Did you know Atlanta is home to a HOT music scene? The center of the Peach State is regularly referred to as the capital of hip-hop and is a vibrant scene for gospel, neo-soul, indie-rock, country, blues and classical music. The origin location for countless big acts such as OutKast, Gladys Knight, Brenda Lee, Usher, Alan Jackson and more, Atlanta has a deep-rooted history in music that extends across many genres.
For residents relocating to the booming city, KNOWAtlanta compiled a go-to list of venues, festivals and theatres for locals and visitors to get lost in Atlanta’s southern music culture.
Home to a vibrant musical scene, it’s a natural assumption that Atlanta contains countless concert venues for locals and visitors to explore. The city hosts various venues, from iconic locales that house thousands to small, intimate spots only built to entertain a few hundred.
Iconic locations such as the Coca-Cola Roxy, The Masquerade, The Tabernacle, Blind Willie’s Blues Club and the Variety Playhouse have been the launching spot for several big acts and continue to draw large crowds searching for unforgettable entertainment. Residents also regularly flock to big-name venues such as State Farm Arena and Mercedes Benz Stadium to see today’s hottest artists.
At more modest hot spots such as Terminal West, The Eastern, Eddie’s Attic and Center Stage, concertgoers can expect to be wowed in an intimate setting, viewing favorite acts and up-and-coming talent in the heart of the city.
On top of iconic indoor venues, Atlanta also hosts several well-known outdoor venues that beautifully merge the temperate southern weather with catchy tunes. Locals regularly partake in summer concert series and special performances at outdoor venues such as Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, Lakewood Amphitheatre and Ameris Bank Amphitheatre!
Theatres & Concert Halls
For fans of classical music and Broadway, spots such as the historic Fox Theatre, the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University regularly introduce fantastic lineups of today’s hottest shows, classical staples and more!
Perhaps best known for the nationally recognized as the home of Music Midtown, Atlanta is the place to be during festival season! The spring and summer seasons offer endless entertainment thanks to popular events like Sweetwater 420 Fest, Shaky Knees, Candler Park Music & Food Festival, Atlanta Jazz Festival, the National Black Arts Festival and A3C. Big favorites of locals, these festivals also regularly draw big crowds nationally and internationally!
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