Saturday, May 25 | Sunday, May 26
Community Bandstand on the square | Free
The Decatur Arts Alliance will pack the stage with solo rockers, dynamic groups, and high-energy acts. Enjoy hours of bluesy licks, funky beats, jazz, rock, bluegrass, and African rhythms that get your feet tapping. A full music festival within the festival, these engaging live stage performances will leave your knees shaking!
2019 line up to be announced in early May. Check out the 2018 festival bands below.
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.
Tray Dahl & the Jugtime Ragband | Noon
Jazz, a little blues, a bit of swing and a pinch of old time gospel and even some classic showtunes – all performed in an early 20th century New Orleans sound. Guaranteed to get your feet stomping in a roaring ’20s kind of way.
Michelle Malone | 1 pm
Slings and Arrows, the latest album from this Atlanta-born, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and guitarist, is packed with passionate vocals, wailing guitar solos and killer songs. Guitar Player Magazine proclaims Michelle is a “master of mixing blues and Americana.”
The Breeze Kings | 2 pm
Whether you prefer your blues from Chicago, Texas, Memphis or the Delta, The Breeze Kings have got you covered. Blues superstar Tinsley Ellis says, “This band has got it. Musical talent, song selection, strong sincere vocals and a great show.”
Leah Calvert | 3 pm
This singer, songwriter, fiddle player and fixture on the Atlanta bluegrass scene debuted her solo album, Satellite, this year. Leah stretches beyond her acoustic roots to incorporate elements of rock, pop and some jazz into unique compositions that will stay with you.
AJ Ghent [j-ent] | 4 pm
Ghent was born into a legacy of famous “sacred steel” guitar players, and his music fuses R&B, funk, soul, rock and pop, delivered with expressive vocals and guitar wizardry. He has shared the stage with national acts such as Zac Brown, the Allman Brothers, Derek Trucks, Robert Cray, and Gov’t Mule, and his latest album, The Neo Blues Project, debuted this spring at number 7 on the Billboard charts. Do not miss this tour de force for live music lovers.
Sehwe Village Percussion | noon
A high energy African drum band to start things off with a bang. Bring the kids and join the party!
Nubian Sounds | 1 pm
This group weaves folk, funk, soul, hip hop and rock into a unique blend of lyrics and music that entertain and move you.
Tamara Goldinella | 2 pm
Drawing from Jamaican and New York roots, Tamara delivers a high energy, soul music fusion with a jazzy, folk, bluesy grit. She is a fresh face on the Atlanta music scene, and we are excited about her first Decatur appearance.
Heather Gillis Band | 3 pm
Heather is the complete package as a guitar player, lap steel player, singer and arranger. Just 23, she is talented beyond her years, having been a part of Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band, and sitting in with The Allman Brothers, North Mississippi All-Stars, Col. Bruce Hampton and others.
Cody Matlock | 4 pm
At the tender age of just 21 years old, this guitar slinger has been a fixture on the Atlanta blues scene for almost a decade. Showmanship, killer vocals and stellar guitar work – what a way to close the festival!