It’s back! Decatur’s music festival returns Saturday, April 14 with a full day of music and fun—under the sun and stars—on the downtown Decatur square.

The Amplify Decatur Music Festival enters its third year with an Americana-themed lineup that includes The Lone Bellow, The Jayhawks, Amanda Shires, and Parker Millsap, as well as the Atlanta folk duo, Dwayne Shivers.

The festival will feature food from The Iberian Pig, The Pinewood, Calle Latina, and Mellow Mushroom—and adult beverages from Three Taverns Brewery and Creature Comforts Craft Brewery.

Tickets ($45 General Admission and $155 VIP) are available at AmplifyDecatur.org.

In addition, Eddie’s Attic will host three nights of music, April 13-15, including performances by Jared and Amber on Saturday night, and a Steve Earle vs. Townes Van Zandt tribute night on Sunday.

As always, every dollar raised at the Amplify Decatur Concert Series will be directed to Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM). The 2017 concert series raised $40,000 for DCM in support of their efforts to prevent and alleviate homelessness in Decatur and DeKalb County. To date, Amplify has directed more than $150,000 to DCM since 2011.

Amplify Decatur is produced by Amplify My Community, a nonprofit organization based in Decatur. “Amplify exists to support and to shine a spotlight on the remarkable work of local heroes like the people at DCM,” said Amplify Board President Drew Robinson.

The Amplify Decatur Concert Series is again presented by Lenz Marketing and produced in partnership with Eddie’s Attic.

 

Band Profiles

THE LONE BELLOW

For Walk Into A Storm, The Lone Bellow’s third studio album, the band turned inward like never before. The Nashville-via-Brooklyn band’s raw, intimate, and undeniably soulful Dave Cobb-produced LP was recorded in Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A as the follow-up to 2014’s cherished Then Came The Morning. Guitarist Brian Elmquist says the latest release is centered on “the human condition and how you’re trying to connect with it.” With stunning tracks including “Is It Ever Gonna Be Easy?” and “Long Way To Go,” it features some of the band’s most poignant material to date. TheLoneBellow.com

The Lone Bellow perform at 9:30 p.m.

 

THE JAYHAWKS

Born in Minneapolis in the 1980s, the incredible harmonies and distinctive arrangements of The Jayhawks helped them become a driving force and inspiration behind the 1990s growing Americana movement, with a series of touchstone albums that included Hollywood Town Hall (1992) and Tomorrow the Green Grass (1995). When co-founder Mark Olson left to pursue a solo career, Gary Louris singularly took over the songwriting role, creating some of their best selling and well-received albums including Smile (2000) and Rainy Day Music (2003). The Jayhawks latest album, Paging Mr. Proust (2016), was produced in Portland with Peter Buck and Tucker Martine. JayhawksOfficial.com

The Jayhawks perform at 7:45 p.m.

 

AMANDA SHIRES

Following the release of her most recent album, My Piece of Land, Amanda Shires was recognized as the “Emerging Artist of the Year” at the 2017 Americana Music Honors & Awards. Ms. Shires began her career as a teenager playing fiddle with the Texas Playboys. Since then, she’s toured and recorded with John Prine, Billy Joe Shaver, Todd Snider, Justin Townes Earle, Shovels & Rope, and most recently her husband Jason Isbell. AmandaShiresmusic.com

Amanda Shires performs at 6:15 p.m.

 

PARKER MILLSAP

Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is quickly making a name for himself with his captivating live performances, soulful sound, and character-driven narratives. Parker’s most recent release, The Very Last Day, has received praise from The New York Times, The Boston Globe, LA Times, Austin Chronicle, and Rolling Stone magazine. ParkerMillsap.com

Parker Millsap performs at 5 p.m.

 

DWAYNE SHIVERS

Dwayne Shivers is an Atlanta-based progressive folk duo fronted by songwriter and ATL Collective co-founder Micah Dalton and producer/songwriter Anthony Aparo. The debut album Buffered & Blessed, is slated for a 2018 release. DwyaneShivers.com

Dwayne Shivers performs at 4 p.m.

 

 

Estimated Times 

3:30 p.m. – Doors Open

4:00 p.m. – Dwayne Shivers

5:00 p.m.Parker Millsap

6:15 p.m. – Amanda Shires

7:45 p.m. – The Jayhawks

9:30 p.m. – The Lone Bellow

11:00 p.m. – Festival ends

 

General Admission tickets: $45 advance, $50 week of show. Includes access to the front of the stage: first come, first served.

VIP tickets: $155 advance, $160 week of show. VIP tickets include complementary beer, wine, soft drinks, and water; dedicated VIP bathrooms; and access to the front of the stage: first come, first served.

Tickets available at AmplifyDecatur.org and Ticketfly.com.

No chairs provided for general admission; attendees may bring their own chairs: there will be a section in the back of general admission where chairs will be permitted. Children 8 and under admitted free; no more than two children 8-and-under per adult.

The festival will take place rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable in the event of severe weather conditions.

The 2018 Amplify Decatur Concert Series will also feature three nights of music at historic Eddie’s Attic. See page 19 for details. Tickets and more information are available at EddiesAttic.com.

The Amplify Decatur Concert Series is proud to present a weekend of great music at Eddie’s Attic, April 13-15.
Tickets are available at EddiesAttic.com

 

Friday, April 13

The Weather Station (7:15 show)

Jared and Amber, with Rex Hussmann (9:30 show)

 

Saturday, April 14

Sirens of South Austin (6:00 show)

Antigone Rising (8:30 show)

 

Sunday, April 15

Steve Earle vs. Townes Van Zandt tribute night (7:00 show)

Featuring:

• Chris Stalcup and The Grange

• David Robert King

• Total Babe

• Jeff Moore

• James Richards

• Kristen Englenz

• Mike Killeen

• Wyatt Espalin

 

Photo courtesy of Hector Amador