Atlanta's Music Scene Goes Virtual

Atlanta musicians perform online shows. Lots of them.
  • Atlanta musicians make music we can enjoy from the safety of home.
    Atlanta musicians make music we can enjoy from the safety of home.

Musical artists are joining forces to create online shows and stream solo performances. Legendary producer Jermaine Dupri, ChooseATL, ButterATL and Atlanta Influences Everything produced a live event for #404Day. Discover Atlanta presented the first #WeAreATL Live DJ Set hosted by KP The Great, with drop-ins by Atlanta ambassadors including David Banner, Big Boi, Kandi Burress and TI, then followed with live sets with artist and philanthropist, Lecrae and America's Got Talent finalist, Angelica Hale. Artists, creatives, DJs and ATLiens are uplifting our community with at-home concerts, all showing their love and support for Atlanta.

See what else is happening on the Atlanta music scene. 

1. Angelica Hale

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Angelica Hale hosted the We Are ATL. Live Set on Friday, May 1.

Angelica Hale performed live for YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitch audiences on Friday, May 1. Viewers can continue to donate directly to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Atlanta Community Food Bank in support of the Atlanta hospitality community. Upcoming live sets will feature performances by Atlanta ambassadors including cooking in Keshia's Kitchen with actress Keshia Knight Pulliam (Friday, May 8 at 5 p.m.).
Where to Watch: Catch the recorded performance on YouTube.

2. Atlanta Jazz Festival

Nothing can stop the Atlanta Jazz Festival. The festival, usually held in Piedmont Park over Memorial Day weekend, is the country’s largest free jazz festival. Even with COVID-19 raging and causing social distancing, the artists still want to perform and the fans still want the music. Thus, some artists are making music on the Atlanta Jazz Festival’s Facebook page. Each concert starts nightly at 9 p.m.

Among the artists who have already performed during the "31 Days of Jazz" are Cleveland P. Jones with Stacey Wade, Phil Davis Quartet, Mike Burton, Joe Grandson and Kenny Banks Sr. Their performances are still available on the Facebook page. Julie Dexter and her eclectic, avant-garde jazz was the latest artist to perform.

Here's what is coming up: May 13, Groove Centric; May 14, Anonymous da Band; May 15, Lil’ John Roberts and The Senators; May 16, Tony Hightower; and May 17, Ojeda Penn Experience. Check the jazz festival website frequently for the more performances.

Where to Watch: Live on Facebook.

3. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is presenting virtual on-demand concerts, ASO stories on its website and pre-concert recital sessions on Facebook. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is also performing singing telegrams for doctors, nurses, other healthcare providers and those in need. Visit AtlantaSymphonyOrchestra.org for more information.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra continues to deliver curated content with several live stream broadcasts of ASO performances. They are now available on demand and include the symphony’s opening night with violinist Joshua Bell, the Morehouse College Glee Club, Yoel Levi and Lang Lang plays Mozart. New broadcasts are the ASO Chorus performing Verdi’s "Four Sacred Pieces," violinist Veronica Eberle playing Brahms and Stephen Mulligan leading  the symphony with "Beethoven’s First Symphony."
Where to Watch: 
All major platforms.

4. Ben Bostick

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Ben Bostick streams a concert on April 17. (📷 Just A Fan Photography)

Outsider country singer Ben Bostick put on a neighborhood concert in Virginia-Highland and streamed an April 17 concert on Facebook. He continues with Socially Distant ATL Block Parties and streams live on Facebook. Bostick’s newest album, "Among the Faceless Crowd," due for an April 17 release, is about blue collar workers falling on hard times. For more information, go to benbostick.com
Where to Watch: Follow on Facebook for locations and regular updates.

5. Chloe x Halle perform for Spelman College Class of 2020

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Virtual Tribute to Spelman College Class of 2020 on Friday, May 15.

Spelman College will host virtual events to honor more than 480 graduates in the Class of 2020. The salute kicks off on Friday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. with a discussion between Spelman Student Government President Nia Page, C'2020, and two-time Grammy-nominated recording artists Chloe x Halle on @Spelman_College, the institution's official Instagram channel. The celebration continues and moves to @ChloexHalle on Instagram for a live performance by  Chloe x Halle in tribute to Spelman students on the @ChloexHalle Instagram platform including new music from their upcoming album. The virtual celebration will continue on at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, with the Spelman Senior Salute live streamed on Spelman.edu and the College's official Facebook page. 
Where to Watch: Start @Spelman_College and continue on @ChloexHalle on Instagram.

