Forward Forecast: August 2022

Made the dreadful mistake of forgetting what time of year it was and tried to go to Target this past weekend. Yeah, not a fun time. Weaving through the piles of mini fridges and microwaves to grab some small odds and ends on the way back home was an adventure I’d rather not have again. But here we are at the beginning of another school year. So let’s see what’s going on this month.

First, we’ll start with something that WON’T be happening next month: Music Midtown. Because the festival is held on public property, recent state rulings now override MM’s ability to ban firearms from the premises. This is in conjunction to an older state law aka Guns Everywhere from a few years ago. Add in a gun nut who has friends who’ve threatened to sue over not being able to take their comfort pistols with them to a show and you’ve got a lot of folk who now can’t attend a music festival. Thanks a fucking lot gun fetishists. You’re the worst. And it probably won’t end here as there are other music festivals in the state that are usually held on public property so I expect they’ll be scrambling to move to a private spot soon. UGH.

ANYWAY, with the school year starting this week for ACC schools and soon enough for UGA, you can expect a lot more goings on about town.

I’ve already mentioned it once but it’s worth reminding y’all. SCRAPSTOCK 3. August 11-14. Details HERE. GO.

We’ll kick things off this month with Killick and Martin Howth at ATHICA on Thursday, August 4th at 7 p,m. If you want something a little more adventurous than your average night out, these two have got you covered.

If you’ve missed Thayer Sarrano like we’ve missed Thayer, you’ll be pleased to know that the musician will be playing Cine with Calvert Fountain on Saturday, August 6th at 9 p.m.

Little Italy is celebrating 25 years in the biz downtown on Saturday, August 13th. If it’s surprising to you that we’d mention such a thing on a music blog, you obviously haven’t been enveloped in a warm, cheesy, greasy embrace after a long night downtown. Is it good pizza? Who the hell cares? It’s 1 a.m. and you’re hungry. Head there and grab a slice after attending Heffner‘s 2nd album release party at the 40 Watt. Just look for the sign proclaiming Trashfest.

Thursday, August 18th is proving to be a massive day for doing things. You can head on over at 6 pm to the Special Collections Library on UGA’s campus and catch the opening reception to the fantastic “Georgia on My Mind” exhibit. I’ve already seen the penultimate setup and boy, there’s some good music stuff in there. We’re talking local legends like R.E.M. and the B-52s of course but also artifacts from the Atlanta hip-hop scene, some Macon music mementoes, and more. After you’re done there it’s just a short walk up to the 40 Watt at 7 p.m. for the Squalls “Live from the 40 Watt” album release show.

My beloved Mcqqeen is doing a tape release show at the Watt (wow, this is a Watt heavy list this month) on August 20th. Catch the ‘qqeen with Upchuck, Vincas, Nag, and Consec. Enjoy the NOIZE.

And we’ll have even more to look forward to as the weeks go on so stay tuned.

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