For this week’s Atlanta Live Music recommendations the ticket price is low and the music is upbeat. The rent has been paid and the big game is behind us. It’s time to relax and rejuvenate.
Monday – February 7 – save a little money, sing a little song
Open mic nights can be a lot of fun, especially when you live in a musically rich city like Atlanta. This Monday, there are three notable open mics that can inspire your creativity and might even make you want to step on stage. Check out Java Monkey, Eddie’s Attic and Wonderroot for good talent.
Tuesday – February 8 – can you play an instrument?
Joe Gransden is hosting a jazz jam session at Twain’s Billiards and Tap in Decatur. The music starts at 9 p.m. and anyone is invited to come and sit in, providing you bring your own instrument. Gransden is a well known trumpeter and vocalist. Even if you don’t want to play yourself a jam session is always fun to witness. And it’s free. And it’s at Twain’s.
Wednesday – February 9 – positive energy
Free Energy is a band birthed by the breakup of Minneapolis rockers Hockey Night and a recorded project with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy. They are playing at The Earl and worth the $10 if you are into the alternative rock thing, especially with The Postelles and Turf War also performing. Click play on the video to your left and hear them perform their self titled song “free energy.”
Thursday – February 10 – it’s time to Panic
Widespread Panic starts celebrating their 25 years together as a band in Athens with a two night stint at the Classic Center. WSP will play there Thursday and Friday of this week. Tickets are sold out but that doesn’t mean you have to miss the show. Stream the Classic Center shows and the Feb. 14 show in Atlanta live from here.
Friday – February 11 – bands do battle
The humorous and talented Please Rock gives you The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones. Please PleaseRock Me takes on Main Street Exiles at Smith’s Olde Bar (three hyperlinks in what would be a 12 word sentence, gracious). It’s a rock fight where the audience determines the winner. It’s a 9 p.m. show with a low ticket price of $8.
Saturday – February 12 – Saturday night’s alright for fighting
Better to have a decision to make than to have no choices worth considering. Saturday there are three heavy weight contenders for your patronage.
Galactic delivers a big punch with a heavy dose of New Orleans funk. They are performing at Variety Playhouse and tickets are $22.50 in advance or $25 the day of the show. Fans can vote on songs they want played at Saturday’s show here.
Yonder Mountain String Band plays bluegrass rock like no other. Performing at the Tabernacle, YMSB is a quintet that does not feature drums. If you like guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo and the blending of four voices then it’s definitely worth the $25. Just buy the ticket from the Tabernacles box office or you have to pay an additional $10 to ticketmaster.
The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker may not be as well known as the two other bands, but they certainly are not a lightweight in this three way contention. They have performed in Atlanta a few times and prove that they bring a load of energy. Soul, blues, jazz, upbeat emotion and powerful vocals from legendary Charles Walker is on tap at Star Bar. Tickets are $10 and Atlanta funk band Noot d’Noot is opening.
Which show will you attend? Tell me on Twitter @djsarahspin.