The Alzheimer’s Music Fest took place Sunday at 120 Tavern and Music Hall. in Marietta. The musical styles ran the gamut from blues and roots to funk and soul, alternative,country, and punk. It ws an extravangaza of sound inside and out and all for a good cause.
Even though this column concentrates on blues the Alzheimer’s Music Fest says so much about the diversity and talent of the Atlanta music scene and even more about its heart so I am going to cover it here anyway.
The purpose of the music fest was to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease and to raise money so that families can take care of their loved ones stricken with the disease at home. Vince Zangaro came up wtih the idea for the fest because he knows the sitution first-hand, taking care of his own father at home. To insure that a;; of the money raised goes to the cause the festival partnered with 120 Tavern and the Laona M. Kitchens Foundation. Event promoter Kelleye Troup stepped up to help organize everything and 23 acts volunteered their time.
There was also a silent auction with many great items donated by celebrities like Jeff Foxworthy and Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ and many more.
Since I cannot clone myself, I had to choose to see some acts and miss others and that was hard because everyone sounded great. I accidentally missed a few acts I wanted to see, like Zac Martin and Alex Guthrie and Zangaro and The Law Band. I hear rave reviews of those acts and I wish I had seen them.
The acts I did see were great, though. I saw Ghost Train, Green Bracelet, Bumpin’ the Mango, The Mike Martin Band, Leane Hutchinson, Danngfly, Andrew Katter, Over The Effect,Hailey Fletcher, The Woodys, and The Ignored.
That is eleven acts, and I wasn’t taking notes, so boviously I can’t talk about all of them except to say that I was impressed with and enjoyed each of them. The slideshow has images of most if not all of the acts I saw.
My favorites of the day, though, were Bumpin’ The Mango, Mike Martin, Dangfly, and Andrew Katter.
Bumpin’ The Mango are a soul/funk group with horns, keyboatds, and a lead singer. They were so good that they actually got to play an encore song on a tight schedule! I had not heard of them before but will be on the lookout for them now.
Mike Martin was amazing. His set is all instrumental and sometimes that can drag a bit, but not with Martin and guitarist Lefty Williams playing with him. The first thing you might notice about Lefty is that he is missing part of his right arm, but what you will remember is what a great guitarist he is. And Mike Martin is just brilliant, one of the best guitarists I have ever heard.
Dangflly is a group out of Athens who I guess could be described as roots alternative. They have an awesome fiddle player and were thoroughly enjoyable..
Andrew Katter was a real surprise. He looks like any ordinary guy and when a performer performs alone, that can be a bit underwhleming. But when he started to sing and play people sat up and paid attention. He did Johnny Cash and Tom Petty and other songs in that singer/songwriter groove and was really just awesomely good.
In faxt, everyone was awesome and the crowd was happy and the vibe was so positive that it was a wonderful experience. I know that lots of families are going to benefit from the generosity of all involved and I am personally grateful to Vince Zangaro and Kelleye Troup,The 120 Tavern and all the staff and performers for such an amazing Sunday festival.