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The 2014 Atlanta Arts Festival features a great variety of live entertainment throughout the weekend!

Saturday, Sept 13, 2014

Cliff deMarks

At the 14th Street Entrance

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Enjoy the smooth jazz style of Cliff deMarks

Hannah Onley

11:00am - 11:45am

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Hannah Onley, 17 year old singer/songwriter is a senior at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School. She has been playing guitar and singing since she was 10 years old, and uploads covers to music sharing websites such as YouTube and SoundCloud. She leads her school's praise and worship band every Wednesday at school and has performed at various venues around Atlanta such as: Chastain Amphitheater, Eddie's Attic, Peachtree Road Farmers Market, local restaurants and weddings. She was also on last years season of American Idol. Hannah enjoys writing Christian contemporary music, Indie Alternative plus an occasional country and pop song. She also enjoys taking many popular songs and putting her own unique twist on it. She plans on studying Music Therapy in college.

Mike Snowden

12:15pm - 1:15pm

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An established musician, Mike Snowden manned the bass guitar for over 20 years with various touring and studio bands. Traversing multiple countries he has shared the stage with the likes of The Indigo Girls, Joe Cocker, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Dave Matthews Band and many others. These days his musical career has shifted with the cigar box guitar becoming the focal point. In addition to his hand crafted instruments Mike has mastered the cigar box guitar creating a classic blues sound reminiscent of some of the greats that have faded into musical obscurity. Along with his "one man band" Mike has spread his musical gospel with live performances on television, appearances on the radio and a wealth of videos on YouTube with over half of a million views. This exposure has led to a steady flow of performances in the southeast expanding into NYC, Europe and music festivals such as South by Southwest.

Along with his busy schedule of music playing and guitar building Mike has been able to carve out enough time to release multiple albums that show off his masterful skills at manipulating a cigar box guitar.

Utilizing discarded cigar boxes, premium exotic hard woods and high quality accessories, Mike Snowden meticulously handcrafts his personal brand of unique 3 & 4 string electric cigar box guitars from his Marietta, GA workshop. Each of Mike's handcrafted guitars is a "one of a kind" instrument possessing an original tone, feel and look.

BJ Wilbanks

1:45pm - 3:00pm

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A home-grown Georgia native, BJ Wilbanks creates blues-infused music reminiscent of a bygone era, combining deeply-rooted Delta blues, country, funk, soul, and acoustic Southern rock to create a sound that is familiar, yet uniquely his own. His heartwarming tales of heartache, love, and home combine artfully with an engaging live performance that, in one moment, can sit you back in your chair and in the next, rock you right back out of it! BJ's original songs range from break-your-heart romantic to stomp-your-foot grooving, merging back-porch soul rhythm with a gospel vocal overtone and a slanky, steady beat. He'll often sling his guitar over his lap to play a slide tune that evokes the image of old field working men and chase it with a contrasting tune filled with sweet strumming, gentle singing and smooth picking.

Raised in Calhoun, BJ's early performances were centered around the city of Rome, Georgia with a band called The Southern Thread, for which he wrote the songs Grab Your Guns and Hate the Touch. The Southern Thread enjoyed local popularity, performing at the Roman Roast BBQ Festival and winning 2nd place in the Rome Battle of the Bands as well. After TST's dissolution, Wilbanks (now based in Marietta) turned his artistic focus to songwriting and solo performance, frequenting venues such as Props-N-Hops, The Tavern, Ragamuffin Music Hall, and the acclaimed songwriter's haven, Eddie's Attic, where he placed twice in 2011 as a semi-finalist in their renowned Songwriter's Open Mic. In 2013, BJ (as part of Gibson Wilbanks, his musical collaboration with Carly Gibson) made it into Eddie Owen Presents at Red Clay Theatre's Bi-annual Songwriter's Shootout.

Discerning music fans agree that there is no disputing BJ's considerable songwriting chops; his catchy tunes sport meaningful lyrics that emote heartache, love, values, family, and home--all grounded in the tradition of deeply rooted blues. You are invited to listen for yourself at www.reverbnation.com/bjwilbanks, and visit BJ's home on the web at www.BJWilbanks.com!

