What do you get when you combine the talents of Grammy-nominated jazz trumpeter Russell Gunn and Grammy-winning vocalist Dionne Farris? Well, two nights of great music — going down this Friday (Oct.12) and Saturday (Oct. 13) at Churchill Grounds.
These Atlanta-based music heavyweights are taking the stage (for two shows each night) — along with the members of Gunn’s Quartet (Kevin Smith on bass, Louis Heriveaux on piano, Henry Conerway III on drums) — to serve up, says Gunn, “the Dionne Farris songbook with arrangements by yours truly.”
That said, keep your ears peeled for what I’m sure will be some unexpected and surprising takes on Farris classics like “Hopeless,” “I Know” ... and hopefully newer cuts such as “Hidden Charm,” “Every Day” and more.
This is a must-attend musical experience for jazz and soul lovers. So, go.
$20. Friday: 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday: 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Churchill Grounds, 660 Peachtree St. www.churchillgrounds.com.
Years ago two flannel-clad Swedish girls made a home video of themselves in the forest covering a Fleet Foxes song. Their harmonies were immediately an abyss to fall into. The very next day Fleet Foxes heard it and responded. But that's the Internet for you. They then recorded their first highly acclaimed album, The Big Black and the Blue, and that — along with seeing them perform live — was enough to get the attention of Mike Mogis, the Saddlecreek label musical handyman of sorts who can engineer and produce with the best of them. They then proceeded to make "The Lion's Roar," still very much a First Aid Kit record, but a more streamlined, powerful one. Klara, the younger sister, talked to CL about the power of the almighty Internet, double standards with pirating, disregarding Father John Misty's advice to stay in school, and how listening to Joanna Newsom makes her feel like there are no boundaries.
First Aid Kit. $21-$26. 8p.m. Thurs., October 4. The Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road. 404-843-2825. http://www.thebuckheadtheatre.com/
I have always kind of looked at you guys as almost the poster children for what can happen via the Internet nowadays. So when you guys released that Fleet Foxes cover song, and then got a reply from them directly the next day, and eventually worked with Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, all of that would’ve been impossible without help from the Internet. How much of a role would you say the Internet’s played in your career?
Well I think for us it meant everything. It was through these men that we found music. In Sweden it’s not like you can walk into a record store and find these folk and country records. But through the Internet we could find and listen to them. So that in and of itself played a big part in wanting to make records. And then there was the Fleet Foxes cover, and without YouTube no one would’ve ever seen it. Just the fact that we could send it directly to Fleet Foxes and have them reply to us like that. It couldn’t have happened any other way. But like now if you’re in a band, there’s a very big chance that the Internet’s going to play a very big part in you reaching out to people because it’s so simple nowadays.
Weren’t you sixteen when you guys recorded your first album Big Black and the Blue?
Yeah, I think I was sixteen. For most people two years isn’t that much but since we’re still so young we’re, you know, becoming who we are. We’re still evolving or something, or I hope at least! [Laughs]
Am I correct in thinking that you’re 19?
I am 19, yes. And Johanna is 21.
And so you both are very young. Not only that, you’re women in an industry jam packed with men. How do you respond to that? You guys are very big for your age. It usually takes people until at least their twenties to do what you all have managed to do.
The track, which will be released this fall, is described by Ms. Hill as a juxtaposition to the statement “life is good,” which she believes can only be so when these long standing issues are addressed and resolved.
“I use the performance platform as an opportunity to express the energy of that moment, and the intention behind it,” said Ms. Hill. “I've been a long standing rebel against the stale, over commoditization. As artists we have opportunity to help the public evolve, raise consciousness and awareness, teach, heal, enlighten and inspire in ways the democratic process may not be able to touch. So we keep it moving.”
Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Fri., Sept. 21) at 10 a.m. for their Nov. 2 Atlanta date at the Tabernacle.
Fans got a preview of the tour to come when Nas brought Ms. Hill out during his set at New York's Hot 97 Summer Jam earlier this year. The tour concert announcement comes the same week that Nas happens to be celebrating certified gold sales of Life Is Good — which is a good thing considering the recent hullabaloo about him using ghostwriters and all on his Untitled album.
Of course, Ms. Lauryn Hill has been back in the headlines herself. First, there's the ongoing issue of all those fed/state back taxes she owes. Then, this week former Fugees collaborator Wyclef Jean aired out the details of the romantic affair he and Hill shared during the trio's heyday. In his new autobiography, Jean even claims Hill initially led him to believe he was the daddy of her first son, Zion:
It’s a great time to be a jazz fan. These days, a host of young cats — such as pianist Robert Glasper, bassist/singer Esperanza and vocalist Gregory Porter (among others) — are treating consumers to a variety of fresh takes on this uniquely American art form.
And this weekend Atlanta jazz fans are in luck: the previously mentioned Porter will be hitting town and hitting the stage Friday, Sept. 14.
The Grammy nominated singer (whose style combines the elegance of Nat King Cole with the soul of Donny Hathaway) is appearing at Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech in concert to benefit the local jazz station WCLK and is slated to perform tunes from his acclaimed new album, Be Good.
Never heard Porter in action? Take a look at the video below — for his album’s title track — and then take your butt over to see him in the flesh.
