Skid Row kicked things off on night one with a cover of Cheap Trick's "Surrender" from this year's 500 Song countdown as well as rocking the house with their own classic, "Youth Gone Wild." Other standout performances from the weekend included Dead Confederate's T. Hardy Morris covering Neil Young, Heavy Mojo bringing down the house with U2, and others. However, the most extraordinary performance came from Nicolas Duncan; a young man who is an extremely talented piano player and former children's hospital patient and Songs for Kids recording artist.
This weekend 500 Songs will host the weekend's countdown at The Earl starting Thursday, April 17. Admission is pay what you want, so please make an effort to support this amazing charity and the fantastic artists who perform.
Be sure to follow @MixtapeAtlanta, @SongsforKids, and #500SFK for all updates from and about 500 Songs for Kids.
For Mixtape Atlanta's annual X-Mix held on Friday, December 13 at Vinyl, the venue was transformed into a vision of merry and scary to reflect this year's theme of The Nightmare Before X-Mix.
Whynatte kicked off the party with a toast and round of shots for all those 21 and over, and Yosef was first to take the stage in a line-up that included Mel Washington, Wesley Cook, Aerobics Cube, The Electric Sons, and a rock filled finale by James Hall. Yacht Rock Revue also stopped by to perform a few songs. While dancing and music was had onstage, revelry and- probably too many Whynatte shots- overtook the crowd, including notable guests Butch Walker and members from Skid Row.
All proceeds from the night benefited Songs for Kids Foundation, and HUGE holiday hugs to all that donated in addition to the door cover.
Check out all the fun from the stage to the photo booth here.
No reason to fear Friday the 13th, because this year's X-Mix lineup is here!
For Mixtape Atlanta's 5th annual X-Mix holiday extravaganza we are adding some haunt to your holidays.
Join us Friday, December 13 at Vinyl to rock, party, and jingle at The Nightmare Before X-Mix sponsored by Whynatte and Soundbyte. Like every year, all proceeds benefit Songs for Kids Foundation. Songs for Kids is an amazing organization that in 2013 alone has visited more than 200 hospitals in 180 US cities bringing music and joy to sick children and their families.
Headlining X-Mix this year is Atlanta rock icon, James Hall, who in not only a longtime supporter of Songs for Kids, but the only artist to play X-Mix every year. One of our favorite new bands, The Electric Sons are bringing their festive indie/ electric music. Wesley Cook another amazing Songs for Kids supporter and talented popular songwriter will perform. 1980s workout group, Aerobics Cube is returning to get heart rates racing and shake weight's shaking with their unique take on dancing and decking the halls. Singer/ Songwriters Mel Washington and Yosef are both making the trip from South Carolina to perform, which will be a treat for all. The fellas from Yacht Rock Revue, longtime Songs for Kids supporters and X-Mix veterans, will also be making a special appearance.
Cover is $10; doors open at 8pm and music starts at 9pm. There will also be a themed Mixtape Atlanta Photo Booth and a special late night DJ set.
Keep checking back for more X-Mix details and announcements.
We are thriller-ed to present The Nightmare Before X-Mix on Friday, December 13th at Vinyl. The lineup will be released soon, but mark you calendar now and help us spread the word. Can't wait to see you all!
This year Atlanta based charity Songs for Kids Foundation took their mission of enriching the lives of sick and suffering children through music on the road. On a multi-month journey spanning more than 30,000 miles and armed with only guitars and an impressive song catalog, Songs For Kids charity champions Josh Rifkind and Sanjay Kothari brought musical joy and relief to 200 children's hospitals in 180 cities across the nation.
Check out the below video for insight into their journey, but more importantly the power of music to bring instant joy and relief to children and their families.
Songs for Kids is a non-profit organization that relies on support from donations to fund hospital visits and programs. To donate, click here.
This weekend 500 Songs for Kids returns to it's original home of Smith's Olde Bar. The lineup and countdown is sure to remind you of home, as they count down 100 of the Greatest Songs by Georgia Artists. Doors open at 7PM and tickets are $20 at the
door with all proceeds benefiting Songs for Kids Foundation. Check out
the list of confirmed artists for Friday below!
A CELEBRATION OF GEORGIA MUSIC: 100 OF THE GREATEST SONGS BY GEORGIA ARTISTS- Friday, May 17
JOHN DRISKELL HOPKINS PERFORMS R.E.M.’s “DRIVER 8” LEFT FRONT TIRE PERFORMS LEFT FRONT TIRE'S "BRING YOU DOWN" ANDY BIRDSALL PERFORMS ANGIE APARO’S “GREEN INTO GOLD” RADIOLUCENT PERFORMS THE BLACK CROWES' "TWICE AS HARD" ADAM KLEIN PERFORMS VIC CHESNUTT'S "GRAVITY OF THE SITUATION" ALAINA TERRY PERFORMS INDIGO GIRLS' "GALILEO" AN ENGLISH PLACE PERFORMS OF MONTREAL'S "REQUIEM FOR O.M.M." THE BARRICADES PERFORMS OTIS REDDING'S "FOR YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE" CHRONIC NOT SERIOUS PERFORMS TLC'S "NO SCRUBS" CINCH PERFORMS OTIS REDDING'S "A CHANGE IS GONNA COME" THE DREADED MARCO PERFORMS OTIS REDDING'S "THESE ARMS OF MINE" ELIZA KELLEY PERFORMS ELTON JOHN'S "TINY DANCER" GALYNNE GOODWILL PERFORMS AMY GRANT’S “BABY, BABY” GOODNIGHT BUFFALO PERFORMS VIC CHESNUTT'S "SUPERNATURAL" JIMI CRAVITY PERFORMS RAY CHARLES' "GEORGIA" JUSTIN KERENYI PERFORMS DEAD CONFEDERATE’S MEMORIAL DAY NIGHT LP PERFORMS OUTKAST'S "ELEVATORS (ME AND YOU)" NICKIE JON PERFORMS PHILLIP PHILLIPS 'S "HOME" NOBODY'S DARLINGS PERFORMS OUTKAST'S "HEY YA" PARKER SMITH PERFORMS ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION'S "GEORGIA RHYTHM" SANJAY KOTHARI PERFORMS DREAMS SO REAL’s ROUGH NIGHT IN JERICHO JOHN FROM BEST BROTHERS PERFORMS EAST BOUND AND DOWN BY JERRY REED SEED AND FEED MARCHING ABOMINABLE SHAWN MICHAEL HANEY (BROWN*APPLE^) PERFORMS R.E.M.'S "DAYSLEEPER" SHOOK FOIL PERFORMS NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL'S "KING OF CARROT FLOWERS" STEPHANIE MMA PERFORMS THE BLACK CROWES' "SHE TALKS TO ANGELS" THE STILETTOS PERFORMS SUGARLAND'S "BABY GIRL" THE SUNDOGS PERFORMS GRAM PARSONS' "OOH LAS VEGAS"
This weekend 500 Songs for Kids takes up residency at The Earl, and Saturday's lineup is as entertaining as Friday's. Plus, with so many musicians in town for other festivals who knows who might stop by. So grab your friends, skinny jeans, and head to The Earl to see great music for an awesome cause. Doors open at 7PM and tickets are $12 at the door with all proceeds benefiting Songs for Kids Foundation. Check out the list of confirmed artists for Night 6 below.
GREATEST COLLEGE RADIO SONGS- Saturday, May 4
LITTLE TYBEE performs Particle Man by They Might Be Giants
TODAY THE MOON, TOMORROW THE SUN perform Hang Me Out to Dry by Cold War Kids
CUTE BOOTS perform Devil Town by Daniel Johnston
JUNGOL performs Paranoid Android by Radiohead
THE HEAD performs You're Pretty Good Looking by the White Stripes
KENNY HOWES AND THE WOW perform Can't Get There From Here by R.E.M.
