TAlive Weekend Picks: 9/12-9/14 including Atlanta Meatball Festival, Hunter Callahan, DJ Shadow and much more!

Happy Weekend! Here’s a rundown of what’s going on this weekend!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Sesame Street Live “Make A New Friend”

Where: The Fox Theatre, Atlanta GA

Take your little ones to this family friendly show! Shows at 10:30am and 6:30pm. (Show also available Saturday 9/13 and Sunday 9/14)

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Katchafire

Where: The State Theatre, Falls Church, VA

Katchafire are touted as New Zealand’s ‘hardest touring band’. They originally formed as a Bob Marley tribute band and continue to play sell-outs worldwide!

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Jackopierce with special guest, Emily Hearn

Where: Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA

In 1988, Jack O’Neill and Cary Pierce, the “Jack O” and “Pierce” who make up the seminal acoustic duo, Jackopierce, were playing cover songs in a dingy club with a crummy PA in their hometown of Dallas, Texas. In a moment of young-musician desperation, they whipped up a tune on the spot called “Three of Us In A Boat” to elongate their set. That became a signature track for a decade-long career wherein the two-piece sold 500,000 records over six albums (two for major label A&M) and toured three continents, nine countries, and 44 states. After a five-year breakup, in 2002 the duo reconvened as Jackopierce. Today Jack O’Neill and Cary Pierce have a renewed creative vigor, mutual respect, and deep gratitude for their Jackopierce heritage. These good vibes shine through on JP’s euphoric new album, Everywhere All The Time, out August 28. Shows at 7:30pm and 9:45pm.

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DJ Shadow w/ Cut Chemist

Where: The Loft, Atlanta, GA

2012  saw a shift in Shadow’s live persona…at the request of trendsetting LA club night Low End Theory, he returned to playing traditional, contemporary DJ sets, often eschewing his own music for that of peers. The hard-hitting sets Shadow played coexisted with the rise of trap, juke, and the fledgling beat scene, catching the ear of large-scale EDM icons such as Diplo and Bassnectar, with whom Shadow performed. An incident at a Miami superclub, in which Shadow refused to temper his set to suit management, was captured on video and went viral, prompting a debate about the autonomy of DJs and the music they play.  This only seemed to heighten demand for Shadow as 2013 reportedly saw him play over 100 shows.

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Cody Oliver w/ Brittany Young and Lauren Matthews

Where: Velvet Underground at Hard Rock Cafe, Atlanta GA

Vocal powerhouse Lauren Matthews will be delivering her follow up performance to her recent opening slot for Michael Bolton. Bad girl Brittany Young will be performing songs from her debut EP (available September 12th on iTunes), and headliner Cody Oliver will be performing his new single, “Hole in the Sun” (currently available on iTunes) along with a mix of covers and new songs from his debut album Chasing Stars (available September 12th on iTunes).

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Govinda w/ Kynara, Stratosphere

Where: The Basement at Graveyard Tavern, Atlanta, GA

Govinda is the alter-ego of Austin based producer/composer Shane Madden. He began studying violin and composition at the age of eight and went on to study classical violin at the University of Texas where he fell in love with electronic music production. It was in Madden’s pursuit of his gypsy roots that he opened his ears to music from around the world. From experiences learning violin with mysterious masters on his journeys across the globe and his passion for modern design and technology, the current sound of Govinda was born.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Doug Stanhope

Where: The State Theatre, Falls Church, VA

Doug Stanhope is a stand-up comic. Has been since 1990. His material ranges from true-life graphic perversion to volatile social criticism. Doug is vulgar, opinionated, brutally honest and shockingly uninhibited and is certainly not for everybody. He started his career in Las Vegas doing jack-off jokes for free drinks. Not much has changed, save for the mullet.

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Minnesota United FC vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Where: National Sports Center, Blaine, MN

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3rd Annual Bands and Bikes Benefit with Rodney Atkins W

here: Harley-Davidson of Cartersville, Cartersville, GA

Country music concert at Harley-Davidson of Cartersville benefiting the Polycystic Kidney Foundation. The headliner will be Rodney Atkins.  Also performing will be Jordan Rager, Rosedale Remedy and Gannon Adams.  The concert will start at approximately 5:00PM.

