Tickets are now on sale for the fifth annual Amplify Decatur Music Festival, part of the Amplify Decatur Concert Series. The festival takes place Saturday, April 25, 2020 on the downtown Decatur Square and features Grammy Award Winner Indigo Girls, as well as Son Volt, The Cactus Blossoms, and Michelle Malone. This intimate and unique festival invites Americana and roots rock fans to enjoy a day of food from local Decatur restaurants, craft beer offerings from Three Taverns Brewery and Creature Comforts Brewing Co., and community. The festival is presented by Lenz, produced in partnership with Eddie’s Attic, and benefits Decatur Cooperative Ministry.

General Admission tickets are $55, VIP tickets are $155, and a limited number of Premium VIP tickets are $275. VIP tickets include seating, a dedicated bar, and bathroom, and are positioned in front of the General Admission section. The Premium VIP section includes seating positioned directly in front of the stage, and includes access to the VIP section. Fans can purchase tickets at AmplifyDecatur.org and EddiesAttic.com.

As always, 100 percent of net proceeds from the festival, including ticket sales, will be directed to Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM) to support its ongoing efforts to prevent and alleviate homelessness in Decatur and DeKalb County. Amplify’s concerts have generated more than $235,000 to DCM since 2011.

“Through the power of live music, Amplify seeks to raise money and awareness for Decatur Cooperative Ministry in their efforts to eradicate homelessness,” said Drew Robinson, board president of Amplify My Community. “Thanks largely to the city of Decatur, Eddie’s Attic, and so many sponsors, especially Lenz, we are able to fulfill our mission, while strengthening our community.”

Additionally, the 2020 Amplify Decatur Concert Series will feature a free concert on the Decatur Square on Friday night, April 24, as well as three nights of music at Eddie’s Attic, April 24-26. Artists will be announced soon.

In addition to Lenz, Leafmore GroupDecatur Package Store, and Natalie Gregory & Co. are major sponsors. Three Taverns and Creature Comforts are also major sponsors and will be the exclusive beer providers for the festival.

“Amplify, with Lenz’s support, continues growing its mission to help the neediest among us,” said Richard J. Lenz, president and CEO of Lenz. “We are especially excited with the ambition behind this year’s effort and the artists that are participating, and hope it grows the awareness, funding, and positive vibe we aim for every year.”

The 2020 Amplify Decatur Music Festival featuring Indigo Girls, Son Volt, The Cactus Blossoms, and Michelle Malone. 3-11 p.m. April 25. $55-$275. Decatur Square, corner of Church Street and E. Ponce De Leon Avenue, Decatur, Ga. AmplifyDecatur.org, EddiesAttic.com.

About the artists

Indigo Girls – Amy Ray and Emily Saliers first met as fifth and sixth-graders in Decatur, Georgia and began singing together during high school. Originally billed as Saliers & Ray, the pair adopted the name Indigo Girls during their undergraduate days at Atlanta’s Emory University. They burst into the spotlight with their 1989 self-titled breakout album. Since then, the band has racked up a slew of Gold and Platinum records, taken home a coveted Grammy Award, and earned the respect of high profile peers-turned-collaborators from Michael Stipe to Joan Baez. NPR’s “Mountain Stage” called the group “one of the finest folk duos of all time,” while Rolling Stone said they “personify what happens when two distinct sensibilities, voices, and worldviews come together to create something transcendently its own,” and The New York Times raved that “gleeful profanities, righteous protest anthems and impeccable folk songwriting have carried this duo for 30 years.”

Son Volt – Led by founder Jay Farrar (Uncle Tupelo), Son Volt remain an acclaimed, influential name in the alternative country genre. With nine studio albums to its credit since 1994, Son Volt is currently performing in support of its latest release, “Union.” A reinvigorated band chemistry anchors the new record, with new and returning members turning up in the “Union” mix. The 13 new songs written by Farrar confront our turbulent politics and articulate the clarity and comfort music can offer in the tumult. “There are so many forces driving our country apart,” observes Farrar. “What can we do to bring our society back together?”

The Cactus Blossoms – Minneapolis-based brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey deliver a deceptively unadorned musical approach that offers “creative turns of phrase, gorgeous harmonies, and an ageless sound” (NPR, “All Things Considered”), not to mention spine tingles aplenty. Their 2016 debut “You’re Dreaming,” a stunning and transporting collection of original songs, earned high praise from Rolling Stone and Vice Noisey, tour stints with Kacey Musgraves and Lucius, and a perfectly cast performance on the third season of David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks.” Now their unlikely rise continues with the album “Easy Way.”

