Alabama Shakes headlines Mercedes Benz Evolution Tour at 200 Peachtree In Downtown Atlanta
The Grammy-nominated rock group, Alabama Shakes, headlined Mercedes Benz Evolution Tour in Atlanta last Thursday evening (Aug 7). Held at the swagged-out 200 Peachtree venue in Downtown, Atlanta, Alabama Shakes performed to an intimate group of 300 or so social media fans and special guests, with a much-anticipated performance that rallied the crowd as lead singer Brittany Howard belted out soulful, bluesy riffs and howls.
Only the second stop on a nine-city tour, Mercedes Benz went all out in an effort to promote their 2015 GLA-Class. As you entered the venue, guests walked the black carpet to photographers snapping candid shots ported to iPad portals, accessible by email. The venue was very posh and decked out like a concert at the music awards, only smaller. Guests were treated to an open bar and free products by vendors vying to entice and appease them. Trendy and stylish silk-screened tanks and tee’s boasting a Pink Dolphin, and the Mercedes brand logo were a part of the swag give-a-way.
Opening acts The Deslondes, and Clear Plastic Masks played 20-minute sets to a semi-hyped crowd all too eager to see Alabama Shakes, who delivered a roaring opening performance. Brittany Howard did her thing and the band’s in-tune synergy set the stage for what became an hour or so long performance of riveting proportions. Singing favorites from their 2012 debut album “Boys & Girls,” including “Hold On,” “I Ain’t the Same” and “You Ain’t Alone,” the crowd was in a frenzy. Howard performed some new songs from their upcoming sophomore album – out 2015, and her father even got a shout-out, as he watched the performance from the second-floor balcony.
Eager to speak with the bands on their upcoming projects, we hope to feature exclusive interviews with The Deslondes, Young The Giant, Mayer Hawthorne, Clear Plastic Mask and Alabama Shakes in the next print issue and digital editions.
Celebrity DJ Paris Hilton Limited Engagement With Award Winning Superclub Amnesia – Ibiza – This Summer
Following the overwhelming success of her incredible party in 2013, the one and only global celebrity DJ, Paris Hilton, has confirmed her limited engagement with the award winning superclub Amnesia this summer. Her night Foam and Diamonds is due to take place every Wednesday in August: the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th. For these four exclusive nights only the captivating heiress, hostess and DJ, will create a fabulous party turning a glamorous bath of ‘Foam & Diamonds’ to a unique experience. Amnesia already boasts three IDMAs (International Dance Music Awards) for Best Global Club and is the most outstanding venue to represent what promises to be an iconic night on the fascinating island of Ibiza. Electronica, glamour, luxury, foam and diamonds. A perfect summer night dream in Ibiza hosted by the most fabulous Paris Hilton.
Source: Lady Press Agency
Missy Elliott prodigy and Kid Cudi collaborator, Lady at SubCulture, NY
Monday, June 30 at SubCulture, NY: Lady
Lady is composed of Nicole Wray and her band, and also happens to be the name of their latest album. Nicole has been around the music block, starting at age 17 when she was discovered and signed by Missy Elliot. Since then, she lent her voice to the hip-hop and R&B world to the likes of Missy, Cam’ron, and Kid Cudi, crossing over to indie rock on The Black Keys’ acclaimed album Brothers. The rock duo then encouraged Nicole to mature and grow as a musician, which lead to the new concept of creating Lady and their latest release. The sound spans the mellowness and pop flair of 60’s soul, with the driving beat of hip-hop, and the silky smooth rhythms of R&B, and can be heard on the SubCulture stage June 30th.
www.ladytheband.com | Tix $15 in advance, $20 day of performance
Toshi Reagon, daughter of the Freedom Singers’ founders – At SubCulture, NY
Friday, June 27 at SubCulture, NY: Toshi Reagon and BigLovely
What is there to say about Toshi Reagon that hasn’t already been said? The only thing bigger than Toshi’s heart is her voice, and she has a deep honest connection to the entire spectrum of the genre we call Americana that is moving and inspiring. This is something instilled in her by her parents, two of the founding members of the Freedom Singers and her godfather Pete Seeger (whose wife is her namesake). Toshi has long ago stepped out of their shadows and created her own legacy when she first dropped out of college to pursue music completely and landed an opening slot on Lenny Kravitz’s debut tour. Since that auspicious debut she has been making profound connections with audiences great and small all over the world over. This superstar plays to festival and arena sized audiences, so catch her in this special intimate audience at SubCulture on Friday, June 27th at 10pm.
