For Atlanta-based Quaildogs, it’s been a hell of a ride for the band who played their first show five years ago at The Tin Roof in Atlanta, especially recently: playing in Adam Duritz’s living room for The Outlaw Roadshow, Sweetwater 420 Fest, winning Georgia’s #road2roo finals and a spot playing at this year’s Bonnaroo, playing with Dumpstaphunk at Variety Playhouse, rocking Turner Field after a Freddie Freeman walk off homerun, then came playing Bonnaroo itself and gaining new fans in the likes of Relix Magazine, No Depression and more. Scrunched in between those last two highlights, the alt-country band who released their debut full length (The Getting Old Factory) in 2015 to much acclaim, prepped for Bonnaroo with a killer set on a private rooftop with the favorites, SUSTO.
In Atlanta’s midtown, it was a Rooftop Rendezvous for sure on this stormy southern June night, with the bands gathering to play the rooftop of a private penthouse condo. Rumor has it The Futurebirds recently played this rooftop with the sunsetting behind them. There is no known list to get on for the next Rooftop Rendezvous, it’s private and invite only that I know of. Lucky for me, this one time, the bands told me about it and gave me an address and time. I can only hope to hear about future parties. No point in going into details beyond the bands, but let’s just say these guys know how to throw a good party. There’s probably some kind of super secret scavenger hunt that leads you on a chase around Atlanta, with the end destination being a good time. Hell, maybe I even dropped hints somewhere in this post? (I didn’t).
With Candler Park Music Fest going down on the same day, instead of a sunset show, this show was pushed till later that night. With Atlanta’s night lights shining around and storms brewing in the distance, the Quaildogs went on as the festive crowd trickled in from Candler Park. It wasn’t just the weather bringing the thunder and lighting though as the Quaildogs brought their own storm. These guys are what a live band is all about with tons of infectious energy as they played songs from their recent album and covers like “Come Together” and The Cranberries “Zombie.”
With the storms rolling in closer and rain on the horizon, Charleston’s SUSTO quickly set up, ready to rock the crowd packed in around them. I don’t need to keep repeating myself, but SUSTO is one of the best live bands around. I’m not sure on the exact count on the number of times I’ve seen them live over the last year, but there’s never been even the slightest bit of disappointment, even when Justin’s voice is slightly hoarse from constant touring, great every single time. And this isn’t just me that’s saying this, once again SUSTO wowed the crowd at the Rooftop Rendezvous, making a ton of new fans along the way, a reoccurring theme. It was another stellar set, and literally as soon as SUSTO ended their set, the first drop of rain feel out of the sky; it’s as if someone is shining down on these guys….
But don’t take my word for it, SUSTO plays tonight’s Sunset Sessions at Park Tavern with Wild Child and MammaBear. FYI, it’s FREE, so there’s zero excuses. GOT damn! These guys are great.
Check out more photos from the Rooftop Rendezvous with SUSTO and the Quaildogs by Mike Gerry: