Smoke on the Water Festival
Friday and Saturday at Bickley’s Lake
Smoke on the water, fire in the sky. No, Deep Purple is not on this bill, but it is a pretty impressive one. The Smoke on the Water Festival, in its tenth year, boasts a ton of barbecue and a roster of acts that is quite impressive. Friday night’s bill includes Heart of Pine, Chris Knight and Drivin’ n Cryin’. Saturday’s bill includes Pearl Bottom Radio, Back City Woods, Old 97’s and Turnpike Troubadours. Kicks off Friday at 2 p.m. $10-$75.
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Saturday at the Magnolia Music and Medicine Show
“Overwhelmed by the speed at which his gift took him from Applebee’s server to ‘the new Neil Young’ in a matter of months,” Dylan LeBlanc faltered a bit after his rise and fall that led him to leave the major label he was signed to. LeBlanc moved to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to lick his wounds and write some great music. If you missed Dylan at Bragg Jam, you cannot miss this special set at the beautiful Magnolia Music and Medicine Show just down the road in Eastman. Doors 5:15 p.m./Music 6 p.m. $10.
Beverly “Guitar” Watkins and the King Bees
Saturday at the Library Ballroom
As Atlanta native Beverly “Guitar” Watkins gets closer to her 80th year on planet Earth, she shows no signs of slowing down. In her more than 60 years as a performer, she has shared the stage with Ray Charles, James Brown and BB King. The show’s intimate setting in the Library Ballroom will certainly prove to be a special one. 8 p.m. $15.
Rise to the Slaughter Battle of the Bands
Saturday at Friends on the Hill
Warner Vegas is hosting a battle of the bands with at least nine bands on the bill, including several acts that are no strangers to the local stage: Sever, Wrath of a Dying Breed and Sister Sandoz. There is also talk of sideshow performances, with what we can only hope will include a fire breather, a sword swallower and a dancing bearded lady. Carnival games also are mentioned, so maybe there is a dunk tank. The only way to find out for sure is to show up and have a good time. 3 p.m. $10.
Scorchin’ Summer Artist Expo
Saturday at Fresh Produce Music Hall
The temperature isn’t the only thing that’s going to be up this Saturday. In an effort to showcase as many artists as possible, Fresh Produce Music Hall has a bill that currently stands tall at eight: Maniaca, Izzy Pharaoh, Denzayl Aislynn, Oddie Oddio, Frankie D, Black Majik, Blo Boy Benz and saint jak. 9 p.m. $5.
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