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GLS Year In Review: Drew's Favorite 3 Shows of 2018

GLS Year In Review: Drew's Favorite 3 Shows of 2018

2018 will always hold an important place in my heart. It was in January of this past year that I released my very own EP with The Bystander Effect, titled Moxie Unhinged. Later in the year, I was also given the opportunity to begin writing for Georgia Local Spotlight. Having spent the last couple of years working my way around the local music scene, I felt like writing about others’ accomplishments would be a nice addition to my experiences. Here are my three favorite shows that I covered from the past year:

Photo credit: Drew Thomas

Photo credit: Drew Thomas

The 2018 Friendship Music & Arts Festival  

It was my second year in a row attending this weekend-long hangout, and I intend to make it three years in 2019. While it may have been a rainy, humid afternoon, the food was delicious, the music was soulful and exuberant, featuring performances from The Lively Exchange, Potch, Donna Hopkins, Kilroy Kobra, Jacks River Band, The Instructors, Fux, Voodoo Visionary, Dead Affect, Honeywood, T Carter & Kosmoknot, Theilliad, Misnomer, Universal Sigh, Fukushima Tuna. Partials, and The Orange Constant.  The vibe was pure Georgia summertime. Founder Ryan Brown and his many friends have really created something unique and wonderful, and I can’t wait to experience it all over again.

You can read a full review of my time at the festival here.

Photo credit:  Esa Ahola Photography

Photo credit: Esa Ahola Photography

Hughes Taylor’s “Restless” Release Show

As an avid fan of blues music, this was one of the better true blues performances I’ve seen around Atlanta this year. Leading a dynamic trio that featured a strong rhythm section with fantastic chemistry, Hughes Taylor pulled everything he could out of his guitar delivering a killer show (that surely toughened up his fret hand calluses).

You can read my full review of this show at this link.

Photo credit:  Epic Photography Atlanta

Sarah and the Safe Word’s Halloween Ball

Energy, energy, energy! This one was just a good time all around, even if yours truly maybe looked too convincing in my scary lumberjack costume. Nashville-based friends Fable Cry provided another wicked performance, while Sarah & The Safe Word looked as gleeful as I’ve ever seen them. Both bands head into 2019 with good momentum.

You can check out the full review for this last show here.

Top photo credit: Susy Reyes

GLS Year In Review: Daniel Picks His Top 10 Local Records of 2018

GLS Year In Review: Daniel Picks His Top 10 Local Records of 2018

GLS First Listen: Johnny Hendrix Delivers Another Pop Banger with "Back in the City"

GLS First Listen: Johnny Hendrix Delivers Another Pop Banger with "Back in the City"