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PHOTOS: John Legend And Gallant In Atlanta

May 20, 2017
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Songwriter John Legend rolled through Atlanta this weekend, delivering a powerful and energetic performance. His opening act was Gallant, an up and coming R&B artist. See photos of the stellar performance in the slideshow above.

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Georgia lost a music legend earlier this month. Colonel Bruce Hampton died May 1, shortly after his 70th  birthday celebration at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Hampton was widely regarded as the granddaddy of the jam-band scene. He played with pioneering acts like the The Hampton Grease Band and Aquarium Rescue Unit. We pay homage to the great Colonel Bruce with memories from Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Sipe, and Jesse Jarnow.

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Today’s Music Minute recognizes Atlanta singer turned reality star Kandi Burruss, who celebrates her 41st birthday today.

 

 

Burruss is featured on the hit show "Real Housewives of Atlanta." But before she was a reality star, Burruss grew up singing in church. She then became part of the singing group Xscape.

 

 

The group churned out six chart-topping hits, including this song, a cover version of "Who Can I Run To" in 1995.

Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band are all too happy to rock your town. For almost 10 years, the wife and husband duo has made their living as constantly touring troubadours bringing their unique songwriting and electrified banjo sound to places off the beaten path and into the nooks and crannies of the touring circuit. 

PHOTOS: Shaky Knees Fest '17 Day Three

May 15, 2017
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And so it ends...the fifth Shaky Knees concluded Sunday with sparks and cheers. See the last batch of photos in the slideshow above.

PHOTOS: Shaky Knees Fest '17 Day Two

May 14, 2017
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Shaky Knees Day Two is a wrap! Check out all our photos in the slideshow above!

PHOTOS: Shaky Knees Fest '17 Day One

May 13, 2017
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The first day of the Fifth Annual Shaky Knees Festival is a wrap! Check out the slideshow for a recap of all the bands that jammed out in Centennial Olympic Park on Friday. 

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The Shaky Knees Music Festival begins this weekend in Atlanta. All week, we’ve heard from artists on the festival’s line-up. We top off the series with a very distinct Southern voice: Tennessee-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Amythyst Kiah. She performs at the festival on Saturday at 12:15 p.m.

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Tupac Shakur is one of the most famous rappers in history. Until his murder in 1996 at the age of 25, Shakur was a figurehead of the West Coast rap scene. 

So Tupac Shakur’s connection to Georgia might surprise you.

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Fantastic Negrito is best known to the world as the first-ever winner of NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest. But the blues musician has been working for years to get wide recognition. The next step will be a performance at the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta this Saturday. We talk with Fantastic Negrito about his rise from the ground up.

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Ron Gallo doesn't care if you like him. The Nashville musician has bigger things to worry about, such as the absurdity of human nature and the question of greater purpose in the universe. He channels those thoughts with quick, punky energy on-stage. Ron will bring his philosophically driven jams to the Shaky Knees Festival this Sunday, so we caught up with him in the studio.

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Korean-American indie rock band Run River North will perform at the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta this weekend. The band is currently touring to promote their latest album, "Drinking From A Salt Pond." We catch up with lead vocalist Alex Hwang and guitarist Daniel Chae ahead of their Shaky Knees show this Saturday.

We talk with singer and songwriter Rhiannon Giddens, who is best known as the lead vocalist with the string band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops. She’s got a new solo album, "Freedom Highway." It tells the stories of oppressed African Americans. We talked with her ahead of a performance at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta on Saturday, May 6 at 8 p.m.

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On this day in 1933, James Brown, who lived much of his life in Augusta, was born.

The funk legend recorded sixteen singles that topped the Billboard R&B Charts, including this song in 1966, “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man's World.”

Brown’s signature voice and provocative dance moves inspired a generation of future artists. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.   

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The simplest way to describe Sequoyah Murray’s music is to say he sings.

“He sings” only starts to scratch the surface of what Atlanta native Murray does with his voice over the top of the jazz inflected grooves in his music.

Murray purposely swings his voice through its whole range from falsettos to a baritone rumble.

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Athens Photographer Jason Thrasher has been shooting the music scene there for decades. His new book “Athens Potluck” captures the early gigs of R.E.M., Pylon, and the Drive-By Truckers. Thrasher adds two more tunes to our essential Georgia Playlist.

