Amplify Decatur To Host Big Music Festival on Decatur Square This June


John sends along this release about a great big music festival, Amplify Decatur, coming to Decatur Square and Eddie’s Attic this summer…

The nonprofit group Amplify My Community announced today that the 2016 Amplify Decatur concert series will feature a June 18 outdoor music festival with room for 2,500 concert-goers on the downtown Decatur square, in addition to a three-night stand at Eddie’s Attic, June 17-19. All funds raised will be directed to Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM) to support its efforts to prevent and alleviate homelessness in Decatur and DeKalb County. The concert series is Presented by Lenz and produced in partnership with Eddie’s Attic.

Tickets are available at

The Grammy-nominated and highly acclaimed duo The Milk Carton Kids will co-headline the outdoor festival along with bluegrass upstarts Elephant Revival. NPR called The Milk Carton Kids, “Gillian Welch and David Rawlings-meet-Simon & Garfunkel with a splash of The Everly Brothers.” The New York Times said, “If Elephant Revival doesn’t make you smile, there’s something wrong with you.” They are supported by the soulful duo Penny & Sparrow. Decatur favorite Eliot Bronson also joins the bill; Paste Magazine called his most recent album “An Americana Gem.”

Since 2011, Amplify has raised and donated more than $80,000 to DCM, including $28,500 from its 2015 concert series. “Amplify exists to support and to shine a spotlight on the remarkable work of local heroes like the people at DCM,” Executive Director of Amplify My Community Spencer Smith said. “But our secondary goal is to give Decatur the music festival it deserves. We want this inaugural event to become a mainstay that adds to the fabric of the community, much like the book, arts and beer festivals have for years.”

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“Poverty is Real” Concert Series Starts this Friday at Eddie’s Attic

From the great, little write-up over on the VisitDecaturGA website

There will be a music happening at Eddie’s Attic June 14-16, 2013.   It’s the third annual Poverty is Real concert series featuring album releases by Caroline Herring and Matthew Mayfield, a performance by Nashville’s Bobby Bare, Jr., and a Bob Dylan Celebration called “Shelter from the Storm,” where musicians will be covering your favorite Dylan tunes.    For the complete lineup and times, click here.  Eddies Attic is the premier listening room in the Southeast and Lenz Marketing will be the presenting sponsor.

Unfamiliar with PIR?  As detailed in a recent press release…

Every dollar raised during the weekend will be directed to Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM) to aid their efforts to prevent and alleviate homelessness in Decatur and DeKalb County. Last year’s event raised $10,000 through ticket sales, sponsorships, merchandise, and a silent auction.

“Poverty is Real” at Eddie’s Attic July 27th-29th

Ryan Klee of Lenz Marketing sends along this press release…

July 19, 2012 (Decatur) — Poverty is Real, Inc., (PIR) announced today its second annual Decatur fundraising concert series to benefit the Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM). The event is presented by Lenz and will be held Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29 at Eddie’s
Attic in downtown Decatur.
Last year’s event raised $6,000 for DCM, and PIR organizers have set a goal of $10,000 this year.
Participating artists include Matthew Kahler, Eliot Bronson, The District Attorneys, Tedo Stone, Arlington Priest, the Bitteroots, The Flint Hill Specials, Maria Gabriella, Chris Stalcup and the Grange, Ryan Flanagan, The Skipperdees, Spencer Smith, Kristen Englenz, and Mike Killeen and the Dregs.
In addition to three nights of music, this year’s event will also include two Saturday matinee concerts for families featuring Eric Litwin, the “guitar-strumming, book-writing, song-singing, national-award-winning” bestselling author of the Pete the Cat picture books. The shows are at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and will be hosted by Little Shop of Stories.
The full show schedule is available at and tickets are available at

Eddie Owen is Out at Eddie’s Attic

I was trying to give the parties involved time to respond, but it looks like the word is out.   Eddie Owen announced via Facebook this morning that he was let go from Eddie’s Attic on Friday.

Owen had returned to the Attic last November, after a brief departure.

Note: Eddie’s Attic is a DM sponsor

Eddie Owen Returning to Eddie’s Attic, Teaming Up with Alex Cooley

First on DM…

Feel like Decatur is due for some good news?  How about this?

