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Old 03-11-03, 10:49 PM
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Music Midtown 2003 (Atlanta)

Here's the lineup so far for Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta May 2-4. It's better than last year at least. $45 a pop. More names will be added (Foo Fighters rumored). I'd LOVE to be able to yank about a dozen stinkers off this list and replace them with something more interesting. Doubt I'll go.


13 Stories Locals stage
3LW V103 stage Saturday
Aimee Mann Fox 5 stage Sunday
Alana Davis 96 Rock stage Saturday
Amerie V103 stage Saturday
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra Fox 5 stage Sunday
Ashanti V103 stage Sunday
B-52s Z93 stage Friday
Bachelor Red Locals stage
Blue Epic Locals stage
Bob Dylan 96 Rock stage Friday
Ben Harper 99X stage Sunday
Buddy Guy Fox 5 stage Saturday
Caitlin Carey Fox 5 stage Sunday
Cam'ron V103 stage Saturday
Cowboy Mouth 96 Rock stage Saturday
Cracker 96 Rock stage Friday
Crosby Stills & Nash Z93 stage Saturday
Dave Mason Z93 stage Saturday
Deeper Shade of Soul Gospel stage Saturday
Def Leppard 96 Rock stage Sunday
Dial 8 Locals stage
Disco Biscuits Fox 5 stage Friday
Donnie V103 stage Friday
Drive by Truckers 96 Rock stage Sunday
Drivin N Cryin 96 Rock stage Sunday
Edgar Winter Z93 stage Saturday
Eve V103 stage Sunday
Everclear 96 Rock stage Sunday
Fat Joe V103 stage Sunday
Favorite Locals stage
Francine Reed V103 stage Friday
Franky Perez 96 Rock stage Sunday
The Gain Fox 5 stage Saturday
G-Love & Special Sauce 96 Rock stage Saturday
Gipsy Kings Fox 5 stage Sunday
Godsmack 99X stage Saturday
Gomez Z93 stage Sunday
Gov't Mule Z93 stage Sunday
Homeroom Locals stage
India Arie V103 stage Sunday
Isley Brothers V103 stage Saturday
Jack Johnson 99X stage Sunday
Joe Cocker Z93 stage Saturday
Jorma Kaukonen & Blue Country Z93 stage Saturday
K-Ci & JoJo V103 stage Saturday
Kings X 96 Rock stage Saturday
Leftover Salmon Z93 stage Saturday
Les Claypool Frog Brigade Z93 stage Friday
Live 99X stage Saturday
LL Cool J V103 stage Friday
Mary's Eyes Locals stage
Mavericks Fox 5 stage Saturday
Medeski, Martin, Wood Z93 stage Saturday
Mina Mina Goodsong Locals stage
Ming & FS Fox 5 stage Friday
Mofro Z93 stage Sunday
Morris Day & the Time V103 stage Friday
Nivea V103 stage Sunday
Orion Crisis Locals stage
Outshine Locals stage
Particle Fox 5 stage Friday
Psyche Origami Locals stage
Ratdog Z93 stage Sunday
Richard Smallwood & Vision Gospel stage Saturday
Saliva 99X stage Saturday
Seether 99X stage Friday
Shaggy V103 stage Saturday
Sheryl Crow 96 Rock stage Friday
Sick Speed Locals stage
Sixpence None the Richer Fox 5 stage
Something Corporate 99X stage Sunday
Sound Tribe Sector Nine Fox 5 stage Friday
Southside Johnny & Asbury Jukes Z93 stage Sunday
Steve Winwood Z93 stage Friday
Supafuzz Locals stage
Susan Tedeschi Fox 5 stage Saturday
The Hiss Locals stage
Tonex Gospel stage Saturday
Tonic 99X stage Saturday
Tony Bennett Fox 5 stage Saturday
Trapt 99X stage Saturday
Uncrowned Locals stage
Unwritten Law 99X stage Friday
VHS or Beta Fox 5 stage Friday
Vivian Green V103 stage Saturday
Y.O.U Locals stage
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Saw the line-up about an hour ago and was thrilled with some of the guests. Overall, it's not the best list, but I cherish any time to see Live or Tony Bennett, and it looks like there's more than enough to keep me busy depending on how they arrange everything.

Hopefully they don't add too many more big name acts. This thing has gotten out of control in recent years. I enjoy seeing hasbeens like Night Ranger more than current superstars. If I want to see a big name act, I'll just go to their full concert. I also hope they don't overload the night acts like they're prone to doing.

