This year’s Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta, GA has quite the impressive lineup, with a nice spread of rock, hip hop, pop and indie music to keep everyone interested. Here’s the list of our top eight acts to see at the festival this year.
Music Midtown takes place from September 20 – 21 in Piedmont Park in downtown Atlanta, GA. For more information, visit the festival website.
Glide Magazine’s 8 Acts To See – Music Midtown Festival
Jordan Cook, better known as Reignwolf, is a guitar virtuoso from Canada. His electric bluesy-rock sound has found him quite a loyal following online and at his live shows, even though he is yet to release an album. Reignwolf’s first single, “Are You Satisfied” is a great look at what’s to come. (Reignwolf does a great cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain,” as well.)
ZZ Ward started her musical career singing with her father in his blues band in Oregon when she was only 12. She’s fused blues and soulful pop to create her sound. (think Fitz and the Tantrums) She released her debut album Till The Caskets Drop in late 2012. Her most recent single is “365 Days” released this May.
Capital Cities is an indie-pop duo from Los Angeles. The bands song “Safe and Sound” reached #1 on the US Alternative Song Chart and is currently climbing the Top 40. Their debut album In a Tidal Wave of Mystery was released in June. They started their first ever North-American Tour this April to a sold out crowd in Phoenix, AZ.
Tegan and Sara
Canadian twin sisters, Tegan and Sara’s Seventh studio album Heartthrob was released in January and is a departure form their usual indie-rock style. Heartthrob is their most commercial release to date with a big pop sound. The singles “Closer” and “I Was a Fool” have been the driving force behind its charting success.
Kendrick Lamar is a hip-hop artist from Compton, California influenced by 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G. & Jay-Z. His Sophomore album “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” was released last October and includes the mega hits “Poetic Justice” and “Swimming Pools (Drank).” MTV has crowned him “The Hottest MC in the Game.”
Weezer formed in 1992 and has had a loyal following all these years. Best known for “Buddy Holly,” “Undone – The Sweater Song” and “Beverly Hills.” On their tour this year, they have been playing their greatest hits and have played their fan-favorite debut album, dubbed The Blue Album/em> start to finish. Crowd pleasing 90’s nostalgia!
Yeah Yeah Yeah’s
The indie-art-rock trio from NYC, led by front woman Karen O, released their fourth studio album Mosquito this April. The lead single was “Sacrilege,” and soon followed up by the single “Despair.” The YYY’s are no strangers to festivals, having played Coachella, Outside Lands and the Firefly Festival earlier this summer, among many others.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
RHCP will be shutting down Music Midtown Saturday night on the main stage. Formed in 1983, the Peppers are celebrating 30 years together. They’ve recorded 10 studio albums with 2011’s I’m With You being their latest. The band is best known for their hits “Give it Away,” “Can’t Stop” and “By the Way.”