Performing Arts Stage

Saturday, May 27 | Sunday, May 28
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.

The 2017 Performance information will be available closer to the date of the event. The information from 2016 is shown here.


ConunDrums | 11:20 am

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

American Hologram | Noon

This powerhouse trio from Savannah is a prolific songwriting team who belts out some eclectic Southern Americana music using interweaving acoustic guitars and three-piece harmonies.

Mieka Pauley | 1 pm

A touring singer/songwriter with songs and lyrics unlike anything you’ve heard, Mieka will grab you from the first note. NPR host Larry Groce describes her as “bold, sexy, and wicked with just the right touch of irony.” You won’t want to miss this Boston powerhouse.

Gibson Wilbanks | 2 pm

Carly Gibson and BJ Wilbanks combine their songwriting and musical skills to create a unique and popular Southern bluesy sound. In their early days, they won open mic competitions at Eddie’s Attic and at Eddie Owen’s Red Clay Theatre. Think Gregg Allman meets Bonnie Raitt meets Michael Hedges with a dash of Al Green–in short, an entertaining and joyful experience not to be missed.

Heather Gillis Band | 3 pm

Hailing from Florida, Heather is the total package as a guitar player, lap steel player, songwriter, singer, and arranger. Gary Anton of Bradford Blues Club advises, “Don’t pass up the opportunity to experience Heather and her band’s roller coaster ride of high energy originals, soul, and R&B.” Expect a great performance when this young guitar slinger comes to town.

Markey Blue | 4 pm

This original soul and R&B band features the powerhouse vocals of Markey and the sizzling guitar work of Ric Latina. The two breathe new life into classic soul. Their energy and spontaneity has electrified audiences all over the world and is a must-see experience.


Sehwe Village Percussion | Noon

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

Lola | 1 pm

Recently named an Atlanta Queen of the Blues, Lola is a dynamic singer, songwriter, and keyboardist. She brings her dynamic stage presence and her own brand of soulful R&B to our stage.

Chelsea Shag | 2 pm

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

The Hannah Thomas Band | 3 pm

Hannah has some country roots but is a die-hard rocker with some punk thrown into the mix; each song has its own groove. Indigo Girl Amy Ray describes Hannah’s music as “outlaw.” ‘Nuff said.

A.J. Ghent Band | 4 pm

After a stint with Col. Bruce Hampton, A.J. took his voice, songwriting, and lap steel guitar and formed his own group. They’ve since shared the stage with the likes of the Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, and Robert Cray. A.J. and his high energy band blend the spirit of funk, gospel, and blues into a dynamic sound that is pure modern rock and roll. Don’t miss this show.