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Happenings/Listings Editor

Recent Georgia State Journalism grad and former Creative Loafing Music Section freelancer. He drives a green minivan and has a sugar glider.

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Constructed around 1870, the Wren’s Nest was first home to Atlanta entrepreneur and businessman George Muse and his family of seven. At the time the house consisted of just two rooms. Muse went on to found the George Muse Clothing Company, once one of the largest stores in the Southeast. The department store remained a fixture of Downtown Atlanta until it shuttered its doors in the early 1990s. The store’s iconic neon sign can still be seen at the intersection of Peachtree and Walton streets.

However, the Wren’s Nest can attribute most of its fame, and ghosts, to the Harris family. Joel Chandler Harris moved his family into the Wren’s Nest around a decade later, expanding the house to its current size and a more Victorian model. Harris was an associate editor at the Atlanta Constitution, but was perhaps best known for his adaption of the historically black Uncle Remus stories, which includes “Br’er Rabbit.” Harris lived in the house with his wife Mary Esther and their nine children, only six of whom survived to adulthood, until his death in 1908. The Wren’s Nest was made into a museum shortly afterwards in 1913, but some say the spirit of Harris has yet to leave his old home.

Reports of paranormal activity at the Wren’s Nest began in the early aughts. The estate’s executive director at the time, Lain Shakespeare, himself a descendant of Joel Chandler Harris, invited members of the Southeastern Institute of Paranormal Research to conduct a paranormal investigation at the house. Since then, unexplained noises have been heard on audio clips, unidentified figures have reportedly been seen roaming the halls, and objects have teleported or stopped working on the property. Despite these encounters, the Wren’s Nest’s current executive director Melissa Swindell remains unconvinced.

“I don’t know. I’m a little skeptical. There are things I can’t explain, but I want to be able to think through them logically,” says Swindell when asked about the haunting. “We’ve had some paranormal experts come in, and they’ll play back recordings. There are sounds I can’t identify or people’s voices that weren’t in the group. I can’t explain it, but at the same time I haven’t heard anything outside of the recordings.”

One of these hard-to-explain incidents occurred after Swindell attempted to relocate Harris’ old typewriter. The Wren’s Nest decided to put the typewriter on loan to a communal workspace in a historic building on Auburn Avenue, a cause and location that seemed suitable for the antique. Unfortunately it seems Harris disagreed, as Swindell recalls her car completely and inexplicably shutting down as she exited the property’s threshold. “Maybe Harris was like, ‘Don’t take my typewriter away,’” laughs Swindell. “He’s since been okay with it. We’ve moved past it. The typewriter is on loan now.”

Despite Swindell’s skepticism, stories and sightings of unexplainable phenomenon have earned the house quite a reputation with ghost enthusiasts. So much so that the Southeastern Institute of Paranormal Research launched a month-long paranormal investigation in February 2019. Several members of this team were a part of the same group that visited the house when Lain Shakespeare was director. The investigations were led by members of the institute, who utilized classic ghost-hunting gear, including digital voice recorders, infrared cameras, EMF meters, temperature sensors, and an ITC (instrumental trans-communication) device affectionately named ‘Boo Bear,’ to gather evidence on the house’s alleged otherworldly residents. The team’s investigation was conducted in four parts and took place on the property after dark.

The investigation yielded evidence that there is some sort of paranormal activity taking place at the Wren’s Nest. A loud unidentifiable banging can be heard in the basement upon playback of the team’s audio. The sound’s source is unclear, and the noise could not be heard during the investigation. The phantom scent of burning candle wax could be smelled by some in the house’s library. A group of investigators reported communication with a spirit by way of a flashlight turning on and off on command. A knocking sound was also produced from some unknown spot in the house, and seemed to be repeated upon request. Eerie whispers were heard upon audio playback, saying things like “That’s crazy,” “… here?” and “now.” Unintelligible voices could also be heard in the recordings. All of the collected evidence and experiences throughout the investigation were deemed conclusive enough for the Southeastern Institute of Paranormal Research to issue a statement, which declares in part:

“In conclusion, we believe that there is paranormal activity at the Wren’s Nest. We believe there is a residual haunting (meaning our sensitives are picking up on energies that are like a recording from a moment in time that replays itself over and over), as well as an intelligent haunting (meaning the spirits interact with the investigators) at the Wren’s Nest.”

However, perhaps the most frightening pieces of evidence are the alleged ghost sightings.