Michelle Malone – Compared to most musical artists in the Americana genre, Malone seems like a pair of distressed blue jeans amidst a sea of pantsuits. She’s had her share of success, courtesy of some 15 studio albums, her own independent SBS Records label, numerous top flight film and TV soundtracks, kudos from the critics and collaborations with a remarkable roster of amazing artists, among them, the late Gregg Allman, ZZ Top, Ellen DeGeneres and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Chuck Leavell, the master keyboardist who has backed both the Rolling Stones and the Allman Brothers, cited her as “one of the best female vocalists I’ve ever heard.” It’s little wonder that Guitar World once hailed Malone as “equal parts guitar slinger and sweet songstress, with masterful lyrical introspection – sublime to raucous.”

Amplify My Community was founded in 2010 and is based in Decatur, Georgia. Its mission is to leverage the universal love of music to fight poverty at the local level. To date, Amplify has produced more than 70 concerts and raised and donated more than $345,000 in unrestricted gifts to locally oriented anti-homelessness and poverty-focused organizations — including more than $235,000 in Decatur. Amplify has held concert series in Atlanta, Athens, Decatur, Suwanee, and Duluth, Georgia; Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; and Charlottesville, Virginia.

Decatur Cooperative Ministry’s mission is to help families facing homelessness settle into safe, stable homes and build healthy lives filled with peace, hope, and opportunity. Founded in 1969, Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM) offers transitional housing, shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing, and permanent supportive housing programs. DMC’s programs span the entire spectrum of currently recognized homelessness interventions. To accomplish this, DCM partners with 35 congregations from 14 denominations as well as private foundations, universities and schools, government agencies, community groups, and local businesses.

Interviews available upon request.

Amplify My Community is excited to announce the return of our popular “Three Perfect Songs” show from last year. A twist on our Vs. series, the cover night will feature a collection of Atlanta’s top talent selecting and performing “three perfect songs” of their choosing–from artists like Bob Dylan, Prince, and Joni Mitchell. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

Featuring performances by:

James Richards
Jared and Amber
Mike Killeen
Total Babe
Kitty Snyder
Flock of Eagles
Chris Stalcup

And this year, we’re proud to donate all proceeds to the Decatur Education Foundation to help in their efforts to remove obstacles, provide opportunities, support teachers and strengthen community initiatives right here in Decatur.

The event is generously sponsored by LenzLeafmore Group and Plumb Works.

So, join us, for an incredible night of music and creativity for an even better cause. Details and ticket link below!

Friday, October 4
Eddie’s Attic
Doors: 7:00 p.m. / Show: 8:00 p.m.

PURCHASE TICKETS!

Amplify My Community is proud to announce that our Amplify Athens events raised $5,500 for Family Connection-Communities in Schools of Athens with our August shows at The Foundry. The weekend was headlined by Shawn Mullins in his sixth straight year of performing for the charity. The two-night event also featured performances by Dylan LeBlanc, Mike Killeen, and Jim White. Check out our gallery below!

Thank you for those who came out that weekend! By joining us, you didn’t just get to hear great music—you helped us donate unrestricted funds to Family Connection-Communities in Schools for the sixth year in a row and match last year’s gift!

Family Connection-Communities in Schools is a partnership of more than 100 organizations in Athens-Clarke County working with families to research the needs of children and families in the community. The work of this organization has helped reduce teen pregnancy by 75 percent, increase the number of low-income students reading at grade level from 57 to 90 percent, and increase the graduation rate from 50 percent to over 80 percent.

Last but certainly not least, Amplify Athens would not have been possible without its sponsors. A huge thank you to Lenz MarketingCreature Comforts, Jack Frierson, P.C., and Paul & Carol Kurtz for being supporters of the shows!

FOURTH ANNUAL EVENT GIVES RECORD GIFT TO NONPROFIT PREVENTING AND ALLEVIATING HOMELESSNESS IN DECATUR AND DEKALB COUNTY

The nonprofit group Amplify My Community announced today that the 2019 Amplify Decatur Concert Series raised $45,000 for Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM), a Decatur-based, nonprofit organization that works to prevent and alleviate poverty and homelessness in Decatur and DeKalb County. Amplify Decatur has raised and donated $235,000 to DCM since 2011. This year’s $45,000 gift is the most an Amplify Concert Series has generated to date.

The April 12-14 concert series was presented by Lenz, a Decatur-based marketing agency, and produced in partnership with Eddie’s Attic, the Southeast’s premier music listening room.

On April 13, thousands gathered on the Downtown Decatur Square for the Amplify Decatur Musical Festival, the centerpiece of the series. Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Mavis Staples and two-time Grammy award winner Jeff Tweedy of Wilco topped a lineup, which also featured acclaimed singer-guitarist Julien Baker, Kevn Kinney of Drivin N Cryin, and Atlanta-based, jam-rock band The Bitteroots. Christine Mahin served as festival director for the third consecutive year.

