Electric Boogaloo

Record Store Day Will Be ‘Sweet’

It’s been a bit since we hollered at you concerning something other than our concert rundown, and there’s some of that in here. But, this is a special dual announcement for Record Store Day, which occurs at record stores nationwide this Saturday April 20, and the Sweetwater 420 Fest taking place in Candler park this weekend Friday 4/19 through Sunday 4/21.

WREK will be stationed at Criminal Records for RSD 2013

Record Store Day is a long running phenomenon which celebrates music within the remaining independent outlets around the U.S. with promotions, special releases, and in-store performances. Criminal Records in the heart of Little Five Points has been a sort of hub for RSD in Atlanta the last few years and WREK’s own promotional staff will be out again in full force playing music, selling t-shirts, and surely giving away some stickers and sunglasses. Criminal also will feature a full slate of performances from von Grey, Mood Rings, and Christ, Lord. Be sure and check us out, but don’t forget to check out the activities around the city’s other indie stores such as Wuxtry, Fantasyland, Wax & Facts, Full Moon, and Decatur CD.

UPDATE – The Screaming Eagle of Soul himself, Charles Bradley, has announced he and the Menahan Street Band will be stopping by Criminal Records around 11:30 am for coffee and hugs!

The 420 Fest in Candler Park brings the funk once again.

And if you’re in the neighborhood of Criminal Records, Wax & Facts and Blue Moon this weekend, be sure and checkout the Sweetwater 420 Fest in Candler Park going on Friday evening through Sunday. Friday will feature headliner George Clinton and P-Funk, as well as the last Atlanta performance of Papa Grows Funk, as they plan to to disband shortly after N.O. Jazz Fest next month and opener Earphunk,. On Saturday, the funk continues with Deep Blue Sun feat Yonrico Scott, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, and Black Joe Lewis‘s gritty Texas soul to close things down. Finally, on Sunday you’ve got Robert Randolph and the Family Band, plus a few others (keeping in mind, I’m highlighting the funkier acts). Click on the link above for the entire schedule.

And if the festival thing doesn’t tickle you, there are a few other gigs around town, just check out our latest What’s Up for the full slate. I know I’m certainly looking forward to Charles Bradley’s return Sunday night! Until next time, stay funky and be safe out there wherever you find your groove thing.

Grab Bag o’ Boogie Notes

The much awaited spring update to What’s Up… is coming. But first, a few grab bag items…

Hopefully you were attuned to this space and were one of the lucky ticket holders for this past Saturday’s Dr. John and the Nite Trippers show at the Variety Playhouse. Sadly, due to my own shortsightedness, was not one of the lucky ones. A word to the wise, then: BUY THOSE TICKETS!! If there is a show coming up which you don’t want to miss, don’t expect to walk up and buy a ticket as I learned the hard way. I should have known as it had been years since Dr. John’s last visit, and he usually packs them in.

I was in the right place, but I was a ticket short

Next, and this is a late addition as it occurs the very evening of this posting, but Deep Funk with DJs Agent 45 & Buscrates is again offering the best in rare groove, soul, jazz … basically anything you can think of and many you’ve never heard of, all at 45 RPM. If you miss it tonight at the Sound Table, be looking for it again in a month or so.

Finally, without further ado, your boogie-packed What’s Up With What’s Going Down:

Be sure and check us out every Thursday night from 11pm to midnight, listening live at 91.1 FM WREK in Atlanta or streaming at wrek.org for your chance at tickets to some of these shows!

Concerted Efforts of Groove

March was looking to be sort of a dead month for shows last time around on the What’s Up shot. Now, it’s looking a little better, but still really looking forward to spring and the Festival Season that comes with it. Personally, I got to the  Brownout show on V-Day, and the day before that, got to see Monophonics on a business trip out in Fort Collins, CO. Such a lucky break! And they’ll be bringing their Bay Area soul to A-Town in April as well. Enough teasing, let’s get to pleasing with your updated What’s Up With What’s Going Down:

Be sure and check us out every Thursday night from 11pm to midnight, listening live at 91.1 FM WREK in Atlanta or streaming at wrek.org for your chance at tickets to some of these shows!

Late Winter Funky Rundown

Tons (literally?) of great shows coming up in the next few months. Definitely looking forward tot the New Mastersounds and Brownout shows as well as the Sweetwater 420 Fest and the Savannah Music Fest which will be bookended by Lee Fields and Mr. Charles Bradley. Without further ado, here is the rest of the listwith your updated What’s Up With What’s Going Down:

Be sure and check us out every Thursday night from 11pm to midnight, listening live at 91.1 FM WREK in Atlanta or streaming at wrek.org for your chance at tickets to some of these shows!

Let Us Put You on the Good Foot This Week

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve given you more than just a rundown of upcoming shows, and this week presents a good opportunity to do just that… My special guest this week will be Ally Stevens of Good Foot Promotions, a self-made lass who’s been blessing Atlanta by bringing some really great shows and performances to fruition. With a love of music as big as her heart, Ally threw off the 9-to-5 shackles a few years ago to pursue that passion as a concert promoter and hasn’t looked back since. Though with a heavy influence on funk and soul, she books shows across a wide array of other genres including folk, reggae, electronica, jazz, hip-hop, Americana — the list goes on.

Little Miss Music, Ally Stevens

Not to belittle the artists themselves — for without great artists, we’d have nothing to listen and dance to — but a good promoter can really make a difference in a burgeoning band’s notoriety. And Ally’s seen some of her regular acts make waves to growing crowds around town and an on a more national scene.

On the local scene, she works regularly with Cadillac Jones, Atlanta Funk Society, Waller and Plectophilia, and she’s responsible for bringing a lot of national talent to Atlanta, including Otis Redding III, Breakestra, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Brownout, Orgone, and the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. Aside from regularly booking The Five Spot, The EARL, Smith’s Olde Bar, The Masquerade, Apache Cafe, 529, and The Drunken Unicorn in Atlanta, she’s begun organizing similar events in Asheville, NC and Fort Collins, CO.

Good Foot 3-Year Anniversary Party

Aside from tooting her horn for her, we’re also having Ally in to talk about the Good Foot 3-Year Anniversary Party, going down this Friday at The Five Spot. They’re practically giving the good times way (pay what you feel like) and it’ll feature a little bit of something from the across the musical spectrum, including the following acts: Front Porch Session Players (Americana), Spencer Pope (Jazz Fusion), Bonemeal Maker (Blues/Funk feat members of Dialect Trio), Sailing to Denver (Folk/Americana), and Freddy’s Finest (Funk/Blues featuring members of Newberry Jam). The night will round out with an all-out jam, featuring some of Atlanta’s best musical talents. It’s sure to be a good one…

So tune in this Thursday from 11pm to midnight on your station for quality, diverse music 91.1 fm in Atlanta or streaming live at wrek.org.