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Atlanta has longtime been a stop for most touring bands. Spring and summertime are great for catching a concert.
In 2011, Music Midtown returned to Atlanta after a six-year hiatus. The last two years have seen the Black Keys, Coldplay, Girl Talk, and Pearl Jam (among countless others). I cannot wait to see who will headline the festival during the September weekend-long concert held in Piedmont Park. Also outside is Centennial Park’s Party in the Park on May 18. This year’s concert has Passion Pit and Ellie Goulding headlining.
Before that though, I’m excited to check out the Shaky Knees festival. Held at the Masquerade Music Park May 4-5, it’s a who’s who of great bands. The Lumineers, Band of Horses, Drive By Truckers and many more will take the stage. If you’re into hip-hop, the annual A3C Festival is amazing. Also held at the Masquerade, the two-day fest every October hosts (as the name suggests) acts from All Three Coasts.
If you’re into pop music, then Philips Arena has you covered with Maroon 5 (March 27), Alicia Keys (March 29), Taylor Swift (April 18-19), and Justin Bieber (August 10) all playing here. Another must-see is the summer concert series at Chastain. Sting, Harry Connick Jr., Willie Nelson, and the Smashing Pumpkins are all slated to play in the next few months.
Summer is a great time for live music in Atlanta, especially with outdoor venues like Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood and Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. But I'm excited about the first-ever Shaky Knees Music Festival at Masquerade Music Park May 4-5 with headliners The Lumineers and Band of Horses, plus Jim James, Drive By Truckers, Gary Clark Jr. and Dr. Dog. Chastain has some big acts this summer, as always, including The Smashing Pumpkins (May 10); Darryl Hall & John Oates (May 30); Sting (June 10); Joan Baez and Atlanta locals The Indigo Girls (June 15); Harry Connick Jr. (July 7); and Atlanta favorites Yacht Rock Review (July 20).
The Avett Brothers are playing at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on May 17, and the legendary Tony Bennett on May 31. Jam band faves Phish will have back-to-back shows July 16 and 17, followed up on July 20 with The Black Crowes.
Finally, Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood is hosting a slew of killer concerts, including The Black Keys (May 2); the Americanarama Festival of Music Featuring Bob Dylan, My Morning Jacket, Wilco and more (June 29); Depeche Mode (Sept. 12); Maroon 5 (Sept. 16); and John Mayer (Sept. 27).
This month there are only two concerts of note to save up for and they actually happen on the same night!
Hometown hero and reality star T.I. takes the stage with hitmaker Lil' Wayne, in one of the most anticipated concert tours this summer in all of hip-hop.
Now if that concert is a little too savory, Beyonce Knowles heads to Atlanta the same night, for her highly anticipated Mrs. Carter North American tour. She just kicked it off at the end of June stateside as part of the BET Experience to rave reviews.
The hip-hop show happens at Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta at 7 p.m. and Beyonce's show happens at the Arena At Gwinnett Center in Duluth at 8 p.m. on July 12th.
Which one will you choose?