UNDEAD VIKING MAFIA performs Stars by Hum
THE SEXUAL SIDE EFFECTS perform Radio Free Europe by REM
HE SANG SHE SANG performs Just by Radiohead
THE SUNSET DISTRICT performs Cut Your Hair by Pavement
SPIRITS AND THE MELCHIZEDEK CHILDREN perform Horses In My Dreams by PJ Harvey
SEX BBQ performs Pretend We're Dead by L7
SMALL REACTIONS performs 12XU by Wire
NOOT D' NOOT'S ELECTRO SIREN performs Blister In The Sun by Violent Femmes
NO KOMMENT performs Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
TIKKA performs Cherry-Coloured Funk by the Cocteau Twins
SUMMER MORE THAN OTHERS performs It's The End of The World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) BY REM
NEW TERMINUS performs Left of the Dial by the Replacements
BRAIN performs Come Together by Spiritualized
Hey Alligator! Performs Rock Lobster by THE B-52S
BEN TRICKEY performs To Bring You My Love by PJ Harvey
AN ENGLISH PLACE performs Race For The Prize by Flaming Lips
Waking The Bates performs I Got Mine by The Black Keys
GOODNIGHT BUFFALO performs Whirring by The Joy Formidable
BLAKE GUTHRIE & GETAWAY CAR performs Panic by the Smiths
THE INTOXICOLOGISTS perform Under the Milky Way by The Church
THE ROTATING POINT SOURCE performs Loser by Beck
MICHAEL C SMITH performs Waitress In the Sky by The Replacements
500 Songs for Kids heads to East Atlanta Village this weekend to countdown the 100 Greatest College Radio Songs of All Time at The Earl. Checkout the confirmed artist lineup so far for Friday, May 3.
GREATEST COLLEGE RADIO SONGS- Friday, May 3
CARNIVORES perform Dance This Mess Around by B-52's
COUSIN DAN performs Nightcall by Kavinsky
MOOD RINGS perform Coffee and TV by Blur
FIVE EIGHT performs Celebrated Summer by Husker Du
THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS perform If I Can’t Change Your Mind by Sugar
CHRIST, LORD performs Where Is My Mind? by The Pixies
SHOOK FOIL performs King Of Carrot Flowers by Neutral Milk Hotel
SUSPECT RAPTOR performs Lie To Me by DEPECHE MODE
BOOK CLUB performs Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots pt. 1 by Flaming Lips
86TH NOISE BATTALION performs Salesmen, Cheats, and Liars by Lowest of the Low
DEL VENICCI performs Rip It Up by Orange Juice
BRAIN BOX performs Sugar Kane by Sonic Youth
HIP TO DEATH performs Still Life by The Horrors
THE PREAKNESS performs Web In Front by Archers of Loaf
DARLING NORMAN performs Monkey Gone to Heaven by The Pixies
RICER performs My Friend Goo by Sonic Youth
NOT FROM HERE performs Lithium by Nirvana
HOTELS perform Rude As Jude by Dom
SYDNEY ELOISE performs Skinny Love by Bon Iver
WILL MITCHELL performs Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead
THE OLD FOURTH performs Vasoline by Stone Temple Pilots
CONCORD AMERICA performs MTV Makes Me Wanna…. by Beck
SUSI FRENCH CONNECTION performs Message of Love by the Pretenders
THE FIRST STONE performs The One I Love by R.E.M.
LEXI STREET performs Kiss Them For Me by Siouxsie and the Banshees
SLIM CHANCE AND THE CONVICTS performs Don't Go Back to Rockville by R.E.M.
NEIL CRIBBS performs Birdhouse in Your Soul by They Might be Giants
AL SHELTON performs Pillow Talk by Guadalcanal Diary
XYLAH performs Trouble by Ray LaMontagne
500 Songs for Kids continued its musical marathon on Weekend 2 of the five weekend charity event. Departing Smith's Olde Bar for the first time in seven years, The Loft hosted the second weekend of songs focused on VH1's Greatest Hits from the 1980s and 1990s.
