Atlanta hosts Music Midtown this weekend

Find out what to expect if you go, from artists not to miss to how to get there
21 Savage will perform at Music Midtown 2021 in Atlanta. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)

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21 Savage will perform at Music Midtown 2021 in Atlanta. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)

Some of pop’s biggest names are back in town.

Music Midtown, an Atlanta favorite since 1994, returns to four stages at Piedmont Park on Sept. 18-19. The festival’s focus is pop music, with some rap and rock artists also on the bill.

The festival, which has declared itself a “car-less event,” offers several options for getting to and from Piedmont Park. Both the Midtown and Arts Center MARTA stations (Red and Gold lines) are in close proximity, with walking or cycling available via the Beltline Eastside Trail or arrival by rideshare.

Saturday’s schedule features Atlanta’s own 21 Savage, whose prolific rap career has most recently included the soundtrack EP to the film “Spiral: From the Book of Saw” and his second collaboration with producer Metro Boomin, 2020′s Number One album “Savage Mode II”. Last year’s top 10 single “Runnin” boasted a video featuring 21 Savage’s Best Rap Song Grammy award on a victory tour across the city.

Saturday headliners Jonas Brothers are now two years into a reunion that followed a six-year split when Joe, Nick and Kevin pursued other projects. The New Jersey siblings released two songs this summer, single “Remember This” and “Space Jam: A New Legacy” soundtrack contribution “Mercy”. Brand new single “Who’s In Your Head” drops on Sept.17, the day before their performance.

Miley Cyrus will perform at Music Midtown 2021 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Doug Benc)

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On Sunday afternoon, Jack Antonoff hits the stage with his solo project, Bleachers. While he sings and plays most of the instruments on Bleachers recordings, he’ll have his touring band of four in town to help him promote third album “Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night”.

Rising star Megan Thee Stallion performs on Sunday evening. The Texas rapper’s debut album, 2020′s “Good News,” was a huge seller and featured a guest turn from Atlanta’s Young Thug.

Sunday headliner Miley Cyrus, whose late 2020 rock album “Plastic Hearts” was both a commercial and critical success, earlier this summer released a faithful cover of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” with a mind-boggling list of collaborators: Yo-Yo Ma, Elton John and Chad Smith.

Concertgoers should note that the festival requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of entry.

The Imagine Music Festival, which was to be held this weekend in Chattahoochee Hills, was canceled due to weather.


FESTIVAL PREVIEW

Music Midtown. Sept. 18-19. $135 and up. Piedmont Park, 1320 Monroe Drive, musicmidtown.com/

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