This week, the Tabernacle, the historic Downtown music venue, remains temporarily closed after a Feb. 7 Panic! at the Disco concert was brought to an end after just two songs. The audience was evacuated because of what appeared to be a break in the floor. A fire marshal led the packed crowd outside, and the venue was then deemed unsafe, according to Channel 2 Action News.
Concert attendee Jessica Sullivan, who was stationed on the left side of the floor during the show, only knew something was wrong when she saw security pushing the crowd back. "When Panic! started to play, the entire crowd rushed forward," Sullivan says. "They only got through two songs before [lead singer] Brendon Urie stopped playing and said, 'I guess you guys were rocking so hard you broke the floor!'"
Around 1 a.m., the Tabernacle posted the following statement to its Facebook page:
"The safety of all at The Tabernacle — fans, performers and crew — is our number one priority and we will always side with caution. We were completely impressed with how calmly everyone left the building when directed by the Fire Marshall. The Tabernacle is a historical 100 year old building. We will be meeting with a structural engineer ASAP to make sure the building is safe for another 100 years."
On Facebook, the band stated, "Holy shit, Atlanta, we broke the venue with our floor-collapsing ROCK! Glad everyone's ok, even though it still sucks we can't play. We'll see your beautiful faces in the summer."
Panic! At the Disco ticket holders received a refund, and Corey Smith's show that was scheduled for the following night has been rescheduled for May 10. The Tabernacle will honor tickets for the Feb. 8 canceled show.
On Feb. 10, the Tabernacle released the following statement: "City officials have inspected the venue and determined there was no structural failure of the floor system. Our subsequent investigation of the building shows areas that require additional attention to insure the ongoing integrity of the building for many years to come."
Due to inclement weather Ms. Lauryn Hill's concert scheduled for Thurs., Feb. 13 has been moved to Mon., Feb. 17.
Helmed by MC Ricky Raw — one-third of Atlanta hip-hop trio Mighty High Coup — the third annual 404 Day celebration of Atlanta's creative culture is coming back around on April 4. This year, the festival is taking over Edgewood Avenue for a streetwide festival of events will that feature visual art, dance, film, and music from various Atlanta-based artists. This year's headliners include Killer Mike, the Difference Machine, and Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics. Tickets are on sale now for $15. They'll go up to $20 on March 1, and will be $25 the day of the show.
Earlier this month, Del Venicci unveiled "Contagion," the third song plucked from the group's debut EP, Haunted Hall, to be given the video treatment. It's the halfway mark, as each of the EP's six songs are slated to receive a visual accompaniment. "Contagion" eschews the haunted tone set by last year's videos for Haunted Hall's title track and "Speaking to Snakes," which exposed secret dimensions hidden within a mundane daily routine. Del Venicci plays an EP release party for Haunted Hall on Mon., Feb. 17, at 529.
On Feb. 6, Twin Studies released the Precious Spaces EP. CyHi the Prynce also unveiled his "Napoleon" single, produced by M16. It's his first solo material to be released in more than a year. Spewtilator's Goathrower 7-inch EP is out Feb. 14 via Boris Records.
If you caught the initial release of the Difference Machine's "So Hip" video back in December, you already know these guys live up to the Psychedelic Sounds promised by their debut album's title. The group's elusive underground cohort and former Lee Harvey Oswald producer Threepeeoh gave the video an on-the-fly remix that takes an already twisted trip to a wholly new and much dirtier plateau. Threepeeoh's grainy revisions blow out the Difference Machine's hallucinatory hip-hop aesthetic, underscoring just how much of an asset the group is to the hometown music scene.
Additional reporting by Sonam Vashi and Gavin Godfrey.
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