Weekend roundup: May 24-26
Bubbapalooza, Jazz Fest, Finster Fest, and more fun that’s not to be missed
Welcome to Creative Loafing’s weekend roundup podcast for May 24-26 — Memorial Day weekend! Will Cardwell, Jacob Chisenhall, Narah Landress, and Sophia Rubin join Music Editor Chad Radford to talk about their top picks for weekend music and more. Turn on, tune in, go out!
Fri., May 24
— Bubbapalooza no. 28 at the Star Bar
Bubbapalooza kicked off in 1991 (maybe ’92), as a gathering for Atlanta’s much ballyhooed Redneck Underground scene.
Each year, the festival returns to the Star Bar to celebrate the memory of Cabbagetown local and guitarist Gregory Dean Smalley of Redneck Underground rockers the Diggers. Smalley died from complications related to HIV in 1996. Bubbapalooza is also a barnburner of a good time. Rod Hamdallah and Rev. James Leg co-headline tonight, Friday, May 24. The Delusionaires, Ghost Riders Car Club, Andrea & Mud, and more play Saturday, May 25. Michael Tolcher, Blackfox, the Hills and the Holler, and more play Sunday, May 26.
Check out this week’s CL podcast with Rod Hamdallah.
— Momocon at Georgia World Congress Center
Immerse yourself in all things anime! Momocon is one of the fastest growing conventions in the country and features an impressive showcase of animation, comics, video games, and tabletop games for fans of all ages. Come to the four-day event dressed as your favorite character, or kick back and enjoy some excellent people watching. This year’s convention features robot battles, arcades, LAN parties, an artist market, live music, and guests from the fields of comics, animation, gaming, and more. Notably, Athens-based live music/video game shredders Bit Brigade, comic writer and graphic novelist Amy Chu, and singer-songwriter and voice actor Estelle are on this year’s roster. $5-$80+. All weekend.
— Decatur Arts Festival
Decatur prepares for a weekend filled with arts across the spectrum. Browse booths and galleries by local artists, take a seat by the stage for the local lineup, including Chelsea Shag, Delta Moon, and Mike Killeen, enrich your kids with culture in the Childrens arts festival and more at this three-day event. Free. 5 p.m. (May 24-26).
— Atlanta Caribbean Carnival
Whether you’re Caribbean yourself or looking to explore other cultures, look no further than this weekend’s Caribbean Carnival happening at Central Park. Take a trip to the Caribbean without ever leaving the city in this three-day event filled with dancing, colorful parades, live performances and, of course, Caribbean food. $40. 8 p.m. (May 24-26).
Sat., May 25
— The 42 Atlanta Jazz Festival at Piedmont Park
Read this month’s CL feature story, “The Atlanta Jazz Festival at 42: Makaya McCraven, Joel Ross, Kandace Springs, and more offer a look at the shape of jazz to come” for more information. Free. (May 25-26).
— DoBetterGA protest against the GA Heartbeat Bill
Governor Brian Kemp has already signed the heartbeat bill. Now, organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union are mounting legal action. Show your support at the State Capitol Downtown, 12-3 p.m.
— https://creativeloafing.com/event-426078-Finster-Fest-Saturday-May-25th" rel="external">Finster Fest at Paradise Garden
Celebrating the life and art of Georgia-raised folk artist and Baptist minister Howard Finster, Finster Fest returns to the artist’s own sculpture haven, Paradise Garden, in rural Summerville, Georgia. Finster, a visionary in the realms of folk, outsider, and naïve art, is perhaps best known for creating the album artwork for R.E.M.’s 1984 LP Reckoning and for Talking Heads’ 1985 LP Little Creatures. Finster Fest hosts over 50 folk and fine artists and three stages of live music, showcasing blues, folk, bluegrass, and gospel offerings. Songwriter and country music underdog Roger Alan Wade, Knoxville-based bluegrass all-stars Robinella, and Aaron Zimmer of City Hotel are among the acts slated to perform throughout the weekend. Free-$5. 11 a.m.
— Breathers, Dot.s, the Queendom, Taves at 529
A classic night on the village, come see some quintessential EAV acts put on a night of synth music, dancing, and stellar performances. $8-$10. 9 p.m
— Magic in the Death Camp
For all those interested in history, magic, and stories on human resilience, look no further than this event at the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. Joshua Jay, magician and author, interviews Holocaust survivor Werner Reich about his experience in a concentration camp when he was 15, and the unconventional source of hope he found in it after meeting magician The Great Nivelli. $12. 2 p.m
Sun. May 26
— Joe Baiza & Jason Kahn w/ Sataras Quartet, Alec Livaditis at the Bakery
Joe Baiza (Saccharine Trust, Universal Congress Of, Firehose, Minutemen, October Faction, Mecolodiacs) and Jason Kahn join forces for a night of improvisation. Sataraš Quartet and Alec Livaditis also perform.