It’s not only members of paranormal teams who claim to have seen or sensed ghosts at the Wren’s Nest. With some frequency, guests report encounters with the otherworldly, some claiming to feel strange, lingering energy and others seeing full-bodied apparitions. No one has officially ID’d any of the spirits, but using historical context and physical descriptions, the staff and investigative team can make some guesses to the identity of the ghosts who haunt the grounds.

Perhaps the most famous are the ghosts of two young boys who are frequently seen playing on the stairs and in the yard. The children appear to be around three and five years old and seem perfectly content spending their afterlife playing in their former home. Harris’ grandchildren, Pierre and Charles, who died on the property in infancy, seem to offer the most likely clues to the identity of these ghosts.

A portly spirit can be seen in Joel Chandler Harris’ rocking chair, leading many to believe it is the ghost of Harris himself. A tall, thin, well-dressed man in period-appropriate clothing has also been seen standing in Joel Chandler Harris’ bedroom as well as the dining room. Sensitives claim the ghost is something of a homebody who has a large presence in the house. This specter is probably Harris’ son Evelyn, who matches the spirit’s physical description and was known for his closeness with his mother, staying inside the house and helping with chores while the other boys played.

A woman can be seen peeking through curtains between the library and the parlor, taking particular interest in the paranormal investigations. Witnesses have claimed the ghost’s visage matches a former worker at the house named Chloe, recognizing her from a framed photo prominently displayed in the home. The ghost is apparently very interested in the living and, according to paranormal sensitives, has no idea she is dead.

Though the alleged hauntings may frighten some, the Wren’s Nest embraces the potentially paranormal activity. “To me, it makes history relevant and makes history come alive, pun not intended, for people who don’t typically engage with history,” says Swindell. “We’ve seen a lot of new visitors and new people to the Wren’s Nest since doing this, and a lot of them have this immediate childhood connection when they find out that this is where the Br’er Rabbit stories have come from. So once they know that, then we are engaged in a historical conversation with them.”

It is also worth mentioning that none of the ghosts who allegedly occupy the house are violent, nor do they omit negative energy. “When the Southeastern Institute of Paranormal Research came in and said there were ghosts, I just figured, well, they aren’t bothering me so I guess we’ll be alright,” Swindell says.

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Constructed around 1870, the Wren’s Nest was first home to Atlanta entrepreneur and businessman George Muse and his family of seven. At the time the house consisted of just two rooms. Muse went on to found the George Muse Clothing Company, once one of the largest stores in the Southeast. The department store remained a fixture of Downtown Atlanta until it shuttered its doors in the early 1990s. The store’s iconic neon sign can still be seen at the intersection of Peachtree and Walton streets.

However, the Wren’s Nest can attribute most of its fame, and ghosts, to the Harris family. Joel Chandler Harris moved his family into the Wren’s Nest around a decade later, expanding the house to its current size and a more Victorian model. Harris was an associate editor at the Atlanta Constitution, but was perhaps best known for his adaption of the historically black Uncle Remus stories, which includes “Br’er Rabbit.” Harris lived in the house with his wife Mary Esther and their nine children, only six of whom survived to adulthood, until his death in 1908. The Wren’s Nest was made into a museum shortly afterwards in 1913, but some say the spirit of Harris has yet to leave his old home.

Reports of paranormal activity at the Wren’s Nest began in the early aughts. The estate’s executive director at the time, Lain Shakespeare, himself a descendant of Joel Chandler Harris, invited members of the Southeastern Institute of Paranormal Research to conduct a paranormal investigation at the house. Since then, unexplained noises have been heard on audio clips, unidentified figures have reportedly been seen roaming the halls, and objects have teleported or stopped working on the property. Despite these encounters, the Wren’s Nest’s current executive director Melissa Swindell remains unconvinced.

“I don’t know. I’m a little skeptical. There are things I can’t explain, but I want to be able to think through them logically,” says Swindell when asked about the haunting. “We’ve had some paranormal experts come in, and they’ll play back recordings. There are sounds I can’t identify or people’s voices that weren’t in the group. I can’t explain it, but at the same time I haven’t heard anything outside of the recordings.”

One of these hard-to-explain incidents occurred after Swindell attempted to relocate Harris’ old typewriter. The Wren’s Nest decided to put the typewriter on loan to a communal workspace in a historic building on Auburn Avenue, a cause and location that seemed suitable for the antique. Unfortunately it seems Harris disagreed, as Swindell recalls her car completely and inexplicably shutting down as she exited the property’s threshold. “Maybe Harris was like, ‘Don’t take my typewriter away,’” laughs Swindell. “He’s since been okay with it. We’ve moved past it. The typewriter is on loan now.”

