Friday night, Andre 3000, Big Boi and a host of Dungeon Family friends and alumni played the first of OutKast’s three-night #ATLast 20 year reunion shows. If you were anywhere near Centennial Olympic Park last night the feeling on the streets can only be described as celebratory. Atlanta was happy. The vibe was that of a hometown holiday, and the excitement in the air was palpable.
Every square inch of the park was filled with people, from the stage to the CNN Center, and, at least from where I was standing, there wasn’t a single fight, or a single bad sentiment, just a mass of bodies with their hands in the air. That’s the power of OutKast: A band with a truly universal appeal, and an incredible stage presence. Slimm “Cutta” Calhoun, Janelle Monáe, Future, and 2 Chainz all set the night in motion before Andre and Big Boi took over. If you caught OutKast's show at CoutnerPoint, you at least have an idea as to what to expect from the show and the set list, but what Dre and Big pulled off last night was thee OutKast show that everyone wanted. A Parade of guests made appearances throughout the set: Big Gipp came out for a run through of “Black Ice.” Sleepy Brown was on hand for “The Way You Move,” “The Whole World,” and several more. Bun B paid tribute to Pimp C with “International Players Anthem,” and a full-on old school DF invasion took over the stage for what appeared to be an unplanned encore: “Gangsta Shit.” According to Big Boi, it was the first time they’d played it on stage in over 15 years.
Kid Cudi, Childish Gambino, and Raury are deck for Saturday night (tonight). For Sunday, B.o.B is performing a full set along with 15-20 minute performances by Killer Mike, 8Ball & MJG, Bun B, K Camp, Devin the Dude, Kilo, Gipp Goodie, and DJ Unk. Most of the Goodie Mob will be on-hand, and they’re going to be pulling out some classics, but it won’t be an official Goodie Mob reunion. No CeeLo.
If you have a ticket for Saturday night or Sunday night, prepare yourself for a truly communal ATL experience.
Another CL Best of Atlanta Party has come and gone. 1500 category winners and all-around party-goers ate award-winning food, drank copious amounts of Goose Island beer, and were made merry late in to the night by Two-9, Little Tybee, Man...Or Astroman?, Reptar, Legendary Children, the Ice Cuban, Nikki Starz, Throwdown athletes, and the DJs of All Vinyl Everything. D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik made the perfect host and the Goat Farm Arts Center made the perfect backdrop for our our backstage themed event.
Piedmont Park welcomed a sold out crowd this past Fri. and Sat., Sept. 19-20, for the fourth Music Midtown at Piedmont Park. Twenty four artists including Lorde, Iggy Azalea, B.o.B, Gregg Allman and Lana Del Rey performed on three stages throughout the Park. Headlining Fri. night was John Mayer and Jack White. Sat.'s headliners were the Zac Brown Band and Eminem, playing his first Atlanta show in over 10 years.
On the night of September 12, 2014, monsters invaded the Masquerade. Professor Morté brought his Monstrosity Championship Wrestling to the Masquerade. MCW joined forces with Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse, Chambers of Horror, and Professor Morté’s Silver Scream Spook Show to begin bringing in the Halloween season. More than 100 boisterous spectators rooted for and against Professor Morté, Kentucky Wolfman, Dragula, Papa Marko, and Natureboy Paul Lee all night. In between the supernatural wrestling, Crash Dragon took to the stage. The night ended in mayhem as the majority of the participants came out to try to defeat the Kentucky Wolfman once and for all.