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Music Midtown 2012 brings 52,000 music fans to Piedmont Park

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ATLANTA -- Music Midtown 2012 brought ten artists to perform on two stages in Atlanta's Piedmont Park on Saturday, September 22.

Continuing from Friday, Saturday's lineup drew in local fans, as well as those coming from outside of Georgia. The concert series put artists from a variety of genres on each stage.

Civil Twilight, a rock band out of South Africa, started the show off on Saturday afternoon on the Electric Ballroom Stage, located just behind Park Tavern.

LP, an American rock/pop artist followed right after Civil Twilight on the Great Southeast Music Hall Stage, just steps north from Electric Ballroom. LP acknowledged the heat midway through his show, as he was dressed in a blazer while the sun poured on the stage.

Garbage jammed at 2:45, and excited fans, including Crystal Dickerson. A fan of Garbage for over ten years, Dickerson travelled to Piedmont Park from North Augusta, South Carolina.

"I love her voice, her look, love it all!" Dickerson said.

Jessica Mastronardo and her husband, Derek, drove around seven hours to Music Midtown in celebration of Jessica's birthday.

"I wanted to see Florence + The Machine, and Garbage was an added bonus, " Mastrnardo said.

The crowd grew quickly during as evening approached, with a sell-out number of 52,000 people. The Electric Ballroom stage held performances from Ludacris, Florence + The Machine and Pearl Jam for the evening.

As Ludacris came out to greet his fans, chants broke out among the swarm packed into the lawn area.

"Luda, Luda, Luda!" they cheered.

When the Atlanta native appeared, he let his fans know he expected excitement from his hometown. He told the crowd that this was his first Music Midtown performance, and he wanted to make it a strong one, a memorable show.

The multi-talented rapper and actor challenged the crowd by playing some of his first hits, the he paused at a few parts so the crowd could finish the lyrics.

Local fan Russell Thatcher came out to see Ludacris, who was his favorite performer of the day.

"I've been a fan for a long time, Thatcher said, "Ludacris is a really decent actor who is generally funny on film."

Another fan of Ludacris, Stormy Piazza claimed to be the biggest fan on the lawn. She said not only does she like his music, but she also has quite a crush on him.

"I really like that he's local. He's awesome. He gives back to Atlanta and constantly talks back to us locals," Piazza said.

Next up to perform on the Electric Ballroom stage was Florence + The Machine. The band started out with a mistake in their intro, but she had fans clapping and dancing seconds into her first song. There were beach balls being tossed among the crowd. The Indie rock band lead, who performed barefoot during her entire show, jumped off stage onto the speakers to hype up her fans.

Hayley Howell of Atlanta is also a fan of Florence + The Machine. Howell watched the band when their music appeared on the television series, "So You Think You Can Dance." Florence + The Machine also played in actress Blake Lively's wedding to actor Ryan Reynolds.

"I first heard of her on an entertainment news show. They talked about her, then all of sudden, within two weeks, she was famous," Howell said.

Over on the Great Southeastern Music Hall Stage, Girl Talk introduced a mashups genre, which Piedmont Park had not yet heard on Saturday. People packed the lawn, tossing around inflatable animals, jumping up and down and cheering for Girl Talk to begin.

When the digital sampling artist started his show, the stage was filled with dancers and entertainers blowing toilet paper over the crowd, which got them even more pumped up.

An Atlanta fan of Girl Talk said he'd been listening to his music for some time.

John Henry Ward said, "This is the best genre ever. I'm into mashups, but I've missed his previous performances. He is a musical genius."

The last performer of the night was the rock band Pearl Jam. Waiting for them to take the stage, fans continued to cheer. Some had followed Pearl Jam for years, while others were embarking on their first live show.

A Pearl Jam fan from Covington, Ga. was about to see the rockers for his first time. David Joiner had come to Atlanta with a few friends. He has plans to see Pearl Jam's lead singer, Eddie Vedder in a solo performance in Clearwater, Fla. this coming December.

Joiner said, "I've never seen them live. They're going to rock out. Eddie Vedder is a great performer."

Richard Mansfield made the trip to Atlanta from Pittsburg, Penn. to see Pearl Jam. Along with a group of friends who came with him, Mansfield is no stranger to a Pearl Jam concert.

