethridge.  

“Seeing this bright light at the end of the tunnel is an incredible feeling, and Lost Art is so happy to provide an opportunity for fans to experience music again.”

Tickets are on sale now. General admission tickets are priced at $69.25 (tax included), and VIP tickets are sold out. Both Aaron Lee Tasjan and The Sundogs shows are available as separate, standalone tickets.

Tickets are available at www.LostArtMusicFest.com.

IMAGINE MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL LINEUP FOR 2021 EVENT

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/24/21

Lineup to Feature: Excision, GRiZ, Illenium, Kaskade + 2nd Pool Party Set, Gryffin, Madeon, Fisher + Catch and Release Takeover, Liquid Stranger + Wakaan Takeover, Adventure Club B2B Riot Ten, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Champagne Drip B2B Luzcid, Ghastly B2B Joyryde, Kayzo B2B Subtronics, Peekaboo, Shpongle Droid (Simon Posford Live, featuring Android Jones), Subtronics (“Wooked on Tronics” Set), and over 40 more artists.
 
Seventh Annual Event to Take Place at Bouckaert Farm in Chattahoochee Hills, September 17 – 19, 2021
After a challenging 2020 that derailed festivals globally, the world is finally ready to dance again. Imagine Festival organizers are excited for the festival’s comeback September 17 – 19, 2021, and today are releasing the official 2021 lineup.  Tickets go on sale March 23rd at 1.00 pm EST. Earlier this year, the festival also revealed the big news that it would be moving locations to the breathtaking Bouckaert Farm in the City of Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. This new chapter for Imagine allows endless potential for a more immersive experience. Guests will now feel the embrace of Mother Nature while bathing in the forest and enjoying the magic of Imagine Festival.
Loaded with massive B2B sets and record label takeovers, the lineup for 2021 includes Excision; Illenium; Kaskade; Gryffin; Madeon; 3LAU; Adventure Club B2B Riot Ten; Black Tiger Sex Machine, Blunts & Blondes, Carnage B2B Borgore; CharlestheFirst; Clozee; Dabin; Dion Timmer; Ghost Rydr (Ghastly B2B Joyryde); Kasbo; Kayzo B2B Subtronics; Liquid Stranger; Peekaboo; Subtronics (“Wooked on Tronics” set); Shpongle Droid (Simon Posford Live, featuring Android Jones); Virtual Riot B2B Barely Alive. The Disco Inferno stage will feature Fisher with the Catch & Release Takeover and including Lee Foss; Malaa; Shiba San; Walker & Royce; John Summit; Noizu; Sidepiece; SNBRN; VNSSA; Dillon Nathaniel; Deeper Purpose; LP Giobbi; Subrinse, and Westend. The Wakaan Takeover will feature Liquid Stranger; Champagne Drip B2B Luzcid; Shlump; G-Rex; Esseks; Sully; Mize, and a Wakaan Family B2B set. Other artists joining the Imagine lineup: Abelation; Alber-K; Blackgummy; Brondo; Corrupt UK; Devault; Dieselboy; Eddie Gold; Joyce Muniz; Kaivon; Laser Assassins; Leah Culver; Lick, Mersiv; Moore Kismet; No Mana; Of the Trees, and Reaper. Local and regional support, along with much more detail of activities and surprises, will be released along our journey to the gates opening to Imagine. Stay tuned.
Also returning in 2021 is an even bigger Imagine Festival Daytime Pool Party where Kaskade will heat up the decks for fans as part of his second set of the festival.
“The diversity and special B2Bs make this one of the most exciting lineups to date. We are putting together an experience we hope will help relieve some of the pain we have felt over this past year- nature is now our ultimate special guest. I get chills thinking about the moments we will share again,” says Imagine Festival co-founder, Glenn Goodhand.
3-day General Admission passes are available starting at on $35 down. GA passes start at $269 and VIP passes with express entry into the festival, commemorative VIP wristband, exclusive viewing areas, VIP bars, and lounges, and private air-conditioned VIP trailer restrooms start at $399 for a 3-day pass, before fees. 2-pack bundles and camping options are also available. Payment plans are now available all tickets types. Tickets are available online at www.imaginefestival.com. Imagine Music Festival is an 18 and over event.
Imagine Music Festival is produced by Iris Presents. Visit www.imaginefestival.com for the most up-to-date information. Fans can stay connected for updates on Instagram at www.instagram.com/imaginemusicfestival, Twitter at www.twitter.com/imaginemusicfes, and Facebook at www.facebook.com/imaginemusicfestival.

BIG NIGHT OUT ATLANTA

Posted by Liz Attaway, 11/4/20

There is a buzz that lifts through the air as the lights dim on stage, you hear several voices raise in excitement, several clap with enthusiasm, while others stand quietly in anticipation. A small group shuffles through the dark to their instruments as the lights go up and blaze into a prism of blues, greens, and reds. The crowd cannot contain itself and erupts in applause, singing, and joy. The future of live music hangs in the balance on this weekend of performances, because if done right, this could be the norm until we “get back to normal.” And Big Night Out is the path forward. With acts like Moon Taxi, Big Boi and his friends, as well as Futurebirds, and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, we can proudly announce that live music is back AND SAFE.

