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May in Atlanta – All the music, art, beer and fun you won’t want to miss!

Spring is in the air and there is plenty of fun to be had in Atlanta. May brings with it a slew of entertainment with a musical backdrop, starting with an array of Cinco de Mayo parties, followed by beer festivals, art showings, and of course, music. Here’s the lowdown on all of the May events you won’t want to miss in Atlanta.

Cinco de Mayo Parties

Cinco De Mayo Fest 2011, Thursday May 5 at Loca Luna Restaurant and Bar 550-C Amsterdam Ave NE Atlanta near Piedmont Park 4pm  $10 advance, $15 door

This outdoor festival boasts a roaming mariachi band, an inferno taco eating challenge, sexiest senors and senoritas in Atlanta and live music by Yacht Rock Schooner. Loca Luna is known for their tasty tapas and they will have plenty to offer with your margaritas and cold beer! http://www.loca-luna.com/

Virginia Highlands Cinco de Mayo Celebration & Block Party Thursday May 5 in the parking lot between Pozole & Limerick Junction 5:00pm – 11:00pm $5

This is the 4th annual Cinco party hosted by the Virginia Highlands
community. With live music, authentic mexican grub, a beer and margarita bar, and contests to smash the pinata and speed eating hot peppers, you would be remiss to miss this.

Beer Festivals

East Atlanta Beer Festival, Saturday May 21 in East Atlanta Village’s Brownwood Park 1:00-6:00pm, $35 advance tix

This is the 8th year for the EABF, which features a wide selection of beers, food, and music – all the reasons we love going to East Atlanta Village! The price of admission gets you samples of over 150 beers and access to live music by bands and DJs. The main musical entertainment will be provided by Burt & The Bandits with their honky tonk cover tunes, as well as the circus antics and gypsy style of The Imperial Opa.

Brew at the Zoo Saturday May 28 5:30 – 9:30pm $40 advance tix

You get animals and specialty beer all at once during Brew at the Zoo! Fred Schneider of the B-52s will also be spinning the dance tunes.

Art Festivals

Pancakes & Booze Art Show Friday and Saturday May 6-7 at The Goat Farm 1200 Foster Street Atlanta $5 8:00pm – 2:00am 21+

What started as an underground art show in LA has made it’s way to Atlanta. This event will serve as the third installment of the only art show with a free all-you-can-eat pancake bar! Between stuffing your face with flapjacks, enjoy live body painting, audio and visual performances, and live music from Toy Devils, Vegan Coke, The Sneaky Hand, and other Atlanta acts. Art League Atlanta will dual to the death in a Live Art Battle on both nights. That’s a lot of entertainment for $5. Pancakes & Booze Art Show

Art-B-Que Saturday May 7 11:00am – 10:00pm, Sunday May 8 12:00 – 7:00pm Franklin St. Avondale Estates, GA

You can’t go wrong with art and BBQ. Top that off with music from Atlanta artists such as Adron, Tiger! Tiger!, and Noot d’ Noot along with a bonafide kids zone and car show featuring art cars, the Art-B-Que sounds like your best bet on Mothers Day weekend! http://artbque.com

Decatur Arts Festival Memorial Day Weekend May 28-29 in Downtown Decatur Square 11:00am – 6:00pm Free

This is the 23rd year for the Decatur Arts Festival. In addition to the artists market, the festival holds an ArtWalk all around downtown Decatur allowing local shops and restaurants to act as hosts of a city-wide art opening. Music will continue throughout the 2 day festival, featuring various acts including Delta Moon and Day Fool. http://decaturartsfestival.com/

Music Festivals

SpringFest Saturday May 14 at Twain’s 211 East Trinity Place Decatur 1:00pm - midnight $10 (goes entirely to Atlanta Community Food Bank)

Looking for family fun and local music? Don’t miss Springfest at Twain’s. Featuring a kid’s DJ and the Imperial Opa circus act all before naptime (2:30pm), the kids can get what they came for before the bands hit the stages, inside and outside the bar. Music from The Shathouse Rats, Mermaids, Abby Wren and What It Is, Blair Crimmins and the Hookers, Gentlemen Jesse and His Men and others give you all the reason you need to come early and stay late.