Tix $20 in advance, $25 day of performance
Actor Carl Anthony Payne III Weekend Birthday Celebration at Suite Lounge
Carl Anthony Payne III has over 3 decades of television and movies under his belt and he has added businessman and entrepreneurship to his very impressive resume. He is taking Atlanta by storm with his latest projects, to include, movies, TV shows, and business ventures. Payne decided to let loose and enjoy a little birthday fun at Suite Lounge in the heart of Downtown Atlanta.
The actor/businessman celebrated his big birthday bash over the weekend, surrounded by some of the hottest artists in Atlanta.
Photography and review by Freddy O – www.freddyo.com
Bravo’s #RHOA Stars Kandi Burruss and Porsha Williams Partying at Karma Bistro
Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” stars Kandi Burruss and Porsha Williams got their party on at Karma Bistro over the weekend. The lovely reality stars hung out with some of their closest friends, included Tobey Renee Sanders, Carmon, Don Juan, Kandi’s new hubby Todd Tucker and over 1,800 Atlanta party goers at Karma Bistro.
This was a Janet Jackson event; one of the hottest party promoters in Atlanta. We enjoyed good music, good drinks, and good people as we partied the night away and prepared for Father’s Day.
Photography and review by Freddy O – www.freddyo.com
Demetria McKinney Debuts Upcoming EP “Officially Yours” at Exclusive Dinner and Listening Session
Actress Demetria McKinney, best known for her roles in Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and the Rickey Smiley Show, hosted an exclusive invite-only dinner and listening session, on Monday, April 14, of her upcoming EP “Officially Yours” at Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta, GA. Attendees experienced a private dinner with the up-and-coming songstress prepared by renowned chef, Chef Mali and were privy to being the first to hear McKinney’s highly anticipated EP.
McKinney debuted all six (6) songs that will be featured on the “Officially Yours” EP. The final song, “100”, which was produced by powerhouse team, “The Good Guys”, was an upbeat and realistic crowd favorite. Proved to be a standout single for the summer, “100” talks about men who fail to keep it real with women about their lifestyle.
Appreciative for the excellent and influential turnout, McKinney utilized this project to introduce herself as a “singer who just happens to be an actress.” The first single off the “Officially Yours” EP will be released in May and the entire EP will be available for purchase summer 2014. The successful event was sponsored by ASCAP, Tree Sounds, Givenchy and Courvoisier.
Notables In Attendance: Cannon Kent of Atlantic Records, Stacie J. of Hot 107.9, DJ Baby Yu, DJ Sense of the Affiliates, DJ Trauma, Ebony Steele and Juicy from the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, actor Jamal Woolard, music executive Shanti Das, Lisa Wu, Siman Baby from Majic 107.5, Ron Hurd with Def Jam Records, music producer Kendrick Dean, music producer Mike Snoddy, songwriter Sick Pen, music producer Dun Deal (Young Thug, Stoner), Associate Director of Rhythm & Soul (Urban) with ASCAP Jennifer Goicoechea, music producer Chris Henderson, and singer Anthony David.
Hip Hop Legends Concert Set for March 15th in Queens, NY
Overdrive Productions and Resorts World Casino New York will present the “Legends of Hip Hop Concert Volume 1” on March 15th. Diehard hip hop fans will see legends Naughty By Nature, Kurtis Blow, DJ Kool, Black Sheep, DJ Marley Marl and DJ Skribble…
Georgia Entertainment Gala
The 2nd Annual Georgia Entertainment Gala Awards, showcasing the immense talent that Georgia has to offer in the entertainment industry was held on Saturday, January 11 at the Georgia World Congress Center. This Black Tie Evening includes an awards ceremony created to honor the excellence of Georgia’s film, television and music industry professionals. -gaentertainmentgala.com
Photography by Stephen Williams for USL Magazine