Radio Birds

3:30pm - 5:00pm

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Coming from different musical backgrounds and experiences, the four members of the band now called Radio Birds - Colin Dean (drums), Jaz Dixon (guitar), Justin Keller (vocals and guitar), and Chase Lamondo (vocals and bass) - are united by their passion for writing, creating, and performing rock n' roll music. "Jaz grew up playing bluegrass, Chase had been playing with a hardcore band called Whoremouth when he started with us, I grew up listening to James Taylor and Simon and Garfunkel and was really chasing the singer-songwriter path, and I'm pretty sure Colin has played just about everything under the sun," said lead singer Justin Keller.

These varied influences helped inspire what fans hear on their newest self-titled EP. It is the first release from Radio Birds, although most of the members had been playing together recently as JK And The Lost Boys. 2013 marked a transitory period for the band; they added Colin Dean, changed their name, and went to work in the studio. "I remember walking into a group with some minor achievements, a small but connected fan base, and a good album that had been out for almost a year. But they were looking for something different--and starting something different, maybe, without even realizing it," said drummer Colin Dean.

To complete this reinvention, they asked their fans, friends, and community for help in choosing a new name via an online voting system. "Our fans are our friends, and they've always been a big part of everything we do, that's why we wanted them to join us in this process," said bassist Chase Lamondo. The high-energy yet soulful sound of their most recent EP, which will be released on September 3, 2013, is a testament to the band's musical progression and overall synchronization. Reducing the number of singer/songwriter compilations, the new album will have a full-band sound with the lo-fi purity akin to old rock-n-roll. Tracks such as 'Uptown Girl' and 'Heart Made Of Gold' incorporate heavy syncopation and tempo changes for a harder sound a la The Raconteurs. It is not an album that sounds the same way throughout; it is a collection of rock n' roll experiments and a testimony to Radio Birds' increasing mastery of many sounds. "The band is coming together and playing as a whole more than we ever have. The creativity is flowing," said Keller. "

JK And The Lost Boys was structured primarily that I would write a song then show it to the guys and they would add their parts. Now, Radio Birds has taken that process to a whole new place. We are all writing together. Someone will bring an idea to the table and we will all, collectively, deconstruct it to make a brand new song. While each song has an original writer, they have been transformed so drastically that the songs clearly belong to Radio Birds as a whole."

Their lyrics as well as their sound display the way the members are becoming more mature; they sing of making mistakes, reinvention, guilt, and love. Narrative ballads such as 'I'm To Blame' and 'Long Way Down' are bare-boned and relatable with lyrics like, "Take a look at your troubles, see that you're the only one to blame. Oh, it's time for change. Take what you have, and throw it all away." Most importantly, Radio Birds will continue to bring the raw energy their fans love to stages all across the Southeast. And their vibes are contagious.

"We do know how to have a good time, always a good time--and we can put on one hell of a live show. Our live presence combined with our new EP, I think, brings us to where we are now--to Radio Birds," adds guitarist, Dixon. Dean continued: "I don't believe a name defines what a band is about, but a band does have every say in what its name comes to mean. I look forward to continuing to create that meaning. The name was born of change, so I hope the next time someone asks me, Radio Birds will mean something completely different than it does today."

Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun

5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Today The Moon, Tomorrow The Sun is all about the collaborative. It's about the connections between sound and people, it's about the heart and the head. It's for mistakes and triumphs, and against arrogance and underconfidence. A band of four: two girls, two boys. Noisy, dancy, loud, sincere, sweaty, loveable, hardworking.

TTM,TTS wants to move you, figuratively and literally. They make music that starts your brain and your body. It's gritty synth-pop complete with hooks that are worth repeating. It's a 2014 take on new-wave. The music is big, bright, and bold, and something all their own. Their music has been described as "dark wave", "dreamy disco-pop", "electro-fuzz-rock", "guitar fueled dance-pop", "pop music as art at its very finest".

