David Dondero began his music career singing and playing rhythm guitar with the post punk band Sunbrain in Clemson, SC back in the early 90’s. They had albums out on Dutch East Indie’s Grass Record label. He lived in Atlanta and Athens through the mid 90’s and went on to play drums for Pensacola, Fl.’s This Bike is a Pipe Bomb. He learned how to live off the road playing diy show spots throughout the country. He put out his first solo album in 1998 and recorded it with Andy Lemaster at the Chase Park Transduction studios in Athens, Ga. In fact he was the first to record there in exchange for helping to put in the parquet flooring. The album was released to the Ghostmeat record label out of Athens, GA along with his second “Spider West Myshkin and a City Bus”(1999) which was recorded by Mike West in the 9th Ward during Dondero’s year of living in New Orleans (‘99-2000). Having survived y2k, he moved to San Francisco and connected with the Future Farmer Record label which included label mates such as M Ward, The Mother Hips and Virgil Shaw. Notably the label was funded by Jeff Klindt whom was the man responsible for drawing the Spitfire Skateboarding logo.
former vocalist and dancer for artist Janelle Monae, A$H. has a history of notable performances alongside the Grammy nominated singer at The White House, on Good Morning America, on a plethora of late night shows such as Letterman and Fallon, Coachella, Essence Music Fest, SNL, Black Girls Rock, the 18th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, and many many others. That opportunity also landed her the honor of performing on stage with musical icons, Stevie Wonder and the late Prince Rogers Nelson.
In February of 2015, A$H. released her first project, ‘The Perfect EP,’ independently, which charted on the itunes pop charts on its release day. Having lost her father in January, A$H., became focused on pushing forward fearlessly. A$H’s ‘The Perfect EP,’ continues to have countless positive reviews and support from all over. In fact, VIBE magazine premiered her very first video for her song ‘Anyway.”
Picture this: You’re blistering down a desert highway in a bright red, 1971 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, hellbent on making it to Vegas in record time. The wind’s in your face, and the sun’s at your back as you peel across the empty asphalt. You begin to hear a song off in the distance, and as it gets closer, you realize it’s the most beautiful song you’ve ever heard. Pulling off the highway to find the source of the enchanting melody, you stumble across a hole-in-the-wall that’s equal parts repulsive and magnetic.
Kevin Leon by now is considered an estabilished professional ATLien drummer and friend of the community. Currently on tour with St. Paul and the Broken Bones. The man holds down the groove like no one else. He is also one of the nicest guys you’’’ ever meet. So, please come support the lovely Leon.
Singer Bret Busch will be performing two intimate shows featuring songs from his album Pills Lace & Confetti, backed by a stellar nine-piece band. Creative Loafing had this to say upon the album’s release:
“If a sign that reads ‘Atlanta music royalty’ should be hung around anyone’s neck, it’s Bret Busch. Whether fronting the city’s favorite Smiths tribute act Smithsonian, or sharing time in the studio with Janelle Monáe’s house band and the Rock*A*Teens’ Chris Lopez, Busch exudes all class, all the time. Pills Lace & Confetti is a radiant pop masterpiece — simple by design and complex in its range of emotional depth, wrapped in lush, melodic pop.” — Chad Radford
Heather Luttrell and the Possumden have been peddlin’ their whiskey-soaked traveling show of Blues and Americana up and down the East Coast tirelessly for the past 10 years, gaining fans, notoriety and a few speeding tickets. With four part harmonies, acoustic guitar, resonator, bass, banjo, drums and kazoo, the band brings a big sound, often surprising venues and fans with the large powerful voice that comes tearing out of Heather’s wiry tattooed frame like a freight train.
Atlanta’s Virginia Plane serves up indie rock goodness with dense vocal harmonies, irresistible hooks and dreamy landscapes. The band's 2017 release, Fair Weather, showcases the group's artistic range, expressive arrangements, and lush four-part vocals. Lead singer and songwriter Mary O. Harrison formed the band in 2010 with bassist/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Tracy Clark. After several years of playing with various collaborators and friends, they were joined in 2016 by drummer Wayne Pelletier and a few month's later by guitarist Tim Pelletier.
