With the holiday weekend upon us many folks will be spending their time stuffing turkey and green bean casserole down their gullet. Time will be spent with family from all over creating a wealth of long winded conversations many want no part in. If this is the case with you then luckily Atlanta has a ton of good live music to offer as an escape. Venture out to one of the many venues and check out some sweet live tunes from a wealth of mighty fine bands. Here are some you might be interested in.
Futurebirds @ The Buckhead Theatre – 11/27
Local rockers Futurebirds will be filling the Buckhead Theatre with enough ear blasting fuzz filled rock music to blast away the Turkey hangover. With a new album – Hotel Parties – recently released the band has been treating listeners to live music all over the place and Friday night they will be on stage in Atlanta. Futurebirds put on one of the best live shows you will ever experience as their psychedelic infused music invades your ears. The shows are loud, long and when they extend a song into a sweet jam session there is little that rivals that. I highly suggest you get out to the Buckhead Theatre for this one.
The Head with Sydney Eloise & the Palms @ Drunken Unicorn – 11/28
Two of Atlanta’s finest will be sharing the stage at the Drunken Unicorn on Saturday night. Power pop rockers the Head will be introducing folks to their new EP as well as a wealth of past tunes. With each show this trio just keeps getting better and the intimate room on Ponce will be a great place to catch them play live. Joining them for the post-holiday bash is Sydney Eloise & the Palms. Tis band creates a big bold sound that the Drunken Unicorn may not be able to contain. Beautiful vocals surrounded by psychedelic fuzz drenched melodies complement each other as they roll through tunes from the debut Faces. This could be the best show of the weekend.
Shawn Mullins @ Variety Playhouse – 11/28
Veteran singer Shawn Mullins returns home for an evening of music at the Variety Playhouse on Saturday night. He just released a new record – My Stupid Heart – and be prepared to soak in his new music along with many of the classic tunes fans have come to love. Mullins is an incredible live performer and his songs thrive when performed live. This should be a nice relaxing evening of music to help close out the holiday weekend.
The Last Waltz Ensemble & Tyler Porch Band @ Smith’s Olde Bar – 11/27
Friday night Smith’s Olde Bar will be delivering a one-two musical punch for all those that show up. The Last Waltz Ensemble has been treating folks to the music of the Band for years and they are very good at what they do. Capturing the musical essence of the Band along with the vocal harmonies isn’t easy but these dudes can pull it off. They will be jamming the music of Bob Dylan & the Band this Friday so expect something special. Also the Tyler Porch Band will be playing and Porch and crew know how to tear up a room. Porch and crew dish out a brand of blues infused rock that is equal parts Allmans, Vaughan and Stones. Raw in your face guitar licks lead the way for Porch’s throaty growl to smack you in the face. This is going to be one hell of a night of music.
The Toasters @ Star Bar – 11/27
Friday night at the Star Bar is going to be hopping as old school ska mavens the Toasters roll into town. While band members have come and gone front man Bucket Hingley has kept the band alive bringing their upbeat original brand of ska to the masses. The Star Bar should be packed to the rafters because the Toasters bring quite a following with them. Joining them for the evening will be a couple of local bands. The Razorcombs with a futuristic brand of reggae and Southern Ska Syndicate’s take on traditional ska will are the perfect lead in to the music of the Toasters. Get there early because this one should be crowded.