Electric Boogaloo

Update to ‘What’s Up’

Lots of shows to get to, so we’ll dive into What’s Up With What’s Going Down for the next month or so… but also, check the bottom of this post for a brand new video by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings whose leading lady we hear is on the road to recovery, and whose new album Give the People What They Want, will be released in January of next year.

Now here’s What’s Up:

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!

Autumn Caught ‘Em

Lots of shows to get to, so let’s dive right into What’s Up With What’s Going Down for the next month or so:

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!

Summer Heat’s What’s Up

I remember when the Atlanta summer was something to fear, going outside and bearing the heat and sunshine. Well ol’ Mother Nature hasn’t kept up her end of the bargain to the benefit of all of our lawns and gardens. Things are bound to heat up though, and the coming weeks’ event schedule is no different. Let’s begin with this weekend where we’ll see Living Colour performing their classic Vivid from start to finish at the Variety Playhouse. Then Saturday, our good friends from the Georgia Soul Council celebrate their first LP (Thickens Upon Standing) as well as the moving on to the green pastures of Brooklyn by their keys player, Jeff Jeswald this Saturday at Elliott Street Pub. We’ll have ticket giveaways to both on tonight’s show, so tune in.

Now, here is the rest of What’s Up With What’s Going Down for the next month or so:

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!

Here’s What’s Funky, Atlanta

Spring appears to finally be arriving, no thanks to that lying groundhog, and plenty of great shows are on tap in the coming weeks. Local acts such as Ruby Velle and Noot d’ Noot, some bigger names like Quincy Jones and Shuggie Otis, and of course the cavalry of DJ’s such as Agent 45 and Cozy doing their regular things. I’ll give you an abbreviated look first, and try to keep this spot updated as more things materialize. So now, 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!

Boogaloo Down the Bayou

A bit overdue for a What’s Up… concert post, but in the meantime enjoy as we share our #humblebrag #musicboner experience to our first New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, as it was quite an experience and one I recommend.

(Original Headhunter) Bill Summers and Jazalsa

(Original Headhunter) Bill Summers and Jazalsa

Second weekend was the pick for our crew. The Jazz Fest runs for 7 days over two weekends at the end of April and beginning of May every year. In its 44th year, the Festival is attended by hundreds of thousands from far reaches of the globe for its rich cultural cornucopia. To think that its just a celebration of jazz or even just music would be a gross miscalculation. Local food vendors, cultural and historical exhibits, a burgeoning artists market, oh, and twelve stages of music from the world over provide a delightful bounty for the senses. It’s truly an experience to behold and one I’ll be making sure to have again and again.

Vernon Reid of HeadFake

Vernon Reid of HeadFake

And when the festival ends around 8pm each day, the fun just begins as festivalgoers descend on the various restaurants, watering holes, and stages throughout the Crescent City. We had a rigorous agenda peppering food stops at Coop’s, Cochon, Verti Marte and more between our concert lineup which included sets by Lettuce, Soulive, Kermit RuffinsHeadFake (with Doug Wimbish, Will Calhoun, Vernon Reid and Corey Glover), Lee Fields and the Expressions, Zigaboo Modeliste, Living Colour, and the very last Monday night at the Maple Leaf, after 13 years, by Papa Grows Funk.

Blurry pic of Papa Grows Funk warming up for their second set

Blurry pic of Papa Grows Funk warming up for their second set

This latter show packed Oak Street and included an outdoor crawfish boil and live art by Frenchy in a venue so extremely packed that I pretty much had my chest against the back of the person in front of me. It was tight, sweaty and very difficult to move around, but it was still pretty awesome.

Live rendering of Papa Grows Funk created by Frenchy

Live rendering of Papa Grows Funk created by Frenchy

Sorry that this is a post report of the Jazz Fest, so you’ve missed this year’s, but there is always next…