The world is still mourning Prince's death last April, and fans paying tribute often return to one monumental work: Purple Rain. The album and the film won three Grammys and an Oscar, influenced countless musicians and made Prince a superstar. A critical ingredient in that success was his band at the time: The Revolution.

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Cicadas are expected to return to Georgia this year after a long hiatus. Athens band Cicada Rhythm paid tribute to the raucous insects by naming their band after them. We asked Dave Kirslis to add some favorites to our essential Georgia Playlist.

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The 42-year-old rapper Killer Mike, of Run The Jewels, and the 75-year-old funk legend George Clinton, founder of Parliament and Funkadelic, may be from different generations, but it turns out they have a few things in common.

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On this day in 1964, Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls was born in Decatur, Georgia.

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The Atlanta Dogwood Festival will feature a number of local talents. One of the musicians performing this weekend is Felicita.

She’s a vocalist, guitarist, and a student at Georgia State University. She’ll be performing at the International Stage throughout the weekend in Piedmont Park.

We chat with Felicita about her budding musical career. Then, we hear a live song recorded in the GPB Performance Studio. 

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival kicks off today. It will feature more than 50 performances over the next three days.

One of those performers is Antonio Rodriguez. He’s a musician and singer from Veracruz, Mexico. He’ll be performing each day at the International Stage in Piedmont Park.

 

 

Rodriguez traveled to our GPB Performance Studio this week to play us a song and tell us a little about his love for music.

 

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We get a new pair of songs for our essential Georgia Playlist. Members of Augusta band Funk You join the show to share two of their favorite Georgia tunes from Dixie Dregs and Otis Redding.

They perform at The Georgia Theatre in Athens Wednesday (April 5) at 9pm, and at Sky City in Augusta Thursday (April 6) at 10pm.

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The banjo has many moods in the hands of Noam Pikelny. He’s best known as a founding member and banjo player for the Punch Brothers. The Chicago native has been performing since a very young age, and recently released his first full solo album “Universal Favorite.”

Pikelny spoke with GPB’s Trevor Young in advance of a performance at The Earl in Atlanta, Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m. 

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One of the musical acts performing this week as part of the Atlanta Film Festival is the New Orleans group, Tank and the Bangas. The band won this year’s NPR Tiny Desk Contest.

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On this day in 1999, Joe Williams of Cordele, GA passed away at the age of 80. Williams was a mainstay of the jazz scene for decades.

 

He served as the frontman of the Count Basie Orchestra starting in 1954, where he performed songs this one: “Well, Alright, Okay, You Win.

From 1961 until his passing, Williams was a highly-regarded solo artist who played in venues across the country. In the 1980's, he also made occasional TV appearances on "The Cosby Show" as Grandpa Al.

 

Leave it to Run the Jewels to find the connection between psychedelic drugs and systemic disorder. The new video for "Legend Has It," the first from the duo's third LP RTJ3, finds Killer Mike and El-P tripping on acid in a police lineup alongside a rotating cast of unusual suspects: a nun, an "innocent" little girl, a fireman, even a clown-faced police officer.

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Rachael Shaner is the frontwoman for Savannah band Lulu The Giant. They performed live on our show last week during a broadcast from the Stopover Music Festival. Rachael gives us her two picks for the essential Georgia Playlist.

Lulu The Giant performs at Smith's Olde Bar on April 1 at 8 p.m.

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Our in-house musician for the Friday broadcast of our live show from Savannah was Christopher Paul Stelling. He is performing at the Savannah Stopover Music Festival. Stelling is originally from Daytona Beach, Florida, but is now based in North Carolina. His debut album, “Songs of Praise and Scorn,” was released in 2012. Since then, he’s released two more records, and was invited to perform at NPR Music for a Tiny Desk Concert.

On Second Thought is broadcasting from Savannah for the Savannah Stopover Music Festival. As the first of two house bands for the trip, listeners got to hear Savannah's own Lulu the Giant, fronted by bassist Rachael Shaner. As much jazz combo as rock band, Lulu the Giant's sound is built around Shaner's stand up bass and love of the blues. Enjoy this live session with the band, recorded at The Grey Restaurant. 

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