Music

Head over to the main stage on the Bessie Branham lawn for free concerts from some of Atlanta’s best talent. Live music starts at 11 a.m., and this year’s lineup features a mix of jazz, indie rock, bluegrass, soul, and more.

2017 bands

Control BurnControl Burn

11 – 11:45 a.m.  | Control Burn is a dynamic bluegrass and new acoustic trio that refuses to be confined to a narrow genre. With a surprisingly full sound for a trio, Control Burn is impressing audiences across Atlanta and beyond with skillful playing, exciting original compositions, and selective and meaningful covers. Harris Kendrick on guitar, Tyler Kufta on bass, and Jay Moore on mandolin and vocals are a trio you don’t want to miss.

Slow ParadeSlow Parade

Noon – 12:45 p.m.  |  Inspired by ‘60s psych classic and Atlanta’s thriving indie rock scene, Slow Parade is headed by Matthew Pendrick. Born and raised in Decatur, Matthew honed his chops while busking under the tutelage of infamous street shouter Guitar Red, soaking up the city’s deep musical history, digging down through the roots and sharing the stage with many of the South’s musical torch bearers including Eddie Tigner (the Ink Spots), Oliver Wood (the Wood Brothers) and Michelle Malone.

Ruby VelleRuby Velle Acoustic Duo

1:15 – 2 p.m.  |  Ruby Velle & Scott Clayton have been playing together for over 10 years, keeping soul music at the forefront of their repertoire. After opening for the Temptations last year, the larger band Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics have been working towards their sophomore release due out this year. The duo provides a great way to hear the stripped-down and sultry authenticity in Ruby’s vocals, and relish in the sounds from Scott’s 20-plus years of guitar.

Yani MoYani Mo

2:15 – 3 p.m.  | Melodic, smooth, sensual, and profound – just some of the words folks have used to describe Yani Mo. She’s a creative and collard green enthusiast with artistic influences ranging from Toni Morrison, Al Green, Lauryn Hill, and Dilla. The Lithonia native has commanded the growing subculture of Atlanta since her 2013 debut EP “Compound/Words,” a jazz-hop fusion record. During the past year, Mo has been releasing a series of projects, including her second project “Space & Simplicity” with Decatur-based producer ProRow.

Russell GunnRussell Gunn’s Krunk Jazz Orkestra

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  |  Born in Chicago and raised in St. Louis, Russell Gunn is a pioneer of the Jazz/Hip-Hop movement and the Jazz/Trap movement, a space that only he occupies. He has produced two Grammy-nominated recordings, Ethnomusicology Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. His current projects include The Sirius Mystery and Blackhawk Revisited. As a trumpet player, Russell has performed and toured with a whoʼs who in contemporary music, including Oliver Lake, Branford Marsalisʼ Buckshot LeFonque, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Maxwell, DʼAngelo, Lou Reed, Cee Lo Green, Ne-Yo, Young Jeezy, and Harry Connick Jr. among others.

K. Michelle DuboisK. Michelle DuBois

4:45 – 5:30 p.m.  |  K. Michelle DuBois performs original work from her most recent solo release, Astral Heart, and works in a piece or two sourced from years with Atlanta sweethearts Ultrababyfat and fronting critically acclaimed alt-rock combo, Luigi. Joining KMD on stage is producer and guitarist Dan Dixon and key master, André Griffin (both of Atlanta’s PLS PLS), Chandler Rentz (of Snowden), and Jim Prible (of many Atlanta indie-rock staples, from Opal Foxx Quartet to Clobber).

Fantasy GuysFantasy Guys

6 – 6:45 p.m.  |  Fantasy Guys is Inyo Galatea, Maddy Davis, and Mitchell Hardage’s attempt to manifest beach magic inside Atlanta. The project was spawned from the pineapple pulp of former band Distant Planet, and has since been claimed to gently place listeners on hammocks. The trio has asked many scientists for a genre, and after years of calculating the sonic combinations of spritely vocals, zesty synths, saucy bass, luscious guitar, and succulent vibraphone–all atop sexy rhythm tracks by imaginary drummer Hibiscus Chad (Hardage)–the results yielded “Tropical Dream Pop.”

Little TybeeLittle Tybee

7:15 – 8 p.m.  |  Little Tybee is a progressive psych-folk band based out of Atlanta. Formed in 2009, the group has bridged existing genres into their own brand of calculated, creative, and technical music, which refuses to sacrifice musicality and accessibility.