Despite Swindell’s skepticism, stories and sightings of unexplainable phenomenon have earned the house quite a reputation with ghost enthusiasts. So much so that the Southeastern Institute of Paranormal Research launched a month-long paranormal investigation in February 2019. Several members of this team were a part of the same group that visited the house when Lain Shakespeare was director. The investigations were led by members of the institute, who utilized classic ghost-hunting gear, including digital voice recorders, infrared cameras, EMF meters, temperature sensors, and an ITC (instrumental trans-communication) device affectionately named ‘Boo Bear,’ to gather evidence on the house’s alleged otherworldly residents. The team’s investigation was conducted in four parts and took place on the property after dark.

The investigation yielded evidence that there is some sort of paranormal activity taking place at the Wren’s Nest. A loud unidentifiable banging can be heard in the basement upon playback of the team’s audio. The sound’s source is unclear, and the noise could not be heard during the investigation. The phantom scent of burning candle wax could be smelled by some in the house’s library. A group of investigators reported communication with a spirit by way of a flashlight turning on and off on command. A knocking sound was also produced from some unknown spot in the house, and seemed to be repeated upon request. Eerie whispers were heard upon audio playback, saying things like “That’s crazy,” “… here?” and “now.” Unintelligible voices could also be heard in the recordings. All of the collected evidence and experiences throughout the investigation were deemed conclusive enough for the Southeastern Institute of Paranormal Research to issue a statement, which declares in part:

“In conclusion, we believe that there is paranormal activity at the Wren’s Nest. We believe there is a residual haunting (meaning our sensitives are picking up on energies that are like a recording from a moment in time that replays itself over and over), as well as an intelligent haunting (meaning the spirits interact with the investigators) at the Wren’s Nest.”

However, perhaps the most frightening pieces of evidence are the alleged ghost sightings.

It’s not only members of paranormal teams who claim to have seen or sensed ghosts at the Wren’s Nest. With some frequency, guests report encounters with the otherworldly, some claiming to feel strange, lingering energy and others seeing full-bodied apparitions. No one has officially ID’d any of the spirits, but using historical context and physical descriptions, the staff and investigative team can make some guesses to the identity of the ghosts who haunt the grounds.

Perhaps the most famous are the ghosts of two young boys who are frequently seen playing on the stairs and in the yard. The children appear to be around three and five years old and seem perfectly content spending their afterlife playing in their former home. Harris’ grandchildren, Pierre and Charles, who died on the property in infancy, seem to offer the most likely clues to the identity of these ghosts.

A portly spirit can be seen in Joel Chandler Harris’ rocking chair, leading many to believe it is the ghost of Harris himself. A tall, thin, well-dressed man in period-appropriate clothing has also been seen standing in Joel Chandler Harris’ bedroom as well as the dining room. Sensitives claim the ghost is something of a homebody who has a large presence in the house. This specter is probably Harris’ son Evelyn, who matches the spirit’s physical description and was known for his closeness with his mother, staying inside the house and helping with chores while the other boys played.

A woman can be seen peeking through curtains between the library and the parlor, taking particular interest in the paranormal investigations. Witnesses have claimed the ghost’s visage matches a former worker at the house named Chloe, recognizing her from a framed photo prominently displayed in the home. The ghost is apparently very interested in the living and, according to paranormal sensitives, has no idea she is dead.

Though the alleged hauntings may frighten some, the Wren’s Nest embraces the potentially paranormal activity. “To me, it makes history relevant and makes history come alive, pun not intended, for people who don’t typically engage with history,” says Swindell. “We’ve seen a lot of new visitors and new people to the Wren’s Nest since doing this, and a lot of them have this immediate childhood connection when they find out that this is where the Br’er Rabbit stories have come from. So once they know that, then we are engaged in a historical conversation with them.”

It is also worth mentioning that none of the ghosts who allegedly occupy the house are violent, nor do they omit negative energy. “When the Southeastern Institute of Paranormal Research came in and said there were ghosts, I just figured, well, they aren’t bothering me so I guess we’ll be alright,” Swindell says.

