Weekend Picks: Racks by the Tracks, Party in the Park, Rome River Jam, Springfest, and more!

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It’s my favorite time of year! It’s a weekend for festivals! Rain or shine: Party in the Park, Springfest, and Rome River Jam will pack in some serious fun!

Want to take a sampling of the finest artisan beers? Head to Racks by the Tracks in Kingsport, TN and enjoy beer, barbecue and great blues music–possibly the three best things all together!

Feeling more Rock and Indie-pop? Head down to Centennial Olympic Park to catch Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, and GROUPLOVE at Party in the Park. This lineup is insane with all the great artists on the bill and the constant music going on all afternoon and into the night.

Feeling more of the local scene? Springfest at Twain’s Billards & Tap in Decatur is headlining some of the best up and coming Atlanta musicians as well as giving ALL proceeds to Atlanta Community Food Bank. Those are causes anyone would love!

If you have an appetite for Country music head out to Rome River Jam to see some of the best Country stars, just outside Atlanta this weekend.

Here are TA Live’s weekend picks:

Friday, May 17th-Cheeky Monkey Sideshow at Black Cat

This isn’t your average traveling act. Cheeky Monkey Sideshow is an award winning troupe that can fill any room with amazing feats that viewers cannot believe. You have to see it to believe, so head down to Black Cat to see this amazing and daunting performance for yourself.

Friday, May 17th-Dead Confederate at Black Cat

The alternative rock band is anything but traditional and anything but forgettable. With their blend of alternative country, psychedelic rock and grunge they have been compared to Nirvana, and that comparison is enough to have me sold!

Friday, May 17th and Saturday, May 18th-The Legwarmers at The State Theatre 

The 80s can be considered nearly everyone’s guilty pleasure, or at least mine. So pull out your own legwarmers, and get that big hear up and ready for the greatest night of 80s tribute music. Think you’ve forgotten? Head out to The State Theatre for a night of throwbacks, and if you miss them once, no worries, they will be at The State Theatre on Friday and Saturday night for an entire weekend out 80s tunes.

Saturday, May 18th- !!! at Black Cat

Not interested in the 80s? Check out the Black Cat for a night of the 70s. !!! brings new light to the old classics by fusing what most would say should never go together: 70s rock and disco. That has me intrigued!

Saturday, May 18th-Captured! by Robots at The EARL

This is a performance unlike any other. Part music, part comedy, and part theatrical show, Captured! by Robots features one human performer who is a “slave” to the three robots around him, as well as two stuffed apes, and characters. The story goes that the human was trying to make a band, and made robot band members, which quickly took over the show, and wouldn’t follow him any more. Now he is forced to tour with the robots and do as they want. Sound interesting? Check him out at The EARL!

Saturday, May 18th-Springfest at Twains Billiards and Tap

For the 5th year, Springfest is coming back! This year’s bill includes Gringo Star, Rolling Nowhere, Shathouse Rats, Villain Family, Uncle Daddy and The Kissin Cousins, Swingset, Factory, Muleskinner McQueen, Donna Hopkins and Cute Boots. What really makes this fest stand out though is that it is helping out Atlanta Community Food Bank, so not only does buying a ticket help out Atlanta musicians to get noticed, but an Atlanta charity as well. 100% of the proceeds go back to charity! Go out and support the community with this unique and giving event.

Saturday, May 18th-Rome River Jam at Ridge Ferry Park

Angie Johnson,Ashley Monroe, Blackberry Smoke, and Craig Morgan will be taking the stage for Rome River Jam this weekend! This one day country music festival will bring you everything you want out of country music. Want to tailgate? Feel free! Just make sure to get your tailgating pass before you go to the festival. Rain or shine these artists will blow your mind!

Saturday, May 18th-Party in the Park at Centennial Olympic Park

Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, Grouplove, Yeasayer, and The Electric Suns. As if those names don’t individually speak for themselves, Party in the Park is bringing them all together! Get your blankets and chairs ready to sit out in the park for an unbelievable lineup. In addition to the already fantastic music (as if that wasn’t enough reason to go) there will be food venders selling all the classic festival foods as well as local artists selling handmade goods and crafts as part of the artist market.

Saturday, May 18th-Racks by the Tracks at Kingsport Farmers Market

Beer and blues might be the greatest combo ever, and that is exactly what Rack by the Tracks showcases. Craft beers and barbecue offs along with Diamond Rio, Webb Wilder, Mac Arnold, Benny Wilson and other artists makes this day of music one of the best in town.

Sunday, May 19th-Titus Andronicus at Black Cat

These Jersey kids are bringing indie rock to Black Cat. A little bit of rock and a little bit of punk, these guys have not only received good remarks from Pitchfork (the seemingly impossible), they also just released an album last fall, meaning they have had time to perfect their performance for their night at Black Cat. With their focus on live performances, they are a band not to miss.



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