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.
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.
You ready for a whole mess of live music this summer? Well, we understand if you’re overwhelmed by the sheer choices of bands/DJs/artists to check out in Atlanta. That’s why we did all the legwork for you, curating a collection of truly can’t-miss concerts — especially if you’re a fan of soul, jazz, house and true-school hip-hop. Read up and plan accordingly.
June 23: Underground System, The Dangerfeel Newbies, Daz I-Kue — Local soul/jazz/house heroes The Dangerfeel Newbies and U.K. born, ATL-based producer/DJ Daz-I- Kue take the stage with rising Afrobeat stars Underground System … which is sure to equal a genre-jumping night of high-energy music. Aisle 5. aisle5atl.com.
June 24: Jonathan Butler, Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle — Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. www.cobbenergycentre.com.
June 25: Black Milk & Nat Turner with Boog Brown, Yani Mo, DJ Kerosene, Hosted by Fort Knox — Aisle 5. aisle5atl.com.
Check it out: The Slo*Mo homies, once again, have picked the best soul music and culture events going down this month in the A. Take a look, and get in where you fit in:
Feb. 29: King — Fans of the ultra-melodic soul trio King should get an award for patiently awaiting the release of the band’s first full-length album, “We Are King.” I mean, it seems like it took the group — made up of sisters Paris and Amber Strother and “musical sister” Anita Bias — like, forever to get back on the scene with new music since they took the world by storm via their first EP, “The Story.” So we can all thank the creator for the chance to jump ear-deep into more of King’s dreamy harmonies and vibey soundscapes. And to celebrate the release of “We Are King,” the crew has hit the road once again, with plans to invade Atlanta tonight. Expect to hear plenty of that new-new, but I’m sure audience members who’ve been riding with them since 2011 will be treated to renditions of early cuts like “Hey” and “Supernatural.” Bring your rumps. $15-$20. 7 p.m. Vinyl, 1374 West Peachtree Street. www. centerstage-atlanta.com.
The city’s freshest new soul-flavored event is back, and this time we’re paying tribute to the past, present and future of Atlanta’s indie soul community!
Get your hands on free tickets to two upcoming events:
A ton of stuff’s happening in Atlanta this summer; of course, not all of it is worth your time or your cash — especially if you’re a lover of soul music and culture. So, yo, to help you navigate the next few months, the super-dope crew at Slo*Mo has curated a list of the season’s best events (we’re talking concerts, art exhibitions and more). Check it out:
July 24: Su Casa presents: Layover ATL — Tonight, one of North Cack’s funkiest nightlife events (Su Casa) invades Atlanta under the moniker — Su Casa presents: Layover ATL. Like it’s Carolinian counterpart, the monthly Layover ATL event will present an evening of photography, live art, film and music via Slo*Mo’s own DJ Larmarrous and iconic DJ/producer Daz-I-Kue (of Bugz in the Attic). On top of that, the folks behind Slo*Mo Magazine will be in the house celebrating our 2-year anniversary; we’ll be on hand passing out mags and other merch … and just shaking our asses in general. Whatever you do, don’t miss the launch of this fresh new happening. Free before 11 p.m. $10 after 11 p.m. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Studio No. 7, 393 Marietta Street NW. www.slomoatl.com.
June 4: ROYAL — It seems like the momentum for ROYAL — the ATL- based supergroup made of singer Devon Lee and MC Mikeflo — has been building for forever and a day. Well, at last (almost a year after dropping their #ROYALREMIXES mixtape), the duo is keyed up to drop its first self-titled EP, pumping a sound that blends the best/grittiest/funkiest elements of rock with hip-hop — and sprinkled with copious amounts of politically and sexually charged lyrics. So, in celebration of the new record, ROYAL is jumping into the spotlight for a mega-release party on June 4; they’ll be jamming on stage with drummer and Atlanta soul architect Lil’ John Roberts, GLAMsoul singer Miranda Nicole, DJ Tonik and more. Expect to hear the assembled crew performing songs from the mixtape, the new EP and whatever the hell else they feel like. $10 (in advance). 8 p.m. Apache Café, 64 Third Avenue. http://www.apachecafe.info.
The Slo*Mo crew will be on hand serving up more great music — new soul sounds and classic stuff too — (supplied by DJ Larmarrous Shirley and special guest spinners) … and hot-off-the-presses copies of the May issue of Slo*Mo Magazine!
Have your ass in the place! Oh and it’s FREE, so you gotta come through!
8 p.m.-12 a.m. the Sound Table, 483 Edgewood Avenue.