Last night, my old friend Andrea accepted my invitation to go out and hear some music at Kavarna Coffee in Oakhurst, an Atlanta neighborhood near Decatur (her husband, Nick, also an old friend, is in Austin for the weekend). The evening was cold and rainy, but a decent sized crowd turned up anyway to hear yet another friend, Mike Goldman (of Schwarzkommando), open up for the Blakes (Blake Parris and Blake Rainey) and the Skylarks. Mike's in the top three pictures above; the Blakes are in the lower three. All played great sets to an enthusiastic crowd.
A busy concert season is approaching: I've already got tickets to see Muse at Gwinnett Civic Center on February 27, Spoon at the Tabernacle on March 20, and The xx at Variety Playhouse (the show was moved from The Earl due to The xx's surging success). Meanwhile, both Sondre Lerche and Meyer Hawthorne are coming to town during this period, and next Friday, February 5, Jonathan Richman plays at the Star Bar in Little Five Points.
The Jonathan Richman concert presented a bit of a quandary, as The Residents are playing the same night about three blocks away at the Variety Playhouse. While it is technically possible to see both (during a brief conversation with Mike Goldman after his set, he told me that he had tickets to The Residents and was hoping to drop in on Jonathan Richman later that night), that's just a little bit too ambitious and energetic for this old man. Instead of buying Residents tickets, I opted to invite nearly everyone I know to come join me at the Star Bar for the Richman show.
You're invited, too. Come on over.