Beyond the pesky Sunday rains that caused a roughly one-hour evacuation of Piedmont Park and pushed back sets, the headline from the 2016 incarnation of Atlanta’s predominate music festival could have been surprise covers.
A lively Music Midtown crowd whose average age was probably 19 1⁄2 was treated to The Killers doing Elvis’ "Can’t Help Falling in Love," Leon Bridges’ sassy rendition of Ginuwine’s "Pony," Beck’s double-whammy tribute of David Bowie’s "China Girl" and Prince’s "1999," The Lumineers nailing both Bob Dylan’s "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and (fittingly) Credence Clearwater Revival’s "Have you ever seen the rain?", Big Boi’s playful take on "We will rock you," and much more.
Saturday crowds were massive, and Sunday's filthy. For the first time since 2013, the weather didn't fully cooperate, Music Mudtown ensued, and more than a few peeved fans skedaddled prematurely and didn't return.
On the bright side, most performers were electrifying and genuinely enthused, as always, to be playing such a setting. Enjoy a few highlights from across the momentous Midtown weekend that was:
- Sights and Sounds From Midtown's Musical Blowout, 2015 [Curbed Atlanta]