Atlanta's unpredictable weather finally took a break and offered up a perfectly sunny afternoon and clear evening for the Party in the Park held in Centennial Olympic Park on Saturday. Almost 10,000 people enjoyed the third annual offering in the heart of downtown with Atlanta's high rises and ferris wheel as the backdrop. The year the line-up consisted of a lot of electronic indie rock with MGMT and Girl Talk headlining the show all presented by a new beer, Desperado's.
Just as in years past the Party in the Park offered a full day of musical entertainment with Stokeswood leading the way. Stokeswood were recently voted as Atlanta's Best Local Band by Creative Loafing and it was clear that the crowd who were filtering in at the start of the show appreciated the band whose music got the event off to a high energy start.
Minus the Bear from Seattle were next with Jake Snider in great form. The Joy Formidable then took over the late afternoon shift as the lawn continued to fill up. It really is a great venue for both the acts and the audience especially when the weather is as nice as it was!
MGMT provided the best music of the event with a performance that, in places, was a throwback to the late sixties with their psychedelic rock; the video screen backdrop helping to convey that .
At the completion of the MGMT set the stage was cleared entirely except for huge blow up basketball sneakers on either side and Girl Talk's computers hidden on a table behind a similarly oversized basketball.
Girl Talk finished the evening with his particular brand of creative sampling and mixing that the crowd loved. Girl Talk was joined by a stage full of dancing audience members while Greg Gillis pored over his computer keyboards creating the mixes that the crowd danced to for the next hour or so.
He was so into it, he spent much of the set crouched over behind the computers and obscured from view. But with the audience dancing on stage, the toilet tissue shooters and the obligatory confetti there was plenty to keep the audience visually entertained while the music kept up its relentless dance beat.
With three "parties" now in the books, the organizers have refined the event such that it runs very smoothly and efficiently and while it didn't have the heavyweight musical line-up that Shaky Knees had, it still provided a great excuse to be outside enjoying the pleasant weather.