Music Midtown 2021 Preview

Get the pop fix you’ve been jonas-ing for over the COVID pandemic at Atlanta’s Music Midtown in Piedmont Park, Saturday & Sunday, September 18th & 19th....
Music Midtown
Music Midtown

Get the pop fix you’ve been jonas-ing for over the COVID pandemic at Atlanta’s Music Midtown in Piedmont Park, Saturday & Sunday, September 18th & 19th:


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th

Roxy Stage

 

Jonas Brothers, 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM

The boys have grown up! Joe (QRO photos), Kevin and Nick (QRO photos) Jonas came to massive fame on the Disney Channel in the first decade of this century/millennium, as the next generation of boy bands with mega-sales. The group ended as each (actual) brother forged their own solo careers, but in 2019 reunited for the #1 debut “Sucker” and chart-topping reunion album Happiness Begins. Now they come to headline Music Midtown.

(can they please cover Weezer’s “My Name Is Jonas”?…)

Jonas Brothers
   

AJR, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Adam, Jack, and Ryan form the Manhattan DIY indie-pop trio AJR, who bring their eclectic pop back to Midtown Atlanta.

AJR
   

Eric Nam, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Atlanta’s own Eric Nam has become a sensation both in his home country & Korea for his R&B-influenced K-Pop, most recently with last year’s latest EP, The Other Side.

Eric Nam
   

070 Shake, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

From the 070 collective, Danielle Balbuene, a.k.a. 070 Shake, contributed to albums by the big-name likes of Kanye West, Pusha T, and Nas. Last year he put out his debut studio album, Modus Vivendi.

Also:

Mom Rock, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

070 Shake
   
   

Cotton Club Stage

 

Tierra Whack, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Catch the “Mumbo Jumbo” of Tierra Whack (QRO photos at a festival) and her Whack World.

Tierra Whack
   

Oliver Tree, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

DJ/rapper Oliver Tree hit it up in 2017 with “When I’m Down”, and has worked with the likes of Whethan on “Freefall” (QRO review). Now he comes to Atlanta behind last year’s much-delayed, much anticipated hit debut album Ugly Is Beautiful.

Oliver Tree
   

Ashnikko, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Ashnikko found popularity on TikTok with her 2019 single “Stupid” with Yung Baby Tate, and comes to Music Midtown behind this year’s debut mixtape, Demidevil.

Also:

Teddy Swims, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Ashnikko
   
   

Great SE Music Hall Stage

 

Machine Gun Kelly, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

While he came up with rapid machine gun fire rapping (QRO photos from a decade ago), Machine Gun Kelly (QRO photos at a festival) has since blasted into being a full-fledged crossover star. Most recent record, Tickets To My Downfall, brought pop-punk to the top of the Billboard charts. He’s even acted, like in hit horror Bird Box and playing Tommy Lee in Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt. Oh, and he’s currently dating none other than Megan Fox, so look for her in the wings like at his surprise Lollapalooza set this year (QRO recap).

Machine Gun Kelly
   

Lauv, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Pop singer Ari Staphrans Leff, a.k.a. Lauv, has written songs for the likes of Charli XCX, Cheat Codes, Demi Lovato, and even Celine Dion. He comes to Music Midtown behind last year’s debut album How I’m Feeling.

Lauv
   

Also:

Mariah the Scientist, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Unusual Demont, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Morgan Vinson, 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Mariah the Scientist
   
   

Verizon Stage

 

Maroon 5, 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Music Midtown goes full pop-rock with Maroon 5. The chart-toppers behind such infectious hits as “This Love”, “Makes Me Wonder”, “One More Night”, and the ubiquitous “Moves Like Jagger” are one of today’s best-selling music artists, like on this year’s seventh album, Jordi. They also gave the world the also-ubiquitous Adam Levine, one of the coaches of The Voice.

Maroon 5
   

21 Savage, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Atlanta’s 21 Savage (QRO photo at a festival) became known off the back of two mixtapes, The Slaughter Tape and Slaughter King, and his EPs with Metro Boomin, Free Guwop and Savage Mode. But then he won the Grammy for Best Rap Song last year with “A Lot”, and his sequel collaboration with Metro Boomin, Savage Mode II came out to critical & commercial acclaim.

21 Savage
   

Dashboard Confessional, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

One of the founders of today’s emo movement, Chris Carrabba’s Dashboard Confessional (QRO live review in Atlanta) evolved out of his solo acoustic work to a full band ensemble. He comes back to Atlanta (QRO photos at an Atlanta festival) to resume last year’s COVID-shortened anniversary tour, so expect the greatest hits (QRO photos at a festival).

Dashboard Confessional
   

Girl In Red, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Norway’s Marie Ulven Ringheim has been making waves around the world with her bedroom pop, like hit single “I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend” and this year’s If I Could Make It Go.