In August of 2009, Today The Moon, Tomorrow The Sun left their full-time careers to book, tour, record, and get in front of as many people as possible. Since then, they toured 15-20 dates each month, growing loyal fan bases who continue to spread the word about Today The Moon, Tomorrow The Sun like wildfire. Though their dwellings are in Atlanta, GA, they called their 1992 Dodge conversion van home until it departed to tour heaven in 2013. In 2012 they had successful runs at SXSW and CMJ. And another great run at SXSW in 2014 to preview their brand new EP, QUADS, sharing stages with the likes of Royal Teeth, Amy Ray of The Indigo Girls, and more. Other notable artists they've played with include: The Walkmen, Tokyo Police Club, Kishi Bashi, Tapes N Tapes, IAMX, Fiction Plane, An Horse, Telekinesis, Here We Go Magic, Constellations, French Kicks, Hank & Cupcakes, Star Death & White Dwarfs, All Get Out, Die! Die! Die!, Dead Confederate, The Comas....!

For Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun, 2014 brings a new movement of music, visuals, and expression. With the release of their new EP, QUADS, in April 2014 (in stores in June), accompanied by videos for each song, the band continues their anthem-- They're about changing the things you wanna change and doing the things you wanna do. It's about refusing to settle and working hard for what you want. It's about really seeing your past, present, and future.

 

Sunday, Sept 14, 2014

Cliff deMarks

At the 14th Street Entrance

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Enjoy the smooth jazz style of Cliff deMarks

Hannah Onley

11:00am - 11:45am

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No Komment

11:00am - 11:45am

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No Komment is a teen band that plays blues, R&B and old school rock covers, with a few originals thrown in. Their multi-talented members include, Jessica Thompson on guitar and vocals, Madison Kesel on guitar and vocals, Justin Thompson on drums and vocals, Max Bogle on sax and vocals, and Katy Moen on bass. The band started in 2010 and all of its members are local Atlanta natives. They were the 2011 winners of Parent Magazine's Talent Showdown and came in second at the Atlanta Blues Challenge in 2013.

No Komment has played in a multitude of Atlanta's venues, including: The Northside Tavern, The Tin Roof, The Loft at Center Stage, Smith's Olde Bar, as well as various Festivals and smaller venues around town. One of the highlights of the year was getting to play at the The Earl before Arrested Development at the 500 Songs for Kids Concert.

These teenagers know how to put on a show, so get your dancing shoes on and enjoy.

Cicada Rhythm

12:15pm - 1:15pm

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Born and raised in Georgia, this talented pair imitates and modernizes folk music to a rejuvenating degree. Their sound exhibits skilled and articulate guitar picking honed in the dive bars of Atlanta over rolling Julliard-trained bass lines. Expect chilling harmonies, unbridled enthusiasm, some wholesome tunes and a sincere performance.

"Best Local Folk Act of Atlanta for 2013" - Creative Loafing Atlanta

"Regardless of how the influences of folk, jazz and blues intermingled, Cicada Rhythm craft an open-hearted, inventive blend of American musics in deceptively simple songs that are both haunting and playfully jaunty. Rarely has a band's name fit their music so well. Cicada Rhythm conjure up the Southern twilight when the buzz of insects washes in waves through the trees, and that eerie but comforting moment of stasis before the world transforms." - Creative Loafing Charlotte

"The thing that most impresses about Cicada Rhythm's sound is how big it is, even though it's not. Cloaked in sleepy sweetness—all ringing acoustic guitar and sliding upright bass, cooed vocals with snug, Welch/Rawlings-style harmonies—the Atlanta-based duo's music lands with an impact you didn't quite see coming." - Flagpole Athens

Georgia Flood

1:45pm - 3:00pm

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"Growing up in Georgia, you're gonna be influenced by roots music," says Brooks Mason, lead guitarist and vocalist for The Georgia Flood. "It's just in your blood… and we're thankful for that." Though they cut their teeth playing rock and blues, talented brothers Brooks Mason and Lane Kelly can handle any genre that comes their way. "We just feed off the crowd," says bassist Kelly. "If they're grooving on something, we feel it and give 'em more. The music's for them so why should we just play just what we like?"

