Atlanta’s Music Midtown Festival Includes Performances By Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Red Hot Chili Peppers

It rained much of Saturday, but conditions improved to simply overcast skies by the time Imagine Dragons’ performance began around 5:45 p.m. some five hours after the festival began. Acts from Capitol Cities, Weezer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Neighbourhood kept the crowd going despite afternoon rain. “I see the weather has cleared up,” said Dan Reynolds, the lead singer of Imagine Dragons. “I guess we came at a good time.” Reynolds also gave a shout out to the band’s drummer Daniel Platzman, who is from Atlanta. Reynolds also expressed his appreciation for being a part of the festival. “There are so many great bands at this festival,” he said. “I’m just glad to be on stage to perform for you all. Thank you for live music. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the support of you” By nighttime, Red Hot Chili Peppers was the main attraction. The veteran rock back didn’t give much commentary during that performance. All they mostly did was play their biggest hits from “Give It Away,” “Scar Tissue” to “Snow (Hey Oh).” Bassist Flea brought energy to the stage throughout their performance, prancing across the stage while singer Anthony Kiedis sang away.

Music of Beatles plays role in local author’s new novel set on ’70s Tuscarora Reservation

Eric Gansworth, local novelist, visual artist and poet from the Tuscarora Reservation, will mark the release of his first Young Adult novel Thursday at Canisius College.

I heard a dog nosing in the closed-off kitchen at the back, where part of the roof had caved in one bad winter. Lewis qualifies for the free lunch at school, his socks have holes in them and part of the money from his summer job goes to his mother to help pay the bills. Asked about his own childhood on the reservation, Gansworth says, Though it didnt resemble middle America very much, I dont think I had a particularly remarkable boyhood, by reservation standards. Most of my friends at that time had similar experiences, or seemed to from my vantage point, hanging out at their houses. A lot of my time was spent in the company of a ton of cousins. His childhood home burned to the ground in 1994, he said. I write about it a lot, its still very present in my imagination. Like Lewis Blake, Gansworth attended the Tuscarora Reservation School for elementary grades, then had to start over making friends in junior high. What I remember most is that friendships were often woeful misfires or happy accidents. My longest-standing nonreservation friendship is with someone I met in middle school when a teacher seated them together because we were both acting up in math class. His passion for music started early, a benefit of being the little brother in a household of much older siblings, teenagers who were extremely immersed in their passion for music. He says he was only 3 or 4 years old when he got his first two 45s: the Beatles Hey Jude and Daydream Believer by the Monkees. As my musical education went forward, I found the kinds of things I liked, so I would quiz my siblings, and say who is this? Every time I did, every time it was the same answer, always Its the Beatles, Its the members of the Beatles afterward. In the novel, Lewis Blake treats his record albums with reverence, listening to them at night on a stereo in the bedroom he shares with his Uncle Albert, a marvelous character, named, of course, for the McCartney tune. I have all my old vinyl; I cant part with it, Gansworth says. Hes also a fan of album covers. I love big art. Thats one thing I really hated about CDs, the covers were so tiny, I miss the ritual of really studying an album cover. The takeoffs on album covers Band on the Run, Venus and Mars and Magical Mystery Tour he painted for If I Ever Get Out of Here were done in gouache, a medium he likes because it has the richness of oil without the toxic cleanup. Like music, his interest in art began early.