you know it is summer time in Atlanta when Park Tavern revs up their Unplugged in the Park concert series. know as the “place to be on Sundays in the summer”, Unplugged in the Park is going on it’s 11th year in the A. The low down: free acoustic music concerts showcasing local Atalanta talent with the backdrop of the sun setting over Piedmont Park. i have to say it is quite the way to end week in the summer.
i’ve yet to go to an Unplugged this summer (no bueno) however this past Sunday’s event with Ben Deignan and special guests seem the perfect way to get back into the swing of Unplugged. walking in and seeing the stage set like a scene out of John Hughes 80’s teen movie bedroom for first act, Jacob & the Good People you just knew it was going to be a unique show. front man, Jacob Blazer literally made you feel like you were listening to him in his bedroom sitting on a stool playing songs about booze, summer, love (the usual) but expressing himself in a less is more kind of way which is right up my alley, the perfect warm up for the night.
locals Fox Grin took the stage who reminded me of a local Mumford & Sons. fresh off an album release party Saturday these guys were the perfect transition as the sun set. mellow tunes with strong vocals you couldn’t help but put your drink down and really listen.
last but certainly not least, the Ben Deignan band started warming up and the crowd instantly migrated to the dance floor. he had something planned for us Unplugged kids, and we definitely were in for a treat. i’ve always said Ben has a powerful and unique voice that is unexpected which makes his shows that much more intriguing. he kicked off with a set of his staple songs including my favorite “cool” (always have to plug that) but then the energy was kicked up another level. when you heard that famous jazzy beat behind robin thicke’s “blurred lines” hit your ear you could feel the whole audience just stand up and start shaking their ass. it didn’t stop there, busting out daft punk’s jam of the summer “get lucky” i literally thought everyone was going to loose their mind, and we did. i haven’t been to any other Unplugged’s this year but this one will take the cake no matter what, everyone was dancing to infectious music of our incredible local talent we have here in the A and the audience walked away perfectly satisfied with their Sunday Funday.
check out my photo book from the show:
see ya next time:
jacob and the good people @ red pepper taqueria july 15
foxgrin @ vinyl july 19th
ben deignan special show announcement for August coming soon!