Performing Arts Stage

Saturday, May 26 | Sunday, May 27

Community Bandstand on the square | Free

The Decatur Arts Alliance will pack the stage with one man bands, dynamic duos, and high-energy drum groups. Enjoy hours of bluesy licks, funky beats, classic pop, jazz, rock, smooth country, and West African rhythms that get your feet tapping. You’ll be amazed at the high energy, full sound, and engaging live stage performances. Check it out for yourself. Bring the kids! You won’t be disappointed.

2017 Performances


ConunDrums | 11:15 am

An Atlanta women’s percussion group that brings West African rhythms guaranteed to get your feet moving. Come early and bring the kids to participate with this high energy act.

The Ain’t Sisters | Noon

The Ain’t Sisters transcended their origins as outlaw street performers to grace the stages of the Southeast with their funk-infused, blues-driven Americana. They blend tight harmonies and smart lyrics with soulful, booty-shakin’ acoustic melodies.

Underhill Rose | 1 pm

This boot-wearing trio from Asheville is one of the most promising rootsy women groups on the Americana scene. They combine country soul and acoustic strings with soaring three-part harmonies and will be releasing their new live recording at the Decatur Arts Festival.

Paul Melancon | 2 pm

Singer/songwriter/guitarist whose unique brand of indie pop combines melodic hooks with witty lyrics and a remarkable tenor voice. Think the Beatles meet Elvis Costello.

Chelsea Shag | 3 pm

Chelsea is a talented Canadian born singer/songwriter/guitarist who brings a mix of pop, jazz, blues, R&B, soul, funk and hip hop, all wrapped up in a dynamic stage presence.

Hollis Brown | 4 pm

These hard-driving road warriors of rock and roll from Queens, N.Y., close out our Saturday program with their energetic brand of Southern-blues-based rock and British-invasion influenced pop. They conjure up what you love about rock, yet sound exactly like no one else you’ve ever heard. Don’t miss this feature band!


Sehwe Village Percussion | noon

A high energy African drum band to start things off with a bang. Bring the kids and join the party!

Tray Dahl & the Jugtime 
Ragband | 1 pm

The music of the prohibition era comes alive through an energetic amalgamation of 1920s/30s jazz, blues, swing and a pinch of gospel. The combo of tenor banjo, trumpet and powerful vocals will get your feet stomping in a roaring twenties kind of way.

Cody Matlock | 2 pm

At the tender age of 21, this guitar slinger has been a fixture on the Atlanta blues scene for almost a decade. Cody will be bringing his incredible stage presence, killer vocals and stellar guitar work to the performing arts stage for a show you’ll talk about for a long time.

Davin McCoy | 3 pm

Gifted singer/songwriter has worked with a number of Georgia musical icons, including Chuck Leavell, Randall Bramblett and Yonrico Scott. Soulful vocals and lyrics that tell a tale guarantee a performance sure to captivate our festival audience.

Grant Green Jr. | 4 pm

Esteemed jazz guitarist and master of groove closes out the program Sunday with a bebopping set of soulful, funky jazz played on his big, bad signature electric archtop guitar.