The Ethan Jodziewicz Group is guitarist Mike Seal, drummer Mark Raudabaugh, keyboardist Aaron Walters, and upright/electric bassist Ethan Jodziewicz. Brought together in 2017 by their love of the music of Chick Corea and Weather Report, they quickly found a satisfying connection together in musical collaboration and improvisation. The group has become a vehicle for Jodziewicz’s original compositions, and spur-of-the-moment group free improvisations, bringing to the Nashville music scene expressive, playful, and virtuosic new sounds occupying the space between jazz, funk, classical, and free music.
As individuals they have worked with a long list of jazz and acoustic music luminaries including The Jeff Coffin Mu-tet, Ike Stubblefield, Béla Fleck, Bernard Purdie, Jeff Sipe Trio, Fred Wesley, Howard Levy, The Jerry Douglas Band, Bobby Lee Rodgers and The CodeTalkers, Donna The Buffalo, Colonel Bruce Hampton, and more. Calling on these years of experience on the road and in the studio, The Ethan Jodziewicz Group focuses on pure musical communication and connection, with striking compositions, sounds, and grooves to be enjoyed by music-lovers and musicians alike.
Founded by Willie Ziavino & Juan Bonini in 2010, soon becoming one of Atlanta's favorite latin band with a rhythmic and musical fusion of Trova Cubana, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia and Caribbean Rhythms with elements of Funk, Pop and Brazilian beats.
We specialize in high-energy music for festivals, weddings, corporate events and private parties. Come to our live shows in the best venues in Metro Atlanta!
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Atlanta’s own garage pop power trio are back and better than ever. Originally formed in the early 2000’s, the ‘Tiques once rocked throughout the East Coast club circuit and are now currently hard at work on their comeback album, Another Risk Of The Heart. With songwriter Blake Rainey on guitar and vocals, Blake Parris on bass, and John Speaks on the drums, the band energetically spits out anthemic tune after tune as if Elvis Costello joined the Replacements. The new album will be released in 2019 via Southern Lovers Recording Co. (www.southernlovers.com)
Kevin Leon by now is considered an estabilished professional ATLien drummer and friend of the community. Currently on tour with St. Paul and the Broken Bones. The man holds down the groove like no one else. He is also one of the nicest guy you’’’ ever meet. So, please come support the lovely Leon.
Winner of the 2017 Creative Loafing Best Soul & Jazz vocalist award, Brenda Nicole Moorer is making a name for herself one city at a time. The Atlanta- bred songstress has already graced stages alongside some jazz heavy hitters like Christian McBride, Incognito, Booker T Jones, Roy Ayers, and Brandon Williams. Headlining the next generation stage at the 2017 Atlanta Jazz Festival opened up doors for Brenda to access larger stages, performing at notable venues like the Blue Note in New York, Rockwood Music Hall, and City Winery. Brenda’s music has garnered attention from tastemaker Gilles Peterson, DJ Jamal Ahmad, Ebony Magazine, AfroElle, Soulbounce, Singersroom, Afropunk, and Soultracks. Her latest album, Brand New Heart, landed her a licensing deal with Japan’s P-Vine Records.
Kevin Scott still remembers the first time he heard Col. Bruce Hampton's music. He was 17 years old when a record shop owner in Dothan, Alabama, slid him a copy of the Late Bronze Age's 1980 LP, Outside Looking Out. Since fronting the Hampton Grease Band for the 1971 cult classic LP Music to Eat, Hampton has honed his persona as a guru of surrealist musical improvisation. Hearing the album for the first time was a formative experience for Scott, one that sent him down the path of a life as a musician obsessed with the vanguard of musical creativity.
Performing recent songs and premiering the music video for the new single "Billie Ray"
To celebrate the release of the single “Billie Ray,” Andy Ditzler will play a short set of recent songs and premiere the music video for “Billie Ray” at Buteco on February 18.The set begins at 8:00 pm sharp.
Buteco is an appropriate venue for this debut – owner Rafael Pereira (Janelle Monae, Sonny Emory) played percussion on “Billie Ray,” which also features appearances by Atlanta music luminaries Adron, Robby Handley, Eliot Eidelman, Colin Bragg, Ben Price, and others. Tracks for “Billie Ray” were recorded in Atlanta and in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The music video, directed by Ditzler, was shot in Brighton, UK, Prague, Poland, Atlanta and numerous other locales.
