Music Midtown in downtown Atlanta was once one of the best outdoor three day concert festivals you could go to. I used to go every year. The festival took a hiatus after poor reviews in 2006 and the fact that so many other increasingly popular festivals were popping up (*cough Bonnaroo cough*). Last year the festival started back up with a one day event and this year expanded back to 2 days. Hopefully it can be as good as it once was.
Enough about that, the year was 2005…. (insert flashback cutaway). Myself and a small group of friends had decided to load up the truck and head to Atlanta for Music Midtown, we begged an old friend to let us crash at his place for the weekend. That year was a particularly good year at least at the time. The White Stripes, The Killers, The Pixies, The Strokes, are you seeing a pattern? Apparently early in the 2000’s starting your band name with the word “the” was the status quo. During a day set at the main stage while we were waiting as close to the front of the stage as possible a new band came out to open that no one in our group had heard before, The Features, a band close to home from Murfeesboro, TN. They put on an electric show, I personally haven’t seen a drummer get at much sound out of such a small kit. It could have been the combination of a hot Atlanta summer day, festival food and beer, but for a new band playing the opening act during the day, they put on a great set. They played songs from their first official LP Exhibit A. I’ve been hooked ever since.
Anytime they play in my hometown or somewhere close I try and go, one to support local music, and two so that I can introduce new people to their music, and three, it’s just a fun time. Recently they have experienced more success after initially being dropped from their first big label. Currently they are producing music with Serpents & Snakes (Kings of Leon’s imprint label), last year they released a new album Wilderness and are rumored to be working on a new album for release in March 2013. Last year they had a song on the Breaking Dawn soundtrack, and have been featured in several television commercials and smaller budget films and even a cell phone game.
Last night they played at The Mercy Lounge in Nashville, TN and tonight and tomorrow they are playing in Atlanta, GA at The Terminal and at the Caledonia Lounge. If you’re in the Atlanta area, do yourself a favor and go see these guys! Once you do, come back here and thank me for telling you to go. It’s not like you had any plans anyway. You can get tickets from their website here. Here’s a video of their song Lions from the album Some Kind of Salvation. Enjoy! ~cwall