Check It! Week of Dec. 10-16

A weekly roundup of all things music in Atlanta. This week: Recording Academy mixer at Criminal Records, Jennifer Nettles' new baby, Matisyahu's Festival of Lights, Radiolucent at Vinyl.

Mingle With Industry Pros

Atlanta’s own Criminal Records is hosting a music industry mixer by The Recording Academy this Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is aimed at educating potential Recording Academy members on the benefits of membership. Discussion includes talk about the Grammy process and advocacy efforts.

Members will receive 25 percent off on Criminal Records merchandise. The event also features special promotions and raffle prizes to include studio recording time. Check out www.criminalatl.com for more information.

Sugarland Singer Welcomes New Baby

Georgia native Jennifer Nettles of country-pop group Sugarland has become a mom with the birth of her first child, Magnus Hamilton Miller. She married husband Justin Miller a little over a year ago.

Sugarland plans to take a short break, but Nettles is slated to host—for the third straight year—the CMA Country Christmas, which airs Dec. 20 on ABC and features big names in country music performing classic Christmas songs.

Matisyahu Celebrates with Center Stage Show

Hanukkah has arrived, and artist Matisyahu, known for his reggae- and rap-influenced music about traditional Jewish themes, will be bringing his Festival of Light tour to Atlanta.

Atlanta’s Festival of Light stop will feature a stripped-down acoustic set by Matisyahu. The concert is tonight at Center Stage starting at 8 p.m. Get tickets here.

Check It! Pick of the Week

If you’re ready to have a good time, check out Radiolucent, an Americana band out of Athens, Ga., that plays Southern rock at its best. The band has been a mainstay in Athens for a number of years now, building a fan base with its heartfelt songs that act as an ode to the South.

Radiolucent will be at Vinyl this Saturday, with support from Neil Cribbs, a local Atlanta folk-rocker influenced by blues and soul. The show is $10 at the door, but you can skip the ticket price by bringing an unwrapped gift of the same value for Toys For Tots. 

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