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The Rat Pack is Back

Where: Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, Peachtree City, GA

Relive the days of the Rat Pack with Las Vegas’ most famous Entertainers and their live big band as they appeared live in the Sands Hotel Copa Room. The only Vegas based show with national touring companies and an award from the “Congress of the United States”. Now in its fourteenth smash year with over 5000 performances in over 40 states, 3 foreign countries and over one and a half million tickets sold. findtickets 

Byrne and Kelly

Where: Hard Rock Cafe’s Velvet Underground, Atlanta, GA

What started out as Ryan Kelly and Neil Byrne performing a live show together called “Acoustic by Candlelight” has now developed into the recording of their Billboard World Album Chart #1 “Acoustically Irish” and three years of touring North America and upcoming tours of Australia and Canada. The Irish Music Association of America awarded Ryan and Neil with “Best Duo” in a Concert, Pub, Festival and “Best New Album” in 2013 for “Acoustically Irish”. In addition to the Billboard Chart #1 position, “Acoustically Irish” was an iTunes US, Canada and Australia World Album Chart #1, Amazon US World Album #1 and Celtic Album #1 and a CD Baby Global Chart #1.

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Two Man Gentleman Band w/ Hothouse Peaches

Where: The EARL, Atlanta, GA

Irreverent songwriters, expert instrumentalists, and consummate. showmen, The Two Man Gentlemen Band has developed a reputation as a must-see live act on the roots and retro music circuits. Since hitting the road full time in 2007, The Gents have wowed audiences at clubs, theaters, and festivals across the US and Europe, inspiring cultish dedication among their ever-expanding fan base.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hunter Callahan CD Release

Where: Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA

The start of 2013 saw Hunter become a regular on stages like Eddie’s Attic, opening numerous shows as a special guest, playing in three of the Young Artist Showcases, and earning a spot in the famed Bi-Annual Open Mic Shootout. 2013 also saw the recording of his first independent EP, and a performance at the “Unplugged in the Park” concert series held annually at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, GA.  Another landmark in Hunter’s career was his first headlining show. The sold-out show was booked at one of the nation’s most famous listening rooms, Eddie’s Attic, and it proved to be a foreshadowing of his 2nd show at Eddie’s. So the story is just getting started, but with multiple sold out shows under his belt and a debut record on the way, Hunter’s story definitely has promise.

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Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers

Where: The State Theatre, Falls Church, VA

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers are musical beacons of the Southwest. Over the last fifteen years, the Arizona-based quartet has delivered vivid lyrics, addictive guitar riffs, and a full-bodied rhythm section on more than a dozen studio and live albums. The Independent marks the group’s newest release and seventh studio effort, which raises a metaphorical glass to the road less traveled and champions the courageous.

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MC Frontalot Where: Vinyl, Atlanta, GA

MC Frontalot is the godfather of Nerdcore Hip-Hop and still its final boss. He tours nationally and internationally with his live band since 2006, and is the star of the 2008 documentary Nerdcore Rising. Question Bedtime, his sixth studio album, is available on August 26th.

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Atlanta Meatball Festival

Where: Belle Isle Square next to Cibo E Beve,  Atlanta, GA

Italian cuisine connoisseurs and meatball maniacs will join Chef Host Linda Harrell on Sunday, September 14 from 2 – 6 p.m. at Belle Isle Square next to Cibo E Beve in Sandy Springs to enjoy traditional–and some nontraditional–meatball recipes from Atlanta’s best restaurants, including Cibo E Beve, Rosebud, Davio’s, St. Cecelia, No. 246, Don Antonio, Sugo and more. In addition to the wide selection of mouthwatering meatball dishes, this San Gennaro-type street festival will also spice things up with live music from Convoy, a fun atmosphere, delicious drinks, limoncello tastes and a silent auction to benefit Open Hand.

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Murder at the Mardi Gras Where: Mardi Gras Casino, Hallandale Beach, FL

It’s not every day that a dinner with friends risks a murder accusation. However, that’s a good possibility for the guests of Murder at the Mardi Gras, who will find themselves in the middle of an investigation for which any one of them could stand accused by a hapless detective. During each interactive dinner, our troupe of professional improv actors will ignite the second floor area with entertaining outbursts and hilarious one-liners in an effort to divulge clues and redirect guilt. Meanwhile, our guests will work together to sniff out the real culprit, which is definitely not the school janitor in a mask (or is it?).

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