TALive Weekend Posts 11/28-11/30: including Augustana, Ellis Paul, Cracker, Kristian Bush and more!

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Skip the Black Friday Hassle and see a show tonight instead! And check out these great events happening all weekend!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Ellis Paul CD Release with special guest, Chris Trapper      

Where: Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA

Ellis Paul is one of the leading voices in American songwriting and one of the top songwriters to emerge out of the fertile Boston folk scene. He helped create a movement that revitalized the national acoustic circuit with an urban, literate, folk rock style that helped renew interest in the genre in the 90’s. “There are differences between the me now and the me I was in the early ’90s,” he says, “I have a reliable fan base that keeps a roof over my head, for which I’m so thankful. And I think they’re also willing and forgiving enough for me to go through any evolution I choose, as long as the core of what I do is honest, and that I continue to write songs and stories about the things I see around me. I need to keep feeling refreshed. I’ve been down the Ellis Paul rabbit-hole, you know, and now I’m looking around and trying to learn new things, experience other people’s music and stories. I have no idea where I’m headed, but I think it’ll make me a broader artist. ”

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The Nighthawks and Skip Castro Band 

Where: The State Theatre, Falls Church, VA

The Nighthawks was an idea in Mark Wenner’s brain long before he was able to implement it. The musical product of pre-1958 radio in Washington, D.C., he did not know there were rules against mixing blues, R&B, honky-tonk country, doo-wop, gospel and rockabilly into one delicious stew.

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Augustana w/ Scars on 45           

Where: The Loft, Atlanta, GA

“Life Imitating Life” flips the next page for Augustana. The Southern California, and now Nashville transplant group’s fourth full-length album, “Life Imitating Life,” and first for Washington Square and Razor & Tie sees singer, guitarist, and songwriter Daniel Layus wholeheartedly embracing Augustana’s musical touchstones, while simultaneously progressing. His own journey proves central to these ten tracks, making for a passionate, poetic, and powerful story.

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Family and Friends w/ Faye Webster   

Where: Vinyl, Atlanta, GA

As these things so often do, Family And Friends began as a lowly seedling of inspiration. “Good music, good people.” A stalk gave yield to branches. One became six, a collective of musicians by trade, lovers by spirit. Inspired by a life worth living, the Fam and Pals remained rooted with three ambitions in heart, mind, and soul: the people, the music, the memories. The reflection represented by blend of earnest folk rock and a communal spirit pouring a collective heart into something bigger than itself. An intangible force of an unfaltering love worth giving away. A Family And Friend tree ever-growing, ever-lasting.

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Cousin Dan w/ Shampoo  

Where: The EARL, Atlanta, GA

Cousin Dan was born a full grown man with a mustache that the ladies just couldn’t resist. Cousin Dan is white R&B singer/gunshot survivor. His live performance is something of ledgend, and his New wave infused electro pop ballads will surely inspire greatness.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014 

Ellis Paul Presents: “The Hero in You” 

Where: Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA

The Hero in You includes well-known personages like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Jackie Robinson, Woody Guthrie (whose centenary year is 2012) and Rosa Parks, and some are not as familiar, but just as noteworthy for their accomplishments. These include Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce tribe, Augustus Jackson (an African American businessmen who improved the way ice cream was made) and Martha Graham, a modern dance innovator. Tee Tot was the behind-the-scenes musical mentor who made Hank Williams’ legendary career possible, and Nellie Bly was an intrepid journalist-adventurer who risked her life to uncover the awful conditions in mental institutions in her time.

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41st Bi-Annual Songwriter’s Open Mic Shootout        

Where: Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA

The BI-ANNUAL SONGWRITERS OPEN MIC SHOOTOUT is a head-to-head competition of Open Mic Winners from the past 6 Months! Each act performs only one song, and single elimination determines if they move on to the next round. Eddie’s gives away $1,000 to the ultimate winner, plus a number of other sweet prizes. Previous winners who have gone on to national acclaim include John Mayer and Jennifer Nettles (of Sugarland). Tickets for this event will sell out quickly! Shootout line-up TBA!

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2U and Almost Journey     

Where: The State Theatre, Falls Church, VA

Performing in THE PREMIER U2 TRIBUTE  show is a full time occupation for all of 2U’s band members. U2 Music from Boy, October, War, The Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Tree, Rattle and Hum, Achtung Baby, Zooropa, Pop, All That You Can’t Leave Behind, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, and their latest release “No Line On The Horizon”  is duplicated live as only U2 impersonators can. 