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Old 03-11-03, 11:26 PM
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Too bad they can't do something like this in the Tri State area. They have everything from Tony Bennet to Godsmack to LL Cool J. Great diverse lineup !
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Old 03-12-03, 05:05 AM
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They should change the name from Music Midtown to Music Meltdown. I went from 95-98 and I thought in 98 it was bad(note, i can't remember the last year I went, it was when it relocated to around the Marta Civic Station, whatever year that was). There are WAY too many people there. On Saturday, it really took about an hour to navigate in the sea of people from 99x stage to 96rock stage. This while surrounded by 95+ thousand people, during 95+ degree heat with 195+% humidity. It's not worth it, by a long shot, even to see the not-so-popular acts or the has-been, where are they now acts.
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Old 03-12-03, 07:52 AM
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I don't have a name, I agree with you. I actually went the first two years they started this 10 years ago and it was perfect. Better mid-level bands and not a huge crowd. $45 is not a bad price for 2 1/2 days of music IF you like a bunch of the bands. Of course, you gotta add food and beer to that price.

The problem I've had in recent years is that most of the bands I want to see seem to all play on the same night. You can't buy single day passes anymore and I don't want to wade around in that mess for two other days going hours between sets I'm interested in.
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Volunteer on their website. I worked there on Friday back in 2001 & spent most of Friday handing out programs. Got done in time to see Bob Dylan go on stage & got free passes for the other days. A very good deal & you get to meet pretty cool people.
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Nice lineup. I've only gone once (96, I think?) and it's a great place for established bands/groups and up-and-comers. I think I saw Cake there for the first time ... also Ben Folds Five.

Nice to see a bunch of different genre's of talent there -- I think it used to be just a 99X thing ... now it seems like V103 and 96 Rock are getting into the act.

BTW -- where is the venue this year? Last I remember, the venue was moving
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Old 03-12-03, 03:29 PM
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Originally posted by atlantamoi
$45 is not a bad price for 2 1/2 days of music IF you like a bunch of the bands.

Don't get wrong, though. 45 bucks is an amzing price to see all those bands. There are a couple that I would go and see. But I won't be going because A.) I moved to San Francisco a couple of months ago and B.) it's too stressful to be there with ALL those people.

My theory about Music Midtown is that the population of the festival is directly related to population explosion that Atlanta saw right after the Olympics. You can't blame the promoters (is it still Peter Colons and that other Alex something guy?) If more people want to go, bump up the prices a little more (not by much, thank Buddah), an get some bigger name acts on the bill. The onlyy thing I am still impressed by is the ticket prices. Average growth of popularity in this festival would lead the average person to assmuse this festival would cost around the mid-to-high 50s or low 60s.
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Old 05-01-03, 01:33 PM
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So, who's going?

I'm pumped.

Main attractions I've looking forward to: Live, Evanescence, Tony Bennett, and Def Leppard. Plenty of other good acts, but those are the ones I'm drooling over. I know some people don't like the crowds, but where else can I see Evanescence, Shaggy, and Tony Bennett in the same afternoon? Variety rules.

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Old 05-02-03, 12:58 PM
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Just me, eh?

Well, screw all of you! I'm going to have a blast whether you like it or not!

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I've gone a couple times. Last time was a couple years ago though. It is true: the variety of bands is amazing. I saw Dylan, Arrested Development, Fastball, Kool and the Gang, Jerry Cantrell, Night Ranger, Indigo Girls, Foo Fighters, Loverboy (not all the same year mind you...) and I can't even remember who all else.

On the other hand, the crowds really are overwhelming, and the last time I went, it was HOT. I tend to get burned out after the 2nd night and end up skipping out on the sunday shows.

For me the decision to go comes down to whether or not a bunch of friends are going to brave the crowds together. This year, I would be on my own, so I'm not going.
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Old 05-02-03, 06:30 PM
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das, have fun! I'm skipping it... just not enough interest for me (which makes me vewy vewy sad). The last time I went was two years ago only because a friend had a free ticket. Saw Cheap Trick, Lucinda Williams, Smithereens and Victoria Williams. Enjoyed that.
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Well, it's storming like a mofo right now with severe thunderstorm warnings and a tornado watch coming out of Alabama. I have the freaking Black Plague too and REALLY don't need to be standing in the rain. But **** it. I'm going to see Live tonight if it kills me, and the fates conspiring to keep me away can shove it!

On the plus side, if there is one, Live is at the 99x stage, and they should be on asphault, so at least I won't be in the mud.