Local musicians including Sonia Leigh, Ben Deignan, Joshua Fletcher, David Dalton, and many more belted out their assigned songs. Sonia Leigh's cover of the Alanis Morissette classic and jilted girl anthem "You Outta Know" had the entire crowd screaming along.
This weekend, 500 Songs for Kids takes over The Earl while the countdown continues with 100 Greatest College Radio Songs.
Follow Mixtape Atlanta on Instagram and Twitter for instant updates and photos. Check out all our Instagram photos from Weekend 2 of 500 Songs For Kids, here.
500 Songs for Kids 2013 kicked off last weekend at Smith's Olde Bar. The theme varied each night from Friday's Greatest Soundtrack Songs to Saturday's Greatest Break-Up Song countdown, but what did not vary was the intensity. Seasoned and new performers belted, danced, and sometimes rapped their way through each night's song list.
Mixtape Atlanta was front and center both nights capturing the acts and sharing photos instantaneously via Instagram. Check out all our Instagram photos from the weekend here.
Join us this upcoming weekend- April 26 & 27- for more great performances at The Loft, when the countdown theme of the weekend is VH1's Greatest Songs of the 80s and 90s. Also be sure to follow Mixtape Atlanta on Instagram and Twitter for updates throughout the next four weekends of 500 Songs for Kids.
For the second weekend of 500 Songs for Kids, the musical charity will be stationed at The Loft counting down VH1's Greatest Songs of the 80s (Friday) and 90s (Saturday). Below is the confirmed lineup for Saturday, April 27 with more bands to be announced. Tickets are $15; buy them in advance here. Doors open at 6:30PM, but the fun lasts all night.
Artists lineups for 500 Songs for Kids upcoming shows at The Earl, Red Clay Theatre, and final weekend at Smith's Olde Bar to come.
VH1'S GREATEST SONGS OF THE 90'S- Saturday, April 27
Amsterdam Station Performing Destiny'S Child's "Say My Name"
Gypsypearl Performing C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
Bad Bad Lola Performing Christina Aguilera's "Genie In A Bottle"
Black Rose Performing Salt-N-Pepa With En Vogue's "Whatta Man"
Chris Case Performing U2'S "One"
Chuck Huels Performing Hootie & The Blowfish's "Only Wanna Be With You"
Claudia Kelly Performing Shania Twain's "You'Re Still The One"
Danger Will Robinson (Chris Weiser) Performing Matchbox Twenty's "3 Am"
Danielle Fiondella Performing Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)"
Deanna Dawn Performing TLC's "Waterfalls"
Dillon Maurer Performing Eminem's "My Name Is"
Everybody And The Whatevers Performing MC Hammer's "U Can'T Touch This"
G Force Performing Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Hartwell Brooks Performing Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time"
Involution Performing Collective Soul's "Shine"
Jack Preston Performing Dr Dre's (Featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg) "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang"
Jeff Schuelke Performing Oasis' "Wonderwall"
Joshua Fletcher Performing Counting Crows' "Mr Jones"
Judith Franklin Performing Mariah Carey's "Vision Of Love"
Migrant Worker Performing Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Under The Bridge"
Milyssa Rose Performing Madonna's "Vogue"
Mnemosyne Performing Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun"
Nicolas Duncan Performing Radiohead's "Creep"
No Komment Performing Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca"
Number Exchange Performing Third Eye Blind's "Semi-Charmed Life"
Prisca Performing Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U"
Red Letter Performing Pearl Jam's "Jeremy"
Reed Ferguson Performing Jewel's "Who Will Save Your Soul"
Reuben Bidez Performing Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris"
Sailing To Denver Performing Blackstreet's "No Diggity"
Sky Hy Performing Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back"
Squinting Patrick Performing House Of Pain's "Jump Around"
The Beastly Boys Performing Beastie Boys' "Sabotage"
The Frame Performing The Fugees' "Killing Me Softly With His Song"
Wowser Bowser Performing R.E.M's "Losing My Religion"
Make sure to follow Mixtape Atlanta on Instagram and Twitter for full 500 Songs for Kids coverage and news.
