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.
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!
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.