Amplify Decatur Music Festival put on an outstanding, music-filled event for Atlanta families earlier this month. The purpose of the festival was not solely to share great bands with the community, but also to help local families in need. Every dollar raised at Amplify was directed to Decatur Cooperative Ministry, which helps families facing homelessness settle into safe, stable homes and build healthy lives.
The free admission portion of the day drew a crowd of all ages to see music from local bands and performers including The Bitteroots, The Dammages, Kristen Englenz, and Magic Birds. First to play the ticketed portion of the night was Americana/singer/songwriter Eliot Bronson, who is actually native to Decatur. His passionate style of playing caused a sizable and excited crowd to flock over to the stage. Next up, the awaited Penny and Sparrow took the stage. The musicians were extremely interactive with the crowd, which mirrored smiles while almost silently listening to the tear-jerking performance.
The Grammy-nominated duo Milk Carton Kids played the first headlining slot for the evening, drawing fans of all ages to the front of the crowd. Along with their music, Milk Carton Kids had the crowd laughing in between their songs with a comedic interaction that resembled that of Simon and Garfunkel. They followed in their Americana/folk style as the other bands of the day, but also added a bit of a bluegrass tone to several of their songs.
Lastly, the acclaimed main act Elephant Revival took the stage, gracing the audience with favorites “Sing to the Mountain” and “Ring Around the Moon” with a beautiful full, shining moon in the sky above for their whole set. Two days prior to this performance, their tour bus caught on fire, and the band lost many of their belongings and thousands of dollars of instruments. Despite this misfortune, they took the stage with glowingly positive spirits and could not stop thanking everyone for coming out.
This year’s Amplify spread good vibes and high spirits throughout the tame and quaint atmosphere of Decatur Square, and should be a great community event for years to come.
*If you would like to help members of Elephant Revival, please donate here. Any funds not needed to replace instruments and belongings will either be given back or donated to families who have endured similar experiences.
Written and photographed by Marli Goro