TALive Weekend Picks 12/05-12/07: Including Howie Day, Five Knives, Ben Watt, and more!

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The Weekend is here again! Check out one of these great events this weekend, and you’ll be sure to have a great time!


Friday, December 5, 2014

Rock By The Sea pres. Tim Brantley, JD Eicher,  The Georgia Flood, Jordan Grassi, Joe Stevenson

Where: Vinyl, Atlanta, GA

Rock By The Sea Presents: Tim Brantely, JD Eicher, The Georgia Flood, Jordan Grassi with Joe Stevenson and Charlie Oxford, benefitting Camp Sunshine! A Georgia boy who grew up in Loganville, near Decatur, Tim Brantley played piano as a child, but didn’t take music seriously until he was in his early 20’s. He explains, “I started writing songs in my head, and it took my interest in music to another level.” JD Eicher & the Goodnights’ soaring and graceful pop-rock songcraft has garnered the group favorable comparisons to Coldplay, Keane, The Script, The Killers, and Death Cab for Cutie. Growing up in Georgia, you’re gonna be influenced by roots music,” says Brooks Mason, lead guitarist ofThe Georgia Flood. “It’s just in your blood… and we’re thankful for that.” Key West native, Jordan Grassi, is a singer/songwriter who has quickly made a name for herself in theSoutheast. With musical influences ranging from Brad Paisley to Shania Twain, Jordan strives to create something uniquely different and heartfelt with every song she writes. Jordan has been singing and performing nearly her entire life. She started writing songs when she was 10 years old and is a self taught guitarist and pianist. She started playing her original songs publicly in February of 2011.

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The Gifts of the Magi 

Where: Theatrical Outfit at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, Atlanta, GA

Back by popular demand, the heartwarming Holiday musical filled with goodness, love and unselfish spirit,THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI returns next season with all its trimmings in place. Based on two of O. Henry’s classic short stories, “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Cop and the Anthem”, it’s Christmas in New York City, 1904, and Della and Jim, a poor newlywed couple, mutually sacrifice their most precious possessions in order to buy each other a Christmas present while ne’er-do-well Soapy Smith simply hankers to get arrested so he can spend the Holiday in a cozy cell. Wrapped in tuneful songs and neatly tied together by a newsboy narrator and a cosmopolitan chorus of two, Mark St. Germain (The Fabulous Lipitones, Freud’s Last Session) and Randy Court’s musical adaptation of the classic O. Henry tale will fill your heart with the joy of Christmas. Or in the merry words ofAtlanta INTown, “The show is a small gem—see it.” Playing through December 21st.

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Howie Day 

Where: Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA

Howie Day’s emotionally resonant lyrics and inventive melodies have earned him both critical praise and a legion of devoted fans. He is known for his energetic, heartfelt shows, where he connects with audiences through the strength of his songwriting and his quirky sense of humor. Day’s warm tenor voice “soars into fluttering, high registers, but also grates with real, pleading grit,” as one critic put it. After sales of over a million albums and two Top 10 hits, Day is back on the road showcasing old favorites, as well as new material from his upcoming studio release. Performing at 7:30 and 10.

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THE LEGWARMERS FRIDAY and again on SATURDAY

Where: The State Theatre, Falls Church, VA

Washington DC’s Premier 80’s Tribute Band.  Judging from the huge response we get every time they’re here, a lot of you find the same guilty pleasure we do in reliving the 80s. The big hair. The lacy ankle socks. And the music! You thought it was a forgettable decade, but the Legwarmers (great accessory, great band name) will make you remember each and every hit. Come out and Safety Dance like it’s 1985.

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Nashville Pussy w/ Valient Thorr & Against The Grain 

Where: The EARL, Atlanta, GA

There are few bands that embody the phrase “sex, drugs & rock ‘n’ roll” as well as the Grammy Nominated American hard rock act Nashville Pussy. Blaine Cartwright is the Bon Scott of his generation with his ‘nursery rhymes for prisoners’ style of lyrics. Wife Ruyter Suys is the Angus Young of women. Together they create 100 proof No holds barred, no apology rock n roll. This shit ain’t for pussies

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Old Testament (featuring Jason Simon of Dead Meadow) w/ The Shine Brothers

Where: 529, Atlanta, GA

Los Angeles based outfit Old Testament is helmed by Jason Simon (guitarist/vocalist/songwriter for Dead Meadow) and is intended to be an on-going project to add to his work with Dead Meadow. On the group’s debut album, Old Testament have tapped into a strain of psychedelic imbued Americana. Droning backwoods ballads and haunting blues are possessed of warbling guitars, harmonium, singing drums, blown out harmonica, and Simon’s distinctive vocal styling. It’s a musical stretch of dusty highway that resides somewhere between Fred Neil’s Raga inspired improvisations and Robert Johnson’s haunted Mississippi Delta.

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Five Knives

Where: The Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA

Hailing from Nashville, TN, Five Knives are the perfect intersection of where electronica and rock n’ roll meet. Front woman Anna Worstell, keyboardists/programmers Nathan Barlowe and Zach Hall, and drummer Shane Wise grind heavy synth riffs into an undeniably catchy sound that’s rooted in both old-school punk and new school electronic. Their debut EP The Rising is out now, and they are currently working on their first full length album, due out early next year.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

 Breakfast with Santa           

Where: Mill Town Music Hall, Bremen, GA

Includes a hot buffet breakfast including French Toast/pancakes, bacon, eggs, juice, and coffee prepared by Events by Joshua D and one 8″ x 10″ photo. Photos by Mandy Cantrell Photography. Additional photos are $8.00 each. Breakfast will be available beginning at 8:00 am EST.

