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|Fall Preview: Melissa, Madonna, Morrissey and more|
|by Laura Douglas-Brown|
|September 14, 2012 00:00|
Indigo Girls, Melissa Etheridge, Rufus Wainwright, Morrissey — Atlanta’s fall music line-up features some of the best known openly LGBT musicians, then sets gay fans swooning with a visit from the Material Girl herself, Madonna.
It’s technically the end of the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s summer concert series, but Indigo Girls’ Sept. 14 show could also be considered the start of a banner fall music season. Tickets also go on sale Sept. 21 for the beloved lesbian duo’s Dec. 7 show with the Georgia Symphony at Cobb Energy Centre.
Indigo Girls are just one of the acts to grow out of Atlanta’s famed acoustic music scene, which remains immensely popular with LGBT fans. The scene was rocked earlier this year by the unhappy split between famed Decatur acoustic venue Eddie’s Attic and founder Eddie Owen, but this season’s music line-up shows fans may actually benefit.
Duluth’s Red Clay Theatre is now home to Eddie Owen Presents, which is drawing top talents to Duluth to support the man who gave many their start, while the Attic continues to bring acoustic music to Decatur.
The upshot? Fans get even more chances to see acts like lesbian blues rocker Michelle Malone (Oct. 5 record release at Red Clay, followed by Oct. 6 and Dec. 31 at the Attic); lesbian folk legend Janis Ian (Oct. 10 at Red Clay, Oct. 11 at the Attic); and lesbian “alterna-grass” band Roxie Watson (Sept. 15 and Dec. 15 at the Attic, Oct. 13 at Red Clay).
Red Clay Theatre also brings in folk favorites Patty Griffin (Oct. 21) and Michelle Shocked (Nov. 11), while Eddie’s Attic hosts several other acts popular with lesbian fans, including Jennifer Knapp (Sept. 25), who made headlines in the Christian music world when she came out and began playing secular folk music.
Out and on tour
Fans of Atlanta’s heavily lesbian acoustic scene aren’t the only ones in for a treat this season, as a virtual who’s who of out lesbian and gay performers bring their tours to the city.
Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, the gay son of folk legends Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, is touring behind his new pop-infused album “Out of the Game,” billed as his “loosest, most accessible” work yet. He plays the Tabernacle on Oct. 20.
Lesbian rocker Melissa Etheridge, one of the first out major label artists, brings her new album, “4th Street Feeling,” to Atlanta Symphony Hall on Nov. 12.
Also in November, out saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz brings his Christmas show back to the Cobb Energy Centre (Nov. 30), then openly gay former Smiths frontman Morrissey hits the Cobb Energy Centre on Dec. 3.
In between all of the out gay performers, fans will also have the chance to “justify our love” for Madonna, who brings her long-awaited tour to Philips Arena on Nov. 17. Expect throngs of LGBT to come out for MDNA.
Sept. 14: Indigo Girls @ Atlanta Botanical Garden
Oct. 3: David Byrne and St. Vincent @ Cobb Energy
Nov. 3: Rebecca Loebe @ Eddie’s Attic
Dec. 1: Hannah Thomas @ Eddie’s Attic
Top photo: Melissa Etheridge, Madonna and Morrissey (publicity photos)
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