Fri, Jul 07 o 7:00PM
The Atlanta Room
BJ WILBANKS / DAVID CONE / MICHAEL COONS / CALIGO
$10 IN ADVANCE / $14 DAY OF
Georgia-based BJ Wilbanks's authentic exploration of love and the pursuit of enlightenment has been referred to as "Back Porch Soul," fusing the musical roots of Americana, Motown and Delta Blues into an intoxicating blend of Southern Rock.
BJ's solo work explores the intimate, raw, emotional feeling of the gospel, blues, and 70s rock he was raised on as a child. BJ has also been enjoying regional popularity with his band, Gibson Wilbanks, who have opened for artists like Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, and Diane Durrett.
BJ's gregarious personality is palpable on record, often channeling other charismatic musical personalities like Otis Redding, Sturgill Simpson and current retro revivalists like Leon Bridges. His self-titled album, BJ Wilbanks (due out April 28th) captures the refined analogue production qualities of yesteryear, complete with swampy southern bass and Stax-inspired horn sections. It is of a reminiscent of bygone era when music was so good, it transcended genre.
"The best music brings the most unlikely people together," BJ asserts. "It's music from the soul."
David Cone is an Atlanta-based singer/songwriter who blends the ambitious themes of folk music with the rhythmic sounds of pop and R&B.
After completing a four-year tenure as a quarterback at the University of Michigan, David moved to his home state of Georgia to pursue music and filmmaking.
Influences include: Citizen Cope, John Mayer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jim Croce, Chuck Berry, John Denver, and The Everly Brothers.
Michael Coons is an Atlanta based acoustic performer. He has played many shows at various venues in the Atlanta area as a solo musician. His sound is influenced by the likes of Dave Barnes, William Fitzsimmons, Brett Dennen, Mumford & Sons and others. These influences have created in his tone a smooth blend of acoustic rock with a tinge of folk. He is continually creating his sound and cultivating his art. His latest album, titled The Exchange, which was release June of 2011 in front of a sold out Smiths Olde Bar, has been a success among Atlanta listeners. His lyrics and melodies are sure to inspire, as one cannot help but identify with his soulful words. When asked about his songwriting Michael said " When I sit down to write a song I never aim to write in a specific genre. If what I play sounds 'folky' then i write a folk song, if what I play sounds rock I write and produce it as such. My only goal when writing is to be who I am and not let anyone affect that and because of that, I believe, what i write seems very organic and honest and I think people appreciate that".