This Sunday, PARKLIFE kicks off it’s second year, this time in Piedmont Park at The Promenade, an outdoor green space adjacent to The SAGE Parking Deck along The Atlanta BeltLine. Bigger from the first year, with The Promenade capacity of 4,200, yet still an intimate experience compared to what is thought of as a “typical festival.” PARKLIFE is a small, carefully curated lineup by co-founders Andrew Hingley and Bowe O’Brien, and there isn’t a single artist on this lineup that can be skipped.
Songbird Natalie Prass has been all the buzz since her debut self titled album was finally released in January 2015. Prass has been continually praised by critics. for her debut. The horn and strings heavy debut is a gem that’s completely fresh with Prass’s arrangements.
Timothy Showalter’s Strand of Oaks album, HEAL, was a top 10 album of 2014 for OpenEars Music. Outstanding songwriting, it’s an introspective album that’s just honest. But it’s the heavy rock n roll and enthralling synth from their live show the last time they came through town at The EARL that makes Strand of Oaks a must see. Atlanta is going to lose it with Strand of Oaks singing loudly “You Gotta HEAL”, letting it all wash aside.
Chris Stapleton is the hot new voice in country music. And we aren’t talking the made for radio country currently drowning country and pop stations across the US, but something more authentic. A smooth soulful and powerful voice, Stapleton is a skilled songwriter who’s 2015 debut album Traveler has been met with plenty of acclaim. From love songs to upbeat numbers, bluegrass and soul mixed in, and plenty of slide to tug those heartstrings, his music is a nod to the great country acts of the past. Stapleton is going to blow away the Piedmont Park crowd with his voice.
Headlining is Jason Isbell, whose new album Something More Than Free simultaneously topped the Rock, Folk and Country Billboard. The Muscle Shoals native, Nashville resident for many years, and former longtime member of Athens’ own Drive-By-Truckers, Isbell has become THE Southern Man, a representative of the Southeast, while repping the everyday hardworking American. Isbell will no doubt have a place high up in our generations greatest songwriters.
And what a perfect setting to catch this songwriters showcase, on a beautiful fall Sunday in Atlanta, perhaps a bourbon or craft beer in hand. PARKLIFE offers the opportunity for a great time with a killer lineup, now all you need is your tickets.
We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner. All you have to do is share the photo below through your socials on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, each for an entry. Make sure to tag OpenEars Music and PARKLIFE in your post to be counted, use hashtag #openears:
Winner of the pair of tickets to be chosen this Saturday (10/17) at noon. Entries accepted until then.
Good luck and see you for a Sunday Funday at the Park.