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Jungle jazz group Safari Williams invites listeners on an auditory trek through the Savannah celebrating the group’s self-titled debut via the Glow Recording Studio. The jazz fiction trio relies on wild, untamed energy to tell the story of searching for a missing guide, the titular Safari Williams, and the animals they encounter along the way. One such encounter plays out in Jaguar, a funkified track littered with spontaneous tempo changes that give each band member a chance at taking lead. Clark Hamilton’s lush guitar riffs trade off the melody with Daniel Hyman’s crisp, tangible baselines, both kept in place and accentuated by Anthony Doud’s fluid pace. Jaguar highlights the band’s proficiency without neglecting its bizarre sense of creativity. Safari Williams is out digitally November 7, but limited-edition cassettes will be available at the show.

With Art Contest, Upchuck, King Nappa. 9 p.m. Wed., Nov. 7. 529,529 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E.. 404-228-6769. 529atlanta.com

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Music Midtown feat. Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Janelle Monáe, and more. $35-$145. Noon-11 p.m. Sat., Sept. 15, Noon-10 p.m. Sun., Sept. 16.Piedmont Park, www.musicmidtown.com.

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Clark Hamilton (guitar, vocals), Daniel Hyman (bass, vocals), and Anthony Doud (percussion, vocals), have transcended their former identity as three-fifths of King Guru, giving rise to a wholly new entity, called Safari Williams. Although this new trio is culled from the ashes of the local jazz-influenced indie rock quintet, Safari Williams is more than just a rebranding of King Guru's psychedelic rock.

“Our band is based around a story where we, the band, are stranded and are looking for our guide, named Safari Williams, who abandoned us,” says Hyman. “All the songs we sing are about the animals we encounter and the places we stumble into along the way.”

The group takes listeners on a sonic trek into the wilds, fleshing out its new personality and identity with intricate rhythms, culminating in a quirky genre they call “kaleidoscopic jungle jazz.” Hamilton’s flourish guitar riffs take lead, while Hyman’s bulletproof bass lines drive a perpetual groove. Doud’s percussion bridges these driving elements with two manic energy, jungle-inspired imagery, and technical proficiency. Through it all, Safari Williams shares an undeniable chemistry and a sense of camaraderie that stems from years spent playing together in other projects.

Although Safari Williams is still a new presence in the Atlanta music scene, the group is quickly drawing attention through its commitment to the narrative its members have created. And following a blistering recording session for Georgia Tech's student-run radio station, 91.1 FM/WREK, all eyes are on Safari Williams. According to Hyman, the group will add both theatrical and interactive components to its upcoming shows. And while Safari Williams has yet to release any recorded material, the group recently tracked songs for a debut album which will should be out by the end of the summer, so keep those binoculars on hand. Safari Williams has a lot more in store.

With Yams Club, Flwr Chyld, Bitter, Safari Williams, and Fun Isn't Fair. Donations. 9 p.m. Wed. June 27. 529. 529 Flat Shoals Ave S.E. 404-228-6769. www.529atlanta.com.

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The Buckhead Theatre has been a part of Atlanta’s storied history since opening in 1931, and reached new heights following a 2010 relaunch. The venue offers a small-room feel in a large theatre setting, and in February, it received a substantial renovation, mainly cosmetic: new flooring, new paint, and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. While the maximum capacity remains at 1,450, renovations are currently being made to the seated balconies to offer more seats.

Buckhead Theatre’s marketing manager Josh Martin thinks these changes are good for both the venue and the community as a whole. “We believe the renovations elevate Buckhead Theatre to being the venue it was always meant to be ever since Charlie Loudermilk reopened the space back in 2010,” says Martin. “Before we came on board, about 30 to 40 public events were happening at the venue annually. We anticipate to hold over 100 live concerts and events just in 2018 alone.” 

Attendees have the opportunity to experience these improvements at any of the Buckhead Theatre’s upcoming shows, some of which come from ATL Collective Presents: Tom Petty’s Wildflowers on June 29, Tory Lanez on August 12, Bullet for My Valentine on September 27, and Kamasi Washington on November 17. — WC

In November 2016, after nearly 30 years at 695 North Avenue, the Masquerade vacated its long-standing home to settle into new digs at Kenny’s Alley at Underground Atlanta. It was intended to be a temporary move that would buy Atlanta’s revered underground music club a little time to plot its future, after plans to develop a warehouse in West Midtown were thwarted by residential developers. On October 23, nearly a full year after settling in at 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive S.W., the Masquerade signed a lease with the Underground Atlanta development company, WRS, Inc., and is staying put for at least a decade. 

