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Since its emergence in 2010, ONE Music Fest has been Atlanta’s most anticipated festival by concert goers each and every summer. The weather was a perfect 80 degrees with plenty of sunshine and no rain in sight. OMF kicked off at noon at Masquerade Music Park and Old Fourth Ward Park. Concert goers this year were escorted from parking destination and shuttled to OMF in style by sponsor Mini in several editions of their 2014 Mini Cooper’s. From the entrance there were several sponsors and vendors lined up and down the park for music fans to enjoy. Mountain Dew, Jack Daniels, OMG Picture Booth, and henna artists were some of the vendors on hand
The Food Truck Village was amazing and the food was superb. I personally ate some of the best catfish I have ever had from the New Orleans style seafood truck. Also on hand fans were able to dine on frozen custard, Jamaican cuisine, fish tacos, and a variety of fries from the Fry Guy truck.
This year there were two stages to enjoy music from and they were called ‘Purple Rain’ and ‘Do the Right Thing’. All that was left to enjoy was the music! On the Purple Rain stage fans were able to enjoy music from Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, RES, Quadron, and Goapele. On the Do The Right Thing stage fans enjoyed music from Luke James and Joey Bada$$. This year’s OMF winner was Methuzulah who graced the stage with live band and DJ Sol Messiah delivering a great set.
Res’ set included many of her classics and a few covers which she delivered beautifully. She was backed by a live band consisting of local musicians. Be on the lookout for her upcoming album this Fall called Refried Mac…a Fleetwood Mac tribute album.
The headliners this year were truly phenomenal and they delivered great performances. Legendary hip-hop pioneer DJ Pete Rock showed outstanding turntable wizardry by spinning classic joints from Pete Rock & CL Smooth, and this set the precedent for the headliners. Up first was Erykah Badu who was supposed to do a DJ set but that was hampered by a computer issue. Fans were not disappointed when Erykah performed an impromptu vocal set instead with DJ Pete Rock doing live drum machine beats.
I was especially excited to see a reunited Goodie Mob perform next. Atlanta welcomed the group home with a thunderous ovation as they took the stage in classic Goodie Mob fashion. This time wearing feathered headdresses. CeeLo, Bigg Gipp, T-Mo, and Khujo took the fans through classic Goodie Mob joints with the fans rapping along verse by verse. My favorite cut performed by Goodie Mob was Soul Food. It just seems as everything came full circle when they performed the song, their chemistry was electric.
Snoop Dogg closed out this year’s OMF with a bang. Opening his set with I Wanna Rock, Snoop Dogg proved that after being in the game for over 20 years he still has got what it takes to headline music festivals and rock the crowd all night. What was special for me was when The Dogg Pound, Daz And Kurupt took the stage with Snoop Dogg, in my opinion that was the best highlight of the entire OMF.
Overall we had a great time at a great festival. We checked out some great vendors, ate some amazing food, made some new friends, and enjoyed phenomenal music from great musicians! This was the best way to end the summer on a high note. Kudos to Jay Carter and his entire team for a wonderful job. Mic Check Media will be front and center for OMF 2014!
Concert Review & Video – Kedric Barrett
Photography – Carolyn Grady