TALive Weekend Picks 11/14-11/16: Including Straight No Chaser, Little Big Town, Garden Light Holiday Nights, and much more!

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Looking for ideas for weekend plans? Check these events out!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Straight No Chaser

Where: Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA

Straight No Chaser (SNC) is a professional a cappella group, which originated in 1996 at Indiana University. In 2006, a 1998 video of “The 12 Days of Christmas,” gained widespread popularity and subsequently led to a five-album record deal with Atlantic Records in 2008. The YouTube video has been viewed over 17 million times. In 2009, Atlantic Records SNC won the CARA award for Best Holiday Album (Holiday Spirits), and was nominated for Best Holiday Song (“Carol Of The Bells” on Holiday Spirits).

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Caroline Herring with special guest Heather Maloney    

Where: Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA

With accolades and endorsements from critics and fellow musicians alike, Signature Sounds recording artist Caroline Herring has emerged as one of the most literate and distinctive songwriters of her generation and one of the freshest voices to hit the music scene in a long time. Since her debut in 2001, Herring has gained a devoted following and much critical acclaim. Named “Best New Artist” at the Austin Music Awards, Caroline has been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” been a guest on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and was the only American representative involved in the prestigious Cecil Sharp Project in England, a group of musicians commissioned to compose music based on the life and collections of the famous song catcher.

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Ricky Skaggs 

Where: Mill Town Music Hall, Bremen, GA

Ricky struck his first chords on a mandolin over 50 years ago, and this 14-time Grammy Award winner continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music.  With 12 consecutive Grammy-nominated classics behind him, all from his own Skaggs Family Records label, the diverse and masterful tones made by the gifted Skaggs come from a life dedicated to playing music that is both fed by the soul and felt by the heart.

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$5 Comedy

Where: The State Theatre, Falls Church, VA

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Aaron Carter w/ Amanda Hale, KZ, Liberty Deep Down 

Where: The Loft, Atlanta, GA

Being in the spotlight was nothing new to Aaron, born with twin sister Angel, in Tampa, Florida he grew up with two other sisters and an older brother. Aaron’s older brother wasn’t just any big brother, his just happens to be, Nick Carter of the award winning Backstreet Boys. By 1997 both Aaron and Nick’s music careers put them both on their way to super stardom. His first full-length album Aaron Carter (December 1997) achieved gold status worldwide including countries Norway, Spain, Denmark, Canada and Germany. On May 18, 1998, Carter released the EP Let The Music Heal Your Soul, a fund-raising project that featured vocals by Carter, *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, and The Moffatts amongst others. Now signed to JIVE Records, Aaron Carter was released in the United States on June 16, 1998. His sophomore album, Aaron’s Party (Sep 26, 2000), was also released in the United States under the Jive Label, achieved triple-platinum status/certification. All of this before Aaron was officially a teenager.

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The Funky Knuckles

Where: Vinyl, Atlanta, GA

The inevitable result of a talent-soaked soul and jazz community, The Funky Knuckles are taking the sound of Dallas to an entirely different level. They have been together six years and have held a weekly residency since the beginning. The band is comprised of sidemen from some of the most respected acts in the music industry (Beyonce, Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michelle, Talib Kweli, P. Diddy, The Polyphonic Spree, etc.), yet possesses a sound distinctly separate from any of their individual projects.

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T. Hardy Morris & The Hardknocks / Jessica Lea Mayfield w/ special guests

Where: The EARL, Atlanta, GA

Stark and startling in its evocative, atmospheric power, Audition Tapes sees Morris – best known as frontman for Southern psych-rockers Dead Confederate as well as a member of the collaborative supergroup Diamond Rugs – unleashing something quite unique, a kind of outlaw country grunge, haunting and forlorn and possibly even dangerous. Morris’ fourth release in just a single year, the self-described “sit down record” reveals new facets to the Athens, Georgia-based singer/songwriter’s quickly growing canon. His world-weary vocals rich with nostalgia and sympathy, songs like “Disaster Proof” and the stark album closer, “Own Worst Enemy,” find Morris chronicling a rich cast of characters devastated by drink, drugs, and depression, both personal and economic.

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Takenobu    

Where: Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA

Playing everything from upbeat pop to more traditional folk, Takénobu’s unique and modern perspective on the strings will alter yours. Classically trained since pre-school, Nick Ogawa and Brian Harper bring a modern and lively sensibility to their traditional instruments. It’s Rock, within reason.

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Adam Hood and Jason Eady.

Where: Brewhouse Music & Grill, Rome, GA

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Old Dominion

Where: Brewhouse Music & Grill, Rome, GA

Old Dominion may not yet be a household name, but its members are behind many of the songs you hear in country music today. During the past 10 years of writing and honing their sound as a band, a number of their songs have been recorded and released by an impressive list that includes The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, and Craig Morgan. And while it has been nice to experience radio success as song writers, the band has their scope unwaveringly aimed at delivering their music personally to the people.

