FESTIVAL OF FRIENDS / ATLANTA, GA
Festival of Friends Events are made up of:
- Pre-organized cover song performance collectives showcasing material by iconic bands and artists performed by a rotating cast of musicians over the course of the evening.
- Guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboardists and vocalists (available instrumentation is material dependent) who've registered in advance for the songs they want to perform on their primary instrument(s).
- During open registration participants choose a minimum of 2 songs and a maximum of 4 songs (based on your primary instrument(s). If there are additional songs available that you're interested in playing on (beyond your initial selections) we'll notify you about remaining options (at no extra cost) after open registration has closed.
Festival of Friends Events are for:
- Armchair musicians as well as routine players with an intermediate to advanced-level skill set (even if its been a while and you're just looking to kick off the rust).
- Who can learn material on their own and readily apply it in a live event setting. There are no auditions or formalized rehearsals.
- The only requirements for participating musicians is to come to the show ready to perform (i.e., know the songs and your parts), be respectful to your event band mates and to have lots of fun!
What are the benefits of participating?
- Simple, convenient and low-pressure way to play in a band and perform live with both new faces and old friends minus the legwork of bringing it together.
- Improve your overall playing through focused, goal-oriented practice time and live performance gigs.
- Try out new musical styles you might otherwise not have considered or had the opportunity to explore.
- Spend less time organizing a band and more time applying your passion and skills.
- Exciting way to play and perform music minus any long-term commitment above and beyond the event itself.
- Event Open Registration Begins: Saturday, February 17, 2018
- Event Open Registration Closes: Saturday, May 12, 2018
- Event Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018
- Event Time: Doors at 5:30pm, Show at 6:30pm.
- Venue: Smith's Olde Bar - The Atlanta Room (Atlanta, GA)
- Participant Cost: $50.00 per musician (guarantees your songs and a complimentary drink)
- Show Tickets: $8.00 In Advance or $10 At the Door (Cash Only)
Event Theme: Decades of Rock
This event theme features a wide-range of classic songs by iconic bands and artists from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's, providing participants a range of material to choose from while offering audiences an eclectic showcase of music history. Final song order will be determined after registration has closed and musician slots have been confirmed.
60's DECADE: British Rock Icons
Of all the important rock bands to grace the stage, British bands are considered by many to be the most important and most influential. Though they weren't first, the best British rock bands planted their mark in the 1960's with catchy melodies, delicious hooks and music that influenced multiple generations of bands and music fans. Not to be outdone, every decade thereafter, famous British bands were mostly ahead of their contemporaries across the globe, bringing all variations of rock music to the masses. The thing that the best British rock bands have in common is that they're known all over the world for their wide influences.
70's DECADE: Classic Rock Radio
During the '70s, FM radio stations gradually diluted the freewheeling innovations of pirate radio and early FM stations. Theoretically, the new stations did what the pioneers did -- play album tracks instead of singles -- but they soon relied on a set group of artists for their playlists. The one thing that tied all these Album Rock artists together was their dedication to the album as the vehicle for their music, plus their reliance on rock as the foundation of their material. Across the board it was fairly diverse but they all shared a certain artistic aesthetic and little bit of indulgence, plus their constant exposure on FM radio.
80's DECADE: Power Pop Classics
Power Pop is a cross between the crunching hard rock of the Who and the sweet melodicism of the Beatles and Beach Boys, with the ringing guitars of the Byrds thrown in for good measure. Although several bands of the early '70s established the sound of power pop, it wasn't until the late '70s that a whole group of like-minded bands emerged. What tied all of these bands together was their love of the three-minute pop single. Power-pop bands happened to emerge around the same time of punk, so they were swept along with the new wave because their brief, catchy songs fit into the post-punk aesthetic.
90's DECADE: Alternative Rock
Alternative rock is essentially a catch-all term for post-punk bands from the mid-'80s to the mid-'90s. There is a multitude of musical styles within alternative rock, from the sweet melodies of jangle-pop to the metallic grind of industrial, yet are all tied together by a similar aesthetic -- they all hovered outside of mainstream pop. In some ways, there are two waves of alternative bands, with Nirvana's unprecedented crossover success in 1991 acting as a dividing point, with these songs representing the latter wave.
Note: If you're signing up for "Guitar One" as your primary instrument you're committing to lead and rhythm guitar parts whereas "Guitar Two" primary instrument is rhythm guitar-parts only. Both guitarists will double-up on rhythm parts as appropriate and/or worked out ahead of time. Overall song presentation by all musicians should follow standard instrumentation and arrangements as originally recorded on the song's studio versions, keeping everyone on the same page regarding practice time and event performances.
Step One: Claim Your Songs
During open registration participants choose a minimum of 2 songs and a maximum of 4 songs (based on your primary instrument(s). If there are additional songs available that you're interested in playing on (beyond your initial selections) we'll notify you about remaining options after open registration has closed.
Step Two: Submit Event Payment
Payment guarantees your song selections and includes a complimentary drink. Additional songs above your initial selections (including those not on your primary instrument) are available to paid participants at no extra cost once open registration has closed. Payments are processed through PayPal, with all major debit/credit cards accepted.