Socially Distanced Concert 'Big Night Out' features Big Boi, Marcus King Trio, and more.
(Atlanta, GA 10/26/2020)
"Big Night Out" was held on October 23-25 at Centennial Olympic Park brought to you by Rival Entertainment. Centennial Olympic Park has hosted major events including festivals in previous years. The event had "pods" that were color coded with the row, letter and number so it was easy to find your designated area. The "pods" were spaced out for the attendees to enjoy the weekend while responsibly social distancing. Temperature checks were enforced prior to admission into the event. Sanitation stations were accessible throughout the park and event staff required attendees to wear a mask when not eating or drinking.
Concessions included food trucks featuring 'Bankhead Seafood' which was founded by Atlanta rappers Killer Mike of Run the Jewels, and T.I. The lines for beer and alcohol were much shorter with multiple tents and fully staffed bartenders. Food, drinks and even CBD products were also available to be delivered to your private "pod" with no delivery fees through the app Noble. Georgia Hemp Company had a tent as well where you can check out their full range of products from tinctures to candies and even pet supplies.
Friday night kicked off the weekend with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (PPPP), and Moon Taxi as the headliner. Needless to say months without touring can really make any musician miss performing on a stage. The stage presence was incredible, PPPP played fan favorites such as 'In The Bubble', 'Move Like That', and 'Fortress.' Moon Taxi performed their hits 'All Day All Night' and 'Red Hot Lights.'
Saturday night was in jeopardy of being cancelled due to the weather but the show must go on... Due to the weather, the gates were pushed back to 7:00 PM instead of 6:00 PM. Artists set times were a bit delayed because of the weather and attendees were prepared to see a show in their ponchos and others had umbrellas. The rain would briefly slow down just to pick up during each artists' performance. The roots rock and blues musician Early James started the night with an acoustic performance for about 30 minutes.
Athens-based Futurebirds stage presence was contagious with their big smiles, rocking out on stage and feeding off the audience energy. It couldn't have been a better scenario--even in the rain. Their southern rock sound infused with twangy country was everything we needed on a Saturday night. Fans were dancing in their "pods" singing along word for word.
Marcus King Trio strutted on stage like this wasn't their first rodeo dealing with rainy concerts. King salutes the crowd, warming them up for his soulful tunes. King was ready to rock. The Greenville-based trio played 'Red Door Blues', 'In the Meantime' and 'Calamity King' to name a few. The crowd was shouting with excitement to hear King shred his guitar solos.
Sunday was the last day of the weekend concert series and as bummed as we were for it to end, it ended on a positive note. Cloudy skies but not a drop of rain which was a relief after experiencing a wet and muddy Saturday night. The lineup consisted of Big Boi & Friends, most of the "friends" were surprise guests which kept us on our toes guessing which rappers will be sharing the stage with Big Boi. Prior to Big Boi's performance, the lineup included Big Grams, Kneel 'N Rey and KP the Great. It gets better-- additional featured musicians includes Sleepy Brown, Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter of the hip-hop trio Phantogram and Killer Mike to name a few.
Big Boi started the night with bangers 'Gasoline Dreams', 'ATLiens' and 'Rosa Parks'. Big Boi also played some Outkast classics including 'So Fresh', Ms. Jackson and Ghettomuzik. Big Grams, Josh and Sarah featured on the songs 'Put It On Her', 'Drum Machine' and 'Feel In The Sun'. The biggest surprise of the night was the performance of Goodie Mob, an Atlanta rap group that consists of CeeLo Green, Big Gipp, Khujo and T-Mo.