PEOPLE HERE ARE COLORFUL AND BRIGHT: While it’s still a few weeks away, it’s time now to let you know the 2022 Winterville Marigold Festival happens Saturday, May 14. Applications for vending and participating in the Eco Village—which will showcase “environmental organizations and their important ecological solutions for the local and regional communities”—are still being accepted. The daytime musical lineup—outside on the main stage—is Sir Crazy Pants (11 a.m.), lighthearted (12:15 p.m.), Liquid Dynamite (1:30 p.m.), CreeMo (2:45 p.m.), and Bloodkin (4 p.m.). At night, the music moves inside for the first time ever, with a show taking place in the Marigold Auditorium for Arts and Culture. This performance happens at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.) and will feature Dodd Ferrelle and the Wintervillians opening for The Pink Stones. The outside festival is free, but tickets for the inside show are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information, please see marigoldfestival.com and facebook.com/MarigoldFestival.
EAST OF ROME: This year’s Vic Chesnutt Songwriter of The Year Awards show happens Thursday, Apr. 28 at the 40 Watt Club. The event begins at 7 p.m. This year’s finalists are Bo Bedingfield, Gabriella Delliponti & Hunter Guess, Elijah Johnston, Trvy (aka Trevor Wiggins) and Michael Wegner. Tickets are $20 in advance and available at 40watt.com. The Vic Chesnutt Songwriter of the Year Awards is presented by Classic City Rotary. For more information, please see the feature story in this week’s Flagpole.
CHAMPAGNE SUPERNOVA JAM: The boys-to-men that once made up local band The District Attorneys are once again rearing their heads as Oasis tribute band Broasis. If you’ve never made the trip to Atlanta to see them do this a handful of times over the past eight years or so, then this is all brand new to you, as their show this Friday, Apr. 29 will mark the first time they’ve done this in Athens. I myself am in the same boat of never having witnessed this. Word is that each member takes on a “role,” depending on which Oasis member they’re representing. Also on the bill this night is Coldplayas, which is—you guessed it—a Coldplay tribute. Tickets are 10 bucks in advance and 12 bucks at the door. See 40watt.com for more information.
THREE-PEAT: Its release has been delayed for several months, but Part One of Athens’ jazz flagbearer Kenosha Kid’s ambitious triple LP project, The October Book, will see digital release this week on Sunday, May 1. The vinyl is slated for release on or around Aug. 1. This project is the result of Kenosha Kid’s Dan Nettles sitting down in October 2020 and writing a new composition every day that month. Thus, the project will span 31 tracks in its entirety. Guest players on this project, not necessarily all represented on Volume One, include Marlon Patton, Jason Nazary, Seth Hendershot, Jamison Ross, Neal Fountain, Robby Handley, Roland Fidezius, Peter Van Huffel, Greg Sinibaldi, Jacob Wick, Rick Lollar, John Neff, JoJo Glidewell, Thayer Sarrano and more. This is among the most expansive and genre-stretching work Nettles has ever undertaken, and so far I’ve found it to be both lovely and compelling. For more information, please see kenoshakid.bandcamp.com and facebook.com/KenoshaKid.
DUST UP: Billing itself quite appropriately as a “bootgaze” band—a genre name which, by the way, was coined by me on exactly Feb. 11, 2010—Athens band The Air Condition just released a very nice two-song, self-titled set. The band is composed of Eric Shea (guitars, vocals), Michael Bentley (pedal steel), Michael Greig Thomas (lead bass) and Ken Manring (drums). Whereas most bands using this term as a descriptor are quite loud, washed out in fuzz and generally make a lot of noise, The Air Condition takes good advantage of negative space and creates songs worthy of night scenes in David Lynch films. These songs don’t groove so much as they slither, and if you can get through either of them without imagining the desert, then we’re clearly not on the same page at all. Find this and enjoy over at theaircondition.bandcamp.com, and for more information, please see facebook.com/TheAirCondition.
WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM: Wonderland Rangers have released the third volume of their Treasure & Trouble series, which began back in December 2020. This new EP contains three tracks from the perennially goofy, yet stacked in the chops department, band. They stretch their canvas over three genres on this from ‘70s hard rock (“I Tell Ya”) to klezmer (“Pluto”) to frenetic indie rock (“Swarm of Happy Lights”). This series is planned to span five editions. Find more, listen in and do your thing over at wonderlandrangers.bandcamp.com.
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