Atlanta musician and restaurateur Clay Harper, a veteran of the local scene from his time fronting The Coolies in the ‘80s, The Ottoman Empire in the early ‘90s and an off-and-on solo career subsequent to that, not to mention other assorted oddball projects and guises, is gearing up to release what is being described as his most personal album yet. And leading up to the release of Bleak Beauty, Harper is hosting a series of unique and intriguing shows each Tuesday in May at the Avondale Towne Cinema.
The first event on May 1st featured “an examination of the convict persona” with Attorney Daniel Kane, along with music from Harper and friends (Marshall Ruffin, Chris Case and Jordan Dayan) and Muleskinner MacQueen. May 8th will feature live music from Harper & co., a custom motorcycle meet-and-greet, and music selected by Juan “Boombox” Davis played through his motorcycle! On May 15th, Rolling Stone writer and former Atlantan Anthony DeCurtis will read from his recently released biography Lou Reed: A Life, while Harper and friends will perform along with a set from Clay Reed of Atlanta band the Subsonics. May 22nd will revolve around an examination of American erotic literature hosted by Jeff Calder of the Swimming Pool Q’s, plus live sets from Harper and the Sexual Healing Band. The grand finale on May 29th will be the release party for Bleak Beauty, with performances from Harper, Kevn Kinney, Murray Attaway and others, plus a Q&A with onetime Clash pitchman Kosmo Vinyl.