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Since it is the capital city of Georgia, Atlanta has had in important role in the history of the United States, including the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. Music goes hand in hand with social change, so it should be no surprise that the sounds of this city are intertwined with the telling of American history. But, what is happening with music in Atlanta today and looking forward? The city certainly stands out from the crowd. Keep reading to find out why it speaks to contemporary listeners.
Atlanta might be the next big music hub
According to Billboard just last year, Atlanta holds the potential to be the music industry’s next new venture. In the past, Atlanta was a major force in American music. However, when digital music gained attention, the music industry left Atlanta in favor of green pastures in cities such as Los Angeles and New York. Fortunately for southerners, the tides are, yet again, turning. A city that is continually defining music trends and tapping into popular culture, Atlanta is fighting to a place of its own among the industry’s giants.
The challenge Atlantans are facing now is proving that its role is sustainable enough for industry leaders to invest in the city’s sound by putting down roots. To encourage prominence, local labels and entrepreneurs are collaborating such as LVRN and Coach K, and streaming companies such as Spotify are opening offices in the city. New music legislation such as the Georgia Music Investment Act is encouraging this movement, too.
Listeners in Atlanta are enjoying the renewed energy and recent expansion that the scene is experiencing. Concert lovers from out of town may be surprised by the growth Atlanta has shown. As said by Andre 3000 from Atlanta, “The South got something to say.” Attend some concerts to hear what that is for yourself.
Since Atlanta is a competitive music space filled with talented artists, those who make a name for themselves in this city are worth checking out
What do John Mayer, Usher, Ciara, Gucci Mane, Mastodon, Sugarland, T.I., The Black Crowes, OutKast, Andre 3000, TLC, CeeLo Green, Gladys Knight, Lady Antebellum, Lil Jon, Brenda Lee, Casting Crowns, R.E.M., James Brown, the Allman Brothers Band, Soulja Boy, Gnarls Barkley, Indigo Girls, B.o.B., Yin Yang Twins, and Deerhunter all have in common? These musicians and bands have deep ties to Atlanta, Georgia. Across genres, Atlantan music raises to higher levels, reaching national and international audiences. People who want to hear where these icons came from or catch them performing in their hometown, explore Atlanta’s music scene.
City in revival geared towards its entertainment prospects
Atlanta has many marvelous venues to draw in listeners who want more than a good musical experience. Music enthusiasts know that a venue has as much to do with the performance as the act on stage. In dull crows, energy falls flat. In overly crowded spaces, it is impossible to get a good look at the stage. Ambiance is not sacrificed in many of Atlanta’s venues. Blind Willie’s, Cowboys, Café 290, Eddie’s Attic, Smith’s Olde Bar, Star Community Bar, Apache Café, The Earl, Dark Horse Tavern & 10 High Club, and Fernbank Museum of Natural History are some of the locals’ favorites.
One of the many spaces for young, eager professionals, Eddie’s Attic brings acoustic acts on stage from local, regional, and national levels. Enjoy some beer and a casual chill space, while listening to the talent. Brining a slightly underground feel to a grownup, mainstream venue, Eddie’s taps into an emerging niche. A space for nerds after dark, Fernbank Museum of Natural History has adult-only events with cocktails and live music. When swaying to easy listening sounds and achieving a light buzz, wander around and look at the dinosaurs. For concert lovers who want a dynamite set of ambient venues, Atlanta is a city to see.