The Summer Concert Guide
It’s summer, and while there are still serious symphonies and operas on cultural calendars everywhere, we like to spend the hotter months focused on the straight-up fun stuff, like festivals, one-off concerts, and full-on throwback tours.
Jill Scott At Chastain ParkAugust 2 | 4469 Stella Dr. | 404.233.2227
You can chalk it up to her acting experience or, you know, straight-up talent, but Jill Scott is one of those captivating artists whose performances can be enjoyed even if you don't know the words to sing along. She started out in spoken word, so her style is poetic, almost hypnotic even, and has a way of making the audience feel whatever it is she wants them to feel.
Hall & Oates at Chastain Park AuditoriumJuly 10 | 4469 Stella Dr. NW | 844.854.1450
Hall and Oates' particular brand of soulful pop is summertime gold—throw in the fairytale-like atmosphere of Chastain Park and you've got yourself a pretty stellar night. They're the highest selling two-man band to this day, so their song inventory ("Rich Girl," "Maneater," "I Can't Go For That") is as deep as it is infectiously catchy.
The Beach Boys at Atlanta Botanical GardenJuly 24 | 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE | 404.876.5859
It's kind of impossible not to love The Beach Boys—in fact, we've yet to meet a soul immune to their doo-wop-meets-surf-rock sound and signature harmonies. In its 50-plus-year career, the band has had its share of drama, but has somehow managed to hold up, further proving that stellar songwriting defies all. With its whimsical topiaries, outdoor light installations, and seemingly limitless florals, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens are a pretty magical place to spend the day before heading to the Great Lawn for the show.
One Musicfest at Aaron’s AmpitheatreSeptember 12 | 2002 Lakewood Ave. SE | 404.443.5090
One Musicfest was conceived five years ago as a one-stop-shop for music lovers to check out established, indie, and entirely under-the-radar artists all in one place. The daylong happening spans three stages and brings out a whole fleet of gourmet food trucks and vendors to feed and entertain attendees between shows. This year's headliners—notables include Janelle Monae, The Roots, A$AP Rocky, and Ms. Lauryn Hill—are particularly impressive.
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett at Chastain Park AmphitheatreJuly 29 | 4469 Stella Dr. | 404.233.2227
There’s no denying that Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are an unlikely pair. While curiosity alone is probably enough to fill the seats, weirdly, the duets and solo renditions of old-timey standards totally work. Staying consistent to Cheek to Cheek, the jazz album that preceded them, the live performances are accompanied by a full orchestra.