Atlanta's Park Tavern in Piedmont Park has tapped a rising indie singer/songwriter to headline “Unfiltered Live”, a popular six-week concert series that starts at 8 p.m. on Thursdays through April 25.
Michael Tolcher and the Pros will bring an all-star cast of local and national talent to pay tribute to the Peach State’s rich musical heritage. Some of the musicians, all of who are national recording and touring artists, include Jeff Mosier, Joe Gransden, and Yonrico Scott.
“I’m rolling it out big because Atlanta is my hometown and I want to bring everyone together and celebrate with music,” said Tolcher, a pop/blues/urban groove artist who has toured with Maroon 5, Dave Matthews, and Blues Traveler. “Part of the theme is spontaneous surprises, and that won’t be limited to just music.”
"I've known Michael for a long time", remarked Turpin. "He’s performed shows with Collective Soul as well as some of my own Will Turpin and The Way concerts. He and I have collaborated on songwriting over the years, and I produced his 2006 album, Certified Organic.
This concert series is something that live music lovers will want to attend. Georgia musicians and music will certainly be featured each week and impromptu moments mixed in with guest performers will make each Thursday night its own unique experience", added the talented bassist.
“We’ll play some of their music as well as material from every great Georgia artist including Little Richard, James Brown, Ray Charles, The Allman Brothers, R.E.M. and of course, Collective Soul,” Tolcher said. “I want there to be a sense of pride about the music that comes from our state and the only way to do that is to play it.”
Park Tavern is located in the heart of Midtown on the corner of 10th Street and Monroe overlooking Piedmont Park and the Midtown skyline. Park Tavern combines the historic charm of the site with the modern sophistication of Atlanta’s impressive skyline.
For more information call (404) 249-0001 or visit www.parktavern.com. To purchase tickets, visit http://xorbia.com/. Don't forget to browse the four-image slideshow featuring candid shots of Michael Tolcher and Will Turpin accompanying this article.
Author's Note: If you have never seen Will Turpin live or only know of his Grammy-winning work with the durable alternative rockers, an in-depth concert review spotlighting an Oct. 2012 festival gig is required reading. Entitled "Feelin' Alright With Will Turpin and The Way", the article is the ultimate Turpin concert guide. Turpin also gave a rare in-depth interview with this writer. All five installment links are below.
The Complete Will Turpin / Collective Soul Interview
- Part One: "Now I Play Bass in a Rock Band! The Lowdown with..."
- Two: "What Matters Most Is Your Vibe: A Really No Rules Conversation..."
- Three: "Some Songs Are Just Meant To Be: The Lighthouse Sessions with..."
- Four: "The Beatles' Epic Influence on Collective Soul Bassist Will Turpin"
- Five: "Turpin Remembers John Lennon on the 31st Anniversary of His Death"
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