ONE Music Fest had another successful run in Atlanta on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, the annual concert and festival “gives diverse urban music the opportunity to intersect and create beautiful beginnings.” Diverse being, huge ’90s rappers, Wu Tang Clan members, and soulful performers who’ve been keeping Atlanta’s underground music scene hot for years.
The new-age and old-school hip-hop and R&B acts were the perfect cocktail to keep the crowd entertained, motivated and nostalgic at the 5th annual event, which was for the first time held at Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood. A necessary move to this venue because previous ones like The Tavern at Piedmont Park and Old Fourth Ward Park were too small for this musical movement and its faithful and growing numbers of fans.
Performers included Wu-Tang Clan’s Redman and Method Man, Bilal, Jhene Aiko and more, plus the headlining acts, Nas and Kendrick Lamar, who performed on the two stages: Hercules and Zeus.
In a recent interview with Billboard, festival founder and general manager J. Carter had this to say about the ONE Music Fest brand, “I just think there’s a missing space in regard to festival programming, especially when it comes to urban music and urban alternative progressive music. It’s a hungry market, a very supportive market. I’d like to see a way to bring all types of music together, be it hip-hop, rock, soul or reggae. Anything progressive and anything urban, which isn’t to say that we’re looking to market it in the position of an African American festival but all things progressive, isn’t just from black people from anything moving us forward.”
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