Ticketed festival starring St. Paul & The Broken Bones, free concerts, book signing and more April 27-30
DECATUR, Ga., April 20, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Amplify My Community, organizer of the Amplify Decatur Music Festival, announced today it will be expanding this year’s event to four days of musical events taking place April 27-30 on and near the Decatur Square.
The signature Amplify Decatur Music Festival ticketed event highlights the weekend. It takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29 on the Decatur Square. The line-up features St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Patty Griffin, James McMurtry, and more.
Additionally, an evening of free concerts takes place Friday, April 29. The Dirty Doors: A Tribute to The Doors and folk rock band Ghoststories perform at the bandstand on the Decatur Square. Simultaneously, an array of other performers will be playing free shows at venues near the Decatur Square, including Leon’s Full Service, Brick Store Pub, and Mellow Mushroom Pizza.
The Amplify Decatur Music Festival series is presented by Lenz and produced in partnership with Eddie’s Attic. Proceeds will be directed to Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM), Decatur Education Foundation (DEF), and Giving Kitchen to aid their vital missions. The 2022 festival weekend featured Ben Harper, Old Crow Medicine Show, Son Volt, and The War & Treaty, and raised $50,000 for DCM.
“We’re excited to bring great music back to the downtown square and strengthen our community,” says Drew Robinson, president of the Amplify My Community board. “Amplify continues to be impressed and humbled by unwavering support from the Decatur community and sponsors – especially Lenz. It’s enabled us to procure an incredibly talented, musically diverse line-up while celebrating and fundraising for DCM, DEF, and Giving Kitchen.”
The full 2023 weekend series includes:
Thursday, April 27
An Evening With Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra
Little Shop of Stories presents a conversation with the award-winning songwriter from Better Than Ezra, who will talk about his new book “The Greatest Song: Spark Creativity, Ignite Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life.”
6 p.m. April 27. $25. Brick Store Pub, 125 E. Court Square, Decatur. Tickets available here.
Friday, April 28
Free Friday Night Concerts
The Decatur Square Bandstand hosts The Dirty Doors: A Tribute to the Doors along with acclaimed folk duo Ghoststories. An array of singer-songwriters also perform at downtown Decatur locations: Brick Store Pub, Leon’s Full Service, and Mellow Mushroom.
- The Dirty Doors: A Tribute to the Doors with Ghoststories. 6:30 p.m. April 28. Free. Decatur Square Bandstand, corner of Church Street and E. Ponce De Leon Avenue, Decatur.
- Wyatt Espalin and Mark Miller. 5:30 p.m. April 28. Free. Brick Store Pub, 125 E. Court Square, Decatur.
- Matthew Pendrick and Kristen Englenz. 5:30 p.m. April 28. Free. Leon’s Full Service, 131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur.
- Morgan Rowe and Rodney Bond. 5:30 p.m. April 28. Free. Mellow Mushroom, 340 W. Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur.
Saturday, April 29
The 2023 Amplify Decatur Music Festival featuring St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Patty Griffin, James McMurtry, The Suffers, Town Mountain, Jackson County Line, and The Sundogs. Food and drink vendors include Creature Comforts Brewing Co., Mellow Mushroom, Three Taverns Craft Beers, Ford’s BBQ, The Stratford, and Mother’s Best.
2-11 p.m. April 29. $75–$275. Decatur Square, corner of Church Street and E. Ponce De Leon Avenue, Decatur. AmplifyDecatur.org.
Sunday, April 30
Amplify Vs.: Elliott Smith concludes the Amplify Decatur Music Festival weekend with a celebration of the music of Elliott Smith. Performers include Ian Rowland, Blake Rainey, Jason Waller, James Richards, and more.
7 p.m. April 30. $10. Waller’s Coffee Shop, 240 Dekalb Industrial Way, Decatur. Tickets available here.
2023 Amplify Decatur Music Festival sponsors: Decatur Package Store, Leafmore Group, Iris and Bruce Feinberg, Oakhurst Realty Partners, Decatur Travel and Tourism, Natalie Gregory & Co., Savannah Distributing Co., Three Taverns, Creature Comforts Brewing Co., Cox Media Group, WABE, Georgia Urology, Plumb Works, Hall Booth Smith Attorneys at Law, Brick Store Pub, Kudzu Antiques, Trōv Home, Verisail Partners, Topo Chico, Tip Top Proper Cocktails, and Atlanta United.
Amplify My Community was founded in 2010 and is based in Decatur, Georgia. Its mission is to leverage the universal love of music to fight poverty at the local level. To date, Amplify has produced more than 100 concerts, and raised and donated more than $550,000 in unrestricted gifts to locally oriented anti-homelessness and poverty-focused organizations — including more than $335,000 in Decatur. Amplify has held concert series in Atlanta, Athens, Decatur, Suwanee, and Duluth, Georgia; Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; and Charlottesville, Virginia, and featured acts such as Indigo Girls, Lucinda Williams, Ben Harper, Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples, Blind Boys of Alabama, Old Crow Medicine Show, Rodney Crowell, John Paul White, Son Volt, Justin Townes Earle, Bruce Hornsby, Milk Carton Kids, Ricky Skaggs, Julien Baker, Drivin’ N Cryin’, Junior Brown, Amanda Shires, Bobby Bare, Jr., Lucero, Colin Meloy, The Mavericks, Shawn Mullins, The Lone Bellow, The Jayhawks, Jay Farrar, and Harold Holloway & Co.
Decatur Cooperative Ministry’s mission is to help families facing homelessness settle into safe, stable homes and build healthy lives filled with peace, hope, and opportunity. Founded in 1969, Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM) offers transitional housing, shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing, and permanent supportive housing programs. DMC’s programs span the entire spectrum of currently recognized homelessness interventions. To accomplish this, DCM partners with 35 congregations from 14 denominations as well as private foundations, universities and schools, government agencies, community groups, and local businesses.
Decatur Education Foundation works together with the City Schools of Decatur, Decatur Housing Authority, and City of Decatur to bolster community efforts and ensure that ALL students have the resources, opportunities, and experiences in order to foster their growth and ensure their academic success.
Giving Kitchen provides emergency assistance for food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources.
Interviews available upon request.
Jon Waterhouse, Lenz, Inc., 678-770-9561, firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE Amplify My Community