Unplugged in the Park at Park Tavern has been a summer time tradition in Atlanta now for 12 years. Local jazz/funk trio The Instructors kicked off this season’s 15th week at Park Tavern. They were followed by Bonnie Bishop, who traveled down from Nashville with her band mates to perform. Headlining the show were a trio from Boston who call themselves The Ballroom Theives. Of course no Unplugged in the Park would be complete without radio station giveaways. Host Matt “Organic” Jones from Atlanta’s Rock Station, Rock 100.5, had DVDs, concert tickets, and Atlanta Braves tickets to hand out to lucky fans in attendance.
Touring in support of their latest release, Stereolithic, 311 stopped in Atlanta for two intimate sold-out performances at The Tabernacle. Many fans may not have had the opportunity to see the band perform in such an environment, as they typically play large amphitheaters when they tour. DJ Soulman warmed the crowd up Thursday evening for 45 minutes before 311 took the stage, opening the set with two of their early hits, “Beautiful Disaster” and “Do You Right.”
The quintet from Omaha, Nebraska are widely known for mixing hip hop, reggae, and rock with their own unique style. The band’s performance at The Tabernacle was energetic from start to finish. Front man Nick Hexum shared the spotlight with Doug “SA” Martinez, who performed vocals along with Hexum when he wasn’t spinning the turntables. Hexum and SA were joined on stage by lead guitarist Tim Mahoney, bassist Aaron “P-Nut” Wills, and drummer Chad Sexton.
Summer always brings great concerts with it. Poison with Def Leppard was the first big show for me this season. I saw both acts last year, with Poison opening for Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard touring with Heart. Both bands put on an amazing live show full of energy and are always a great opportunity for any concert photographer. I breathed a huge sigh of relief when I discovered this year that Poison was not a soundboard shoot as they were last year. Last year it was most likely due to the fact that they were touring in support of Mötley Crüe, so Crüe got to call the shots. (Crüe was a soundboard shoot again this year when they opened for KISS, which I opted out of.)