6. Coy Bowles Sings for Kids

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Coy Bowles hosts a daily sing-a-long for kids. (📷 Coy Bowles)

Coy Bowles is releasing his first children’s album, “Music for Tiny Humans.” He hosts a daily kids' sing-a-long most days around 4 p.m. on all major platforms.
Where to Watch: Join the sing-along on Facebook Live

7. Grunge Bible Series

Atlanta rockers Drivin N Cryin recently did a live stream on Instagram as part of Grunge Bible’s series The Shutdown Shows, which are streamed every Thursday, Friday and Saturday on Instagram TV. The series benefits bands impacted by COVID-19 cancellations.
Where to Watch: Streaming shows on Instagram.

8. Indigo Girls

The Indigo Girls, who have an album coming out May 22, gave a Facebook Live broadcast to promote their album, “Look Long.” Additional performances include Rites of Passage Livestream benefiting Honor The Earth on May 14 and Song Request Livestream benefiting Feeding The Valley on May 21. Check their website indigogirls.com for more information.
Where to Watch: Both livestreams start at 7 p.m. on Facebook and Instagram.

9. Kimono My House

Kimono My House presents Live House Concerts from mostly Georgia-based musicians. Started by Andy Gish of The Yum Yum Tree and Kim Ware of The Good Graces, Kimono My House is a virtual live music venue with musicians popping up and doing a couple songs or 10- to 15-minute sets. Among the musicians already scheduled are TT Mahoney, Jaimee Harris and Christoper Ryan. There are performances most days at various times.

Kimono My House continues to offer musicians a virtual platform. Already on the calendar for June are Kenny Howes (June 5), Leslie Grand (June 6) and Ember & Ash (June 13). Every Thursday at 9 a.m. is Throw-Bach Thursday with Tara Suswal. 
Where to Watch: Go to Facebook to see the lineups.

10. The Love Stream

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Joe McGuinness joins The Love Stream on April 11. (Photo courtesy Joe McGuinness)

On April 11 The Love Stream presented an intimate concert on Facebook Live benefiting hospitality industry workers and local restaurants. Featured musicians included Charlie Starr of Blackberry Smoke; Coy Bowles of the Zac Brown Band; Blair Crimmins of Blair Crimmins & the Hookers; Joe McGuinness; and Levi Lowrey.

11. OkCello

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OkCello hosted the We Are ATL. Live Set on April 17.

OkCello played a one-hour set for Instagram and Facebook Live audiences on Friday, April 17. All proceeds went directly to Goodr and Atlanta Community Food Bank in support of the Atlanta hospitality community. 
Where to Watch: Watch the recorded performance on IGTV.

12. Out Front Theatre

Out Front Theatre Company, in an effort to keep in touch with fans and generate donations for the theater, is providing a download and watch model for its past productions. Through April 27, fans can get a little Christmas spirit with the "Ethel Merman Disco Christmas Spectacular!" available now. Fans may access the video through a minimum $1 donation. A link and password are e-mailed directly to donors. It's a low-cost way to be entertained and help support Atlanta arts.

13. Bandsintown

Bandsintown is an app that notifies users of daily concerts featuring a variety of artists, including Young Deuces of SNYD, Hamish Anderson and G Jones. Bandsintown is available for Apple and Android users. BandsIntown continues streaming concerts with a long list of artists from all musical genres putting on live streaming concerts. Some include national artists such as Clint Black while others are local artists.   

14. Rialto Center for the Arts
 
Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts is presenting weekly show, Rialto Homegrown Artists, that showcases local talent, including Bridget Leen on June 4 at noon. Gordon Veronica  will present a concert on June 17, and the Rialto also is replaying previously recorded concerts such as Lisa Fischer, Bale Folclórico da Bahia and The Nile Project.

15. Eddie's Attic

Eddie's Attic presents "Singing OUT: the First-ever Virtual Pride Tour” on June 3 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Two award-winning singer-songwriters, Heather Mae, the self-dubbed “queer Adele,” and Crys Matthews, who calls herself the “Woody Guthrie of our generation,” want the concert to be “memorable and empowering gathering of community and PRIDE!”  Tickets are $15.

16. Larkin Poe
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Larkin Poe -- from Marietta -- is ready to release a new album.
Marietta’s own Larkin Poe, a sister act now based in Nashville, has a new album, “Self Made Man” due to be released June 12. They spent some of the quarantine presenting a concert series called, “Home Sweet Home Live Stream Series.” The final show, a request show, is scheduled for June 6 at 4 p.m., and more will be added. 

17. That's Not All

Atlanta musicians Kristian Bush, Chip McGuire, Joe Alterman and Quavo recently began online performances.

Pianist Tyrone Jackson performs a daily Facebook event.

Trumpeter Melvin Jones created “Coronatet,” in which performers join in, each from wherever they are riding out the pandemic. Jones sends a song out to the musicians. They add material. Jones edits the piece then releases it on Facebook.

The Velvet Note jazz club is streaming performances.

Be sure to visit Atlanta.net/events/virtual for more upcoming performances and watch Music Voyager for more inspiration.

Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for local and national publications.

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