A Saturday afternoon Q&A with actor Jon Hamm (“Mad Men,” “Baby Driver”) at Eddie’s Attic helped highlight the weekend. Amplify Decatur also featured a three-night stand at Eddie’s Attic with performances by David Lowery of Cracker, Var, Mike Killeen, Liz Vice, Zoser, Charlie Mars, Tom Mackell, and a Pearl Jam vs. Nirvana tribute night starring an array of local and regional acts.

Amplify My Community board president Drew Robinson said he is proud to be a part of such a strong community. “Our mission is to shine a spotlight of recognition on the incredible work DCM does in our community through the love of live music,” he said. “The success of Amplify Decatur is 100 percent attributed to the steadfast support from the City of Decatur, and our sponsors, volunteers, artists, and attendees.”

DCM executive director Marlene White said, “Decatur Cooperative Ministry is grateful to Amplify My Community, Lenz, Eddie’s Attic, and all the Amplify sponsors for their support of our programs to help families facing homelessness settle into safe, stable homes and build healthy lives filled with peace, hope, and opportunity. Funding and support from Amplify has helped DCM spread the word and shine the light during difficult times in the lives of our neighbors in need. We look forward to our continued partnership to fight homelessness and hunger in our community.”

Richard J. Lenz, president and CEO of Lenz, the presenting sponsor, said the event “checks a lot of boxes” for him. “Lenz has supported many causes, organizations, and events in Decatur since 1992, and what we look for locally is something that adds to the culture of Decatur, has a philanthropic purpose, and allows our company to make an impact using our talent, energy, and resources. My goal of building a successful music festival in Decatur is being achieved, thanks to so many.”

Platinum sponsors included: Leafmore Group, Natalie Gregory Sold, Oakhurst Realty Partners, Iris and Bruce Feinberg, WABE 90.1, Decatur Package Store, Creature Comforts Brewing Co., Three Taverns, and Savannah Distributing Company.

Gold sponsors included: Georgia Urology, Hall Booth Smith, Entercom, and ATL PBS.

The mission of Decatur Cooperative Ministry is to help families facing homelessness settle into safe, stable homes, and build healthy lives filled with peace, hope, and opportunity. A member of the City of Decatur community for 50 years, DCM provides families in crisis with 90 days of emergency shelter for women and children, six months of transitional housing for homeless families, permanent supportive housing for homeless families with disabilities, financial assistance for families facing eviction/utility disconnection, and emergency assistance for low-income veteran households. More information is available at DecaturCooperativeMinistry.org.

Based in Decatur, Georgia, Lenz partners with its clients to grow together. For more than two decades, Lenz’s specialized expertise has helped its clients reach their goals. Lenz offers the full range of digital and traditional marketing expertise, including brand strategy, advertising, PR, website development, inbound marketing, and more. More information is available at LenzMarketing.com.

Amplify My Community was founded in 2010 and is based in Decatur, Georgia. Its mission is to leverage the universal love of music to fight poverty at the local level. To date, Amplify has raised and donated nearly $350,000 in unrestricted gifts to locally oriented anti-homelessness and poverty-focused organizations — including $235,000 in Decatur. Amplify has held concert series in Atlanta, Athens, Decatur, Suwanee, and Duluth, Georgia; Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; and Charlottesville, Virginia.

Amplify My Community’s Vs. series is back with a tribute night celebrating two acts that have helped define contemporary Americana and Rock music for so many in the South and throughout the country. It’s Jason Isbell Vs. Drive By Truckers, featuring the songs of Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, and Jason Isbell.

Come check out an amazing line-up of local artists covering songs like Outfit, Let There Be Rock, Cover Me Up, Carl Perkins Cadillac, and more!

Featuring performances by:

Jared and Amber
The Flint Hill Specials
The Bitteroots
Boxcar Radio
James Richards
Mike Killeen

More details on the show are below. See you there!


Friday, August 16
Eddie’s Attic
Doors: 7:00 p.m. / Show: 8:00 p.m.
Tickets
$12 in advance and $15 at the door

Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Shawn Mullins returns to The Foundry on Saturday, August 3 as we rock out and raise money for Family Connections–Communities in Schools of Athens.

This year we’re excited to announce that Amplify Athens, presented by Amplify My Community, will feature two shows: Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3.

Friday night features Dylan LeBlanc and Jim White.
Saturday night features Shawn Mullins and Mike Killeen.

Buy tickets here!
Friday tickets
Saturday tickets

Every dollar raised will be directed to Family Connection-Communities in Schools of Athens. Family Connection-Communities in Schools is a partnership of more than 100 organizations in Athens-Clarke County working with families to research the needs of children and families in the community. The work of this organization has helped reduce teen pregnancy by 75 percent, increase the number of low-income students reading at grade level from 57 to 90 percent, and increase the graduation rate from 50 percent to over 80 percent. Former Police Chief Jack Lumpkin has declared Family Connection-Communites in Schools’ work to be the most important crime prevention measure in the county.

