One of the wildest weekends around has to be Halloween. It means different things to different people. For kids it is that one night when they can take candy from all that offer to return home and eat themselves sick. Parents get to revel in their kids joy as they escort them from house to house showing off clever costumes, chatting with neighbors and sampling their kids candy when the little ones are not paying attention. There are the ones that use all hallows eve as an excuse to throw all semblances of civility, common sense and decency out the window in favor of drinking, debauchery and wearing sexy costumes. Then there are the rest. The ones that like to enjoy a nice evening out jamming to some great tunes from their favorite bands while avoiding members of the previously mentioned group. Luckily Atlanta once again fills the Halloween Weekend with a boat load of good music and here are some you may want to check out.
Sundogs at Smith’s Olde Bar (10/30)
Atlanta’s Sundogs return to Smith’s Olde Bar Friday night where things may get a little freaky. Already known for their damn fine live shows the local band loves playing on special occasions. Their jangly guitar rock will be bouncing off the walls of the packed house as they roll through a set list loaded with great tunes. Songs from their latest EP, some of their classic tunes, a cover or three and some surprises will have the crowd singing a long all night. This is going to be a good one.
Blackfoot Gypsies at Smith’s Olde Bar (10/31)
With one of the best albums of 2015 under their belts Nashville’s Blackfoot Gypsies have spent the better part of the year traversing this country letting folks hear their music. Built around nasty blues riffs, raw rhythms and smooth soul sounds these guys know how to deliver one hell of a live show. One of the best live acts out there they hit the stage running and just pick up speed from there. Go show them some Atlanta love and enjoy some damn fine tunes while you are at it.
The Black Lips at Variety Playhouse (10/31)
Raw guitar driven rock and roll is what local legends the Black Lips have to offer as they return to town for a night of music at the Variety Playhouse. Things are going to get loud and rowdy as the band prowls around the stage assaulting listener’s ears with a brand of raw edgy rock music. Bring your ear plugs and get their early because this place is going to be packed.
Black Linen at Star Bar (10/29)
Kick your weekend off early on Thursday night with the digital album release show for Black Linen. These dudes capture the 60’s garage rock vibe mixing fuzz drenched guitars, pop melodies and soulful vocals. They deliver one hell of a live show and the intimate room at Star Bar should be packed. Go grab a few cold beverages and rock out to the tunes of Black Linen.
Whitey Morgan & the 78’s at Terminal West (10/30)
Friday night at Terminal West a true Country singer will be taking the stage. Following in the footsteps of Waylon, Junior and Willie, Whitey Morgan & the 78’s play a brand of Country music influenced by classic sounds. You’re not going to find any pop or hip-hop in Whitey’s music just good old country twang and lyrics about whiskey, women and bad decisions. Take the evening to get a little rowdy and enjoy Whitey Morgan’s tunes.
Tinsley Ellis at Red Clay Music Foundry (10/30)
Outside the perimeter up 85 in Duluth sits the Red Clay Music Foundry run by Eddie Owens. Friday night they welcome legendary bluesman Tinsley Ellis to the stage for an evening of fantastic blues music. Ellis learned from the best and when he manipulates his guitar it is pure magic to the ears. The music and the venue are well worth the trek up to Duluth, this could be one of the best shows of the weekend.
There you go folks another great weekend of music for the metro Atlanta area. Get out of the house, be smart, drive careful look out for knuckleheads and enjoy some of the great music that is out there. Go support live music because if you don’t it will be gone before you know it.