Also:

Saleka, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Girl In Red

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th

Roxy Stage

 

marshmello, 8:30 PM – 9:45 PM

Inspired by the masked DJ likes of deadmau5 and Daft Punk, masked DJ marshmello (QRO photos at a festival) remains a mystery (QRO photos), even as he headlines Music Midtown (QRO photos at a festival). And he was the inspiration for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’s DJ S’More Money…

marshmello
   

Megan Thee Stallion, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

From freestyling on Instagram to massive success for thee Megan Thee Stallion. She had a hit mixtape, 2019’s Fever, hit EP, last year’s Suga, hit LP, last year’s Good News. Her “Savage (Remix)”, featuring Beyoncé, was a number one hit, as was the song that got everyone hot, when she was featured on Cardi B’s one-and-only “WAP”. Grammy winner for Best New Artist, one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, catch her on the big stage, but get there early, as you know there’s going to be a so-big-she-should-be-headlining crowd.

Megan Thee Stallion
   

24kGoldn, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Things look golden for trap rapper 24kGoldn, who rode the success of hit single “Valentino” and recently “Mood” to this year’s debut full-length, El Dorado.

24kGoldn
   

Masked Wolf, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Harry Michael had the “sleeper hit” of earlier this year as Masked Wolf with “Astronaut in the Ocean”, despite being initially released in the before time of 2019.

Russ Millions
   

Claud, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Come early for the non-binary bedroom pop of Claud (QRO photos), who comes to Music Midtown behind this year’s debut studio album, Super Monster.

Claud
   
   

Cotton Club Stage

 

Jack Harlow, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

In just the last few years, rapper Jack Harlow has come from deep Kentucky to Saturday Night Live earlier this year, behind his hit debut record, That’s What They All Say.

Jack Harlow
   

Latto, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Atlanta’s own self-described “Bitch from da Souf” Latto hit it big in 2019 with said single, along with last year’s “Muwop” featuring Gucci Mane.

Latto
   

Tate McRae, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

While Tate McCrae first got notice at the tender age of thirteen by being the first Canadian finalist on America’s So You Think You Can Dance, but we also think she can sing, thanks to viral hits “One Day” and “You Broke Me First”, even last year getting on Forbes magazine’s precious ’30 Under 30’ list.

Also:

Key!, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Tate McRae
   
   

Great SE Music Hall Stage

 

Black Pumas, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada have quickly launched into the big-time as Black Pumas. Their psychedelic soul brought them a Grammy nomination as Best New Artist, and their 2019 self-titled debut was nominated for Album of the Year. They’ve even played the inauguration activities for President Joe Biden and this year’s Tibet House Benefit (QRO live review), albeit virtually, but now (QRO 2021 photos) they’ve been hitting up a bunch of festivals (QRO photos at a festival), including Music Midtown.

Black Pumas
   

Surfaces, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Mixing everything from jazz and reggae to hip hop and calypso is Texas’ Surfaces, who come to Music Midtown behind last year’s Horizons.

Surfaces
   

Also:

Gus Dapperton, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Sophia Messa, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Gus Dapperton
   
   

Verizon Stage

 

Miley Cyrus, 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM

As The Soup would say, “It’s Miley!!!” The one-and-only Miley Cyrus has done everything and more, and you know it. The daughter of Achy Breaky Billy Ray Cyrus (which has become a footnote in her biography), she’s been one of the most successful artists of the twenty-first century. Yes, she was Hannah Montana, yet has managed to come out of being a Disney star into her own giant career under her own name. She’s had massive hits like “Party in the U.S.A.” and “Wrecking Ball”. She introduced twerking to all the white folks who’d never heard of it. She’s worked with the likes of alt-psych icons The Flaming Lips and DJ/producer Mike Will Made It (QRO photos with Mike Will Made It) for Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz. She’s coached on The Voice; she’s done great covers of classics from across the spectrum. Now she headlines Music Midtown – look for some big-name surprise guest stars like she brought out at her last festival headline gig (QRO 2021 festival recap). It’s Miley!!!

Miley Cyrus
   

Yungblud, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Though he first got notice for dating pop star Halsey and releasing single “11 Minutes” with her and Blink-182’s Travis Barker, Doncaster’s Dominic Harrison has since made his own name as Yungblud, like with last year’s Weird!.

Yungblud
   

Bleachers, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Once upon a time just the guitarist from fun. (QRO live review), Jack Antonoff launched his own indie-pop side-project, Bleachers (QRO photos at a festival) that has quickly become his ‘main’ gig – when he’s not producing pop hits for the likes of Taylor Swift, Lorde, St. Vincent & more. He plays behind the recent Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night (QRO review).

Bleachers
   

Remi Wolf, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

From a contestant in high school on American Idol to major label debut I’m Allergic To Dogs! has been the tale of Remi Wolf.

Remi Wolf
   

Ant Clemons, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Come early to Music Midtown for R&B singer Ant Clemons, who’s worked with everyone from Kanye West to Beyoncé.

Ant Clemons

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