It’s that time of year again—time for the holiday retail rush. Black Friday is less than 48 hours away, and that means heavy traffic, early hours and fighting for that perfect deal. So this season, take a breather from all that stress for live music at the Black Friday Bash at Atlantic Station, featuring a great lineup of local acts playing in Central Park throughout the afternoon and evening.
Local Notes gives you the scoop on the bands:
Red Letter, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Singer Livvie Brookshire, guitarist Britt Spurka and guitarist Daniel Bowman formed Red Letter a couple years back through a program at a local music store. Now that they are 15- and 16-years-old, the teens are playing alt-rock original songs and covers by the Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, MGMT and Velvet Revolver with the help of Ryan Calatayud on drums and Lakin Crawford on bass.
The Lives of the Monster Dogs, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Lives of the Monster Dogs—made up of singer Melinda Kingsley, bassist K.T. Bitner, guitarist Robin Hall and drummer Jason Brewer—plays rock ‘n’ roll fused with honky-tonk and blues. Songwriter Kingsley creates lyrics that tell stories and universal truths. Check out the band’s music here.
Summer More Than Others, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Jam band Summer More Than Others relies heavily on improvisation, playing laid-back music with elements of jazz, folk and rock. Band mates Adam Clifford, Matt Hummel and Ian Edwards have created a new album influenced by their love for music and art. Hear the album on the band’s website.
Shark Fighter, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The guys of Shark Fighter—Braxton O’Neal, Cory McBurnett and Chris Michener—perform a wide range of covers including songs from The Beatles, Queen, Tom Petty and The Killers. They of course play everyone’s favorites, but also want to expose audiences to indie songs, B-sides and other unheard tracks.
The Regulars, 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Fronted by the brother-sister duo of Lee and Lindsey Smith, The Regulars is a folk-influenced rock band featuring soulful vocals and rhythmic piano. The siblings play with guitarist Robbie Croy, bassist Clay Davis and drummer Jacob Irvin. They’ve made a name for themselves in the Atlanta music scene. Listen to some of their tracks here.