Sometimes making weekend recommendations is easy, this is one of those weeks. This Saturday’s music and arts festival, The A-Town Get Down Festival, could be the biggest show so far this year. Considering the high quality of shows that I have seen this year, that is saying something. It is a benefit event for the late Alex Townsend, a SCAD student who died 4 years ago. This will be the first A-Town show I have been able to attend and I am looking forward to this event. They have scheduled some nice touring bands, including Walter Parks, Randall Bramblett Band, and Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy formerly of Drive By Truckers. They have also booked many of my favorite local acts, like Lovely Locks, Waits & Co. (with some Train Wrecks), and Omingnome. The festival runs from noon to midnight, most of the acts start around 4pm. It is $15 for early tickets, $20 at the door. If you still feel like more music after the Festival, you will probably find me catching the Accomplices at Jinx or Kota Mundi at Molly MacPherson’s after the Festival ends. Friday is another good night for downtown music. You get two chances to catch the Train Wrecks that night, at the Rail Pub and at Molly MacPherson’s. Hang Fire has a very good show on Friday with COEDS, Wave Slave, and Crazy Bag Lady. I have seen these bands several times, and all three bands put on a good show. Judging from their exciting debut show last week, you really want to make sure you catch the COEDS set. These are more recommendations for the week.
Train Wrecks – Rail Pub (6-9p)
COEDS (ruckus and roll), Wave Slaves (surf rockers), Crazy Bag Lady (punk) – Hang Fire
Train Wrecks – Molly MacPherson’s (10p)
Mantras (featuring Brock Butler) – Congress Street Social Club (10p)
Joe Nelson & James Pittman – Blowin’ Smoke (7p) – If you don’t make it to the A-Town Festival, be sure to catch some old-time country music at the Smoke
A-Town Get Down Festival (12n-12mn, $15/20) – Charles Morris Center (behind the Pirate’s House) – Lee Boys, Sol Driven Train, ISM f.c., Walter Parks & Jagoda, Omingnome, Randall Bramblett Band, Lovely Locks, Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy (ex-Drive By Truckers), Christine Santelli, Waits & Co., Annalise Curtin, AWOL, Sam McTavey, Greg Williams
Kota Mundi (reggae) – Molly MacPherson’s (10p)
Accomplices (lowcountry swing band), Underhill Rose (country soul) – Jinx (10p)
Eclectic Tuba (instrumental psychedelic space-funk group), Spaceface (psychedelic rock) – Wormhole
Jubal Kane at Bay Street Blues, Hitman at The Warehouse Bar, Eric Culberson Open Jam at Bayou Café – The Tuesday Blues Triangle downtown. Three blues bands, all within a few yards of each other. I kind of had to list them all together. You can see all three and still make it home early, unless you end up at Molly MacPherson’s for Craig Tanner & Eric Dunn’s Open Mic Night.