Only a few days after it was announced that Eddie’s Attic was being sold by owner Bob Ephlin to well-known concert promoter Alex Cooley and his business partner, Dave Mattingly, vague rumors started swirling around Decatur that the Attic had some “exciting news” that would soon be announced.  Those rumors eventually got more specific, suggesting that founder and namesake, Eddie Owen, would be returning to the Attic to take up his old job as talent booker, just a little over a month after leaving that post to pursue a new opportunity at the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth.

Today DM confirmed it.

Owen tells us that he’ll be back after the sale on December 1st.  He adds, “We agreed last Saturday for me to assist them if they would assist me with Eddie Owen Presents in Duluth. I am honored to associate with [Cooley and Mattingly].”

He also relayed this interesting tidbit, “The 1st concert I ever attended was at the old Atlanta City Auditorium in 1972, the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker, and Wet Willie!  Great show and I will never forget it.  And yep…it was Alex Cooley Presents!!”

Welcome back Eddie.

Eddie’s Attic To Be Sold

From Eddie’s Attic’s Bob Ephlin…


November 10, 2011 – Decatur, Georgia – Legendary concert promoter, Alex Cooley, and his business partner and long time friend, former Delta Captain, Dave Mattingly, will be purchasing Eddie’s Attic effective December 1st, 2011.  In a brief note to the Club’s staff, customers, vendors and performers, current owner Bob Ephlin comments:

“It’s been my privilege to work alongside the dedicated staff at Eddie’s Attic for the past 6 1/2 years.  I’m extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished, and of our stewardship of a brand that, for almost 20 years now, has been dedicated to amplifying the magic of the artist/listener connection in an intimate listening room setting.  I’m grateful for the support and loyalty of our customers and the City of Decatur, and thankful for the many aspiring and accomplished songwriters and musicians that have graced our stage.

I’m confident that Alex and Dave will do a great job taking Eddie’s Attic to the next level.  I believe its best days are ahead of it, and I look forward to supporting its continued success as an advisor, loyal customer, and fan of performing songwriters.

Thank you for your friendship and support these past years, and for helping to remind others that Live Music Matters.”

For more information on the new owners, and their mission, please contact Dave Mattingly at [email protected], or Alex Cooley at [email protected].

Eddie Owen Leaving Eddie’s Attic

In 1992, Eddie Owen opened Eddie’s Attic along North McDonough Street in downtown Decatur. A year later he got married there.

In 2002, he sold the business to Jennifer Nettles ex-husband, Todd Van Sickle. In 2005, Van Sickle sold it to Bob Ephlin, who brought Owen back to his namesake “attic” to book the talent.

And on Friday, Owen will depart again.

Taking his talents to Duluth, GA as early as next Tuesday, Owen is excited about the possibilities of a “turnkey ready” 250 seat theater with “killer sound and lights”, a green room, catering kitchen, rehearsal space, and office area. Though there’s currently “no contract in place, no launch date, no artists booked”, Owen already as plans for workshops and lessons to be a key part of this new concept. Says Owen, “I’m diving out on a limb, yet I’m more excited about this than I’ve been about anything since my marriage… and then the birth of my 3 children.”

Attic owner Bob Ephlin is supportive of Owen’s move and thankful for his years of service. “He’s been a great mentor to the Attic staff.”, Ephlin recalls.

As for the Attic itself, perched up in Decatur’s lower atmosphere, Ephlin says that he’s still getting a plan in place for the transition, and that he’ll stand in for Owen for the time-being while he assesses the Attic’s options in finding a replacement.

As for the longer term future of the Attic, “We have a great staff in place.” Ephlin points out. He reassures the Decatur community that Eddie’s Attic will continue to be about the listening room experience and the relationship between the artist and the audience. Ephlin says the Attic is already completely booked for the remainder of 2011 and the beginning of 2012, and will continue with its weekly radio show, which is now over 50 markets.

So life goes on for both parties.

But it doesn’t sound like Decatur has seen the last of Eddie Owen. He’ll be back in town next week for the sold-out Eddie & Agnes Civil Wars concerts and all signs point to that partnership continuing into the future.

We at DM wish all the best both to Eddie Owen and Eddie’s Attic as they move into their new phases of life.

h/t: Carl

Disclosure: Eddie’s Attic is a DM sponsor