PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Elena de Soto
Tucked away in the Kenny’s Alley section of Underground Atlanta, the Masquerade is Downtown Atlanta’s most revered music venue. Over the last 30 years, the club has set the stage for a variety of musical performances, ranging from punk, hardcore, hip-hop, and heavy-metal shows to goth/industrial, electronic music, and retro-themed dance club nights. The venue features three music rooms: Heaven, an 800-1,400 capacity room; Hell, which holds 550 concertgoers, and Purgatory which holds 300 people. Each space hosts a variety of musical styles, from rising local bands to nationally touring acts. Over the years legendary artists such as Nirvana, PJ Harvey, and Kendrick Lamar have all played the Masquerade at various points throughout their careers. Each room surrounds a common open-air courtyard area where fans from each of the various performance stages mingle before shows and during set breaks.