It’s Friday (TGIF) so you know what that means, the weekend is almost here! And we’ve got all the happenings around town about the events you can’t miss this weekend.
SHAKY KNEES FEST LATE NIGHT SHOW: Man Man w/ Black Cadillacs @ The EARL [Friday, May 9]
Man Man is a fearlessly unique band from Philadelphia. The group’s fifth full length album On Oni Ponf features an arresting reconstruction of the group’s visionary sound – stripped to its core and rebuilt as something new and compelling yet still very much Man Man. This marked shift is a direct result of an intensive collaboration between the band’s frontman, Honus Honus, and drummer, Pow Pow, who has assumed a new-found prominence in the songwriting process, bringing an exhilarating array of new rhythmic ideas to the mix. “With this album we got to do something that very few bands or creative people get to go which is a reboot, and one that feels natural,” comments Honus Honus. Man Man is sure to be a show that can’t be missed!
Tickets are $14 in advance, $16 day of show. Ticket price includes $1 charitable contribution to Songs for Kids Foundation. The show is 21+. Doors open at 10:30 pm.
SHAKY KNEES FEST LATE NIGHT SHOW: Roadkill Ghost Choir // New Madrid @ Vinyl [Friday, May 9]
Roadkill Ghost Choir is an indie folk-rock band from DeLand, Florida. Brothers Andrew (vocals, guitar), Maxx (drums) and Zach (bass) Shepard make up half the band while Kiffy Meyers (pedal steel, banjo, guitar), Joey Davoli (keys, trumpet) and Stephen Garza (lead guitar) complete the band’s sound. It wasn’t until Andrew was offered his first solo gig in 2010 that he decided to form a band to fill out the songs he recently started writing for a live setting. After the band went through several name changes in the early stages of its creation, Roadkill Ghost Choir was formed. New Madrid is a perfect compliment to Roadkill Ghost Choir. This show will be a great way to end your night after an afternoon of enjoying tunes at Shaky Knees Fest.
Tickets are $11 in advance and $12 day of show. Doors open at 10:30 pm. Show begins at 11:30 pm. All ages admitted.
Amanda Shires @ Eddie’s Attic [Friday, May 9]
Amanda Shires is a singing, songwriting, fiddle-playing damn Texan. If you’d like to check out some of her music before the show, “Down Fell The Doves” is available on iTunes and from http://amandashiresmusic.com/.
General admission tickets are $10 in advance, $14 at the door. Table seats are $12.50 and must be purchased in multiples of 4.
FETCH-A-SKETCH [Friday, May 9 & Saturday, May 10]
Sketchworks shakes things up with Fetch-a-Sketch, a brand-new sketch comedy show running Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, April 25 – May 17. We’re not playin’ when we say that Fetch-a-Sketch will grab you by the collar and deliver fresh, original, scripted comedy.
The Whigs w/ The District @ The EARL [Saturday, May 10]
For their fifth album, the Athens-bred/Nashville-based power trio the Whigs wanted to find the exact midpoint between raw and rehearsed. After more than a decade together—during which they’ve released four critically lauded studio albums and toured constantly as either headliners or openers for the likes of the Drive-By Truckers, Kings of Leon, and MGMT—the three members all agreed that they wanted to flex their muscles a bit: write some good songs, get them down as tight as possible, hit <RECORD>, and tear shit up.
Tickets are $13 in advance, $16 day of show. Ticket price includes $1 charitable contribution to Songs for Kids Foundation. Doors open at 10:30 pm.
The Lone Bellow w/ Andrew Combs @ Vinyl [Saturday, May 10]
Zach Williams, the Lone Bellow’s lead singer and principal songwriter, can pinpoint just about exactly when the Brooklyn-based group serendipitously willed itself into being. It was around 9 a.m. one morning in 2010, at Dizzy’s Diner in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where the Lone Bellows guitarist and Williams’ old friend Brian Elmquist was working a shift. Williams, up to then performing as a solo artist, needed a place to try out some new songs; for a scuffling artist, the diner was as good as any rehearsal space. He asked fellow singer Kanene Pipkin, just returned to New York City from living in Beijing, to meet them at the diner and the trio did more than merely jam. With the beginnings of a repertoire and an already strong communal spirit, that fateful morning they became the Lone Bellow. As Williams recalls, “Three songs in I realized I should quit what I’m doing and just make music with these people.”
Kelly Porter Productions Presents: Lisa Kelly- The Voice of Ireland @ Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater [Saturday, May 10]
Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival 2014 [Saturday, May 10 & Sunday, May 11]
Give Mom “Arts from the Heart” this Mother’s Day weekend from the Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival! The award-winning, two-day festival will be held in Atlanta’s beautiful Chastain Park featuring two days of art and activities sure to delight Mom and the entire family. An estimated 40,000 visitors will attend this event with up to 185 displays of fine art and crafts, folk and “outsider art.” In addition to the abundance of unique art, there will be a children’s area, local gourmet food, beverages and a small stage for acoustic musical performances.
Best of all, it’s entirely free.
An Evening with Holly Williams @ Eddie’s Attic [Sunday, May 11]
Part of the key to Holly Williams’ success as a singer-songwriter is that it’s never been her mission to try and live up to the legacy cast by her famous and prolific father and grandfather – Hank Jr. and Sr., respectively – nor has she spent a lot of time trying to live it down. The respect that Holly has garnered as an artist over the course of many years spent building an international fan base, and the release of two acclaimed albums, 2004’s The Ones We Never Knew (Universal South) and 2009’s Here With Me (Mercury Records), has come on her own terms, based on her own sound. Indeed, to paraphrase Freud, sometimes a last name is just a last name.