The Georgia Flood is a family tradition going on 13 years now. "Brooks would play guitar and I'd play drums back when we were just 7 and 10," says Lane. "We were the family entertainment at every reunion and birthday party." But these brothers have moved from living room to large stages over the years. Starting with the blues, they cut their teeth in the smoky clubs and biker bars refining their technique. From those early blues beginnings, you can hear the influence of artists like Jimi Hendrix, Derek Trucks, The White Stripes, and even John Mayer in their set lists.

Their songwriting style and straight-ahead rock mentality has allowed them to stretch as musicians and find many ways to connect with audiences. Brooks and Lane grew up together in McDonough, Georgia but The Georgia Flood calls Atlanta their home now. They have traveled the southeast playing everywhere from the Hard Rock Café to Beale Street's Coyote Ugly to Atlanta's famous Blind Willie's. "We're hitting our stride as a band now and it's a lot of fun. We're getting bigger and bigger gigs and opening for some well-known artists," Brooks says.

In 2014, The Georgia Flood will go back into the studio to capture the sonic songs they're currently working on to give fans of 2012's self-titled The Georgia Flood and 2013's EP Play It Loud more music to add to their collections. Along with recording, their touring schedule will take them all around the Southeast to play venues large and small.

And The Georgia Flood sound? Well, they're definitely guitar-driven but beyond that… "We just love music," says Lane. "Our influences are everything from Cream to the Black Keys to Lynyrd Skynyrd to Weezer to B.B. King and beyond." One thing you can be sure of, these talented brothers know how to put on a high-energy show that is like none other.

Mudcat

3:30pm - 5:00pm

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Mudcat was born in St. Paul, MN and raised on Tybee Island GA, where he first picked up the guitar. Educated at the University of New Orleans and National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York City, he began performing his original compositions as a busker. After residing in several musical towns such as New Orleans and Savannah, Mudcat eventually settled in Atlanta where he began his blues tutelage under numerous elderly musicians who were still living in the culturally-rich city. In addition to performing in his own right, Mudcat has spent nearly two decades promoting and backing these musical pioneers, organizing multi-day blues events, and bringing these nearly-forgotten artists back in front of appreciative crowds.

Joe Burton began his career in 1964 with the late Junior Wells with whom he played trombone and served as band leader. Upon Junior's death, Joe toured with other greats such as B.B. King, Bobby Womack, Joe Tex and Otis Clay. He has appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, Midnight Special and Soul Train, and is well-known in Europe, Australia and the US for his heart-wrenching solos and high-energy performances.

Eskil started playing drums and guitar by age 11, and his professional career began the next year. In high school Eskil won 'The Distinguished Musician's Award' and 'The John Phillip Sousa Award.' In a career spanning more than 30 years, Eskil has collaborated as musician, performer and composer with the likes of Peter Case, Jerry Peek, Phil Ehart, David Ragsdale, Sue Wilkinson, Orange Hat and What the...? He has appeared on many distinguished stages, such as Little Steven's Underground Garage-A-Go-Go, and toured the UK, including Liverpool's renowned The Cavern. Eskil has been drumming and vocalizing with Mudcat since 2001, touring worldwide and performing on many CDs.

Shannon Kirk is a sophomore at UGA in Athens GA where she moonlights as an amateur boxer and trainer. She teaches music at Chicago Joe's Blues Camp. Shannon started playing upright bass in 2005 until discovering her love of jazz, when she picked up the electric bass in 2007. She has been in All-State Orchestra for 4 years in both Maryland and Georgia, and has played in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. She learned how to pick out bass lines by ear and can read tab, tenor, treble, and bass clefs.

David 'Snave' Evans - bass, guitar, flute, harmonica, vocals, percussion

A life-long singer, David picked up the flute at age 9, and by the age of 11 was touring internationally with the Columbus Boychoir. Accepted to college at 15, David earned a degree in jazz bass and classical composition, while performing in pit orchestras, symphony choruses, and street busking.

A founding member of Mudcat in 1991, David also plays with his own group Snave & the Grass, and records bands as Elephant Xing Studio.
 


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