PODCAST: Mo Audio (Vol. 4, Episode 3): Analyzing ATL’s festivals

The Mo Audio crew examines the biggest soul/hip-hop festivals in Atlanta this year — House in the Park, ONE Musicfest, A3C + more. Plus: Music by Julie Dexter, Khari Simmons + beyond.

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Mo Events: Oct. 4-11 — A3C Festival, Amel Larrieux, SOUL-cializing + more

Every week, Slo*Mo spreads the word about the best soul shows and events in the ATL. Here’s a look at our top picks:

October 4-7: A3C Festival and Conference. For this year’s version of A3C, the massive multi-day/multi-venue hip-hop conference and festival, organizers are serving up some of the industry’s biggest names; we’re talking cats like the Wu-Tang Clan (pictured above), The Diplomats, Lil Wayne, Curren$y, Young M.A. and more. Plus: Attendees will have the chance to take deep dives into the art form by attending panels hosted by visionaries like Steve Stoute, the RZA and Goodie Mob, among many others. $95-$699. Various times and various venues. www.a3cfestival.com.

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Mo Events: Three5Human, Lee Fields, Sons of Kemet + more

Every week, Slo*Mo spreads the word about the best soul shows and events in the ATL. Here’s a look at our top picks:

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September 27: Three5Human album release concert — Legendary Atlanta rock outfit Three5Human takes the stage tonight to celebrate the unveiling of its latest album: “No Notes Wasted.” Expect to feast your ears on material from the brand-new project — as well as, we’re sure, some classic cuts from the band’s bangin’ catalog. $15-$25. 8 p.m. Venkman’s, 740 Ralph McGill Boulevard. www.venkmans.com.

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Mo Events: Sept. 20-26 — Gregory Porter, Chantae Cann, SOUL-cializing + more

Every week, Slo*Mo spreads the word about the best soul shows and events in the ATL. Here’s a look at our top picks:

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September 20: SOUL-cializing: After Work Mixer. Co-sponsored by Slo Mo Media — and featuring music by Slo*Mo’s own DJ Larmarrous — SOUL-cializing is a new biweekly after work mixer, especially geared to the city’s creatives: artists, DJs, promoters, designers, writers, producers and everybody else. Coming your way the first and third Thursday of every month, we’ll be serving up a vibe where you can connect, politic and exchange vibes. Oh, and DJ Larmarrous will be spinning a ton of tunes from fellow ATL-based music folks. Plus: It’s FREE. Come on through! Free. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Kat’s Café, 970 Piedmont Avenue NE.

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Mo Events: Sept. 5-12 — ONE Musicfest, Glenn Jones, Average White Band + more

Every week, Slo*Mo spreads the word about the best soul shows and events in the ATL. Here’s a look at our top picks:

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September 8 + 9: ONE Musicfest — What could undoubtedly be called the city’s premier soul and hip-hop music festival, aka ONE Musicfest, is back. And for 2018, ONE has expanded to two full days, and it’s moved to a brand-new venue: Central Park. Along with all that newness, the festival is also rolling out an extra-large lineup of fresh acts, including: Nas, 2Chainz, Miguel, Big Sean, Big Boi, Jeezy, T.I., DVSN, Big K.R.I.T., August Greene (featuring Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins), Davido, Goldlink, Monica, Kelis, Raspody, George Clinton & Parliament, St. Beauty, Jessie Reyez, Teedra Moses, YoungBloodz, Ying Yang Twins, Eastside Boyz, Trillville, Kilo Ali and more to be announced. $110-$750. Noon. Central Park, 400 Merritts Avenue NE. www.onemusicfest.com.

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Slo*Mo Vol. 5, No. 4: Summer of Soul 2018

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This month, we’re unleashing the Summer of Soul — our annual(ish) guide to all things soulful in Atlanta during these hot-ass months. Here’s the lineup for this year’s special edition:

Summer of Soul 2018: ONE Musicfest, Afropunk, A3C + more of the season’s biggest and best happenings

Teedra Moses — just one of the many (plenty) acts you can catch at this year’s ONE Musicfest.

Summer in Atlanta is known by many local denizens as an action-packed time of myriad dope cultural happenings — especially of the soul music variety — and, scanning the tons of activities on tap from now until the fall (and beyond), this year is proving to be no different. To help you navigate these hot weather months, Slo*Mo, via our annual Summer of Soul special, is serving up our picks for the biggest and best stuff to do. (Oh, and check our picks for top local summer tunes, too.) So be sure to take a look, take note and then take your boo-tay to some of these choice events.

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Summer of Soul Soundtrack: New music from Khari Cabral Simmons, Maleke O’Ney + more

Khari Cabral Simmons: “Soulbossa”
If you’re in the market for some breezy, tropical sounds for the summer, look no further than “Soulbossa” — the new EP from celebrated ATL musician/producer Khari Cabral Simmons. Music heads probably recognize him as the bassist who plays alongside India.Arie, but he’s garnered a reputation for crafting Brazilian-influenced soul sounds via his band Jiva, alongside singer Julie Dexter (on the album “Moon Bossa”) and as a solo artist (on albums like “Clementine Sun” and “Heaven and Earth”). With “Soulbossa,” Simmons continues his exploration into the sound — paying sonic homage to cats like Sergio Mendes, Quincy Jones and more.

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Mo Events: Maleke O’Ney + Friends, Tower of Power, Tortured Soul + more of the month’s best live music

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Maleke O’ney, With Jill Rock Jones and The Dangerfeel Newbies
To coincide with the release of her newest funk-filled album, “Confessions of a Pentecostal Girl” (for more on that, check our summer music picks later in this issue), rising vocalist Maleke O’Ney is taking over the City Winery stage — joined by locally based soul luminaries such as singer Jill Rock Jones and the lauded Dangerfeel Newbies band, along with a few other folk. With such a star-studded cast of heavyweights, the night sounds like one helluva soul extravaganza … so have yourself in the house. July 6. $18-$24. 8 p.m. City Winery, 650 North Ave. NE, Suite 201, Ponce City Market. www.citywinery.com.

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