If I survive, I'll be sure to return to this thread and taunt all of you with stories of how much it rocked.

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I'm going today, Saturday.
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I'm going today, Saturday.



Today is definitely the best day. I'm about to walk over myself. Have a great time!

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Shouldn't they change the name of the event to Music Downtown?
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King's X, Tonic, and Tony Bennet were the highlights. Great show, my feet hurt though. . .

and I saw alot of hot girls.
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Yeah, my feet are killing me. I have a long walk from where I am, and I've made it 8 times already.

Holy crap, Tony Bennett kicked ass. I know that sounds strange, but from front row-center -- and I mean literally dead center pressed up against the front railing (I listened to lame country from Maverick to get that spot) -- it was an incredible show. The set was a bit short, but what do you expect ... he's 300 years old. And Clayton Cameron is a complete and total badass with the brushes, even if he's a dead ringer for Phil Lamarr. I wish Ralph Sharon had been well enough to perform, but Lee Musiker did a great job, even subtlely encouraging the crowd to chant Tony's name.

Add to that seeing Buddy Guy, and today will go down close to the top of music experiences in my life. Buddy Guy's a freakin' legend if ever there was one, and he lived up to it as he wandered off stage and into the crowd. The guy's pushing 70, and he's still kicking ass. Damn right he's got the blues, and they never sounded better.

Other highlights for me today were Edgar Winter who broke out with a 20-minute rendition of Frankenstein followed by some incredible dueling instuments and Evanescene who looked great and sounded better. I wasn't sure how their sound would translate live, but it works. It has a stronger rock edge to it on stage, but that's fine with me. Oh yeah ... damn, she's hot.

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das, do you like country music at all? The Mavericks were one of the only reasons I would have gone to MM this year. They are one of the few decent country bands around. What was lame about them? Tony Bennett would have been cool. I remember seeing Tito Puente 10 years ago and that was really sweet. That's the great thing about this festival... go see people you might not ordinarily check out.
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To be fair, the Mavericks were pretty good and tried to put together an energetic show for their 12 fans. They sounded a lot better when they played with a more Mexican flavor. I don't mind country or even country-western, but I have no interest in the cheap pop that's disguised as country for marketing that's evolved in recent years. They played enough of the latter to hurt their cause, but most of it was pretty decent and probably would have been more entertaining if the crowd weren't a boring group of overgrown high-schoolers straight from the cast of Varsity Blues donning "I Heart Jesus" shirts and swaying back and forth with what must constitute "emotion" round them parts. Seriously, these guys weren't too bad, and my comment about it being lame is mostly influenced by the fact that I had just seen Buddy Guy on that stage and immediately afterward saw Tony Bennett, both of which were such vastly superior experiences that meeting the Pope probably would have come across as lame to me at the time.

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Gotcha. Funny explanation. You didn't make it back there today (Sunday)?
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So is this anything like Light Up Atlanta

das...Buddy Guy is just awesome. When I lived in Chicago I saw him probably 15 times at his club and Blues Fest and the like. Got better every time I saw him.
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You didn't make it back there today (Sunday)?



I'm going to overlook this question on account of your clear addiction to crack. I've got two words for you: Def Leppard. Not a chance in hell I'd miss it. I did get kind of a late start today, but there really wasn't anything early on worth going to see. The 99x stage had a decent line-up with Seether, Jack Johnson and Ben Harper, but I've seen them already and I needed to stay home and chug orange juice to keep from dying anyway.

Def Leppard, as I'm sure you can guess, rocked. The crowd was ginormous. Some guys pushed by me about 20 minutes into the show. They said they had come from Zwan and that it was a barren wasteland over there, because everyone was at Def Leppard. I cannot confirm this, because frankly, who cares about Zwan.

Overall, a great Midtown. I don't know why people wuss out and don't go. I would have paid $45 just to see any one of the acts I saw (well, OK, not the Mavericks ). I know people have become jaded with how large and corporate the event has become, but it still rocks.

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So is this anything like Light Up Atlanta

das...Buddy Guy is just awesome. When I lived in Chicago I saw him probably 15 times at his club and Blues Fest and the like. Got better every time I saw him.



I get high just thinking about Midtown.

Buddy Guy ... holy carp. I didn't think anything could top seeing Chuck Berry, but Buddy Guy may replace him as King of the Dirty Old Black Men. Almost 70, and he still rocks harder than the corporate power chord monkeys that dominate the airwaves.

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