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. http://www.instagram.com/chakakhanhacienda.

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MO SOUNDS: Gangstagrass plays City Winery

Take a quick glance at the high concept behind the band Gangstagrass — bluegrass meets rap — and the first word that may come to mind is “novelty.” But when you actually listen to group’s music, it becomes evident that members Rench, Dan Whitener, Landry McMeans, R-Son The Voice of Reason and Dolio The Sleuth are creating material that is anything but throwaway. Their sound succeeds by blending the best elements of hip-hop and string music — and by showing the sonic link between the genres … which shouldn’t be a surprise since both are from the African-American musical experience. Catch them live in the ATL on May 2. $12-$15. 8 p.m. City Winery, 650 North Avenue, Ponce City Market. http://www.citywinery.com.

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Mo Events: Van Hunt, Erykah Badu, Mass Appeal’s Starting 5 Tour + more

Slo*Mo is dedicated to spreading the word about the best soul-centric shows and events in the ATL. Here’s a look at our top picks:

Cantrell, from the Starting 5 Tour

March 5: Mass Appeal’s Starting 5 Tour. Folks who complain about the current state of hip-hop and claim that “they just don’t make rappers like they used to” need to find their way over to Vinyl tonight for Mass Appeal’s Starting 5 Tour. The concert series features a slate of young rappers — like Fashawn, STRO, EZRI, 070 Phi … and Albany, Georgia’s own Cantrell — who can actually spit and have built a rep for crafting new music that invokes the spirit of the genre’s best material. So, get a ticket, and feast your ears on the next generation of dope MCs. Free. 7 p.m. Vinyl, 1374 West Peachtree Street. http://www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

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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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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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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

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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