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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Athfest 2012: to the shade and back again with Ruby Kendrick and Atlas Sound

Friday, June 22nd, 2012 
Ruby Kendrick & Atlas Sound

Stepping into the much-need shade of the Caledonia Lounge, I prepared myself for a whole new array of sounds.  During the past few years, the venue has hosted the Dirty Athens show, a lineup of short sets from a bunch of solid bands, perfect for when you need a small break from the sun's death rays.

As I walked in, I caught the tail end of a set of some good rock tunes from a band I assume was Golden Brown.  Then it was Ruby Kendrick time!  I always like it when I get a chance to hear her.  The sweet pop rock she and her full band provide was a perfectly refreshing addition to my music-filled evening.  Full of joy, I soaked in her upbeat and sometimes almost tropical-sounding melodies for a while until it was time to head back out into the light once more for yet another Pulaski Stage show.

Atlas Sound was prepping for his set as I arrived and planted myself before the stage. I knew things were about to get quirky when he introduced himself and made a point of thanking the hospital he was born in for their part in his existence. Indeed I was right.  First, though, he masqueraded as your average southern musician with a guitar and a harmonica, playing a sort of folk song.  Then, just as I wondered if I had already figured him out, he layered in a recorded background and altered his style until I was nearly overwhelmed by the unique and ethereal quality of his soft rock sound.  Yup, that's what I was hoping to hear! It was a rather nice way to usher in the evening.

  For all of our massive coverage of Athfest 2012, from preparation guides to articles on some of the best featured bands and shows, click here! More entries on all the bands and madness of the festival will be posted daily, so be sure to check back often. Plus, get ready for show footage and Athfest vlogs coming soon to the Echoreyn of Athens YouTube channel as well! 

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