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The 2015 Atlanta Arts Festival features a great variety of live entertainment throughout the weekend!


Saturday, Oct 24

Mike Snowden

14th Street Entrance

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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.

Chase Lamondo

11:00am – 12:00pm

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Rodeo Twister

12:30pm – 1:45pm

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Rodeo Twister's music is comfortably familiar yet not quite like anything you've ever heard before - all at the same time. At first look, you might think they're missing something. But you'll only think not having a drummer is a bit odd if you aren't aware how rock and roll actually started. The trio's line-up of upright bass, acoustic rhythm guitar and lead guitar is right in line with the early days of Elvis and Sun Records, as well as other rockabilly artists and a slew of country and bluegrass acts before that. The slap of the bass and the strum of the guitar was good enough to carry the rhythm for those legends and it's good enough for R.T. While the instrumentation might be the first thing you notice, once you hear Rodeo Twister's songs and harmonies you quickly know this is no Oldies act. Their originals go far deeper than your typical rockabilly topics of cars and girls. The songs aren't just accessible and dance worthy, the lyrics are very much of the here and now and are filled with insight, introspection and just the right amount of humor and expertly sung and adorned with beautiful two and three-part harmonies. The band is comprised of Jay Murphree (upright bass, vocals), Chad Proctor (lead guitar, vocals) and Matt Spaugh (rhythm guitar, vocals). All three members are veterans of Atlanta's roots music scene, in particular the "Redneck Underground" that keeps the South's proud tradition of classic country and rockabilly alive. Having spent time in several of Creative Loafing's Best of Atlanta bands such as Cigar Store Indians, Blacktop Rockets, Caroline & The Ramblers and more, the men of Rodeo Twister are now proudly taking the inspiration of the classic sounds they love and are having a lot of fun pushing them into a whole new direction for today.

Heather Luttrell and the Possumden

2:15pm – 3:30pm

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Heather Luttrell and the Possumden have been peddlin their whiskey soaked-travelling show of Blues and Americana up and down the East Coast tirelessly for the past two years, gaining fans, notoriety and a few speeding tickets. With two part harmonies, acoustic guitar, banjo, drums and kazoo, the duo brings a big sound for two people, often surprising venues and fans with the large powerful voice that comes tearing out of Heather's wirey tattooed frame like a freight train. The witty lyrics of a story teller and the voice of gospel queen gained Heather the nickname Possumdiva, also the name of the new CD the band is touring in support of. Sharing stages with everyone from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Delbert Mcclinton, playing dive bars and concert halls, Heather Luttrell and the Possumden are coming to a town near you so grab a glass and pour yourself a strong one, sit back and enjoy the show.

Gibson Wilbanks

4:00pm – 5:30pm

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When Carly Gibson and BJ Wilbanks first began collaborating musically during the summer of 2011, it was like milk chocolate meeting peanut butter…a beautiful and tasty combination! Up to that point, they had each been pursuing separate solo singer/songwriter careers, but something truly magical took place when they began writing and performing together.

Carly Gibson gained a lot of attention as a songwriter, singer and guitar player when she was selected to attend the GRAMMY guitar and songwriter camps in Los Angeles, designed to allow talented young artists the opportunity to work, learn and play with the music industry's top professionals. Now a 2013 graduate from Atlanta Institute of Music's acclaimed guitar program, Carly is what you would call a triple threat: she not only composes soulful and sophisticated music, she also sings beautifully and plays a mean acoustic guitar. In addition, she has earned a substantial reputation for her skill on electric guitar, having performed for a period of time as a lead guitarist with mentor, Caroline Aiken. Though youthful, Carly sports an old soul; her dedication to her art is readily apparent in her performance.

Calhoun, GA native B.J. 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! Wilbanks crafts his distinctive sound with acoustic guitar, often accompanied by finger slide or harmonica. His 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.

Together as Gibson Wilbanks, these two have been called "Gregg Allman meets Bonnie Raitt." They have combined their considerable songwriting and musical skills to create the unique and popular Southern bluesy sound that helped them to win the coveted songwriter's open mic competitions at Eddie's Attic in December of 2011 and in November of 2013 at Eddie Owen Presents @ Red Clay Theatre. Think Gregg Allman meets Bonnie Raitt meets Michael Hedges with a dash of Al Green–in short, an entertaining and joyful experience not to be missed!

Sunday, Oct 25

Sara Rachele

11:00am – 11:45am

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SARA RACHELE, An independent songwriter from Decatur, Georgia, a hot-bed for local folk music, cut her teeth in the Atlanta scene cleaning out the cupboards at Eddie's Attic in the early 2000s. The former wurlitzer player of The Love Willows (Decca/Universal) returns to her hometown to track her first record, a compilation of folksongs written while living in Manhattan's East Village. This reunion brings a sense of togetherness to Rachele's songs: tales of worry, violence, and the inherent activism of true stories. Rachele's whispered croons and folk-guitar underpinnings have been compared to the likes of Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, and Mazzy Starr.

Andrew Salgado

12:15pm – 1:15pm

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Singer/Songwriter Andrew Salgado released his album Absolutely Everything on Friday May 15, 2015. The album was written with Jim "Moose" Brown, Jim Peterik, Don Sampson and Darryl Worley.

Additionally, Andrew collaborated with Brian Wilson and Kacey Musgraves on their duet Guess You Had to Be There. The song is featured on Wilson's album No Pier Pressure, which made it to #1 on Amazon. Rolling Stone declares, "The breezy tune, on which Musgraves sings the verses and Wilson the choruses, sounds tailor-made for summertime radio play." Meanwhile, Andrew has opened for Carrie Underwood, Clint Black, Eli Young Band, Randy Houser, Toby Keith, Love and Theft, and Neal McCoy.

The Saint Francis Band

1:45pm – 3:00pm

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The Saint Francis Band was officially founded in 2009 in Macon, Ga, but relocated to Athens, Ga in 2010. They are a crossover Americana group with a wide range of influences. TSFB is centered around strong vocal performance, lyrical content, and well delivered music composition that creates the unmistakable sound that is The Saint Francis Band.

The Saint Francis Band is marriage of creative forces radiating from the purest of hearts with the most genuine of souls. TSFB sound touches the deepest recesses of emotion, and lifts your spirit to a new awareness!

Charlie and the Foxtrots

3:30pm – 5:00pm

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Comprised of five eclectic members with widely varying musical backgrounds and influences, there's a lot of gears at work here: the powerful but earnest tenor of frontman Charlie Wilson, the gritty soul of Memphis native Josh Ramos' guitar, drummer James Varner's virtuosic instinct for creating rhythms, subtle pop melodies dancing through keyboardist Jeremy Webster's magic fingers, and Matthew McClure's hypnotic basslines which render anyone within a half-mile radius incapable of sitting still. But this machine is well-oiled, and when it fires on all cylinders: it's damn-near a religious experience.

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