Music Midtown hits one inch the park
Earlier this weekend, Music Midtown came back to Piedmont Park for any monstrous two-day, three-stage, 24-act music festival. Debuting in 1994 as Atlanta’s original music fest, Music Midtown led the way for CounterPoint, TomorrowWorld, Imagine, and Shaky Knees, despite a six-year hiatus ending this year. This season it offered out, with 80,000 concert goers flooding the park every day. Further securing its status as “back and than ever” were a slew of eclectic headliners including Eminem, Jack White-colored, Lana Del Ray, and Iggy Azalea.
The weekend began with Marietta-native Ron Pope-a pop-rock singer/songwriter now located in New You are able to-crooning to early attendees on Friday mid-day. Later, classic hip-hop group Run DMC, certainly one of history’s most influential rap functions, got everyone else choosing “Mary, Mary,” their chart-topping hit in the ’80s. Rapper Iggy Azalea (who stayed in Atlanta when she moved from Australia towards the U . s . States) captivated fans and treated these to an unexpected performance with local hip-hop artist T.I., who became a member of her to have an electric rendition of the top 40 hit “No Mediocre.” After Lorde gave her typical energy-filled performance together with her curly mane flailing, attendees had to create a tough decision-selecting between John Mayer and Jack White-colored to shut out their evening.
Day two-unlike this past year-continued to be rain (and dirt) free, ongoing with increased crowd-pleasers for youthful and old listeners alike. Alt-rock-band Third Eye Blind required a rest from recording their new album in Bay Area to go to, performing new material additionally to ’90s mega-hits “Semi-Charmed Life” and “Jumper,” that everybody sang along.
Other Saturday highlights incorporated Decatur-based B.o.B. (dolled up inside a Falcons hat and Matt Ryan jersey) coming back to Piedmont Park, where he shot the background music video for “I’ll Be On The Horizon,Inches and performing with Atlanta local Youthful Dro for his single “FDB.” Later, Southern rock pioneer and Georgia resident Gregg Allman performed on a single stage while Lana Del Ray serenaded a fanatic crowd together with her sultry lyrics, despite a week ago canceling all European performances because of medical reasons. Del Ray stayed at the start and finish of her show taking selfies with fans and signing autographs.
At set break, almost all of Del Ray’s fans remained in position, waiting over an hour or so to order their spots for Eminem’s performance (though some did depart to determine local favorite Zac Brown Band). The questionable rapper performed for more than an hour or so . 5 with just as much energy and lyrical-precision as with his earliest shows. Everyone else ate up every song, from newer hits “The Monster” and “Love how you Lie,” to 2000’s “The Way I Am” and “The Real Slim Shady.” In typical Marshall Mathers fashion, he ended the show by flipping from the audience-rounding out another effective installment of Music Midtown.