If you aren't already on your way to ONE Musicfest, you're tripping. With an all-day lineup of major acts and DJs (Kemit, DiBiase, Speakerfoxxx, Jaycee, Danny M, Salah Ananse, Heroes x Villains, etc.), food (Shrimp and Crab Fest, Foot Truck Village), and grown-folk games, ain't no reason to wait until your favorite performer (I got K.R.I.T., Santigold, and Slick Rick on my short list) is scheduled to take the stage. But just in case you're trying to make sure you don't miss what you paid for, here's the cheat sheet of prescheduled set times for the whole day:
When the international Celtic punkers in Flogging Molly took a break from their hyperactive touring schedule in 2009, long-time bassist Nathen Maxwell saw the opportunity to unleash the lighter side of his hardcore background. The tunes he put together with his marry band of fluffy hoppers, AKA the Original Bunny Gang, meet somewhere in the expanse between in-your-face Irish anthems, acoustic Americana, and the laid-back vibes of Caribbean reggae. Touring in advance of their second release dropping this winter, Nathen Maxwell and the Original Bunny Gang bring their soulful tracks to Atlanta this week.
Bunny Gang (feat. Nathen Maxwell), Outlaw Nation, and DJ Rico. Thurs., July 26. $10-$12. 8 p.m. the Drunken Unicorn, 736 Ponce de Leon Place.
Singer/musician Rudy Currence sure as hell isn’t the first R&B artist to be signed to Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace label, but at the moment, he’s the main non-rapper reppin’ over there. That said, not enough folks have really had a chance to see him in action.
Well folks, here’s your chance: This Thursday, Currence — a South Carolina native who built a career as an independent artist and songwriter before joining the DTP family — takes the stage at Eddie’s Attic to perform new and not-so-new original stuff as well as remixed cover songs. Trust me when I say you’ll like what you hear.
With Jamie Teachenor. $10.70. 8 p.m. Thurs., July 19. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N McDonough St., Decatur. www.eddiesattic.com.
Soul fans will be happy to know that this year's edition of the National Black Arts Festival - the annual fete that celebrates visual art, film, music and more - will feature a healthy crop of local singers doing their thing live onstage.
On July 13 and 14 at Centennial Olympic Park, the NBAF will throw the spotlight on luminaries like Algebra, Anthony David, Alex Lattimore, DJ Kemit, Peabo Bryson and more.
And along with the ATL-based star power, you'll also get treated to sounds by out-of-town folks like Leela James and Kindred & the Family Soul, among others.
Best of all: This two-day music blitz is free and open to the public.
For a full schedule of acts and other info, visit the NBAF's website.
Indie soul vocalist Carmen Rodgers - a Texas native who currently resides in Atlanta - made noise in 2011 when she dropped her acclaimed full-length album, The Bitter Suite - Deluxe Edition. (I even picked it as one of last year's 10 best CDs.) For 2012, Rodgers decided to take her show on the road and preview music from a brand-new album (titled Intermission) that she plans to release in September. This Saturday, June 16, she (joined by singer Jon Bibbs) ends her nationwide trek - branded the Cocktails & Conversations Tour - in the ATL, and we got a chance to chat with her briefly about her musical walkabout.
So how has the tour gone for you?
Carmen Rodgers: It's been awesome. It's been great to be able to really get the response of people who may not have even known who I was and the people who were familiar with the work I've already done and see what they thought of the new music ... And I would say definitely the hit song is a duet that Anthony David and I have that will be on the next record called "Charge"; no matter who's the stand-in guy singing the song and no matter how many ways I sing it, people ask, "Can I get that song now?" ... But it's been a lot of fun.
I wonder, for an independent artist like yourself, what is like going on a tour like this?
OK, I have to say that this was some of the hardest shit I've ever done.
Two of Atlanta's most far-out representatives - one figuratively, the other literally - B.o.B and Cee Lo are set to play the Arena at Gwinnett Center, Thurs., July 5, for 2012's R You On the List? tour, along with Flo Rida, Kirko Bangz, and Karmin.
The concert comes on the heels of B.o.B's Strange Clouds release and before Cee Lo plans to begin his Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood in August - so it could be the last time we get to see the Soul Machine perform live in his hometown for awhile. Cee Lo's last hometown appearance was scheduled for last July at Chastain, but it wasn't to be after he pulled out of the tour with Rihanna.
Though they aren't mentioned on the bill, a Cee Lo performance in Atlanta wouldn't be complete without a surprise showing from Goodie Mob. (Hint, hint.) With their reunion album reportedly nearing completion, it would be the perfect time to preview more new material.
Tickets go on sale today (Fri., June 8) at 10 a.m. Cee Lo, B.o.B, Flo Rida, Kirko Bangz, Karmin. $35-$125. 7 p.m. Thurs., July 5. The Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy. 770-813-7600. www.gwinnettcenter.com.
Yes, 14 is the correct answer. I'll pass your info along to the group's manager,…
That was January of 2007, and they are 21 now, so I'm guessing 14?
WWW you trying to date big boi? Sounds like you got a lil bromance bruh
i don't see any valid reason to bring up big boi's divorce in this situation..…