"Although I've followed the band for 20 years, and seen about 50 shows, this will be one of the best shows of the year, " Mansfield said. "I'm fired up, I can't wait!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music Midtown 2012 brought ten artists to perform on two stages in Atlanta's Piedmont Park on Saturday, September 22.


Continuing from Friday, Saturday's lineup drew in local fans, as well as those coming from outside of Georgia. The concert series put artists from a variety of genres on each stage.

Civil Twilight, a rock band out of South Africa, started the show off on Saturday afternoon on the Electric Ballroom Stage, located just behind Park Tavern.

LP, an American rock/pop artist followed right after Civil Twilight on the Great Southeast Music Hall Stage, just steps north from Electric Ballroom. LP acknowledged the heat midway through his show, as he was dressed in a blazer while the sun poured on the stage.

Garbage jammed at 2:45, and excited fans, including Crystal Dickerson. A fan of Garbage for over ten years, Dickerson travelled to Piedmont Park from North Augusta, South Carolina.

"I love her voice, her look, love it all!" Dickerson said.

Jessica Mastronardo and her husband, Derek, drove around seven hours to Music Midtown in celebration of Jessica's birthday.

"I wanted to see Florence + The Machine, and Garbage was an added bonus, " Mastrnardo said.

The crowd grew quickly during as evening approached, with a sell-out number of 52,000 people. The Electric Ballroom stage held performances from Ludacris, Florence + The Machine and Pearl Jam for the evening.

As Ludacris came out to greet his fans, chants broke out among the swarm packed into the lawn area.

"Luda, Luda, Luda!" they cheered.

When the Atlanta native appeared, he let his fans know he expected excitement from his hometown. He told the crowd that this was his first Music Midtown performance, and he wanted to make it a strong one, a memorable show.

The multi-talented rapper and actor challenged the crowd by playing some of his first hits, the he paused at a few parts so the crowd could finish the lyrics.

Local fan Russell Thatcher came out to see Ludacris, who was his favorite performer of the day.

"I've been a fan for a long time, Thatcher said, "Ludacris is a really decent actor who is generally funny on film."

Another fan of Ludacris, Stormy Piazza claimed to be the biggest fan on the lawn. She said not only does she like his music, but she also has quite a crush on him.

"I really like that he's local. He's awesome. He gives back to Atlanta and constantly talks back to us locals," Piazza said.

Next up to perform on the Electric Ballroom stage was Florence + The Machine. The band started out with a mistake in their intro, but she had fans clapping and dancing seconds into her first song. There were beach balls being tossed among the crowd. The Indie rock band lead, who performed barefoot during her entire show, jumped off stage onto the speakers to hype up her fans.

Hayley Howell of Atlanta is also a fan of Florence + The Machine. Howell watched the band when their music appeared on the television series, "So You Think You Can Dance." Florence + The Machine also played in actress Blake Lively's wedding to actor Ryan Reynolds.

"I first heard of her on an entertainment news show. They talked about her, then all of sudden, within two weeks, she was famous," Howell said.

Over on the Great Southeastern Music Hall Stage, Girl Talk introduced a mashups genre, which Piedmont Park had not yet heard on Saturday. People packed the lawn, tossing around inflatable animals, jumping up and down and cheering for Girl Talk to begin.

When the digital sampling artist started his show, the stage was filled with dancers and entertainers blowing toilet paper over the crowd, which got them even more pumped up.

An Atlanta fan of Girl Talk said he'd been listening to his music for some time.

John Henry Ward said, "This is the best genre ever. I'm into mashups, but I've missed his previous performances. He is a musical genius."

The last performer of the night was the rock band Pearl Jam. Waiting for them to take the stage, fans continued to cheer. Some had followed Pearl Jam for years, while others were embarking on their first live show.

A Pearl Jam fan from Covington, Ga. was about to see the rockers for his first time. David Joiner had come to Atlanta with a few friends. He has plans to see Pearl Jam's lead singer, Eddie Vedder in a solo performance in Clearwater, Fla. this coming December.

Joiner said, "I've never seen them live. They're going to rock out. Eddie Vedder is a great performer."

Richard Mansfield made the trip to Atlanta from Pittsburg, Penn. to see Pearl Jam. Along with a group of friends who came with him, Mansfield is no stranger to a Pearl Jam concert.

"Although I've followed the band for 20 years, and seen about 50 shows, this will be one of the best shows of the year, " Mansfield said. "I'm fired up, I can't wait!"
















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