Sitting at the crossroads of many genres, including the blues of Mississippi and country music in Nashville, the sound of Atlanta is completely unique. And you can experience it any day of the week, when its many venues, events, and festivals showcase the best the city has to offer.
Atlanta’s Music Legacy
The Atlanta music scene has been responsible for fostering the careers of countless artists spanning all genres, but especially when it comes to rap and R&B. Notable names like T.I., Ludacris, and OutKast were born and raised in the city and often mention it in their songs. The Indigo Girls also hail from Atlanta, along with country artists like Travis Tritt and Sugarland, and soul legend Gladys Knight.
Live Music Nightly
The city also nurtures up-and-coming acts at venues around town. Eddie’s Attic in Decatur has long been a place where open-mic nights led to recording contracts. Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points and Buckhead Theatre are both movie theaters that have been converted into concert venues, while The Tabernacle in the heart of downtown is a favorite that used to be a church. And then there are the countless bars and restaurants that have live music throughout the week – ask your Hilton hotel concierge what’s going on during your stay.
Atlanta’s Best Fall Music Festivals
There’s always something happening in Atlanta, especially music festivals, but fall is the best time to attend them. Music Midtown is the most well-known, held annually in September since 1994, and has brought in acts like ZZ Top, Coldplay, and Tom Petty. It takes place in Piedmont Park, the city’s largest green space, and has food and drink booths and unrivaled skyline views.
One MusicFest is held in early September in Atlanta’s Central Park in the Old Fourth Ward and showcases hip-hop and R&B artists like 2 Chainz, Brandy, Kelis, and Ying Yang Twins. The two-day event has DJs as well as a food truck area, merchandise tents, and artist booths.
Also in September, Imagine Music Festival brings in fans of EDM and electronica to Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton to see artists like Bassnectar and Paul Oakenfold. In addition to the shows, the festival includes a wide selection of food, performance artists, craft vendors, workshops, and silent disco afterparties. Camping is the best way to fully experience Imagine.
Held in October, AC3 Hip-Hop Festival has been referred to as “Hip-Hop’s Family Reunion” since its inception in 2005. Set in the Georgia Freight Depot near Underground Atlanta, the event brings together musicians, panels, workshops, and creative events. Big-name artists often perform at AC3, including Wu-Tang Clan, Talib Kweli, and Lil Wayne.
North of Atlanta, Alpharetta’s Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival is a favorite community event, providing a platform for both national and regional artists from bluegrass, country, and Americana genres. Performers include Robert Randolph and the Family Band and Alex Guthrie. It’s open to all ages and parking is free.
After an exciting weekend with your favorite musicians, crash for the night at a Hilton.