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Wrecking Bar Strong Beer Festival 

Where: The Wrecking Bar Brewpub, Atlanta, GA

Wrecking Bar Brewpub will host their second annual strong beer festival. All of the beers poured will be 8% ABV or higher. More than 25 breweries and brewpubs will participate, pouring more than 40 unique high-gravity beers that can’t be purchased anywhere else! A portion of the proceeds will be given to the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild (GCBG). The GCBG is the primary organization drafting legislation and lobbying for revisions to the Georgia alcohol codes. Pre-registration for GCBG Enthusiast Members is an incredibly low $30! Enthusiast Members get a great-looking GCBG T-shirt and discounts and premier status at beer establishments and other festivals for 2015. Pre-registration for non-GCBG Enthusiast Members is $40. (Only 400 tickets will be sold).

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Lucas Mire CD Release        

Where: Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA

Contemporary troubadour Lucas Miré returns to the Attic with his fourth album ‘Heyday.’ Produced in 16 days by Nate Borofsky (Girlyman, Django Jones), ‘Heyday’ finds Miré eschewing the folkie leanings of his first records for an electro-pop sound. This will be an all-acoustic show, showcasing the songs as they were originally written, stripped down on acoustic guitar — with perhaps a few surprises.

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Mr Gnome             

Where: The Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA

Following on the heels of 2011’s critically acclaimed Madness In Miniature LP, Cleveland art-rock duo mr. Gnome has returned with a soaring, shapeshifting new album. The Heart of a Dark Star was released on November 18th, 2014 on El Marko Records. Forging beauty out of chaos with their explosive fusing of widescreen concepts and surreal psychedelia since their inception, singer/guitarist Nicole Barille, and drummer/pianist Sam Meister return with the duo hitting an undeniably new energetic peak. Layered vocals, searing guitars, and driving rhythms transport the listener into another world — or, quite literally into The Heart of a Dark Star or the “belly of the beast” as they say — which comes in and out of focus but never loses its cinematic eye. In other words, mr. Gnome is still very much operating in their conceptual wheelhouse, but this time their approach is leaner and the gut punches are swift.

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The Happenstance                

Where: The EARL, Atlanta, GA

Benefit for the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. Happenstance 2014 is just around the corner and is currently accepting musician sign ups to play the annual charity event. Happenstance gathers 30 musicians who are then randomly assembled into 6 bands. Each band writes a 20 minute set of music to play that night at the EARL. It’s a great time for musician and audience alike and always attracts a crowd ready for anything.

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Robin Meade’s Round Robin with Rivers Rutherford and Kelley Lovelace                  

Where: Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA

Her new album “Count on Me” was released in June, reaching #29 on Billboard’s Heatseaker’s chart. Meade penned 7 of the 12 songs, produced by Victoria Shaw (Lady Antebellum). “Count On Me” features appearances by platinum-seller Lee Brice, veteran chart-topper Kenny Loggins (as part of Blue Sky Riders) & blues artist Keb’ Mo’. A huge compliment: HLN brass loved Robin’s song “Here For You” so much, they licensed it for the networks promotional campaign. Meade’s musical recording debut “Brand New Day” (2011) reached #24 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and garnered strong praise. Before her own releases, Meade was featured on Jim Brickman’s “Welcome Home”, a song that also won her a standing ovation at the Grand Ole Opry.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Stomp Out Domestic Violence            

Where: The Classic Center, Athens, GA

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Stevens Layne and Colby Dee             

Where: Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA

Molly Stevens and Whitney Layne formed a dynamic duo after meeting in Nashville, Tennessee in 2010. Layne, originally from the outskirts of Salt Lake City, Utah moved to Nashville in 2007. Growing up singing with her twin sisters in Utah provided Layne with an early love for music. Layne was a Western Regional Finalist for the Colgate Country Showdown in 2006. In 2007, Layne was awarded the title of Star of the West, representing the West in singing and songwriting. After a very successful solo career for three years and the release of her album “This is my Song”, Layne met Stevens and knew this was the next step in her music and life journey.

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Ben Watt (Everything But the Girl)   

Where: Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA

After twenty years with Tracey Thorn in the best-selling alternative duo Everything But The Girl, and ten as as international DJ and label boss of acclaimed electronic label Buzzin’ Fly, this year saw Ben Watt return to his earliest folk-jazz roots with his first solo album for thirty-one years. Entitled ‘Hendra’, it follows his 1983 cult classic ‘North Marine Drive’, and claimed the award for ‘Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album’ at the recent AIM (Association of Independent Music) Awards 2014 in London fending off albums by Anna Calvi and Blood Orange. Decorated with an array of four and five-star reviews on release, it features collaborations with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and producer Ewan Pearson. This year has seen him tour with different sized line-ups but tonight he plays solo acoustic and electric). Expect songs from ‘Hendra’ plus old gems, wild cards and stories behind the music.

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Greyhounds           

Where: The EARL, Atlanta, GA

As Greyhounds, guitarist Andrew Trube and keyboardist Anthony Farrell have been making music and touring for 15 years, refining and developing a sound Trube calls “Hall and Oates meet ZZ Top. Anthony brings that LA thing and I bring the East Texas thing.” Ardent Music, the independent record label based out of legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, expects to build on the fanbase the band has developed both on the road and as a staple of the Austin music scene. Label director Reed Turchi says, “We committed to three albums not only because we believe in these guys, not only because they’re great musicians and songwriters, but because they’ve been incredibly prolific.” “We’re always writing,” Trube says. “We’ve got songs for eight albums.”

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