Stop Everything…Earth, Wind & Fire is Coming
By Tripp Liles
Summer is still coming at us hot and heavy with the local music scene keeping pace. In the coming issues we’ll have some good stuff and some young local musicians with big plans. Plus we’ll shed some light on an alternative legend that lives amongst us. But first, let’s get to who’s on stage in August, which is highlighted by Earth, Wind & Fire at Verizon Amphitheatre.
Alpharetta is home to a couple of the hottest spots around. Matilda’s “Under The Pines” series is a great spot to catch some great acts and enjoy the outdoors. On the weekend of Aug. 11 and 12 they feature the bluegrass sounds of Honeywood and Hannah Zale doing the Americana pop thing. On the 19th they featuring touring act Farewell Angelina. Named after a haunting Bob Dylan song, Farewell Angelina is an all-female country group with four powerhouse vocalists, dynamic songwriters, and badass multi-instrumentalists. Their stellar blend of heart-stopping harmonies over blazing double violins and guitars has earned soaring praise far and wide. They have been touring across the country opening shows for the likes of Kenny Chesney, Old Dominion, Frankie Ballard, Jake Owen, Billy Currington, and Trace Adkins, to name a few. Their self-titled EP, produced by industry veteran Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson, Zac Brown, Darius Rucker) is digitally available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon. For more info visit www.matildasmusicvenue.com.
If you’d rather chill out, literally, then the Velvet Note (4075 Old Milton Pkwy.) is for you. On the weekend of Aug. 11-12 they feature Toni Byd and Leonard Julian III. They will be performing the songs of Bonnie Raitt and Lou Rawls; and will also perform duets made popular by Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell, Pattie Austin/James Ingram, and more.
Now here’s the real deal. Legendary band Earth, Wind and Fire will be performing at Verizon Amphitheatre on Aug. 19… you have to go. I’m not even going to waste the space telling you how great these guys are. But if you can’t go, or want to enhance the experience then you will want to catch the Velvet Note’s Earth, Wind and Fire tribute featuring The Ray Howard Band on the weekend of Sept. 1-3. Here’s your chance to get your jazz-funk-disco-soul groove on, accompanied by some of the hottest musicians around. Bandleader Ray Howard pulls out all of the stops in this weekend-long tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire—one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the twentieth century. Visit www.thevelvetnote.com.
Last but certainly not least, I want to highlight a local singer/songwriter I’ve followed for several years, Nick Howrey (main picture). I first saw Nick as a high school student perform on Roswell Square and knew this kid had something. Several years later, and he’s looking to head to Los Angeles this fall to continue his music journey. On Tuesday, Aug. 22 he will be performing a special show at the Velvet Note. This is a show with limited seating. If you would like to attend, send a text to 404-202-7799. Otherwise, you can catch Nick at Charlton’s Grill and Bar in Alpharetta on Saturdays and Sunday evenings. Great chance to see some local talent before he goes big. Check out his site at www.nickhowrey.com.