How about a little music with your baseball? That’s what the Atlanta Braves will offer in a series of post-game concerts in the coming season.
The series gets under way opening weekend with the Avett Brothers. These North Carolina siblings and their bandmates grind a little grit into that pop-infused hillbilly folk thing slicked up by groups like the Kingston Trio and the New Christy Minstrels back in the ’50s and ’60s. Next they add a big dash of authenticity with some Louvin Brothers-style harmony and heartbreak, then wallop it with a bushel-basket of punk attitude. They’re also one of the best live acts around. The band plays following the Braves’ April 10 meeting with the Philadelphia Phillies.
On July 16, Georgia Music Hall of Famers the B-52s will take the field. The Athens-born party band is still going strong nearly 35 years after debuting at a party on Valentine’s Day in 1977. Break out the beehives, head down the Atlanta Highway and be prepared for bikini whales as Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson, Keith Strickland and Fred Schneider do all 16 dances following the Braves’ showdown with the Washington Nationals.
Atlanta’s favorite cover band, Yacht Rock Revue, will offer a nostalgic, soft-rocking trip back to the ’70s and ’80s after the Braves play the San Diego Padres on May 30. There will be one more post-game concert on Sept. 17, with the artist to be announced later.
All the shows are free with game tickets, which are available at the Braves website.