“The lease is 10 years-plus, with other options on our side, so we could extend that if we choose to,” says the Masquerade’s talent buyer Greg Green. “What spurred us was the favorable experience we’ve had over the course of the year. We gave it a year’s time, we saw the other options that were in front of us, saw the support the WRS folks have given us and their eagerness to keep us here, and it all came together to make this decision.”

Now, the club’s staff is making renovations and upgrades to all three of its Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory concert venues.

In December, Heaven was closed to the public through March to knock out the ceiling and build a new balcony and mezzanine in the former Underground Atlanta food court. There’s also a new set of upstairs bathrooms, two new bars, upgraded sound and lighting, three new artist green rooms and two new artist bathrooms/showers.

The renovated Heaven reopened in March, jumping from a 1,000 to a 1,400 capacity room, and the expanded space is a spectacle to behold. Summer highlights in Heaven include performances by Snow Tha Product on June 9;  the Summer Slaughter 2018 tour featuring Between the Buried and Me, Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, and more on July 15; Digable Planets on July 23; and Bomba Estéreo on August 9. — Chad Radford

Multipurpose indoor entertainment complex Philips Arena is undergoing a $192 million upgrade to modernize the venue and adapt to the modern fan. The 19-year-old, 21,000 capacity facility, which hosts sporting events and concerts year-round, hasn’t changed much since its opening in 1999. Although Philips Arena is synonymous with basketball, this renovation is for the music as much as it is for the Hawks. Every decision regarding the redesign ensures optimization for sound. Formerly-private suites are rebranded as public, allowing sound to travel freely, and communal viewing areas have been added on the upper levels as well.

Philips Arena’s senior vice president and general manager Trey Feazell wants to see more music Downtown. “We’re about the community,” Feazell says. “We’re a community asset, so we want to give back. That means we are bringing in more diverse shows. We are positioned perfectly,” he adds, “like the center of a dartboard. Everybody in the Metropolitan area can get to us.”

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Now, the club’s staff is making renovations and upgrades to all three of its Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory concert venues.

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The renovated Heaven reopened in March, jumping from a 1,000 to a 1,400 capacity room, and the expanded space is a spectacle to behold. Summer highlights in Heaven include performances by Snow Tha Product on June 9;  the Summer Slaughter 2018 tour featuring Between the Buried and Me, Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, and more on July 15; Digable Planets on July 23; and Bomba Estéreo on August 9. — Chad Radford

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“May Melodies” kicks off the series May 10 with performances by emerging rockers Groove Moose, City Playgrounds, Mixed Tribe, Youngest, and PV-23. “A Lotta Sh*t To Talk About” unfolds May 17 featuring hip-hop acts Boregard, BrownPaperBag, T. Mason, Sid Worthy, and Willis the Lion. For the third installment, on May 24, titled “the Acts of Queens,” and featuring performances by Bitter (pictured above), Motherborg, the Bystander Effect, and Yams Club, Georgia Local Spotlight celebrates the women of Atlanta music by focusing on notable new acts fronted by women. Part four, “Sounds from Another Planet,” on May 31 features performances by progressive and math rock acts Cinema Novo, Help! Computer, Palpable Defeat, and Scarlette Saturn. All four live performances will feature pre-show interviews with the bands, and the sets will be filmed and potentially live streamed; each Spotlight offers a chance to learn about a whole new crop of musicians with Georgia on their minds. — Will Cardwell

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Start your summer off right with three days of nonstop music and atmosphere under the springtime sun. The Shaky Knees Music Festival returns to Central Park May 4-6, with a weekend lineup featuring performances by David Byrne of Talking Heads fame, Courtney Barnett, Chicano Batman, Fleet Foxes, and more. Other artists on the bill for this sixth iteration of the homegrown Shaky Knees fest include Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, the National, Tenacious D, Cake, Matt and Kim, and more local and national acts spread across the Peachtree, Piedmont, Ponce de Leon, and Criminal Records stages. There are a boatload of late night shows happening as well, including the Black Angels tearing up the Masquerade in Hell on May 4, as well as the Melvins at the Masquerade (Heaven), Parquet Courts at Terminal West, and the War On Drugs at Variety Playhouse on May 5.

Single day tickets are $99+ fees. Three-day passes are $189 + Fees. But don’t forget, if you get that Shaky Knees logo tattooed on your body the festival is free you. Artists at local shops are lined up and ready to get you that sweet Shakytat you’re thinking about getting right now.

Central Park is located at 400 Merritts Ave NE, right near the intersection of North Ave. and Central Park Place,. Take MARTA to avoid the traffic and parking CF.

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