Guitar-toting pop-rock siren Kate Voegele thrills audiences with her thoughtful lyrics, contagiously catchy melodies, and boundless energy. Seen sharing the stage with Neil Young, opening up for Grace Potter, and acting on the CW's hit detective show One Tree Hill, the 24-year-old's accomplishments speak volumes about her talent and ability to grab the attention of crowds without setting anything on fire. Opening acts Courrier–an Austin-based alt-rock quartet from Texas—and solo artist Leah Marie prep the crowd with feel-good ditties instead of a personal safety video.
In a single day, Peachtree Music Festival saturates the senses with two stages showcasing 18 bands on festival grounds that corral food trucks, a beer garden, fashion vendors, and artists into eight buzzing acres. A star-studded, eclectic lineup drops names like a clumsy plaque polisher, boasting such acts as Shiny Toy Guns, a Grammy-nominated electronic band, and local sensation DGAF: Dallas Austin and Corey Enemy. DJ Khaled bounces beats from his new album, which features collaborations with stars such as Kayne West, Jay-Z, Akon, and available members from the constellation Cassiopeia.
Project 9-6-1 celebrates five years of rocking Atlanta's airwaves with the Filthy Fifth Anniversary concert, a bass-heavy evening of raucous metal, hip-hop, and dub-step headlined by world-famous band Korn. Since 1994, the group has gripped music fans with its raw energy and signature nu-metal sound, which fuses aggressive riffs and cathartic caterwauling with thesaurus-shredding hip-hop. With more than 30 million records sold and two Grammys on the mantel, vocalist Jonathan Davis and his band of sonic swashbucklers execute an athletic set that mixes classic tracks with new thrashers from the band’s latest album, The Path of Totality. Joining the sonic mélange, dub-step DJ Datsik blows up the dance floor with helium tanks of hip-hop, Netherland rappers Dope D.O.D. drop hardcore rhymes about wooden shoes, and Canadian bass-master Downlink puts treble knobs in their place with telltale beats that haunt guilty floorboards.
Each Tuesday evening, the comedy curators at Hysterical Events introduce formidable funnypersons to tickle the collective brain matter of laugh-primed audiences. From the swanky, New York–style surrounds of Jerry Farber’s Side Door (located within the historical Landmark Diner), guests can chortle at the high-brow observational musings of August 16 headliner Thomas Jenkins, or guffaw at the practiced punch lines of Dan Mengini, a long-time comic, TV actor, and featured performer on August 23. Hands weary of clapping can toss bouquets or deadpan pet raccoons onstage after an incisive joke about blue-collar labor from Atlanta local Primetime Steve, who tops the bill on September 13. Throughout the show, foursomes can order laugh-lubricating libations and food from waiters roaming the tabletop seating of the gallery. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for an 8:30 p.m. start time, and patrons should check the Hysterical Events calendar for information on upcoming acts.
Synchronicity annually performs three contemporary plays for adults and two or three family-friendly musicals as part of its commitment to raise the local and national profile of Atlanta theatre. Kicking off its Bold Voices series is The Storytelling Ability of a Boy , which tells the dark story of an English teacher who gets overly involved in the lives of two of her students. Performances run at 7 Stages Theatre through November 21, when the play will be returned to a dramaturgical library to spend the holidays with its leather-bound family. The children's classic, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, will ensnare the hearts of cynical holiday audiences from December 11, 2010, through January 2, 2011, at the Balzer Theater at Herren's. See the calendar for all show dates and times.
Jose Maldonado has been moved by the lively rhythms and smooth horns of Latin music as long as he can remember, swaying his body with the steps of Afro-Cuban, salsa, and cha-cha styles. The Puerto Rico native has been performing, choreographing, and teaching dance since 1999, appearing on stages and film sets across globe and working alongside stars such Oscar D'León, Grupo Niche, and The Black Eyed Peas. In 2004, Jose founded PasoFino Dance Studio, where he shares his passion for dance and years of expertise with aspiring students.
In his spacious studio, Jose and his staff of experienced dance instructors conduct private and group sessions in a variety of styles including salsa, mambo, cha-cha, and belly dancing. They work with students of all experience levels, guiding them through spins, body movements, and footwork at a comfortable pace. The dedicated dancers also choreograph, teach, and perform for special events—ideal for those who’d like to tango at their wedding or break into a lively mambo number during their next company financial-earnings presentation.