The Amplify Decatur music festival is focused on charity.
Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/Atlanta Music Scene with Melissa Ruggieri
Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/Atlanta Music Scene with Melissa Ruggieri

Decatur music festival adds free Friday night concert in the Square

Amplify Decatur Music Festival has added a free Friday night concert to its April lineup.

Attendees can enjoy a show from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins with opening act Ghost Stories on April 24 in Decatur Square.

The free concert comes a day before the ticketed Amplify music festival, which features the Indigo Girls, Son Volt, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Cactus Blossoms and Michelle Malone.

Proceeds from the festival benefit Decatur Cooperative Ministry, which aims to alleviate homelessness in DeKalb County. Amplify’s concerts have raised more than $235,000 for DCM since 2011.

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Mullins is originally from the Atlanta area and attended Clarkston High School. His 1998 song “Lullaby” hit No. 1 on the adult alternative chart and was nominated for a Grammy. Supporting act Ghost Stories features Jared and Amber Humphries, formerly of the local duo Jared & Amber.

The festival is put on by Amplify My Community. Lenz, a Decatur-based marketing firm, is the presenting sponsor, and the festival is produced in partnership with Eddie's Attic.

“Music breaks barriers and forges bonds,” said Richard J. Lenz, the president and CEO of Lenz, “and we believe live music can strengthen a community and bring it together. We hope the addition of a free evening of music leads to a great night and weekend for Decatur businesses.”

General admission tickets to the Saturday festival cost $55, with VIP and Premium VIP tickets going for $155 and $275, respectively. Tickets are now on sale at AmplifyDecatur.org and EddiesAttic.com. The concert will offer food from local Decatur restaurants and craft beer from Three Taverns Brewery and Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

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