Atlanta, Got Your Tickets Yet? 8 Music Festivals in September!

Below are 8 Atlanta music festivals during the month of September. Which ones will you be going to? Is there a festival I missed? Let me know in the comment section at the bottom!

ONE MusicFest / Masquerade Music Park

  • Saturday, September 1
  • $42 (tix) / RSVP on Facebook / Twitter
  • Santigold, Marsha Ambrosius, Big Krit & more!

Celebrate Freedom / Jim R. Miller Park, Marietta

  • Saturday, September 1
  • FREE, but tickets are required (info) / RSVP on Facebook / Twitter
  • Switchfoot, Jeremy Camp, Jars of Clay, Montell Jordan, Jason Castro & more!

Brothers & Sisters Music Festival / Masquerade Music Park

  • Saturday, September 8
  • $20 adv (tix) / RSVP on Facebook
  • Blackberry Smoke, North Mississippi All-Stars, Unknown Hinson & more!

Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival / Atlantic Station

  • Friday & Saturday, September 14-15
  • 1-day: $6 (tix) /  RSVP on Facebook / Twitter
  • The Mosier Brothers, The Breeze Kings, Mudcat & more!

Music Midtown / Piedmont Park

  • Friday & Saturday, September 21-22
  • $55-$100 (tix) / RSVP on Facebook / Twitter
  • Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, The Avett Brothers, T.I. & more!

CounterPoint Music Festival / Fairburn, GA

  • Thursday-Saturday, September 27-29
  • TicketsFacebook / Twitter
  • Skrillex, Bassnectar, Big Boi, M83, Pretty Lights, Avicii & more!

Little Five Fest / Little Five Points

Atlanta Chili Cook-Off / Stone Mountain Park

  • Saturday, September 29
  • $10 (info) / RSVP on Facebook / Twitter
  • Tribute Bands for Def Leppard, Journey, Van Halen & Bob Seger

September Shows in Atlanta, #2: The Walkmen at Variety Playhouse

Atlanta, Wed. 9/26: At #3, go see The Walkmen, an indie rock band from New York! Their 7th studio album, Heaven, is “arguably their best, and certainly most accomplished album yet” – American Songwriter

Tickets & Such:

  • $20 at the box office (M-F 12pm-6pm)
  • $20 (+ $4.95 fee) online / $20 at the door
  • Show: 8pm / Doors: 7pm
  • Openers: Woods, Coke Weed
  • Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Update:  Yeah! Burger in Atlanta is giving away 2 tickets to the show!  click here

More from The Walkmen:

September Shows in Atlanta, #3: Two Gallants and PAPA at Terminal West

Atlanta, Wed. 9/12: At #3, go see San Francisco’s Two Gallants, one week after the release of their new album!  And don’t miss the opening band, PAPA!

Tickets & Such:

  • $15 at the box office (call 404-876-5566 for hours)
  • $15 (+ $3.74 fees) online / $15 at the door
  • Show: 9pm / Doors: 8pm
  • RSVP on Facebook / Opener: PAPA
  • Terminal West at King Plow, 887 West Marietta Street NW,  Atlanta, GA 30318

More from Two Gallants:

  • Twitter + Facebook
  • Additional tour dates here
  • 4th studio album, The Bloom and the Blight, available here on 9/4

More from PAPA:

New Music (Part 2): Rayland Baxter and Chilly Gonzales

“Album of the Week” belongs to David Ramirez (see post), but with three great albums released this week, I’ve separated them into two posts.  This is part 2:

Feathers and FishHooks is the debut album from Nashville’s Rayland Baxter.  Earlier this summer, he played at 99X’s Unplugged in the Park at Park Tavern and luckily for Atlanta, he’s returning October 6th…  opening for Grace Potter & the Nocturnals at The Tabernacle! (tickets)

“Love is all I have to give.  Won’t you tell me you’re the one for me?”

Last, but not least, is Solo Piano II by Chilly Gonzales.  Also known for his electronic albums, including the hit single “Never Stop” in 2010, Gonzales follows the success of 2004’s Solo Piano with an equally impressive sequal.  He also collaborates with Feist often and plays piano on one of my favorite recent discoveries, Multiply, a soulful and funky album by Jamie Lidell.

Live Video: “Minor Fantasy”

New Music: David Ramirez Opens Up His Heart with Apologies

Everyone can relate to heartache and pain and if there has ever been an album to demonstrate those feelings, it is Apologies by David Ramirez.

On his 2nd full-length album, Ramirez truly pours out his heart and the transparency is clear on every track.  After traveling nonstop for years, he wonders if he’s chasing or being chased and longs for the day someone tells him to “Stick Around.”  He expresses his lack of faith on “An Introduction” when he cries “tell me where to find the Lord” and on “Chapter II,” he struggles to realize that the strength he needs is already inside himself.

When “listening to Apologies, one feels as if they are being given candid look at the most vulnerable parts of Ramirez’s soul,” says Ryan Bort at Paste Magazine.  The songs have “brutally honest lyrics that bring new meaning to some of life’s most difficult questions.” (read Bort’s review here.)

If you’re experiencing a heavy heart, be not dismayed.  The final track gives us hope to “Find the Light.”

“I wish upon you a brave heart, that will always rise above.  But most of all I wish upon you love…  As the sun sets, the moon begins to rise.  So even in the darkness, you’ll find the light.”

September Shows in Atlanta, #4: Snarky Puppy and Banda Magda at The Earl

Atlanta, Sat. 9/1: At #4, go see Snarky Puppy and Banda Magda… “Music for the Brain and Booty”

Tickets & Such:

  • $12 (+$2.35) online here / $15 at the door
  • Show: 9pm / Doors: n/a
  • The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

More from Snarky Puppy:

More from Banda Magda:

September Shows in Atlanta, #5: Ruby Velle and The Soulphonics at The Earl

Atlanta, Thu 9/13 & Fri 9/14: At #5, go see Atlanta’s own Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics!

To celebrate the release of the their debut album, the band will have a 2-night “Album Release Party” at The Earl as part of the First Annual Gemco Southern Soul Revue.

Tickets & Such:

  • Thu, 9/13: $10 (+$2.25) online here
  • Fri, 9/14: $12 (+$2.35) online here
  • 2-night passes: $16 (+$2.55) online here
  • Thu: 9pm / Fri: 9:30pm
  • RSVP on Facebook
  • The Dynamites feat. Charles Walker headline Thursday & open Friday
  • The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

More from Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics:

  • Twitter + Facebook
  • Additional tour dates here
  • Debut album, It’s About Time, available 9/4