Atlanta Jazz Festival Memorial Day Weekend May 28-30 at Piedmont Park Free

It’s amazing that the City of Atlanta has kept this event free for the past 34 years. You have no excuse not to head out to Piedmont Park during Memorial Day weekend and check out both the jazz legends and newbies.

Local Album Release Shows

Keeping up with new music from Atlanta bands is a daunting task. These are just a handful of the most anticipated local album release shows happening in the ATL in May.

Dead Rabbits release A Record to Break Friday May 6 at Drunken Unicorn with The Grenadines, Mountain Lion 9pm $8

Stokeswood play the entirety of In the Field of the Vibrations Saturday May 7 on the rooftop of the W Hotel 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard 6pm $20 (official album drops May 21)

Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun release Wildfire Saturday May 7 at The Earl with Sealions, Moonlight Bride 9pm $5

Balkans release Edita V at Drunken Unicorn Saturday May 14 with Predator, Mood Rings 9pm $5

A Fight to the Death release Keep Warm Saturday May 21 at Star Bar 9pm $8

Misc. Fun

Decatur Green Fest Saturday May 7 in Decatur Courthouse Square 3:00 – 9:30pm Free

This festival will showcase green products and services, along with organic food and drink. Live music is not left out of this sustainable affair, featuring Nerd Parade, Copious Jones, and Please Please Rock Me on the 92.9 Dave FM stage. A kids zone and artists working with recycled materials are two other great reasons to check out the Decatur Green Fest. http://www.decaturgreenfest.com

PurgeAtl & Gorehound Productions Present: Friday the 13th at The Basement (under Graveyard Tavern) 1245 Glenwood Ave Atlanta 9:30pm $10

The Mayor of Ponce and Tom Cheshire are the MCs during this event on the unluckiest night of the year. The music line-up can’t be beat, with Royal Thunder, Barreracudas, Cousin Dan and DJ black Sunshine providing the soundtrack to this party. Facebook

March Music Magnificence in Atlanta!

I’m excited about March Shows! Atlanta really has some awesome shows happening all the time, but I’m pretty excited about March this year. Here’s the rundown of the live music I’m most excited about:

Ice Cube is playing at Center Stage on March 5 with Killer Mike and DJ Cash. Is this thing not sold out yet? Ice Cube invokes nostalgia in my heart – Boyz n the Hood, “It Was a Good Day,” “Check Yo Self,” Friday…I love it! I just don’t think about Anaconda.

SXSW Kickoff Party w/ Abby Gogo, Back Pockets, Reptar, Spirits and the Melchizedek Children, Milagres, Transvestites, and Boom Chick @ Star Bar on Thursday, March 10 and it’s Free!

Pretty Ambitious Records and PurgeAtl have a kickass kickoff party for all of us in Atlanta before they take it out to Austin on 3/17 at Clive Bar for SXSW. The SXSW line-up is a little different than the one we’ll get at Star Bar, featuring Chicago-based Light Pollution as the headliner with Atlanta support from Mermaids, Turf War, Abby gogo, Sealions, Little Tybee, Back Pockets, Transvestite. Check out their music sampler for a taste of each of these yum-yums.

OK Productions brings Tennis and Say Hi to The Earl on Friday, March 11. I’ve been looking forward to this since I interviewed Eric Elbogen for Performer Magzine a few months ago. The feature came out last month. If you’re interested in an interesting musician, you can check it out here. I wonder if the band has stuck it through thus far on the Say Hi tour? Anywho, La Sera from L.A. and Blair from Brooklyn will also be performing on this evening. $10 for that much goodness is a total steal.

I know that Saturday, March 12 presents a problem for many live music goers in Atlanta. There’s Toro Y Moi with Cloud Nothings at Drunken Unicorn, Wild Flag with Shannon Wright at The Earl, The Booze and The Biters simultaneous record release party at Star Bar, or Nash Smith & Ganges, Nerdkween, and Night Driving in Small Towns at Wonderroot, but I hold onto tix to Continue reading “March Music Magnificence in Atlanta!” »