Build all the amphitheatres, Athens. But the perfect outdoor venue already exists off Wolfskin Road, at Cloverleaf Farm, a painstakingly preserved pristine Southern property now in its third century of usefulness.
Sunday morning at Bonnaroo, I found myself sitting across from Sacramento-born musician Frank Lopes Jr. as he smoked a cigarette and reflected on his previous couple of days at the festival. Lopes, known musically as Hobo Johnson, along with his band The Lovemakers, got back from an Australia/UK leg of their last tour a couple of months ago, and have been working on completing an album and playing more shows since.
2019 was reportedly the first year Bonnaroo has sold out since 2013, with around 80,000 people filling the farm throughout the weekend. Once I got used to the crowds, the 2-mile hike to camp and the never-ending porta-potties, I had the time of my life.
The Georgia Theatre was a full house Friday night for internationally-touring multigenre group Lake Street Dive. The funky five-piece released their newest EP, Freak Yourself Out, in November, just six months after their latest album, Free Yourself Up.
Photos by Abigail Sherrod Sykes
Folks trickled in on a very cold Wednesday evening for Post Animal's openers, Shane T and Illiterate Light. Nashville-based Shane T, accompanied by bassist Taylor Cotton and drummer Matt Martin, gave a cohesive performance, with a fuller setlist than one might expect from an artist who has only released one single since going solo. A graduate of the Music Business Program at UGA and former frontman of Athens band Son & Thief, Shane gave a shoutout to the Georgia Theatre, where he interned before graduating.
Minimalist electronic composer Max Richter enchanted a sizable and mainly younger audience Sunday at the UGA Performing Arts Center's Hodgson Hall, where he performed alongside the five-piece American Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Normally when I review concerts, it’s an artist I don’t know a whole lot about, and I sort of observe from the outside. This time, I was smack-dab in the middle of the crowd, because I’m a big fan of both groups who took the Georgia Theatre stage Thursday. Even better, I got to meet the bands—and it was my birthday.
Photo Credit: Rosemary Scott
Those who know many performers on a festival's lineup and have a full schedule planned will easily enjoy themselves, but the challenge is getting those who attend for one band or just the headliners to have a good time and discover new artists they enjoy. This year's Music Midtown was scheduled well in that, even if you chose to camp out near one stage all day, you could see a variety of talented artists with breaks of about an hour and a half in between.
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