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GARDEN LIGHT, HOLIDAY NIGHTS 

Where: Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, GA

The fourth annual electrical extravaganza features spectacular light displays throughout the Garden. Come back to explore all new color schemes and the one-time-only appearance of giant Butterflies, a Unicorn, Frogs and Shaggy Dog from Imaginary Worlds. Favorites such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest, and Model Trains continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition.

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Roxie Watson

Where: Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA

Roxie Watson is a five-piece string band from Atlanta, Georgia that blends gorgeous vocal harmonies and stellar songs into live performances that will just as soon make you laugh as shed a tear. Their music combines elements of old country, rock-a-billy, bluegrass, gospel, and even a little touch of classic rock ‘n roll. Lisa Love of Georgia Music Magazine and the Georgia Music Foundation describes the band by saying, “When you have a group of women who are natural story-tellers, who sooth their aggressive musical chops with beautiful harmonies, temper their rock-n-roll sensibilities with an understanding of Appalachian tradition, and come off as a little bit Keith Richards, a little bit Bill Monroe, you get Roxie Watson.”

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 2U and Almost Journey

Where: The State Theatre, Falls Church, VA

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Little Big Town

Where: Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA

48th Annual CMA Vocal Group of the Year Winners Little Big Town come to Atlanta on their Pain Killer Tour. Founded in 1998, the group has comprised the same four members since its inception: Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet. The quartet’s musical style relies heavily on four-part vocal harmonies, with all four members alternating as lead singers.

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Alvvays        

Where: The Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA

Alvvays members Molly Rankin and Kerri MacLellan were childhood friends, who began playing music with Alec O’Hanley while in high school. Following tours with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Peter Bjorn and John, the group recorded a full-length album, Alvvays, which was released by Royal Mountain Records (Canada), Polyvinyl Records (US), and Transgressive Records (Europe) in July 2014. 

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Ex-Cult w/ Golden Pelicans, Wymyns Prysyn

Where: 529, Atlanta, GA

After going through a name change (from Sex Cult to Ex-Cult) and releasing a couple of now impossible to find singles, Ex-Cult headed to San Francisco to record with producer and fan Ty Segall. The result is a post-punk juggernaut, oozing with flying saucer fuzz guitar, a pummeling rhythm section, and snarling vocals. Ex-Cult heads out on their first US tour this January supporting Ty Segall, with plans to release a handful of records in 2013 already in the works.

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Tyler Ramsey w/ special guests

Where: The EARL, Atlanta, GA

After steadily writing while both on and off the road over the course of last year, Tyler Ramsey headed to Nashville, TN, to record his third album The Valley Wind at Alex The Great studio in early January. Friend and bandmate Bill Reynolds (who’s worked with The Avett Brothers and Lissie) produced and aided on bass, while friend Seth Kauffman (Floating Action) sat in on drums and guitar, also singing background vocals. Over a rare snowy set of six days in the southern city, Ramsey crafted nine, finely spun songs, keeping the focus on performance as they were played, and letting fresh ideas reveal themselves as they would.

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Charlie Mars

Where: Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA

“I know people think, ‘Oh great, another guy with an acoustic guitar,'” says Charlie Mars. “What I really want is to say to them, ‘Not so quick. Just one minute. That’s not what this is.'”

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Elenowen

Where: Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA

It’s called ‘chemistry’, an elusive quality that can be part history, part mystery and all intangible until the moment that you feel it. It’s a meant-to-be melding of the emotional and creative that can happen between songwriters, performers, best friends or life partners. For Josh and Nicole Johnson – the duo Elenowen – that connection is all of the above and much more. And on their self-titled EP, the chemistry they share is as rare – and real – as it gets.

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Lee Roy Parnell

Where: Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA

Lee Roy Parnell is among the elite few who can be identified as a triple threat: an ace  guitarist as well as a distinctive singer and hit songwriter. Parnell has garnered the respect of fans and industry veterans alike with his soulful vocals and award-winning slide guitar playing. His  music runs the gamut of diversity: blue-eyed soul, Deltablues, road house rock, Southern boogie, Texas swing, and gospel defying conventional classification. He draws from a broad range of  music sources and combines them with seamless dexterity.

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Saintseneca w/ Swarming Branch

Where: The EARL, Atlanta, GA

Saintseneca is a young band from Columbus Ohio led by singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist Zac Little. Following in the footsteps of heartland bands who have sought to twist the music of the old weird America into new shapes Saintseneca perform songs that sound familiar and uniquely original, all at once.

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