Andy Ditzler’s songwriting combines catchy melodies, complex harmonies, and rhythmic propulsion, influenced by Brazilian Tropicália’s spirit of lyrical experimentation and radical beauty; 70s AM/FM radio; avant-gardes and pop of all eras; the tradition of collective shape note singing; and many other things.
Cody Matlock has already been paying his dues on the Atlanta blues scene for nearly a decade. A chance encounter with Jonny Lang when he was 12 took him from a kid with a passion for guitar and put him on the path to being a professional musician. A year later his dad was carting him around to local blues jams. The novelty of a 13 year old kid joining his elders on stage in smoky bars was soon replaced by a real appreciation for Cody's hard work, dedication, and talent. Since then, Cody has grown into a killer guitarist with a voice and stage presence that are intensely captivating.
Anna Trodglen, known to many as singer/songwriter/guitarist Grace Braun, and her husband and drummer Dugan Trodglen have reactivated DQE in the classic duo format that brought them notoriety in the nineties Atlanta music scene and around the country. During their time as a duo, DQE evolved from Half Japanese/Beat Happening primitivists into proud exponents of early rock & roll, rhythm and blues, country, and gospel music, highlighted by a timeless approach to songwriting and a rambunctious energy. The 1995 album Jump On In captured the duo at their finest.
After recording an album with Half Japanese frontman Jad Fair, DQE went back and forth between rock n roll trio format (now with a bass player) and folk/country acoustic material performed under the Grave Braun moniker. Following the 1998 Grace Braun solo album It Won’t Hurt, and DQE’s Queen Of Mean, both approaches were combined on 2001’s double album I’m Your Girl. All of these albums are rich with Anna’s classic songwriting.
Anna took an extended hiatus from music to focus on her painting and illustration career, but was inspired to pick up the guitar again while working with children at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. It wasn’t long before she decided to plug that guitar in, call Dugan into the room and bash out some DQE classics, and their unique chemistry returned instantly. The only thing left to do was start playing in front of a room full of people again, which brings us to 2019 and the surprising return of an Atlanta legend.
Marshall Ruffin is a Georgia based guitarist, songwriter, and singer.
Ruffin has recorded two E.P.s under the Lagrange GA label Jammates, Rich Man’s Dime (2007) and Morning Glory (2009). He also wrote and recorded an E.P. with the band King Lincoln, and is the featured vocalist on five others with collaborator Alex Gordon Hi-Fi.
Ruffin has performed and recorded as the guitarist and backing vocalist for Lonnie Holley, with whom he recently toured Europe. His song Light The Way was featured during their session in London at BBC Radio 6.
Ruffin was the winner of the 39th Eddie’s Attic Songwriter Shootout in 2013.
Ruffin has performed gospel music at COGIC and AME churches in Georgia.
Charlie Wooton was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, with his four older brothers, who were all exceptional musicians, including Dr. John Wooton, head of percussion at USM. As a teen, music was Charlie’s life; studying Classical and Jazz during the day, then playing gigs at night with his brother David, or Bobby Brooks, or spending 6 straight hours playing Zydeco at the LaLa with Grammy winner Chubby Carrier. Charlie soaked it all in, learning how to put on a show, manage a business, and continue to hone his craft.
Terminus Horns, Kelly McCarty, Kevin Leon, and Paul Miller are a collective of like minded musicians from Atlanta. In between touring with other groups, this crew of musicians come together to play their original music and cover some of their favorite music from artists like Lettuce, Soulive, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove and more. They are wrapping up the recording of their debut EP which will be released later in the year.
We are excited to announce Long Play Mondays! Join Mike Zarin and guest selectors each month for a slow listening experience, showcasing music from all around the globe. Juan Pablo (Juampasoul) sits in this month for a fine selection of Cuban music. Starts at 7pm. $3 Toñas and food specials. It’s time to listen.
Over the past decade, guitarist Trey Wright and vocalist Laura Coyle have established themselves as first-call musicians on the the Atlanta jazz scene. They joined forces in 2017 to form the Laura Coyle and Trey Wright Duo. United by their love of classic jazz pairings including Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald and Tuck and Patti, the duo performs a unique repertoire of jazz standards, Brazilian music and contemporary songs by their favorite songwriters. On any given night, the duo plays an entertaining and eclectic mix of music by Cole Porter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hoagy Carmichael, Dolly Parton and Joni Mitchell