Podcast: Weekend roundup June 7-9
Jamilla Woods, Anderson .Paak, Streets Alive, and more fun that’s not to be missed
Welcome to Creative Loafing’s weekend roundup podcast for June 7- June 9! Will Cardwell, Jacob Chisenhall, Sophia Rubin, and Narah Landress join Music Editor Chad Radford to talk about their top picks for weekend music and more. Turn on, tune in, go out!
Fri., June 7
— Jamilla Woods, Nitty Scott, Dri Jack at the Masquerade (Hell)
If you’ve been worrying about a sophomore slump from Jamila Woods, you can stop. The Chicago poet, singer, and songwriter’s 2016 debut album HEAVN was an immersive and spirited celebration of black girl magic set to a soundtrack of future-jazz, hip-hop, and soul, and her follow-up effort, Legacy! Legacy!, feels more substantial in every way. With tracks named after inspirational people of color like Nikki Giovanni, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sun Ra, and Frida Kahlo, Woods’ second full-length is packed with sturdy beats, fuzzy synths, startling guitar solos, and a welcome dab of experimentation. As always, she uses her words to distill human existence down to its basics: “I’m trying to see eye to eye but you look right over me,” she sings in “Eartha,” named for Miss Kitt. “Your words stuck on repeat and I’m tired of your shit.” Without question, Legacy! Legacy! will go down as one of 2019's best albums. $15-$18. 8 p.m. — Ben Salmon
— Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Noname, Thundercat at Cadence Bank Amphitheater at Chastain Park
Since dropping Malibu in 2016, Southern California rapper Anderson .Paak has become something of an enigma through his high-energy live performances and collaborations with the likes of Dr. Dre. With his latest album, Ventura, featuring Smokey Robinson and Andre 3000, he shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. On album highlight “King James,” .Paak delivers an airy jazz-pop ode to LeBron James that addresses using privilege to give back and shed light on injustice. Noname and Thundercat fill out the bill. $32-$135. 7:30 p.m. — Jake Van Valkenburg
— Beltline Sunset Hike
Enjoy time in nature while also watching the sunset over the skyline at the Beltline Sunset Hike hosted by REI & The Georgia Conservancy. In this event you’ll be introduced to natural spaces along the Beltline (before the Beltline itself mowes it over, that is) as well as fellow hikers and other Atlanta residents that love both the natural and urban world. Free. 7:30 p.m.
— Gabbie Rotts Album Release + Girls Rock Camp ATL Fundraiser at Star Bar
Gabbie Rotts, a grunge pop trio, plays at the Star Bar in support of Mystical Harmony, released May 24. All proceeds will be donated to Girls Rock Camp Atlanta. With Boygirlfriends, Haint, and Pansy. $10. 9 p.m.
— Seventh Annual Atlanta Moon Ride at Piedmont Park THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO JUNE 21 DUE TO WEATHER
Come live out your inner child, as well as help other children with terminal illness, with a bike ride around Atlanta in the moonlight! Each ticket for the annual moon ride in Atlanta goes to Bert’s Big Adventure Foundation, as well as provides a night of unconventional fun. This ride is for all ages and skill levels and will kick off with a pre-party in Piedmont Park with food trucks, drinks and jams to get you revved up for the midnight madness. $35. 7 p.m.
— Chris Fleming at Plaza Theatre
Chris Fleming is a relatable, yet completely obscure and theatrical comedian known for his YouTube car rants and “Gayle” series. $25. 8 p.m.
— Summer Stunner II at 529 and the Earl
Summer Stunner is an annual gathering of garage punk rabble rousers who want to have a good time all the time. Groups like Dinos Boys, Gunpowder Gray, Candy Ci77arettes, Mongo, Fast Eddy, and Fixed Faces tear up the EARL, while Golden Pelicans, Metalleg, Alligator Alley, Adam Anzio, and others bring the heat at 529. $12-$35.
Sat., June 8
— Monster Fish at Fernbank
A chance to learn about the very real monsters that dwell in America’s rivers. The exhibition includes five life sized sculptures and interactables. Free.
— Identikit, Clockwork Pioneer, Star Period Star, Help!Computer at Smith’s Olde Bar
Head on over to Smith’s Olde Bar to experience a set oozing with fusion, “many adjectived-prog,” Savannah prog rock, and “bleep blorp”. $8-$12. 9:30 p.m.
Sun., June 9
— Atlanta Streets Alive: Cross-City Route
Experience the wonder of atlanta without all the blaring car horns and angry motorists. This weekend’s route of car-blocked streets goes from DeKalb Avenue and Decatur Street to Marietta Street and Howell Mill Road, combining the east and west routes from previous years. Walk or bike any or all of this year’s 10 mile stretch, enjoy booths and events hosted by community organizations, local businesses (did someone say breweries?!), and sponsors. Free. 2 p.m.