The first weekend of 500 Songs for Kids was a hit honoring the Greatest Soundtrack and Break-Up Songs, and for the second weekend this musical charity marathon will be celebrating VH1's Favorite Songs of the 80s and 90s. Check out the confirmed artists and their songs for Friday, April 26 at The Loft. Tickets are $15 and all proceeds benefit Songs for Kids Foundation. Buy tickets in advanced here. More bands to be announced!
VH1's Greatest Songs for The 80s- Friday, April 26
38th Parallel performs Van Halen's "Jump"
Alchemy performs Motley Crue's "Dr. Feelgood"
Amber Leigh performs Soft Cell's "Tainted Love"
Angela Reign performs Pat Benatar's "Love Is A Battlefield"
Ben Deignan performs Michael Jackson's "Beat It"
Blind By Sight performs Ac/Dc's "You Shook Me All Night Long"
Cheri D performs Poison's "Every Rose Has It's Thorn"
Cinch performs Bananarama's "Cruel Summer"
Cinetrope performs Duran Duran's "Hungry Like The Wolf"
Cristina Quinones performs Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time"
Desperate In Paris performs Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'"
Electric Boogaloo performs Run-D.M.C.'S "Walk This Way"
Floored performs Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me"
Gary And The Boys From Rock 100.5 perform The B-52'S's "Love Shack"
Grand Prize Winners From Last Year performs Inxs's "Need You Tonight"
Hannah Delane performs Whams! "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
Jimi Cravity performs Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know"
Jordan Grassi & The Band performs Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want To Have Fun"
Karma Lingo performs Guns N' Roses's "Sweet Child O' Mine"
Kick The Robot performs Madonna's "Like A Virgin"
Killing Kuddles performs Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The U.S.A."
Lauren Matthews performs Night Ranger's "Sister Christian"
Low Tree Grow Tall performs Modern English's "I Melt With You"
Mathai performs Eurythmics's "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)"
Noah Pine performs Hall & Oates's "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)"
Norwood performs Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean"
Paul Melancon & The New Insecurities performs Queen And David Bowie's "Under Pressure"
Shotgun Orchestra performs Tommy Tutone's "867-5309 (Jenny)"
Tall Bear performs U2'S "With Or Without You"
The Acorns performs The Outfield's "Your Love"
The Beastly Boys performs Beastie Boys's "Fight For Your Right"
The Electric Sons performs Phil Collins's "In The Air Tonight"
The Stilettos performs The Police's "Every Breath You Take"
The Stoplight Roses performs The Clash's "London Calling"
Make sure to follow Mixtape Atlanta on Instagram and Twitter for full 500 Songs for Kids coverage and news.
Below is the current lineup for Night 2 of 500 Songs for Kids 2013 with more announcements to come. The following artists will be performing their hearts out to the 50 Greatest Break-Up Songs at Smith's Olde Bar on Saturday, April 20. Tickets are $15 and all proceeds benefit Songs for Kids Foundation.
50 Greatest Break-Up Songs- Saturday, April 20
Clap for Daylight
Frets on Fire
gerry attrick and the walkers
Jeff Sprayberry/The Sprayberrys
Michael Lee Miller
Once a Rebel
Sinking to Swim
Sleep the Owls
Summer Bergeron and The Brothers From Another Mother
The Dreaded Marco
The Hot Hearts
The start to 500 Songs for Kids 2013 is just a few days away. Below is the initial lineup of artists scheduled to appear with more confirmations still coming in. Be sure to join in the fun starting Friday, April 19 at Smith's Olde Bar. Tickets are $15 and all proceeds benefit Songs for Kids Foundation.