Amplify My Community returns on June 14 to celebrate two legends who helped redefine country music forever. It’s Johnny Cash Vs. Loretta Lynn, a tribute show at Eddie’s Attic featuring a collection of local and regional artists interpreting their storied careers and songs.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. 

The show is generously sponsored by our friends at LenzLeafmore GroupPlumb Works, and Four Roses, who will be serving up a special signature Johnny Cash-themed cocktail that night only!

Come sing along to your favorite songs interpreted and performed by:

Melissa Bret
Morgan Rowe
David Robert King
Kitty Snyder
Jared & Amber
Total Babe
The Tiger Kings

More details on the show are below. See you there!


Friday, June 14
Eddie’s Attic
Doors: 7:00 p.m. / Show: 8:00 p.m.

Amplify My Community and Amplify Decatur have had so many incredible supporters through the years, but none greater than Decatur Package Store.

On May 31 and June 1, they are hosting two very special events, which will do so much to help Amplify continue leveraging the universal love of music to fight homelessness at the local level.

Here’s a note from DPS owner, and our great supporter, Herb Chereck:


I’m happy to announce that our 2019 Van Winkle auction to benefit Amplify My Community will be happening at Decatur Package Store on Friday, May 31 at 9 a.m. and Saturday, June 1 at 9 a.m. Just in time for Father’s Day.

I didn’t receive enough product this year for a dinner, so the charity will be selling the items directly. I’ve listed the products below with their sales price. You’ll pay the charity directly, receive a donation letter, if you chose, and receive the product. Pretty simple and your karma will be off the charts!

Rules: Form an ORDERLY line at the store. Limit 1 bottle per customer. Any unsold bottles on Friday will be added to Saturday. Be nice – this is a charity event.

I’ve donated all the product to Amplify My Community, so 100% OF PROCEEDS will be given to Amplify My Community. 

I encourage you to learn about this local charity and the good they’re doing. Even if you don’t participate in the auction, you can still donate.

Thank you!

-Herb


Friday Auction Items – 19 bottles
2018 George T Stagg 62.45% – $500
2018 Old Rip Van Winkle 10yr – $425
2018 Van Winkle 12yr – $500
2018 Van Winkle 15yr – $1250
2018 Van Winkle 20yr – $2100
2018 Four Roses 130th Small Batch Limited Edit. – $350
2018 Elijah Craig 18yr – $300
2018 Parker’s Heritage – $150

Saturday Auction Items – 20 bottles
2018 George T Stagg 62.45% – $500
2018 Thomas Handy Rye 64.4% – $450
2018 Old Rip Van Winkle 10yr – $425
2018 Van Winkle 12yr – $500
2018 Van Winkle 15yr – $1250
2018 Van Winkle 23yr – $2300
2018 Four Roses 130th Small Batch Limited Edit. – $350
2018 Elijah Craig 18yr – $300
2018 Elijah Craig 23yr – $400
2018 Parker’s Heritage – $150

Amplify My Community returns on Friday, February 22, 2019 with a new spin on its popular “Vs.” series, titled “Icons of Folk: A tribute to the music of Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon.” Join us for an unforgettable night of music and girl power at Eddie’s AtticTickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. 

The songs you know and love by these female powerhouses will be interpreted and performed by:

Wyatt Espalin
Sy Burnett & Beth Kelhoffer
Mike Killeen
Mark Miller
Sydney Rhame
James Richards
Morgan Rowe
Tiffani Ryan

More details on the show are below. See you there tomorrow!


Friday, February 22
Eddie’s Attic
Doors: 6:00 p.m. / Show: 7:00 p.m.

TICKETS

Amplify My Community is proud to present a new twist on its Vs. series: “Indigo Girls + Dixie Chicks,” a celebration of two of the greatest groups of songwriters and musicians of their generation, who happen to be comprised entirely of women. Instead of pitting them against each other in a Vs. format, we’re going to celebrate their common causes, cultural impact, and greatness by asking some of Atlanta and the region’s best artists to interpret their songs for you. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

Join us:

Friday, November 2
Eddie’s Attic
Doors: 7:00 p.m. / Show: 8:00 p.m.

Performed by:
Kitty Snyder
Total Babe
Morgan Rowe
Friday JR
Wyatt Espalin
Kate Coleman
Mike Killeen
Flock of Eagles

Make sure to get your tickets HERE for an unforgettable night of music!

The event is generously sponsored by Leafmore Group and Plumb Works.