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Mike Bourne & Atlanta Boogie w/ Sandra Hall, Eddie Tigner         

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

Electrifying Energy, Vintage Style, and Full-Throated Swagger – Kansas City and West Coast Blues, Original and Classic Jump Blues, Atlanta Boogie will get you up and dancing like nobody’s business. Mike Bourne on guitar and vocals, Paul Diffen on upright bass and background vocals, Kerry Denton on drums, and Dan Stark on Tenor Sax give it all they’ve got to give everybody a good time. They were the winners of the 2010 & 2011 Atlanta Blues Challenge, and Semi-Finalists in the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. The intensity in the band’s live playing serves as a spark plug that can work a cub or festival into a frenzy

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PJ Morton…The 10 year anniversary of debut album “Emotions.” Benefiting Songs For Kids Foundation!  

Where: The Loft, Atlanta, GA

Songs For Kids Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that works year-round to bring music to children’s hospitals and special needs camps through live interactive concerts, hospital bedside performances and our Songs For Kids Records songwriting & recording program.
The time is now for one of the industry’s best-kept secrets: PJ Morton. The Maroon 5 keyboardist/backing vocalist made his major label debut on May 14 with New Orleans, his first album for Young Money Entertainment/Republic Records. One listen to Morton’s anticipated project quickly reveals why the multi-talent became a favorite on the indie R&B circuit and an in-demand songwriter/producer and also why the limitless talent will be a game changer for the Lil Wayne-founded Young Money.

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Mono/Poly w/ Panther God, Heavy Color, With the Moon   

Where: 529. Atlanta, GA

In defying the laws of tradition, Los Angeles based music producer Mono/Poly (born Charles Dickerson) has managed to outstrip the logics of multi-genre producing. Known for his distinct madness of face melting bass, paired with his dreamy astral soundscapes of glitch-based hip-hop, Mono/Poly has proved himself to be a natural phenomenon.

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Cannabis Corpse w/ Mammoth Grinder and Inanimate Existence 

Where: The Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA

CANNABIS CORPSE was founded by Landphil and Hallhammer in the summer of 2006. The band was, and is, a heartfelt tribute to smoking pot and the most brutal band in the universe; CANNIBAL CORPSE! The original demo ‘Blunted at Birth’ was recorded in the kitchen of a shithole apartment in the ìOregon Hillî neighborhood in Richmond VA. Landphil and Hallhammer wrote and recorded the songs with no vocalist in mind, but since Andy ìWeedgrinderî Horn lived in the same apartment and was known to do extreme metal vocals from time to time, he was recruited.

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Cracker w/ special guests    

Where: The EARL, Atlanta, GA

This December Cracker will be releasing their tenth studio effort, entitled Berkeley To Bakersfield, a double-album that finds this uniquely American band traversing two different sides of the California landscape – the northern Bay area and further down-state in Bakersfield.Cracker has been described as a lot of things over the years: alt-rock, Americana, insurgent-country, and have even had the terms punk and classic-rock thrown at them. But more than anything Cracker are survivors. Cofounders Lowery and Hickman have been at it for almost a quarter of a century – amassing ten studio albums, multiple gold records, thousands of live performances, hit songs that are still in current radio rotation around the globe.

Also performing Sunday 11/30 at 1:30.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Kristian Bush and Friends with special guests, Canaan Smith & Larkin Poe

Where: Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA

For a decade, Kristian Bush built his reputation as one half of the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning country duo Sugarland. He wasn’t the group’s lead singer — that role went to his big-voiced partner, Jennifer Nettles — but he steered the ship in other ways: playing multiple instruments, singing harmonies, co-producing the group’s platinum-selling albums, and co-writing an award-winning catalog of songs about life and love in the American South.
On Southern Gravity, his first release as a solo artist, Bush occupies the spotlight himself, juggling the roles of vocalist, songwriter, bandleader and producer. The new album draws on the 300+ songs that Bush wrote during the past two years, after Sugarland embarked on an open-ended hiatus. Included in the mix is Southern Gravity’s lead single, “Trailer Hitch,”written with Tim Owens and Bush’s brother, Brandon.
Shows at 6:30 and 9:30pm.

 

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