ATL’s biggest and deffest summer soul music events: ONE Musicfest, Afropunk, Chaka Khan Hacienda, A3C + more

Raphael Saadiq plays this year’s ONE Musicfest, going down September 7 + 8.

Every Sunday starting June 2: Chaka Khan Hacienda — DJ Ree de la Vega’s off-the-wall disco/house/reggae- fueled day party, Chaka Khan Hacienda, kicks off its 2019 summer stint. Expect the usual funky sounds from some of the city’s best turntable jocks, along with tasty rotating food pop-ups and vendors selling dope gear and merch. Free. 5 p.m. 8arm, 710 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE.

Every month through October: ATL Live on the Park, Season X — Promoters/music industry heavyweights Shanti Das and Marlon Nichols return for 2019 to present Season X of ATL Live on the Park, their buzz-building, Piedmont Park-based live music series. The long-running monthly event is designed to give shine to both seasoned soul + R&B acts and up-and-coming artists. Plus: There’s no better place to do some prime people-watching. $15-$150. 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Park Tavern, 500 10th Street NE.

August 10: FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival 25th Year Celebration — The renowned soul music and arts event returns just in time to turn 25. Expect the usual lineup of unexpected guest performances, themed rooms, food, DJs and more. More info:

August 31-September 1: Flashback Festival 2019 Series — Get your nostalgia on with old-school heavy-hitters The Whispers, Evelyn Champagne King, Cameo, Midnight Star, Glenn Jones and more. $41-$96. 7 p.m. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road SW, Mableton.

August 29-September 2: The Atlanta Weekender — Boasting the theme “Infinity Soul,” the muti-venue house music extravaganza known as The Atlanta Weekender thumps back into town for its eighth year. Although an official roster of guest DJs for this year’s festival has not been released as of press time, we can expect the main crew of DJs — Salah Ananse, DJ Kemit, Kai Alce and Ramon Rawsoul — to host iconic fetes like Lovesexy (the all-Prince party), Distinctive, and more. Keep your eyes peeled for more details as the festivities draw near. $60- $100. Various times and various venues.

September 1: House in the Park — Speaking of local house music icons Ramon Rawsoul, Kai Alce, DJ Kemit and Salah Ananse, the fantastic four take the spotlight at Grant Park once again for the annual mega-event House in the Park. And, if you’re reading this, we’re pretty sure you don’t have to be sold on attending … so just go, and dance your ass off. $5-$10. Noon-8 p.m.

September 7 + 8: ONE Musicfest — For its 10th anniversary, ONE Musicfest is serving up a roster of big-time R&B, soul and hip-hop acts, including: Raphael Saadiq, Ari Lennox, Teyana Taylor, Wu-Tang, Phony PPL and many more. On top of that, the fest has moved to a new venue — Centennial Olympic Park. We’ll be dropping more details as they become available. Centennial Olympic Park.

October 8-13: A3C Festival and Conference — Hip-hop has always been the prime focus of this 15-year-old conference/festival, but this year — thanks to new strategic investors the Gathering Spot and Paul Judge Media Group — A3C will expand deeper into the tech community. So, according to promo material, expect to witness: “new conference tracks featuring tech from today’s leading voices in addition to its existing music, social justice and cultural experience.” Various times and various venues.

October 12 + 13: Afropunk “Carnival of Consciousness” — The Brooklyn-born Afropunk festival continues to grow its Atlanta brand this year, featuring an expanded iteration of its usual wide-ranging and genre-defying squad of artists: Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, FKA twigs, Danny Brown, EarthGang, Masego, Leikeli47, Mahalia Music and many more. Plus: The Afropunk Spinthrift Market, Solution Sessions and other cool happenings. 787 Windsor, 787 Windsor Street SW.


August 4: Van Hunt — The celebrated Atlanta expat celebrates the 15th anniversary of his debut album. Vinyl.

August 10 + 11: Atlanta Reggae in the Park LLC Presents BeREGGAE 6 — Organizers are describing this one as “the biggest celebration of Afro-Caribbean culture and music.”

Omar, joined by Res, plays Center Stage August 17.

August 17: Omar, with Res — The U.K. soul legend Omar returns to Atlanta for the first time in a decade, joined by opener Res. Center Stage.

August 31-September 2: Lowcountry Jazz Festival — Going down in Charleston, South Carolina, this fest features music by Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, Kenny Latimore, Gerald Albright, and Atlanta’s own Anthony David, among many others.

August 31: Valerie June — Here’s your chance to catch a rare Atlanta performance by the string music torchbearer. Terminal West.

September 27-29: Art of Cool Festival — Durham, North Carolina is ground zero for a bevy of artists, including Jill Scott, Run DMC, Whodini, Ari Lennox and more.



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