Everything was done to ensure the best concert experience, while keeping the attendees safe. Starting with the mask requirement for public spaces and to maintain a 6-foot distance was key. You can say that they’re required all day long, but without constant reinforcement, some people will have a few drinks and forget. We literally saw a group of people employed to tell people to put their masks back on in public spaces. Second key is the way they handle the crowd. With pods that separated the crowd into 2, 3, 4, and 6 into groups that were socially distanced 6 feet, this is how you keep people safe, yet can enjoy a great show. We wouldn’t be surprised if these “rage cages” caught on and started a trend. Yes, rage cage, write it down, it’s the future of enjoying music safely! Every time I heard this term, Smashing Pumpkins Bullet With Butterfly Wings lyrics pop into my head, “Despite all my rage, I’m still just a rat in a cage.” Insert rage in front of cage! Genius. But, back to pods themselves, this was a great experience in tandem with the mask requirements! We were VERY pleased with the whole experience. Good job, Big Night Out!

On Friday, we saw two fun bands perform, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Moon Taxi. Here’s a little bit about them and some photos!

Reminiscent of semi-local greats like Here Come the Mummies, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong kicked-off Big Night Out Atlanta. From the funky beats, to 70s grooves, to big band tunes, they’re a high-energy band that loves what they do! Maybe it’s the lack of live shows they get to do, but the enthusiasm permeates all their music and gets the audience excited. It culminates in long guitar solos, jams to island sounds, and fun sing-alongs like the Lion King Cover.

What struck us about Moon Taxi is that this is the product of all those years of rock-n-roll rolled up into one good band! The sounds of the 80s, electronica, indie rock, fast/slow rock of the early aughts, 90s reverb all permeate each song. This well-produced, smooth sounding, indie/alt rock group, has a great guitarist, fantastic singer, and a ton of energy. They mentioned that they hadn’t toured in 240+ days and you could feel every minute of the happiness of both the crowd and the band. Turn it up to 11!

Saturday night was delayed due to a huge rainstorm that dumped a boatload of water on the audience. Here’s some photos from that night, courtesy of Drew Dinwiddie.

Futurebirds are touted as an indie rock band with country rock elements, Wiki calls it, ‘Psychedelic Country.” Also according to Wiki, they have toured with Drivin’ & Cryin’, Grace Potter, and performed at big music festivals, like Bonoroo.

The Marcus King Band is a southern rock band out of South Carolina that mixes its sound with blues and big band.

Sunday night was all-in for the local former-Outkast great, Big Boi and boy, did he bring the crew to play!

Mixing in DJs, rock-rap of Kneel’n Rey, Killer Mike, Goodie Mob with CeeLo Green, Sleepy Brown, it was an all-out bass fest.  You could feel it right in the chest, and it was GLORIOUS. Performing OutKast favorites like Rosa Parks, Bombs over Baghdad, to Goodie Mob’s Cell Therapy, there wasn’t a lack of grooving and singing along. Big Boi and his pose always bring so much energy to their performances and this one was the same! I am a little partial to OutKast as they were popular when I was in college back in the day, and I love how much they mix sounds of the late 90s and early aughts with up tempo samples and maybe even a little hint of cotton-eyed Joe mixed in for fun. It was a fun time dancing, singing, and feeling the energy from each performance.

Did we mention we love the term rage cage? That’s really want the pods are and we hope to see more concerts and big festivals go this way. Getting live music back will help our souls and if it’s done this way, we’ll all feel safer for it. Welcome, back live music!

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ATLFAMILYMEAL PRESENTS FEED THE FAM 2020 A VIRTUAL EVENT

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/4/20

SUPPORTING THE METRO ATLANTA HOSPITALITY COMMUNITY ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18 

Online Event Will Bring Together Atlanta Food, Music, & Art Communities to Help Feed, Nourish, & Support Hospitality Workers in Need

ATLFAMILYMEAL, the nonprofit supporting Atlanta’s hospitality community, announces Feed the Fam – a virtual experience celebrating the Atlanta food, music, and art communities and benefitting metro Atlanta hospitality workers – on Sunday, October 18 beginning at 7pm.

 

Held entirely online, the fundraiser will present a lineup of programming live-streamed on the Feed the Fam website. Comprised of some of the city’s most beloved creatives and culinary talent, Feed the Fam will feature standout musical performances from local artists like Omni, Lunar Vacation, Mattiel, and more, plus dynamic cooking demos from acclaimed Atlanta chefs and bartenders featuring dishes included in the once-in-a-lifetime seven-course dinner, available for pre-order on Feed the Fam’s website and delivered on the night of the event. The menu will showcase unique dishes prepared by participating chefs like Kevin Gillespie, Virginia Willis, and Todd Richards to celebrate the Atlanta dining experience. 

 

ATLFAMILYMEAL will kick off the online festival by pre-selling tickets to a raffle that will include one-of-a-kind items, entertainment, and experiences with all proceeds going directly to ATLFAMILYMEAL. Guests will have the opportunity to live-stream the raffle throughout the virtual festival on Feed the Fam’s website as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube. With San Pellegrino as the marquee sponsor, additional sponsors include Creature Comforts, Scana Energy, and Scofflaw Brewing.

 

Since launching in March, ATLFAMILYMEAL has delivered more than 100,000 chef-prepared meals to hospitality workers in need from over 200 metro Atlanta restaurants, breweries, and hospitality businesses facing joblessness due to the COVID-19 crisis. Founded by Michael Lennox, CEO and Founder of Electric Hospitality (Ladybird, Golden Eagle, Muchacho), the nonprofit has created a network of chefs, restaurant owners, hospitality workers, and business/nonprofit leaders since inception to prepare and deliver meals to hospitality workers across metro Atlanta.

 

ATLFAMILYMEAL is actively seeking donated items and experiences for the fundraising auction, as well as corporate sponsors, artists, and businesses. If interested, please email info@atlfamilymeal.org with any inquiries or visit www.atlfamilymeal.org to donate and learn more. Stay tuned for a full list of event programming, scheduling, and select auction items.