Football and Music Midtown are sure signs that fall is approaching in Georgia. Music Midtown, branded as “Atlanta’s Music Festival,” moves to a full Saturday and Sunday schedule in 2016 and will feature four stages and more than 30 artists in beautiful Piedmont Park. The lineup includes The Killers, Beck, Twenty One Pilots, Deadmau5, The Lumineers, G-Eazy, Alabama Shakes, Collegrove (w/Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz), Band of Horses, James Bay, Kesha, Chvrches, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Leon Bridges, DJ Mustard, DNCE, Melanie Martinez, Daya, St. Lucia, Mayer Hawthorne, Lucius, Corrine Bailey Rae, Pete Yorn, Zella Day, Peter Bjorn and John, JOSEPH, NF, and Balkan Beat Box.
Featured Georgia-based artists performing this year include Big Boi, Raury, The Coathangers and The Shadowboxers. Rapper, songwriter and producer Big Boi, who is also one-half of Atlanta’s revered hip hop duo Outkast, is in the middle of a busy year with a one-performance-per-month residency at Wynn Las Vegas, a number of festival dates with Big Grams, his collaboration with indie-pop duo Phantogram and a recent single, “Laid Back,” with another Georgian, hit country songwriter Dallas Davidson, and Maggie Rose. Twenty-year-old singer/rapper Raury has been generating a an international buzz for the past couple years with his energy, bohemian vibe and eclectic mix of R&B, folk and rock. The punk rock trio Coathangers celebrated its tenth year as a band in February with the release of Nosebleed Weekend, their fifth album on Suicide Squeeze Records. Though neo-soul pop band The Shadowboxers may have left Atlanta for the bright lights of Nashville, locals who supported the group since the trio formed at Emory University in 2008, are happy to see folks like Justin Timberlake, Reba McEntire and Chris Stapleton champion the group as the Indigo Girls have done for quite some time.