Amplify Decatur Festival is Saturday, April 14

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 13, 2018

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This story has been updated. 

The Amplify Decatur Music Festival returns on April 14, 2018 and the line-up will feature five different bands.

Amplify is a fundraiser for Decatur Cooperative Ministry’s homelessness program. Last year Amplify raised $40,000.

The organizers provided a description of each band performing at the 2018 festival:

The Lone Bellow

For Walk Into A Storm, The Lone Bellow’s third studio album, the band turned inward like never before. The Nashville-via-Brooklyn band’s raw, intimate, and undeniably soulful Dave Cobb-produced LP was recorded in Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A as the follow-up to 2014’s cherished Then Came The Morning. Guitarist Brian Elmquist says the latest release is centered on “the human condition and how you’re trying to connect with it.” With stunning tracks including “Is It Ever Gonna Be Easy?” and “Long Way To Go,” it features some of the band’s most poignant material to date.

The Jayhawks

Born in Minneapolis in the 1980s, the incredible harmonies and distinctive arrangements of The Jayhawks helped them become a driving force and inspiration behind the 1990s growing Americana movement, with a series of touchstone albums that included Hollywood Town Hall (1992) and Tomorrow the Green Grass (1995). When co-founder Mark Olson left to pursue a solo career, Gary Louris singularly took over the songwriting role, creating some of their best selling and well-received albums including Smile (2000) and Rainy Day Music (2003). The Jayhawks latest album, Paging Mr. Proust (2016), was produced in Portland with Peter Buck and Tucker Martine.

Amanda Shires

Following the release of her most recent album, My Piece of Land, Amanda Shires was recognized as the “Emerging Artist of the Year” at the 2017 Americana Music Honors & Awards. Ms. Shires began her career as a teenager playing fiddle with the Texas Playboys. Since then, she’s toured and recorded with John Prine, Billy Joe Shaver, Todd Snider, Justin Townes Earle, Shovels & Rope, and most recently her husband Jason Isbell.

Parker Millsap

Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is quickly making a name for himself with his captivating live performances, soulful sound, and character-driven narratives. Parker’s most recent release, The Very Last Day, has received praise from The New York Times, The Boston Globe, LA Times, Austin Chronicle, and Rolling Stone magazine.

Dwayne Shivers

Dwayne Shivers is an Atlanta-based progressive folk duo fronted by songwriter and ATL Collective co-founder Micah Dalton and producer/songwriter Anthony Aparo. The debut album “Buffered & Blessed,” is slated for a 2018 release.

The schedule for Saturday’s festival is as follows:

Dwayne Shivers: 4 p.m.
Parker Millsap: 5 p.m.
Amanda Shires: 6:15 p.m.
The Jayhawks: 7:45 p.m.
The Lone Bellow: 9:30 p.m.

According to a press release, “Tickets are available at and through General Admission tickets are $50 and include front-of-stage access on a first-come, first-served basis. VIP tickets (quantity limited) are $160 and include preferred seating with front-of-stage access, complementary beverages, and dedicated VIP bathrooms.”

The festival also takes place throughout the weekend, according to the organizers.

“The big finish is Sunday night with another installment of the Amplify Vs. Series,” a spokesperson for the event says. “This time the theme is Steve Earle vs. Townes Van Zandt featuring an array of artists interpreting their music.”

For ticketing information, click here.

Correction: An earlier version of the information provided to Decaturish contained incorrect information about the ticket prices. The organizers contacted us and provided us with the correct information. This story has been updated to reflect the ticket prices as of April 13. 

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