50 Greatest Soundtrack Songs- Friday, April 19
Back On The Freakout
Burns Like Fire
Hot Sauce and Honey
Marshall Seese and The Abandoned
Michael D. Bonner
My Name Is Mark
Shawn Michael Haney (brown*apple^)
Six Shot Revival
The Dirt Poets
The Endless Energy
The Lost Boys
The McNifficent Seven
Vintage Boogie Band
This Friday, 500 Songs for Kids returns for the seventh consecutive year benefiting Songs for Kids Foundation. Our favorite musical marathon will kick off at Smith's Olde Bar on April 19 and feature a countdown of the 50 Greatest Soundtrack Songs on Friday night and the 50 Greatest Break-Up Songs on Saturday night. Doors open at 6:30pm and tickets are $15 at the door. All proceeds benefit the foundation.
Over the years, 500 Songs for Kids has brought out some of Atlanta's and the country's most popular and talented artists to perform a song off the countdown. Last year was no different, Zac Brown Band members Coy Bowles and Clay Cook performed the first night and Janelle Monae brought the house down on the final night. Check out some photos from our coverage of 500 Songs for Kids 2012, here. Also, watch Monae's performance from last year and check out other videos from last year here.
Mark your calendar; April and May just got a lot more hectic. 500 Songs for Kids returns for its seventh year this Spring; however, this music marathon will be a little different this year. Instead of taking over Smith's Olde Bar for ten straight days, Georgia's biggest charity event is taking over ALL of Atlanta for five weekends straight. Although Smith's will host the opening and closing weekends, other venues include The Loft, The Earl, and Red Clay Theatre in Duluth.
Another change to the 500 Songs setup is that instead of one umbrella theme, each venue (and sometimes night) will have it's own theme ranging from Best Soundtrack Songs to Greatest Songs from Georgia Artists. As always all proceeds will benefit Songs for Kids Foundation, which brings musicians to children's hospitals and special needs camps across the country.
Check out the full lineup of venues and music themes below. Stay tuned to Mixtape Atlanta for more 500 Songs for Kids updates.
Since the start of Mixtape Atlanta's annual holiday show X-Mix, we have been extremely blessed to have the participation of James Hall and The Futura Bold every year in some form. To keep things festive, we always ask X-Mix performers to play at least one holiday song. Last year the real treat was having James Hall create his own and perform it onstage with various Atlanta musicians, including members of The Futura Bold.
Although we can't wait to see the full band onstage again at Smith's Olde Bar on December 8, The Futura Bold have recorded the song Hall debuted last year at X-Mix! We could not be more honored to premiere and release the original holiday song, "Last of the Year," right here on Mixtape Atlanta. You all can thank the band for making it free.
Don't miss The Futura Bold onstage for X-Mix 2012 at Smith's Olde Bar on December 8 with The District Attorneys, Aerobics Cube, Rick Brantley, Lauren St. Jane, and Carly Kane. Purchase advanced tickets here! All proceeds from X-Mix benefit Songs For Kids Foundation. The Futura Bold are also huge supporters of Songs For Kids and every year have performed some of the most memorable performances at the foundation's annual benefit, 500 Songs For Kids.
Check out two of our favorite 500 Songs performances from The Futura Bold below.
Don't stay home alone on Saturday, December 8. Party with us at Smith's Olde Bar for X-Mix 2012! Mixtape Atlanta's annual holiday bash is returning for the fourth year and we are extremely excited about this year's line-up.
Doors are at 9PM and the fun starts at 9:30PM with a festive Whynatte toast! We are thrilled to have our favorite local, latte pusher joining us again as the sponsor of this event. Also, don't forget to take your photo in the Mixtape Atlanta photo booth to capture all of the night's fun.
Mixtape Atlanta's annual holiday bash X-Mix is back and we are shaking things up. This year the party is moving up to Saturday, December 8, and to a new location: Smith's Olde Bar. Whynatte is joining the fun again as the show sponsor and we are elated over the musical lineup, which will be released soon.
Cover will be $10 at the door with all proceeds benefiting Songs for Kids Foundation. Make sure to leave the kids home (alone) since it is 18+, and start practicing your best Kevin McCallister scream for the Mixtape Atlanta photo booth.
For X-Mix updates and announcements be sure to follow Mixtape Atlanta on Twitter and like us on Facebook.